Modern Material Handling
Robotics are a hot item in warehouses right now, with strong double-digit growth projected by most analysts over the next few years. There’s a big difference, however, between knowing that robotics has market momentum, and knowing how to properly scope a robotics solution.
The dilemma with scoping robotics for a DC is that plenty of “it depends” are engrained in finding a good fit. It depends on what workflow you want to automate It depends on order mix and volume, product dimensions, layout and labor considerations. That said, if you back up from these parameters, some best practices emerge around knowing operational priorities, having a handle on data like SKU dimensions, and being clear about the problem. Full Article
David Greenfield, Director of Content
Not long ago, most cyber-attacks on industry happened largely behind the scenes. The companies whose systems were breached rarely went public about the event and if information about these events was ever discussed publicly, it was usually years after the event and few specific details beyond the nature of the attack were ever revealed.
But that’s been changing as cyber-attacks have become more brazen and threaten the public at large. For example, on February 5, 2021, we learned about the remote access intrusion into the control system at a water treatment facility in Oldsmar, Fla., about 13 miles from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa where the Super Bowl was held just two days later.
As an industry observer, one of the more shocking aspects of the Oldsmar hack is that the only thing that stopped it was an observant operator who noticed some unusual changes being made to the facility’s control system. Though remote access to this system was allowed, apparently no user authentication or high-level security methods were employed to restrict access by unauthorized users. And because the operator who noticed the changes received no alerts about them—he just happened to notice that the changes being made were unusual—it’s not unreasonable to assume the facility had no effective anomaly detection or intrusion technologies in place either.
While much of the loudest buzz surrounding the impact of COVID-19 was focused on the dramatic shift from on premises to remote work, the pandemic further affected every aspect of the enterprise, which includes data and analytics technology. The uncertainty of what the tech industry would face forced D&A leadership to quickly find tools and processes—and put them in place—so they could identify key trends and prioritize to the company's best advantage, said Rita Sallam, research vice president at Gartner, in the company's recently released information.
Trend 1: Smarter, responsible, scalable AI
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are key factors. Businesses must apply new techniques for smarter, less data-hungry, ethically responsible and more resilient AI solutions. When smarter, more responsible, scalable AI is applied, organizations will be able to "leverage learning algorithms and interpretable systems into shorter time to value and higher business impact," Gartner's report said. Full Article