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The Power of Advanced Analytics in Manufacturing

Hitesh Soni and Vanessa Saulsberry contributed to this article


12.3 Million. That’s how many workers the U.S. manufacturing industry employs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting for almost 1/10th of the workforce. That’s a lot of jobs supporting growing families and businesses. Clearly, with the industry representing over 12 percent of the United States’ total GDP[i], manufacturing companies are a critical component to building a stronger economy.

Manufacturing leaders are facing some tough challenges and immense competition. The only way to stay competitive in this environment is through good old-fashioned innovation. Despite outspending global counterparts in R&D[ii], there are untapped opportunities hidden in the vast amounts of data manufacturers collect.

These opportunities are wide ranging and include:

  • Improving the customer experience
  • Retaining top talent and increasing employee engagement
  • Margin recovery
  • Enhanced product quality and safety
  • Boosting supplier and vendor relations
  • Improved efficiency on the plant floor

The possibilities and potential applications are endless. Indeed, IDC predicts that by 2020 the global Big Data and business analytics market will increase by $73 Billion[iii].

Over the last decade the complexities often associated with gathering and analyzing large volumes of data, including Big Data, IoT, and now IIoT, have dissipated. Modern data science and business intelligence tools go one step further, allowing department heads to serve up highly-visual, ad-hoc reports on their own, eliminating much of the heavy lifting by IT.

Manufacturing companies that embed predictive analytics can pry open new doors for additional insights regarding future outcomes. Suddenly, business leaders have transformed legacy systems into something far more valuable, unlocking greater ROI and influencing positive business impact.

For a deeper dive into this topic read the white paper: Leveraging Modern Data Science, Predictive Analytics, and BI for Competitive Advantage.

[i] Bureau of Economic Analysis, real value added by industry (accessed January 13, 2017) –
[ii] U.S. Manufacturing in International Perspective Marc Levinson Section Research Manager January 18, 2017

A New Year of Opportunities and Challenges


2017 is sure to bring its unique set of challenges and opportunities for companies across the globe. From an upsurge in cyber threats to advances in AI and 3D printing, we’re headed for some of the most interesting developments we’ve seen in some time. Not to mention a host of economic, political, and social developments to consider.

For enterprise companies to stay competitive and profitable they must find ways to stand out from the crowd—a new or enhanced product or service, a new customer-first culture, or streamlined and cost-effective operations; they’re all top of mind for savvy business leaders.

Faster – better – stronger; that’s what all companies want to become. The problem is that it’s not easy to get there without commitment from the top down. Flat or shrinking budgets, along with lack of executive buy-in can bring these types of far-reaching initiatives to a screeching halt. The good news is more companies are considering sizable investments in people, process, and technology. It should make for an interesting year and we can’t wait to see what 2017 ushers in.

We’re planning some pretty cool things ourselves. Starting with a few updates to our website, we’ll also be developing some new content resources that we hope our customers and friends will find useful. We’ll also be sharing ideas and seeking feedback from our customers and new friends. Stay tuned, as we’ll be rolling out these updates over the next few months.

From our family to yours – have a happy and prosperous New Year!

The ISM, Inc. team

Appreciating Mahatma Gandhi and Teaching Leadership

May 27, 2015 – Written by Divan Da’ve

Appreciating Mahatma Gandhi and Teaching Leadership

Mahatma-Gandhi-and-Teaching-Leadership-300x199“I’m glad to reveal a picture of my own grandfather, who was not only a true Gandhian, but Chief Minister of Gujarat and five a time Member of Indian Parliament, Shri Ghanshyambhai Oza. Here is he with Gandhi on a train station in Gujarat. This picture was taken somewhere in the 1930’s. The man in a black hat with raised hand in front of Gandhi is my beloved grandfather.”

ISM Inc. CEO Divan Dave with an inspiring article about Mahatma Gandhi & teaching leadership.

I have an overwhelming appreciation of Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership and immense contribution to India’s struggle for freedom. Through referencing Gandhi’s efforts, I teach leadership basics to the ISM/OmniMD team. Quoting Maharishi Patanjali: “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new great & wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculty and talents, come alive and you discover yourself to be great person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” My belief is while leaders are both born and created, leadership cannot not be taught. A leader to be must want to be a leader. Many leaders are made out of necessity, while few are born with certain leadership traits.

Leadership traits I learned through Mahatma Gandhi’s work:

  • Have a self-initiated objective to achieve, which inspires you. Don’t do something for heck of it. Life is too short and too precious to waste on mediocre achievements. Take an example from Mahatma Gandhi, he had life mission to free India from British rule.
  • Find a solution commiserated to your nature to achieve the objective. Mahatma Gandhi devised the non-cooperation and the non-violent movement, as that was his TRUE nature. He wouldn’t have been too successful on the path of violence.
  • Believe in an objective and solution fully and unwaveringly. Stay committed throughout – even in toughest of times. Tough times are the true testaments of one’s leadership. Set examples your team can follow, always show how committed and focused you are. Throughout his struggle for the freedom of India, Mahatma Gandhi was steadfast in his commitment to non-violence.
  • A true leader devises an effective method to communicate his/her objectives and solutions to the masses. Your team must believe in your project & methods by which to achieve it. Win followers and friends, convert foes into friends and they will communicate your objectives and solutions. Remember everyone is on the Frequency, WIFM (What’s IN For Me?). Show them why, how, when and what they need to do. Gandhi orchestrated many acts to gather masses like the Dandi March to collect salt.
  • Leadership is full-time work. Be a fulltime and fully committed leader, there is no such thing as part-time leadership. It’s said Gandhi worked 18 hours/day, seven days a week.
  • Be a likable leader. Though leadership in NOT a popularity contest, one must make oneself a likeable leader. You’ll have far less resistance. Lead by inspiring, rather than through fear. Many decisions will be hard and unlikable, but everyone you’re dealing with must follow you. One of the key achievements of a leader is willing followers. Many disagreed with Gandhi. There were many freedom fighters, even who believed in violent struggle against British rule, but Gandhi was able to convince the majority of masses, otherwise; a great achievement on his part.
  • Produce results. Without results there is no leader. Leaders don’t make excuses, they get things done. Gandhi, with the help of many freedom fighters, did achieve India’s freedom from British rule.
  • Leave a legacy. A leader creates his/her legacy. During his life and after, Gandhi created many leaders who still follow his vision today. An organization or philosophy created by a leader should not fall apart after his/her departure. A leader creates a principle based organization, not founded on his/her personality. People come and go, they can make mistakes and their image can be tarnished. A principle based organization will not have such an issue.