Work Examples: Business Technology
More examples of my business technology work.
Just about everything I’ve ever written pertains to business in some way. When I wrote for Farm Equipment magazine, I covered how technology developments could make farmers’ jobs easier and create greater efficiencies. As an editor for OEM Off-Highway magazine, I wrote about ruggedized components and factory improvements. As the editorial director of the Cygnus Law Enforcement Group, I wrote about grant funding, technologies and other developments that served as force multipliers for cash-strapped law enforcement agencies. Business and technology are a part of every industry. With 22 years of experience writing for business, I know and understand complex business topics and can help you promote your business and your products in a positive way that positions you as industry leaders.
The topics I write about in the business sphere include sustainability and environmental concerns, such as indoor air quality, LEED, net zero, water quality, infection control, recycling and green builds; mergers and acquisitions; the IoT and IIoT; blockchain; software and technology; cyber security; computer networking; retailing; new products and technology; business processes; and robotics.
I have experience imparting information in many ways including whitepapers, case studies, profiles, custom magazines, promotional programs and digital campaigns.
Blockchain is an independent, transparent and permanent database, coexisting in multiple locations and shared by a community, which builds trust. The data in a blockchain can be trusted for three primary reasons:
- Any data added to a blockchain undergoes a vetting process for people to reach critical consensus.
- Anything that goes into a blockchain goes in with digital signatures, so there is the notion of non-reputability, so you can’t say you didn’t do that.
- It is virtually immutable in that there are multiple copies. If a user were to unilaterally change a copy, it would become inconsistent with the rest of the data.
Because of these three properties, and because what goes in there stays unchanged or unaltered into perpetuity, is why it can be used to store salient information relevant to business transactions.
(Taken from an article on leveraging blockchain in supply chains.)
Minnesota is known for winter temperatures that would make a polar bear shiver, so it’s no surprise that 150 years ago a manufacturer of woolen blankets set up shop in Faribault, Minnesota
Today in a society that moves faster than information travels down the cyber highway, Faribault Woolen Mill slows the pace by continuing to deliver on its rich history of making cozy woolen blankets for customers to curl up with on a cold winter’s day. Comfort goes beyond the blankets, however, as the mill brings growth and strength to the local economy and to American manufacturing. The Lake Country manufacturer represents the only integrated woolen mill in the United States at a time when it’s common for blanket manufacturers to favor synthetic fibers over natural ones and ship manufacturing overseas in a quest for cheaper labor.
It’s safe to say being made in the USA is rooted in the woolen mills’ DNA.
(Taken from a profile on Faribault Woolen Mill.)
Procure-to-pay (P2P) should be a simple process. The purchasing manager orders an item, the product or raw material arrives as ordered and on time, and the accounts payable team receives an invoice and pays it promptly. Unfortunately, the process is anything but easy. Companies often place this behind-the-scenes effort on the back burner where procurement, approvals, invoice validation, accounts payable and spend analytics become disjointed activities performed manually, and often inaccurately.
However, technology is pushing this back-office procedure to the forefront, where it’s automated, connected and mobile. For companies, like Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, a hotelier with more than 1,300 hotels in over 100 countries, automating P2P is making all the difference in the world.
This automation as a real game changer. Standardizing P2P will dramatically reduce the costs and errors associated with manual efforts to prepare, place, receive and pay for orders. The results included better financial controls, lower product costs, reduced overhead and improved relationships with operations staff and suppliers.
Spend visibility and strategic sourcing are two areas Starwood is vastly improving upon. The supply chain requires spend visibility in order to identify areas for strategic sourcing.
(Taken from a case study on Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide use of P2P automation.)