MDG Boston FORUM Recap

MDG Boston

Rapid Diagnosis at Bedside or Remotely
The Next Big Medical Game Changer

What This Means for Clinicians, Patients, and Competitiveness in the Medical Device Market

Mobile digital diagnostic technologies enable the advancement of digital biomarkers through continuous measurement of biological and pathogenic processes or pharmacological responses that translate to informative and actionable clinical insights.

Rapid Diagnosis at Bedside or Remotely

eComp president Rich Nadeau talks about Eaton Power Management products.

The Next Big Medical Game Changer

Eaton Power Management products at the MDG Boston FORUM.

Visit eComp at the next New England Expo and Tech Forum Show & Conference on October 8th 2019 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center. Click here for more info.

How to Get the Most Out of Your IT Space

The Truth About IT Rooms
Server rooms come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, each with their various benefits and drawbacks. While we can’t always choose where our IT server equipment will be placed, we can optimize the environment to ensure maximum system uptime. Some of the things to assess when looking to improve your IT room include:

• Security – Locks and alarms are good, defined procedures and monitoring are even better
• Training – Cross-train support personnel to increase knowledge base and reduce reliance on one person
• Nature calls – Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and blizzards all happen. Mother nature can be a nightmare, think ahead, anticipate, and have a power back-up strategy.
• Untangle – Proper IT rooms follow proper cabling and rigging guidelines. Save the spaghetti for lunch, not your IT room.
• More Power – Lack of adequate power protection leaves the business vulnerable to failure. Using a UPS for back-up and power conditioning adds needed protection.

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4 Steps to Improve Your Network Closet or IT Room

Improving your network closet or IT room
When it comes to building out IT rooms, closets, or something a little more substantial, there are a few best practices to keep in mind. The first major consideration is location. Pick rooms that are not in the basement, away from plumbing and easy to secure and cool. Successful upgrade or refresh projects are based on a sound strategy. Start by documenting your current environment’s power and space needs and take into consideration any upgrades or expansions. As you build out your network closet, mounting, installation and cable management options must be considered. And finally, it’s not about thinking about it or building it, it’s about running it. This guide will give you hints on how to get back to business quickly. Read on to learn more about steps you can take to improve your network closet or server room.

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MDG Boston FORUM Recap

MDG BostonApril 17, 2019
MDG Boston FORUM at Regis College
US Healthcare Economics
Innovating our way out of a Crisis

This essential discussion was to help MedTech developers understand the economic factors driving opportunities within the US Healthcare System.

MDG Boston FORUM

eComp president Rich Nadeau addresses the forum audience.

US Healthcare Economics

Discussing the value of Eaton Power Management products.

What’s disrupting manufacturing?

The world has entered the next Industrial Revolution, and manufacturing is a leading example of a sector undergoing major digital disruption.

What's disrupting manufacturing?
The world is in the midst of what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and digital technology is upending every sector of the economy.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in manufacturing, where everything from planning, design, and preorder to supply chain, sales, and post-sales are benefiting from an extreme digital makeover. Here are four technologies that are disrupting manufacturing.

1. Big data

It would be fair to say that big data is transforming all sectors of the economy, but manufacturing is benefiting especially because of the sheer amount of data it generates at every step of the manufacturing process, often using vast numbers of machines across national and international sites.

What big data – in conjunction with algorithm and cloud technologies – does that makes it such a game-changer is disseminate unprecedented amounts of information in real-time. This gives decision-makers a huge advantage when it comes to driving efficiency and perfecting processes. Additionally, the nature of big data means there is more fluid and seamless integration of a manufacturer’s IT systems such as SAP, Oracle, and ERP.

2. Digital supply chain

The manufacturing supply chain is rapidly becoming unrecognizable from its pre-digital relatives. That’s largely thanks to the internet of things (IoT) technology, where strategically placed sensors are used to capture huge amounts of data that is then used to provide real-time feedback on every aspect of the supply chain, from sourcing raw materials to final product delivery.

Additionally, IoT is used in conjunction with big data to pinpoint any supply chain weaknesses, such as machinery that may require an upgrade, greatly improving overall efficiency.

Manufacturers are also increasingly incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented and virtual reality into their supply chains, giving them unprecedented insights over the entire scope of their operations.

This may include everything from ordering, procurement of raw materials and parts from suppliers, warehousing, freight and transport, staffing needs, and communicating with suppliers and customers. Manufacturers can then use that information to greatly reduce the time taken for the entire manufacturing process.

3. 3D printing

3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing, thanks to its ability to mass-produce products far more cost-effectively than at any time previous, and to customize items specifically to a consumer’s needs.

Using specific software applications, 3D printers use all the digital data at their disposal to produce three-dimensional objects using a host of different materials. Like a standard inkjet printer, 3D printers deposit the chosen material – anything from plastic to titanium, polymers, gold, and silver – which a laser beam then uses to solidify the material, creating the product by placing layers of parts on top of each other.

3D printing is still in its relatively formative stages, but its potential to disrupt manufacturing is obvious given its cost and time advantages. In the not-too-distant future, advanced 3D printers will incorporate a range of materials that can be used simultaneously for increasingly complex designs, allowing for far greater innovation and product trial and error.

4. Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence, or advanced machine learning, represents the next frontier of digital manufacturing, where the scope and potential is seemingly limitless. In the foreseeable future, AI will likely be responsible for everything from vastly improved supply chains to virtual designs, customized consumer products, and whole new business models.

One area of AI that manufacturers are especially excited about is generative design, where designers and engineers input parameters for materials, costs and manufacturing methods into a generative design software program. That program then generates and tests a range of design alternatives in a fraction of the time that such design and testing would have previously taken.

AI will continue to open up a world of possibilities for manufacturers that need to bring their product to market as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Businesses of all types and sizes should be aware of these disruptions, and adopt (or at least explore) them if they want to remain ahead of the curve and embrace their benefits.

How successful businesses are winning the race in IT

Technology may be changing faster than ever, but successful organizations are still reliant on the expertise of employees, partners and vendors to win the IT race.

Winning the race in IT
Technology may be changing faster than ever, but successful organizations are still reliant on the expertise of employees, partners, and vendors to win the IT race, according to a recent OneAffiniti survey.

The finding is one of several key IT trends identified in OneAffiniti’s 2019 Business IT Trends Annual Report, which explored the differences between successful and unsuccessful businesses concerning the use of IT.

The survey of 625 US and Canadian individuals in decision-making or decision-influencing positions found successful organizations are able to identify the challenges facing their IT and resource accordingly, drawing upon the skills of employees, partners, and vendors.

Internal expertise: #1 IT success factor

Asked the key IT project success factors, “strong internal expertise” rated top at 29 percent, followed by “technical support” from partners (21 percent) and “service support” from vendors (11 percent), along with “internal leadership” (also 11 per cent).

These factors correlate with those identified by Erin Palmer as key to project success, namely:

  • Having smart people with a commitment to the group and a shared vision.
  • Smart planning to ensure a project is set up for success from the get-go.
  • Open communication within the team.
  • Careful risk management.
  • Strong project closure that confirms project delivery, testing, and release.

Given the dominance of technical skills, CIOs, COOs, and boards alike should ensure such skills are available when making hiring decisions and strategic plans for significant IT deployments.

Analyzing the results, the survey showed that successful businesses identify their needs, allocate sufficient budget to meet them, and invest in the relationships needed to meet any challenges.

Partnerships also critical

Partnerships are vital to this process, as highlighted by CompTIA, since the small and midsized businesses (SMBs) most satisfied with their IT also have close relationships with their technology partners, while larger companies seek help from partners in filling skills gaps.

Reflecting on the biggest challenges faced by successful projects, survey respondents gave a range of responses, from “insufficient budget” (19 percent) to “insufficient internal expertise” (17 percent) and “poor internal training and communications” (9 percent).

Tellingly, successful businesses better understood the challenges they faced than their unsuccessful competitors.

Recruiting is the key

According to CompTIA’s latest research, nearly four in 10 U.S. tech firms have job openings and are actively recruiting candidates for technical positions, with hiring intent most concentrated among large and medium-sized firms.

Finding workers with the right skills and experience, particularly in emerging areas such as machine learning, IoT integration, or robotics process automation (RPA) is critical, along with the necessary “soft skills.”

This is particularly the case amid intense competition for tech talent, rising salary expectations, and the limited pool of available workers.

And with the global IT industry expected to reach $5 trillion in 2019 – including $1.6 trillion in the United States – according to IDC, businesses that secure the right expertise will have a wealth of opportunities for growth.

To recap: successful IT businesses are those with access to skilled employees, partners, and vendor support, amid growing demand for tech in 2019. Does that sound like your business? If not, then you know what to do.

Your UPS: Centralized or decentralized?

What’s better for your business: a single, centralized UPS; or a decentralized setup with several units? Our handy guide can help you decide.

Your UPS Centralized or decentralized?
Every organization should have a UPS strategy (Uninterruptible Power Supply). One of the big questions is configuration: centralized into one unit or cluster, or decentralize, with multiple local devices? It’s an important decision and there are pros and cons attached to each approach.

Factors to consider include purchase and running costs; installation and maintenance; space and location; and staff or contractor requirements.

Our PDF guide lays out the pros and cons of each approach in an easy-to-follow format, using plain English and simple graphics to help you decide which strategy will work best for your organization.

Choose the right UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

Getting ready to decide which UPS is best for your organization? Our head-to-head checklist takes you through the key features, making it easy to compare and decide.


Choosing the right UPS for your organization isn’t just important, it’s mission-critical. Once you’ve narrowed your choices down to a few candidates, you’ll want to make some head-to-head comparisons.

Eaton Power ManagementSoftware, batteries, interfaces, network cards, mounting hardware, power ratings … our comparison checklist makes it easy to lay out the capabilities you need and see how your choices stack up.

Download our checklist to help you make the best UPS choice. You’ll be glad you did.

Do you need a solution for the REACH Legislation coming in 2020?

REACH Legislation 2020REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. REACH compliance is mandatory on Products produced in or shipped into the European Union (EU) and member countries.

The challenge REACH regulation requires that companies disclose the use of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). The SVHC candidate list is updated every six months. SVHCs listed in the “Authorization List” (REACH Annex XIV) are not allowed to be placed on the market in the EU after their sunset date. Complying with REACH requires dedicated resources to obtain supporting documentation from each supplier, every time new SVHCs are added to the candidate list.

eComp has teamed up with Total Parts Plus TPP providing data content for product environmental compliance and obsolescence management.

Do not get caught unprepared. 2020 is right around the corner. Contact eComp for a demo today at 508-881-8399!