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Incident Response Plan: The Tool You Hope You Never Need

Posted by Simone Erskine on May 15, 2019 12:55:00 PM

This is an original article written by Isaac Wright, a Cybersecurity Analyst and Trainer at Alpine Security.

It’s no question that in cybersecurity, defense is the best defense. In the constantly changing threat landscape, the tie often goes to the attacker, and businesses are forced to act like turtles putting up shells of security to ward off threats.  That is not always a bad thing; using a well-constructed defense- in- depth plan can greatly limit the likelihood of a successful attack.  I would like to believe we can get to a 99.99% level of security.  Even if that were true, that extra .01% keeps me up at night. What do we do if the controls fail? How do we respond then? What do we do the other 1% of the time? Once we find out that our emails have been hacked, or our money has been stolen is not the time to ask, “what now?” Even worse, what do you do when you suspect that an insider has embezzled funds and the evidence is located on their computer? Though we invest in and rely on our security controls, it is unfortunately not always enough.  We must have a plan for the .01%.

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Team Spotlight - Scott Czysz

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 29, 2019 7:45:28 AM

With 32 years in the industry and 5 years at IMEC as a Technical Specialist, Scott Czysz (pronounced: chish) is utilizing his expertise in leading Lean Transformations to assist organizations in Illinois create competitive futures.

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Using Technology to Resolve Workforce Challenges

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 26, 2019 8:47:00 AM

We are all aware that technology is reshaping the economy – and now the workforce. It provides opportunities for companies to see their way through the ever-present workforce challenge - too many businesses cannot find the skilled workers they need, when they need them and where they need them.

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Getting Started with Design Thinking: 6 Design Thinking Mindsets & Practices for Beginners

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 22, 2019 2:56:08 PM

This is an original article written by Jon Berbaum, President of Highland Solutions.

As a business or technology leader, you’re probably aware of the supposed virtues of “design thinking” these days. In my unofficial metric, it may soon surpass “digital transformation” or even “agile transformation” as the business strategy du jour.

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Spotlight on Success: 80/20 Business Optimization Process Training Improves Employee Focus, Profitability and Customer Value

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 18, 2019 1:51:56 PM

Litania Sports Group | 150 employees | www.litaniasports.com

Litania Sports group is an athletic equipment manufacturer located in Champaign, IL.

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Litania was interested in zero based budgeting, which the CEO had proposed to the management team in August 2016.  The idea around this was that it would address the company’s desire for aggressive growth in untapped markets. Having done previous work with IMEC, Litania trusted the experts to deliver the training they needed to implement true zero based budgeting which they hoped would result in cost reduction by the end of their fiscal year, September 30, 2017.

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Lean Best Practices & The Role of AR as a Lean Manufacturing Tool

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 22, 2019 10:32:00 AM

This is an original article, written by Ed Sowoski of Light Guide Systems.

As a lean practitioner of many years, I have had the privilege of applying lean concepts in many different businesses including project engineering, repetitive manufacturing, process manufacturing and even in a sales capacity. I’ve had to apply lean principles in areas where the cycle times ranged from seconds to days, which allowed me to apply lean manufacturing tools in very different ways.

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Apprenticeship Programs: Vital to Closing the Skills Gap

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 22, 2019 9:30:51 AM

Written by: Virginia Rounds, Director of the ICATT Apprenticeship Program

The price of vacancy in the high-tech manufacturing industry is staggering, and while companies recognize this is a problem, the true cost has become such a part of the status quo that it is often overlooked.

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Team Spotlight - Mike Waight

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 20, 2019 10:22:05 AM

Mike has a diverse manufacturing background which allows him to connect with different areas of an organization and offer valuable insight at a strategic level. As a Regional Manager at IMEC, he uses his deep understanding of process efficiencies to help businesses in Central Illinois create their competitive futures.

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Manufacturing the Future: A New Sales Landscape

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 15, 2019 8:16:00 AM

Written by Marie Hale of At Revenue.

Globally the manufacturing industry has undergone a massive transformation in the past decade. Recessions choked demand, employment continues to fall and the floors and lines don’t have the same consistent flow of work to be done. With all of the nuances between each manufactured product and the manufacturers themselves, what is to be done to start to right the ship and save one of the most critical industries to America’s economy?

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Baldrige – How Familiar Are You?

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 13, 2019 1:30:52 PM

Sure, you hear us talk about Baldrige and the Excellence Framework, but what is Baldrige?

The Baldrige Excellence Framework is a set of tools that organizations of all sizes in manufacturing, healthcare, government, non-profit, education and small business can use to gain an advantage over their competition. Focused on driving growth and sustainability by improving your organization’s performance, the Baldrige Excellence Framework includes the Criteria for Performance Excellence, core values and concepts, and guidelines for evaluating your processes and results. Organizations succeed with Baldrige because the Excellence Framework looks at the big picture from different perspectives:

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