5 Must-Read Articles of 2017
2017 was a momentous year,
By now, the staggering physical impact of this past hurricane season is well known. As the floodwaters recede and the long rebuilding process begins, it is important to assess the impact on the U.S. economy and the U.S. manufacturing sector. Policymakers need to minimize the downstream negative impacts from an already destructive event. Manufacturing executives need to readjust their business plans to account for a significant disruption. Learn more on the MAPI Foundation blog.
“The U.S. must invest in its aging infrastructure not just as a maintenance issue but as a part of the strategy to modernize and continue to allow its companies and people to succeed, prosper, and be safe.”
While the president’s infrastructure plans are currently on hold, investing in aging infrastructure is not only a maintenance issue but also an avenue to modernize the U.S. and spur manufacturing growth. In this blog post, we highlight four key infrastructure areas where its #TimeToBuild.
“Business leaders represent their communities as much as politicians and are often more trusted. Their voices, not only calling for tolerance but also challenging public expressions of prejudice and hate, make a difference.”
Read MAPI CEO’s recent IndustryWeek article and learn how manufacturing leaders can help create new social standards regarding inclusiveness.
“The GDPR represents the most dramatic shift in European data protection law in over 20 years.”
On May 25, 2018, the GDPR will go into effect. This regulation will affect companies that have operations in the EU or process personal data of EU citizens when offering them goods or services. Becoming GDPR compliant may take large organizations up to a year, and key functions like IT, legal, marketing, audit, and human resources will need to be involved in the process. Read the blog post for the history of the GDPR, a summary of the new requirements, and tips to achieve compliance.
“This is the beginning of the era of digital Darwinism.”
When it comes to digital, definitions matter and they are not universal. In the digital landscape, we are each an interpreter navigating a brave new world. What is a digital strategy? Are we digitizing or digitalizing our business? Do those words mean the same thing or are they different? And what about digital transformation? Is this term a new business buzzword or a profound transformation on the horizon that requires significant preparation? Read our blog post to learn more.