Contract electronics manufacturer Plexus Corp. said Monday that it plans to build a $50 million manufacturing facility in Neenah, which will replace two existing leased plants in that Fox Valley city and create new jobs.
About 1,000 employees will be consolidated at the new 410,000-square-foot building, expected to be completed in the fall of 2013, the company said.read more
It is an interesting question and not one most companies consider on an ongoing basis. The average age of your customer is increasingly important, not just in the Consumer Products industry but in every industry. It is a question that gradually transcends all other demographics. Generating sustainable growth requires maintaining or decreasing the average age of your customers.read more
Neil Peters-Michaud doesn’t look much like a miner. He doesn’t carry around a pickax or wear a hardhat, but he’s uncovering deposits of gold, silver, copper and other minerals every day.
That’s because Peters-Michaud is “mining” the growing, and increasingly valuable, stream of electronic waste that is a byproduct of the information age in the United States and worldwide. His story demonstrates how profit and recycling can go hand-in-hand.read more
It’s been nearly two months since the latest iteration of Apple’s tablet started shipping. In that time, those of us who rushed out to buy a new iPad have been peering into a display with an incredibly high resolution. The intial response to the...read more
The Milwaukee Institute will spend $1 million to add two petabytes of computer storage capacity – estimated to be enough to hold all of the information in a stack of phone books stretching from Milwaukee to the moon, the nonprofit group’s chairman said Thursday.
The institute is working to dramatically expand high-performance computing, high-speed data transport and mass data storage capacity and offer it at little or no cost to help southeastern Wisconsin’s academic and industrial researchers.read more
Sears Holdings is betting on its innovative rewards program to spur the company’s growth. It is a path that Walmart can’t match because it doesn’t have a loyalty program — its best hope of understanding customer identity is through customers who use its credit card. Sears has a very intensive big data program to drive customer loyalty; the sophistication surprised me and should interest investors.read more
Not long ago, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council Scott Gerber offered his prescription to Fix Young America. In short, Gerber believes entrepreneurship can cure a lot of what’s wrong with the American economy. Yesterday on Salon.com,...read more
I hope you can’t see it, the mark left by the hook in my mouth as I was successfully phished yesterday via Twitter. I removed the hook late last night, reset my Twitter account and apologized to a bunch of people for being a carrier. It was my first encounter with a social virus – one that relies on social behavior for transmission rather than technology transactions.read more
Facebook took another step toward its goal of being a platform for developers Wednesday, by announcing that it will launch its own App Center, a single location for the platform’s many applications. The company also announced that it will begin supporting paid apps, a...read more
The government’s proposed rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and the comment period that ended earlier this week kicked off a battle between patients and providers. At the heart of the war is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposal that patient information be available to the individuals within 36 hours of discharge from a hospital and within 24 hours of an office visit.read more
Rick Roy, CIO of CUNA Mutual Group, sees several similarities between running the IT and procurement departments, both of which he’s in charge of for the financial services company. For starters, your team’s help isn’t universally welcomed.
If a department’s leaders are happily buying, say, temp services from one vendor, they’re not necessarily excited to hear that they need to start buying through a centralized group. That’s a lot like the conversations around shadow IT.read more
Studies have shown in recent years that the quality of data in many electronic medical records is often not very good. According to Peter Witonsky, president and chief sales officer at iSirona, this is largely due to simple inaccuracies that occur more often than we think.read more
Like millions of others, I made a point of staying home a few nights in February 2011 to watch a computer challenge the world’s best “Jeopardy” players. IBM’s Watson won, of course. End of story? Just a stunt? Not at all. After about five years of development and millions in R&D spending, IBM is taking its first steps to bring Watson out of the lab (and TV studio) and make money from it.read more
It’s always helpful to get along with your boss, particularly in the world of IT departments, but many of those relationships need work, a survey by Web-based IT employment specialist Dice indicates. The company found when it comes to developing talent, IT managers...read more
Tens of thousands of Twitter users’ email addresses and passwords have been dumped online. The leaked information, comprising 58,978 username and password combinations, appeared Monday on Pastebin. While Twitter said that it’s investigating the breach,...read more
Al Gore has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. So has Wisconsin’s Larry Landweber.
I’m also guessing you know next to nothing about Landweber, who along with Gore and 31 others made up the inaugural class of the Internet Society’s Hall of Fame, announced in late April in Geneva, Switzerland.read more
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will put $150,000 into a new fund aimed at seeding start-up companies run by military veterans and helping them to hit the ground running.
The investment will make Wisconsin the first state to launch such a seed fund to support veteran-owned businesses, Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement. It will be the first of several investments the state commerce agency wants to make to help Wisconsin companies formed by military veterans, officials said.read more
Appland exists where the availability of technology solutions exceeds your organizations business capability. Technology becomes greater than IT in Appland as commercially accessible technologies create new innovation and advantage opportunities for organizations. The expanding scope of Appland is fueling a new generation of technology savvy business executives who expect more than just IT.read more
After closing a $70 million deal last week, Evernote announced today that it has acquired the handwriting app Penultimate, the fourth-best-selling iPad app of all time. Penultimate fans don’t have to worry; when Evernote buys apps, they stick around. Evernote...read more
In a split decision that all but guaranteed continuing litigation, a Federal District Court jury in San Francisco on Monday decided that Google infringed on the overall structure of software copyrights held by Oracle, but also said that Google had not violated other...read more