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How Energy Performance Contracting Creates Savings

Posted: 03/18/2021 - 09:00
A decades-old ventilation issue leads to improved science labs and athletic facilities for schools.

The Board of Directors for McKeesport Area School District had a problem. The main high school building was completed in 1961 without air conditioning (AC), and every contractor and company was submitting bids to install it that the district couldn’t accept. The space wasn’t designed with an AC system in mind, and construction issues from roof plenums to piping kept the price tag too high. Students and teachers labored to learn with non-optimal temperature and airflow, while the cost to remedy it remained, literally, through the roof. 

Are Independent Contractors Covered by Workers’ Comp Insurance?

Posted: 03/02/2021 - 00:09
Independent contractors are workers who offer their services to a business but are not considered employees.

Are Independent Contractors Covered by Workers’ Comp Insurance?

Independent contractors are workers who offer their services to a business but are not considered employees. As a result, they receive no benefits such as paid time off, sick pay and health insurance coverage. In addition, independent contractors must pay their own taxes, including self-employment taxes, at the end of each year. If you are an independent contractor, you and the businesses you work with may wonder how your independent contractor status affects workers’ comp insurance.

The New Age of IoT and the Supply Chain

Posted: 02/21/2020 - 04:27
Internet of Things

Ushering in the era of The Internet of Things (IoT) brings with it conceptual and cultural change in supply chain management. Previous processes that were once not possible to automate, now not only function independently, but are capable of sharing data and interacting in such a way as to maximize efficient output.

While the precise impact of IoT is dependent on technology costs outweighing efficiency savings, there are several inherent benefits the supply chain can expect from its introduction.

Scrap Early New Product Excel BOMs to Accelerate Sourcing

Posted: 01/15/2020 - 00:00
Scrap Early New Product Excel BOMs to Accelerate Sourcing

Let’s face it — many of our company’s functions still operate largely in silos as we batch our work together to then throw it over the wall to the next team in the value chain. Much lip service has been dedicated to catchy buzzwords like “agile” and “collaborative new product development.” Unfortunately, these newer ways of working together remain largely untapped.

Continuity is Key to Successful Business Transformation

Posted: 01/09/2020 - 00:00
Continuity is Key to Successful Business Transformation

It’s well known that 70% of change initiatives fail, mostly due to human factors such as employee resistance to change or lack of management support. On the other hand, when people are fully engaged and invested in change, they are 30% more likely to be successful. While the emphasis is mostly on how the envisioned change will result in a better future, recent research highlights an equally important aspect of change—continuity.

“Buying” Open Source: Software, Support and Getting the Best Deal

Posted: 01/06/2020 - 02:48
When it comes to open source software, procurement teams must understand the specific nuances of these types of projects.

“Open source” describes a specific approach to creating, distributing and using software. Anyone can see how the source code for this software is put together, they can often use this software for free and they can potentially alter it to meet their own needs. But, if something is free, why do procurement teams need to get involved, and when can it lead to potential headaches?

Hiring in a new state? Here’s what you need to know.

Posted: 12/21/2018 - 03:07
It’s an exciting time for your business – you’re looking to expand and hire workers in a new state. This might be your first time and you’re beginning to realize that it comes with heaps of administrative items, set-up and legal considerations. There are some important processes to establish to ensure that you can support your workers while also staying compliant with each state’s employment laws.  
 

Changes to Salaried Employees in New York and California

Posted: 12/19/2018 - 02:08
In 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) scrapped U.S.-wide plans to increase the salary threshold for exempt employees following challenges from multiple states. The DOL has continued to postpone these plans, however, the states of California and New York have elected to raise their own exempt salary threshold for 2019, which means that some of your workers may be eligible for overtime pay. 
 
The changes, which go into effect on December 31, 2018, in New York and on January 1, 2019, in California, are as follows: 
 

How Security in the Cloud Differs from the Traditional Enterprise - and What This Means for IT Multi-Sourcing

Posted: 11/06/2018 - 05:45
Cloud computing has impacted IT in many ways, including (not the least of which) security. One decade ago, in a less “cloudy” world, an enterprise would either manage IT itself or delegate much of it to a large consulting or IT services firm. Either way, one or two persons (the CIO and/or outsourcing firm’s lead) would take charge of security, which typically involved setting up barriers to internal resources.  
 

Software Supply Chain Risk Management: Leveraging Standards to Communicate Expectations

Posted: 10/26/2018 - 00:41
Growing concerns related to dependencies on software-reliant information communications technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices are pushing changes in governance associated with supply chain risk management (SCRM). The possibility of disruption exists because the software that enables critical capabilities is vulnerable and exploitable. Exploit potential is often more about the vulnerability of assets in target organizations than the ingenuity of the attackers.

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