Quality Progress - January 2014 - (Page 5)

UPFRONT QP QUALITY PROGRESS Tech Savvy Technology's influence on daily existence EXECUTIVE EDITOR AND ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Seiche Sanders ASSOCIATE EDITOR Mark Edmund ASSISTANT EDITOR Amanda Hankel 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. MANUSCRIPT COORDINATOR Valerie Ellifson CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Megan Schmidt COPY EDITOR Susan E. Daniels ART DIRECTOR Mary Uttech GRAPHIC DESIGNER Sandy Wyss PRODUCTION Cathy Milquet ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Barbara Mitrovic DIGITAL PRODUCTION SPECIALIST Julie Schweitzer MEDIA SALES this article can provide that inspiration. A high schooler who developed an affordable Naylor LLC Lou Brandow Krys D'Antonio Norbert Musial Rob Shafer 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 Kathy Thomas MARKETING ADMINISTRATOR Matt Meinholz EDITORIAL OFFICES done, what materials cost, how supply chains function and much more. The day where Phone: 414-272-8575 Fax: 414-272-1734 3-D printing is mainstream is fast approaching. How will it affect what you do? QP ADVERTISING OFFICES Phone: 866-277-5666 ASQ ADMINISTRATION CEO Paul E. Borawski Seiche Sanders Editor Don't forget to watch the new episode Managing Directors Ajoy Bose Julie Gabelmann Brian J. LeHouillier Michelle Mason Laurel Nelson-Rowe To promote discussion of issues in the field of quality and ensure coverage of all responsible points of view, Quality Progress publishes articles representing conflicting and minority views. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of ASQ or Quality Progress. Use of the ASQ logo in advertisements does not necessarily constitute endorsement of that particular product or service by ASQ. January 2014 * QP 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - January 2014

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
Breaking Down Barriers
Follow the Fundamentals
Fresh Perspective
Back in Service
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
Innovation Imperative
Statistics Roundtable
Standards Outook
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
One Good Idea

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