The 2016 CI Top 12 is our fourth annual exclusive ranking of the leading worldwide manufacturers of advanced ceramics, glasses and refractories. This is my favorite feature every year because it highlights the amazing scope of the advanced ceramic and related industries.
Cybersecurity continues to be a critical concern for industries ranging from manufacturing and retail to banking. It is imperative that all manufacturing organizations develop strategies to manage cybersecurity risks. As Peter J. Beshar pointed out in a recent Fortune article, cybersecurity is a challenge every business should prepare for: “Everything is connected now. Robots perform critical tasks, and artificial intelligence mimics human cognition.
From 2008 to 2012, the percentage of examiner interviews conducted for U.S. patent applications nearly doubled from about 15 to 30%. In 2012, 90% of applications in which examiner interviews were conducted were allowed, compared to a 61% allowance rate for patents in which no interviews were conducted. These trends have continued.
As the market continues to improve, your organization might (finally!) be plugging some holes in the workforce and even creating new positions. As you shuffle through résumés, don’t get too hung up on finding the perfect mixture of background and technical skills. The most important qualification a job seeker can possess isn’t always evident on paper.