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TECHNOLOGY ASQ MANUFACTURERS MOVING TO THE CLOUDS NEW CONFERENCE 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 infrastructure. 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/ quality-standards/2015/index.html. Mr. Pareto Head BYTHENUMBERS 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, visit http://tinyurl.com/asq-par. 81 BY MIKE CROSSEN June 2015 * QP 15 http://asq.org/conferences/quality-standards/2015/index.html http://www.tinyurl.com/par-award-list http://www.tinyurl.com/asq-par

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - June 2015

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Perspectives
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
What’s Your Next Move?
Like Abilities
Assessing the Landscape
Change in Flow
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Standards Outlook
Special Section
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
One Good Idea
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