Unlocking industrial IoT potential at your company

According to global management consulting firm Bain & Company, long-term prospects for the industrial Internet of Things remain ambitious. However, many executives are resetting timeline expectations for reaching scale due to early adoption struggles. Notably,...   READ MORE >

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Unlocking industrial IoT potential at your company

Performance and cultural alignment: where to start and potential pitfalls

In order to bring about that often sought after, but rarely achieved, alignment of a business, you need to start by aligning the numbers. Aligning the numbers begins with having a clearly articulated financial plan....   READ MORE >

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Performance and cultural alignment: where to start and potential pitfalls

Tech-Powered Value Creation Is Theme of Industrial Exchange’s Conference for Middle Market Companies in Miami Beach, May 6-8

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Billy Beane, who transformed the Oakland Athletics into a championship team by using applied statistical analysis, will explain how middle-market industrial companies can use data to compete against big-league rivals when...   READ MORE >

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Tech-Powered Value Creation Is Theme of Industrial Exchange’s Conference for Middle Market Companies in Miami Beach, May 6-8

The real life impact clean and consistent data can have on your supply chain

As manufacturing becomes more and more automated, supply chain integration is becoming more enabled by digitization and the industry’s race to adopt supply chain solutions that are smart in order to better leverage Industry 4.0...   READ MORE >

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The real life impact clean and consistent data can have on your supply chain

Unlocking industrial IoT potential at your company

According to global management consulting firm Bain & Company, long-term prospects for the industrial Internet of Things remain ambitious. However, many executives are resetting timeline expectations for reaching scale due to early adoption struggles. Notably,…   READ MORE >

Performance and cultural alignment: where to start and potential pitfalls

In order to bring about that often sought after, but rarely achieved, alignment of a business, you need to start by aligning the numbers. Aligning the numbers begins with having a clearly articulated financial plan….   READ MORE >

Tech-Powered Value Creation Is Theme of Industrial Exchange’s Conference for Middle Market Companies in Miami Beach, May 6-8

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Billy Beane, who transformed the Oakland Athletics into a championship team by using applied statistical analysis, will explain how middle-market industrial companies can use data to compete against big-league rivals when…   READ MORE >

The real life impact clean and consistent data can have on your supply chain

As manufacturing becomes more and more automated, supply chain integration is becoming more enabled by digitization and the industry’s race to adopt supply chain solutions that are smart in order to better leverage Industry 4.0…   READ MORE >

Going global: Key insights for manufacturing companies

With 95 percent of the world’s population residing outside the United States, the decision to export products, or manufacture or distribute internationally would seem to be an easy one. Surveys have shown a strong correlation…   READ MORE >

5 real-time visibility features you need for predictive analytics to work in your supply chain

Necessities begin as luxuries. From indoor plumbing to high-speed internet, we can’t imagine living without either personally or professionally. So, too, has real-time visibility with predictive analytics crossed the threshold from nice-to-have to need-to-have. Thanks to…   READ MORE >

How do middle market CEOs successfully execute on growth plans?

As a fan of Blue Ocean strategy, you already know how important it is to have the right strategy. But, a great strategy executed poorly produces lackluster results and missed targets. Unfortunately, most companies and…   READ MORE >

Metals recycling – is there an opportunity to unlock value?

The emphasis on recycling has never been stronger than the present. The recycling sector has grown significantly in size over the years and is only likely to grow even stronger driven by material efficiency, resource…   READ MORE >

Five ways tariffs are impacting M&A deals

In 2018, we conducted dozens of customer due diligence engagements on behalf of private equity and strategic buyers. While all of these engagements were designed to mitigate customer concentration risk and provide insights to accelerate…   READ MORE >

The race to automate driving: Is Japan’s silent strategy the tortoise to America’s hare?

In a recent tweet, Lex Fridman, a research scientist working on human-centered artificial intelligence at MIT, said: “all of us working in autonomous vehicle research want nothing more than to save lives.” While AI scientists…   READ MORE >

How Manufacturing Industries can Profit from Procurement Startups

Startups are changing every aspect of the manufacturing landscape – and procurement is no exception. To exploit the potential of these lean companies, incumbents should build long-term partnerships with these young and emerging companies and…   READ MORE >

Combatting Cyber Attacks at Water and Wastewater Facilities

Cybersecurity is a top priority for the water and wastewater sector. Entities, and the senior individuals who run them, must devote considerable attention and resources to cybersecurity preparedness and response, from both a technical and…   READ MORE >

Pricing and Sales Initiatives can Jump Start Value Creation at Portfolio Companies

This post is second part in a blog series from Simon-Kucher & Partners. Read Part 1: “Why do 40% of Private Equity revenue enhancement initiatives fail”.  Not everything can be prioritized over the lifespan of…   READ MORE >

Why Do Almost 40% of Private Equity Revenue Enhancement Initiatives Fail?

In recent years, the Private Equity industry has benefitted from a record high in investment, fund-raising and strong opportunities for fruitful exits, making it a preferred asset class. However this success comes at a price:…   READ MORE >

Why an Employer Brand is a Need to Have, Not a Nice to Have

Yesterday afternoon, while working my way through yet another plate of Thanksgiving leftovers, I received a phone call from an unknown number. While I’ve grown accustomed to ignoring the seemingly endless barrage of solicitations, I…   READ MORE >

Cyber Security: The Trend is Not Your Friend

I was once told by a good pal of mine, “the trend is your friend.” And, while, that might work quite nicely for him during his many days and nights in Atlantic City casinos, I am…   READ MORE >

Relationships = Returns. Unlocking the value of your PE network.

Most private equity funds tout their relationships as a core advantage that differentiates their firm. But most are leaving millions in value from their networks unrealized. As a private equity fund, every major value-driving activity…   READ MORE >

Middle market companies need solutions for fast growing parcel shipping needs

Parcel shipping is growing in volume, cost and complexity; faster than end-to-end transportation management systems are evolving capabilities to support a shipper’s needs. Characterized by crushproof boxes, heavy duty tape and detailed labels, parcel shipping…   READ MORE >

Why Tech Startups Should Target Privately-Owned Companies

The dream scenario for many, if not most, tech startup entrepreneurs is to land a major sale with a big, preferably well-known, public company. Credibility, revenue and sales to other major companies will follow, or…   READ MORE >

Navigating the technical requirements of a new digital platform

In an earlier blog post on Industrial Exchange, Tim Fabian of Bystronic, gave his opinion on what to look for in a technology vendor.  Tim covered some fundamental points around how to interpret a vendor’s…   READ MORE >

Seeing the ROI in Your Maintenance Program

O&M leaders are increasingly being forced to reevaluate the way that they run their maintenance programs. This process can be motivated by a variety of reasons: from standard annual budget planning to responding to an…   READ MORE >

What I Look for in a Technology Vendor

Being in a large metal cutting business with equipment serving so many critical industries, Bystronic is an attractive prospect for tech vendors, who frequently contact me offering to “radically transform” our company with their innovative…   READ MORE >

‘Organizational health’: A key metric PE firms often overlook

How to know whether a company is poised for growth, or trouble Private equity firms are expert at assessing the financial health of a potential acquisition. Sometimes, however, they do not recognize weaknesses in the…   READ MORE >

What cybersecurity risk-management means for industrial firms

As middle-market industrial companies adopt new technologies to become leaner and more competitive, they may be exposing themselves to risks they may not fully understand. The risks connected with new technologies, of course, come from…   READ MORE >