Quality Progress - June 2015 - (Page 15)
MOVING TO THE CLOUDS
FOCUSES ON STANDARDS
A majority of manufacturers use public or private cloud
services for more than two applications, according to a recent
survey by IDC CloudView, a research and consulting firm.
Specifically, 66% of manufacturers worldwide are using
public clouds, while 68% are using private clouds. Applications
can include software and activities related to purchasing and
supply chain management. In the United States, 41% of manufacturers are accessing IT resources via public clouds.
A public cloud is a computing model that involves a service
provider making resources such as software or data storage
available over the internet. A private cloud is enterprise computing architecture that's protected by a firewall for better
security and reliability and dedicated to a single organization
with customized options.
Public and private clouds can help organizations streamline
processes, monitor projects and save money on technology
The IDC CloudView report also said that cloud services and
cloud architecture's share of annual IT budget allocations will
increase 27% in the next two years for manufacturers who
responded to the survey.
"Manufacturers are in the midst of a digital transformation
in which third-platform technologies are absolutely essential
to the way they do business and in the products and services
they provide to their customers, said Kimberly Knickle, research director of IDC Manufacturing Insights.
"Consequently, a strategic approach to adopting cloud is
absolutely essential," she said.
A new ASQ conference dedicated to quality standards will take
place Nov. 9-10 in Indianapolis.
The theme of the International Conference on Quality Standards is "Enhancing Customer Experience Through Standards
Implementation." The event will feature speakers and sessions
covering insights into International Organization for Standardization directives, ways to enhance the customer experience through
standards implementation and using standards to improve business outcomes.
ASQ certification testing also will be taking place at the conference site on Nov. 8. For more information about the event and updates on speakers and sessions, visit http://asq.org/conferences/
Mr. Pareto Head
The number of ASQ member units recognized
by the Performance Award and Recognition (PAR) committee at last month's ASQ
World Conference on Quality and Improvement. The PAR program is divided
into PAR performance awards and PAR
innovation awards and is intended to
recognize sections and divisions for innovative best practices. For a list of award
recipients, visit http://tinyurl.com/paraward-list. For more details about the program,
BY MIKE CROSSEN
June 2015 * QP 15
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - June 2015
Mr. Pareto Head
What’s Your Next Move?
Assessing the Landscape
Change in Flow
Quality in the First Person
One Good Idea
Back to Basics
Quality Progress - June 2015