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Monday, February 23, 2015

What will become of Supply Chain Management (SCM)?

After completing our analysis of 2014 Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation one standout was that there were very few acquisitions by SCM (Supply Chain Management) companies.  In fact, SCM had the fewest acquisitions of any of the manufacturing automations sectors.  At the same time, it was one of the highest growth sectors we evaluated, […]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014

In July of 2014 Mirus initiated its coverage of the Manufacturing Automation including PLM, ERP, SCM and System Integration sectors.   We have now updated this report exploring 2014 performance of major public Manufacturing Automation Software companies, related M&A transactions, and trends in the industry.  See Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014 Overall, 2014 was […]

Friday, January 23, 2015

Why do you do what you do?

The primary purpose of this blog post is to ask you if you can articulate WHY you do what you do.   If you can’t, I‘d suggest you take a few moments to check out this link to Simon Sinek’s Ted talk.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5Tw0PGcyN0.     He is the author of “Start with WHY”, which discusses how starting with […]

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Three Key Barriers to Resurrecting a Struggling Ski Resort

There is a movement going on in the cold weather recreation/resort world. The movement is to save cold weather, outdoor recreation venues – specifically ski areas. From closing…for good. In the Northeast alone, Tenney Mountain in New Hampshire, Hickory Ski Center and West Mountain in New York, and Saddleback, Mount Abram, and Lost Valley in […]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Battle for BOM Control and its Impact on Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation

For years the big PLM and their ERP counterparts have been battling it out for control of the company master Bill of Material (BOM). ERP vendors have traditionally owned the Manufacturing BOM; PLM the Engineering BOM; leaving the end user to determine who owns the master. In our recent white paper that initiated coverage of […]

Monday, May 12, 2014

Made in Massachusetts – the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative

Mirus recently sponsored the Advanced Manufacturing Summit in Worcester, which attracted hundreds of executives, local and state political leaders, and academics interested in the manufacturing industry.  Governor Deval Patrick spoke about the important role advanced manufacturing plays in the local economy and multiple speakers discussed how their businesses, and the manufacturing sector, have changed over […]

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What Happens To My Government Contracts If I Sell My Company?

Many companies have had the opportunity to grow their business by benefitting from government contracts that are specifically earmarked for small or disadvantaged businesses.  But what happens with these prime government contracts when the time has come to sell your business?  Federal law (41 U.S.C. § 15 – the “Anti-Assignment Act”) prohibits the transfer of […]

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bernanke: More Needed To Boost Small-Business Lending

Wall Street Journal article by Tom Barkley. Declaring small businesses as “central” to tackling unemployment, the Fed chief said not enough is being done to ensure that financially sound companies can obtain loans.