Quality Progress - January 2014 - (Page 5)
Technology's influence on daily existence
EXECUTIVE EDITOR AND
THIS MONTH, QP tackles the topic of technology-an unwieldy endeavor indeed.
Technology is changing everything, every day. From how heavily people rely on
their smartphones for their day-to-day work and socialization, to the implications of
big data-personally and professionally-technology continues to affect our lives
more deeply now than ever before.
And so there are countless angles that could be taken, but I think this month's contributors did a pretty good job.
Our cover story, "Breaking Down Barriers," p. 16, looks at the topic of big data from
a quality perspective. Shu Liu describes what big data are and how big data approaches
might change quality's role:
"In the big data world, the experience of quality professionals will lose some of its
value and much of the traditional job functions as a quality guard will be performed
by computers. Quality professionals must venture into the spaces that big data can't
predict: to dream, to think outside of the box, to adventure and to invent," he wrote.
Liu offers advice on shifting mindsets in order to navigate the new frontier. With the
right skills, quality professionals can flourish in the new age.
Susan E. Daniels
DIGITAL PRODUCTION SPECIALIST
this article can provide that inspiration. A high schooler who developed an affordable
brain-controlled prosthetic limb using 3-D printing? Amazing! And that's just one of
MEDIA SALES ADMINISTRATOR
"Fresh Perspective," p. 30, delves in to the links among technology, innovation and
quality. We can all benefit from a little kickstart to creativity, and the stories relayed in
the stories the authors discuss.
3-D printing is covered in more detail in the Innovation Imperative column, "The
New Revolution," p. 50. Peter Merrill describes the benefits and threats related to this
fascinating technology-an innovation that will undoubtedly change the way work gets
done, what materials cost, how supply chains function and much more. The day where
3-D printing is mainstream is fast approaching. How will it affect what you do? QP
Paul E. Borawski
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Brian J. LeHouillier
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - January 2014
Mr. Pareto Head
Breaking Down Barriers
Follow the Fundamentals
Back in Service
Quality in the First Person
One Good Idea
Quality Progress - January 2014