Lessons learned: 2020, COVID-19 and the Future of Manufacturing

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a particularly interesting year.

The challenges, constraints and complex (and often contradictory) safety and productivity requirements COVID-19 presented the manufacturing industry have tested its people, its processes and its technologies like never before. It fundamentally changed the way the industry operates—it required new production systems, new supply chains and new procedures for the full market while individual companies experimented with new technologies to meet unexpected surges in demand while keeping customers and workers safe.

An interesting year to say the least.

The totality of the changes 2020 required will be studied in textbooks for years. It was a unique high-stakes, high-speed innovation race, the likes of which the world has rarely experienced. Some of these changes will likely prove to be temporary, though others—particularly around the technological and automation implementations it included—have already begun to reshape the industry in permanent ways.

To

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4 Strategic Business Lessons From Entrepreneurs Who Run Their Business Completely Online


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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has already brought enormous change in the way we do business. Millions of people are forced to run their business completely online, working from home. Of course change is inevitable in business, things change in time; but the pandemic made it compulsory to adapt to a new reality, to survive. Even after several months, the future still looks uncertain; the only thing we can be sure of at the moment is, doing business online.

Right now, for any entrepreneur, the main emphasis should be on sharpening the digital business strategies. Here, four entrepreneurs from different countries and different sectors share their experience and a lesson they’ve learned while running their completely online businesses.

Build your business based on what you’re good at,

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4 Digital Marketing Lessons To Scale Your Brand in 2021

Entrepreneur Kody White and success coach Bismarck Ebiweh share their insights about digital marketing in 2021 and beyond

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Perhaps it’s too early to say ‘business as usual’, but there’s no denying the fact that brands are slowly but surely putting the falls and fears of 2020 behind them. Leading entrepreneur Kody White and success coach Bismarck Ebiweh share their expertise on prominent digital marketing trends. With another year slowly making its way to us, they share with us five digital marketing lessons to help you scale up your brand in 2021.

Digital marketing trends for 2021

White pointed out the growing significance of UX

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Business Leaders Look Back At The Lessons Learnt Through The COVID-19 Crisis During The Latest #EntMERoundtable Discusssion Presented By du


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A little over six months into the global COVID-19 crisis and its many repercussions, there are plenty of signs that business leaders across the MENA region are now getting a grasp on which facets of their business models work well, and which ones are too rigid and outdated for a constantly changing world. A detailed and honest discourse on this “new normal” was the main focus of the latest Entrepreneur Middle East Round Table presented by du, which was hosted as a virtual event in October this year.

Moderated by Entrepreneur Middle East Editor in Chief Aby Sam Thomas, this edition of this gathering of prominent business leaders from the MENA region featured Hany Fahmy Aly, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Business at UAE-headquartered telecom,

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New chip design draws lessons from Xbox to make Windows PCs more secure



graphical user interface: Microsoft’s new “Pluton” architecture has won support from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm. (Microsoft Graphic)


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A new architecture for computer processors, unveiled by Microsoft this morning under the name “Pluton,” will take security technologies that currently exist in a separate hardware component in Windows PCs and integrate them directly into the central processing unit, promising a major advance in security.

In addition to reducing the ability for hackers to break through a computer’s security protections, Microsoft says the approach will centralize security firmware updates through Windows Update, rather than requiring users to implement patches from different vendors.

It’s modeled after the chip design that Microsoft introduced with the Xbox One in 2013, and also uses in its Azure Sphere processors for Internet of Things devices.

AMD, Intel and Qualcomm joined Microsoft in the announcement, signaling their intent to adopt the architecture in future chips. Timing for the

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Don’t Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy

There are a handful of nonprofit job-training programs with proven track records, including Year Up, Per Scholas, Project Quest and JVS. The M.I.T. group suggests making federal grants available to such noncollege training and job programs.

But those nonprofit ventures are still small, reaching tens of thousands a year in total. By contrast, the nation’s 1,100 community colleges serve millions of students. The report calls them “the linchpin to America’s training ecosystem,” and recommends increasing government funding, with support linked to adopting best practices and placing students in good-paying jobs.

The report calls for raising the minimum wage, broadening unemployment insurance and modifying labor laws to enable collective bargaining in occupations like domestic and home-care workers and freelance workers. Such representation, the report notes, could come from traditional unions or worker advocacy groups like the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Jobs With Justice and

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Jim Ryan, PlayStation CEO, on lessons learned from PS5 launch

  • This is a defining week for Sony’s PlayStation division as it launches its next-generation game console, the PlayStation 5, on November 12.
  • Ahead of the PS5 launch, we spoke to Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, which handles the PlayStation business, about how he managed his global team through an important but tumultuous year.
  • Ryan says he learned a lot through launching the PlayStation 5 this year, and believes his business won’t return to the old ways of doing things once the pandemic has ended.
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On Thursday, Sony’s PlayStation division will launch its next-generation game console, the PlayStation 5, in its first seven countries. Years in the making, the global launch will continue rolling out one week later on November 19.

This was always the plan at Sony: to launch the PS5 in “holiday 2020.” But earlier this year,

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Business Lessons In The War Of The Presidential Ad Campaigns

by Erik Sherman

A mix of political consultants, professional marketers, and seemingly endless ads burned through billions of dollars and steered the outcome of the presidential election. And experts say the advertising they produced and deployed—not “foreign interference” or “conspiracy theories”—are what really made a difference.

C-suites everywhere take notice: The power of persuasive ads has never been greater. And like businesses, the seemingly bottomless pockets of presidential campaigns and their dark-money kin have to test every message. And as more of life moves into the digital space, so does more of everyone’s ad spend.

Savvy CEOs and

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Science communication is more important than ever. Here are 3 lessons from around the world on what makes it work

It’s a challenging time to be a science communicator. The current pandemic, climate crisis, and concerns over new technologies from artificial intelligence to genetic modification by CRISPR demand public accountability, clear discussion and the ability to disagree in public.

However, science communication is not new to challenge. The 20th century can be read as a long argument for science communication in the interest of the public good.

Since the Second World War, there have been many efforts to negotiate a social contract between science and civil society. In the West, part of that negotiation has emphasised the distribution of scientific knowledge. But how is the relationship between science and society formulated around the globe?

We collected stories from 39 countries together into a book, Communicating Science: A Global Perspective, to understand how science communication has unfolded internationally. Globally it has played a key role in public health, environmental protection and

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From father to son, lessons in life are paying medical science dividends

But as time wore on and retirement took him into his mid-80s, something elemental in Glen Croswell shifted — and then began to slip away.

Tom Croswell, the CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and his father, Glen, at Fenway Park. Glen Croswell died in May 2014.
Tom Croswell, the CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and his father, Glen, at Fenway Park. Glen Croswell died in May 2014.

He seemed confused. A father of four, he drove to a family member’s house in Waterville, Maine, a trip he had made dozens of times, and got hopelessly lost.

“It wasn’t clear that he had full-scale dementia,” Tom Croswell said. “And he didn’t at that point, but it was clear that there was something not quite right there. And then there were times when I’d be with him and he would just seem a little confused.”

The confusion worsened.

Glen Croswell couldn’t sleep. He wandered around his house in Gorham, Maine. The man who once was a whiz capable of intricate repairs to antique

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