John Papageorge Tech Guru

John is a PLM Innovation Senior Analyst at Arena Solutions. He is a results-driven consultant who has worked with some of the biggest names in technology, including Oracle, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, and IBM, to improve their marketing and lead generation strategies. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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How Energy Storage Will Ensure the Cleantech Industry Sees More Green

Since Thomas Edison discovered electricity, the ability to store massive amounts of energy has confounded scientists, engineers and even the “The Father of Electricity,” himself. Without a storage component, the cleantech industry will not be able to experience sustainable growth as price spikes, security threats, instability and volatility remain ongoing challenges.

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Why Multitasking Is Killing Your Business

If you believe "multitasking" is productive and positive, you’re literally wasting your time. Consider it a bad fad that you can put in the same lame trend basket as neon leotards, head-to-toe denim, crop crotch pants and mullets.

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What High Tech Can Learn from the Military and Aerospace Industries

Whether you’re the director of operations at a SMB or the vice president of engineering at a global enterprise, achieving operation excellence is your number one responsibility; however, a flatter manufacturing world — with globally dispersed supply chain teams — has made overseeing product development processes more challenging.

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How Blockchain Technology Will Change The World

The world of money and finance is changin­­g fast. Digitized assets and new financial channels, instruments and systems are creating new paradigms for financial transaction and conduits of capital. You’ve probably heard of the terms Bitcoin, which at its essence is digital cash, and blockchain technology that enables transactions.

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How Cloud Accelerates the Internet of Thing's Need for Speed

In the Internet of Things (IoT) space, pain points vary widely across industries. IoT technology for enabling a smart city has very different dynamics and ramifications than the technology needed to make a smart watch for example. Regulatory hurdles for a government project may take a decade to address, whereas a consumer product could go through multiple generations of changes in one percent of those timeframes. Adoption rates for IoT also vary widely – with retail, consumer products, and manufacturing leading the way, and financial services, natural resources, and education taking longer to adopt. 

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The Rise of the Modern Manufacturing CFO

The role of CFO at innovative product companies has quickly evolved from “bean counter” to powerful agent of change and business leader. In manufacturing's past, the role of the CFO has been limited to accounting practices, such as ensuring company compliance with financial reporting and control requirements — rather than any direct involvement in specific IT strategic initiatives.

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Listen to Your Customers

Here’s a connect-the-dots exercise. Design-focused companies have outperformed the S&P 500 index by 228 percent in the last decade. Salesforce, which offers the most intuitive, highly configurable CRM SaaS solution on the market, grows 25% year over year. In a recent CNN product design survey, two of the top ten product designs in the last century — according to design experts — were from Apple, a company soon to be worth a trillion dollars.

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How Smart Manufacturers Get "Exotic Personalities" to Collaborate Nicely

A few months ago, I wrote an article about the dangers a company faces when one of its employees raves about Olive Garden. The issue isn’t that the Olive Garden lover is a problem employee — it’s that anyone tarred with the “Olive Garden lover” brush will unfairly get thrown under the bus when failures arise in a manufacturing company’s supply chain.

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Medical Device Managers Share One Secret to Success

Many executives in the medical device industry—from founders of startups to the heads of billion dollar public companies—have long felt overly burdened by what they consider unduly complex approval processes. Frustrated executives bemoan how these directives impede innovation and delay the availability of better health care.

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Turn Disruptive Change Into a Competitive Advantage

The high tech industry is undergoing a sweeping transformation. This has meant an increasingly competitive market with more pressure to perform, but also introduces new business opportunities. 

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