Impact Dakota Blog is a blog dedicated to supporting North Dakota’s manufacturing community improve People, Purpose, Processes and Performance. Entries provide information on opportunities, new ideas, quick tips, celebrations of success, and well, frankly, anything to help you become a better manufacturer.

November 13, 2018

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Cybersecurity Right Now — An Interview with Pat TothThe number of cyber attacks continues to rise, and cyber criminals are getting more determined. Companies are left trying to navigate confusing technical guidance in a rapidly changing digital landscape. Small manufacturers often don’t think their companies are at risk. After all, why would someone want to target a small, rural manufacturer when there are bigger businesses to target?

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October 31, 2018

How Secure is your Factory Floor?As the manufacturing industry becomes more digitized, it is an increasingly popular target for cybercriminals

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October 29, 2018

Fear/Fear NotThe robots are coming for our jobs—that’s the widely held view. But the likely outcome is a bit more nuanced.

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October 26, 2018

Manufacturing in North Dakota Celebrated in OctoberManufacturing tours and events were held across the state

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October 18, 2018

5 Questions to Ask Your Cybersecurity ProfessionalAlmost weekly we hear about another company or organization that has fallen victim to a cyber-attack. We know cybercriminals are more persistent and we need to be more diligent about protecting information.

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October 17, 2018

The Case for Behavioral StrategyLeft unchecked, subconscious biases will undermine strategic decision making. Here’s how to counter them and improve corporate performance.

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October 16, 2018

Applying Artificial Intelligence in B2B and B2C - What's the Difference?It may be more difficult for B2B companies to adopt AI than B2C companies for a variety of reasons.

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October 9, 2018

Cybersecurity Starts with Your EmployeesOctober is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It is a great time for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to educate employees about the vital role they play in protecting the business against cyber attacks while providing a positive cybersecurity message.

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October 4, 2018

Toyota Groupies vs. Lean Thinking“We in the West noticed Toyota's success and copied them; used their tools and attacked our wastes, but our problems are different. We might not make cars."

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