Security company Rapid7 reports that many devices being resold in secondhand shops still contain data from the previous owners. Rapid7 researcher Josh Frantz advises to personally wipe electronic devices before reselling or recycling them.
Small-business founders used to doing everything can become bottlenecks if they don't relinquish some control as the company grows. It's important to realize your employees can lighten the load and to give them opportunities to prove themselves, writes Lonnie Martin.
You may be able to automate your company's bookkeeping, but bringing on an accountant can still offer several benefits to your small business, writes Bonnie Payo. Accountants can help as you create a financial strategy, comply with regulatory demands and handle other tasks.
The Old Riverton Store in Kansas is 94 years old -- one year older than the famous highway Route 66. Owner Scott Nelson started working in the business at age 14 and learned the ropes from his relatives before taking the reins in 2010.
No-code apps are giving engineers the ability to develop custom process solutions, test them and adjust without writing code, writes Erik Mirandette of Tulip Interfaces. "This approach empowers the sort of decentralized, but connected, problem-solving that drives complex adaptive systems to a more efficient state," he writes.
Crafts Tech wanted to shift from a focus on products to innovation, and one part of doing so was shifting to an employee stock ownership plan. "If you want to turn up the gas, get it all going, you have to get their intellect, give them equity, and give them ownership," says CEO Jeff Taylor.
Norsk Hydro's response this week to a cyberattack shows a high level of internal planning, says Rapid7's Bob Rudis, praising the company for having backups, shifting to manual operations and quickly offering status updates after an attack that began Monday. "Sharing and engaging the public can help prevent activity like this from having a similar large-scale impact in the future," Gigamon executive Justin Warner says.
Applied Technical Services in Everett, Wash., was able to increase production despite shortages of circuit board components by using lean principles, says CEO George Hamilton. ATS business, production and development teams work together to develop new and improved products.
Advanced detection systems use sensors and audible and visual warnings to improve aerial work platform safety and alert users of potential problems, Fredric Yutzy of JLG Industries writes. Ultrasonic sensors are durable and easy to use, making them a good fit for such systems, Yutzy writes.
The National Association of Manufacturers' Manufacturing Institute uses Manufacturing Day, Heroes Make America and other programs to educate Americans about the industry and jobs, says Carolyn Lee, the institute's executive director. Of students who attended an MFG Day event, 84% had a positive opinion of manufacturing careers, according to a study last year.