Technological Advances to Move the Needle
Businesses are working smarter when analyzing an astounding amount of data, at incredible rates of speed. Operations both large and small continue to turn to data center solutions in all corners of the globe to handle data management. “Big Data Means Big Possibilities” underscores the vital need to manage data and reduce risk: Cisco notes global Internet traffic will reach an enormous 966 exabytes per year by 2015, which is also when market research firm International Data Corp. estimates there will be 2.7 billion users online.
These numbers accentuate the need to maintain business continuity.
In “HQ Location Selection: The Human Resource Factor,” we learn the single greatest risk in a corporate relocation is the threat to business continuity. Find out why management must focus on their employees’ needs to ensure retention and a smooth transition to a new location.
Corporate relocations are undertaken for a variety of reasons, including the ability to advance innovation as certain locations offer access to dynamic industry clusters. In the industrial biotechnology field, developments in advanced biofuels are making inroads. “Advancing Biofuels” notes not only the promise of renewable sources of energy but the creation of jobs, and the expansion of the supplier chain, such as sourcing feedstocks from the ag sector.
Speaking of bio-related industries, in the biopharma sector, outsourcing has gained momentum as manufacturers increasingly support critical tasks, and work with contract manufacturing organizations. “Biopharma Continues Globalization Efforts” says budgets are rising, and notes why trends such as scaling up with single-use disposable systems offer advantages in capacity and productivity.
The aerospace industry was one of the nation’s economic bright spots in 2012, led by the ninth consecutive year of growth in civil aircraft sales. The overall projections for this year are positive — except when it comes to the military market. At press time, the budget sequestration was in place, which may cause a severe blow to spending by the Department of Defense. The industry, driven by advocates such as the Aerospace Industries Association, was hopeful the Continuing Resolution, set to expire at the end of March, and which would reverse the sequestration, would be extended.
“Aerospace Prepares for Tumultuous Trek” says regional economic developers are working collaboratively to support the sector’s changing needs. In New Hampshire and Michigan we learn about industry-led coalitions and consortiums that are paving the way for the future.
The future of aircraft includes the immeasurable potential of unmanned aircraft systems. The challenge for the industry, which includes applications spanning agriculture to search and rescue, is access to the national air space to fly and test the systems. By the end of this year, the FAA will approve six locations in the United States as test sites for UAS. Read “UAS: Just the Beginning” to learn why unmanned systems are driving a tech revolution, and how they will improve our lives.
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