Now in a regular Friday spot, this is the Reading Room, a weekly roundup of what we’ve been reading, watching and listening to. You can see these updates even more regularly if you follow me on LinkedIn or Twitter.
- Apparently, America’s manufacturers are desperate for qualified workers to fill their currently available jobs and Deloitte estimates the need is going to grow to over 2.4 million openings by 2028. According to this sponsored article in Industry Week, it’s “Manufacturing’s $6 Billion Problem”
- I love an article that starts “I was walking my dog one morning when…” Still on jobs, Robert W. Lucky, in IEEE Spectrum, asks Are Engineers Who Specialize More Successful?
- According to Bernhard Warner in Fortune, “Artificial Intelligence Could Be a $14 Trillion Boon to the Global Economy—If It Can Overcome These Obstacles”
- Check out McKinsey’s report on “Women in the Workplace 2019”. Five years in to their research, they see bright spots at senior levels. But companies need to focus their efforts earlier in the pipeline to make real progress.
- Forbes Contributor, Jim Vinoski, ask, “Is Mass Personalization The Next Big Hurdle For Manufacturers?”
- And also in Forbes, my own contribution, suggesting that “2020 Will Be Pivotal For EMS Companies And Their Marketing Teams”. I’d love to know if you agree with my 2020 view of the EMS world.
FROM SMTAi: We’ve edited and posted a few more videos from SMTAi, take a look on our YouTube channel. May favorite this week is “that SCOOPshow” with two great guest, Michael Ford and Juan Arango.
WEBINAR OF THE WEEK: I am putting two in this week, both of which I think you’ll find interesting and both from Industry Week. Next Thursday, November 7th at 2pm New York time, they are hosting “Equipment-as-a-Service: The Future of Manufacturing” and on November 13th at 11am, New York time, they are hosting, “How AI, the Cloud, and a Modern Augmented Worker Platform Are Transforming Manufacturing”
Read more, watch more, hear more, know more – that’s the SCOOP!