The numbers coming out month after month show that we seem to be tracking a slow but steady recovery. As I’ve said before, I’m cautiously optimistic about the manufacturing sector – especially in the USA.
On Thursday (3rd January, 2013), ADP1 said construction added 39,000 positions in December, second only to trade and transportation utilities, which grew 53,000. Medium- and larger-sized businesses led the way with 102,000 and 87,000 new jobs respectively
Overall, Employers added 1.84 million jobs in 20112, the most in five years. In the first 11 months of 2012, employers added 1.67 million. Job gains would have to top 170,000 in December to push 2012 ahead of the previous year. Some economists do expect gains at that level or higher.
Even in Asia things are looking up. In the New Year we learned about China’s services growth3, as China’s official purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the non-manufacturing sector rose to 56.1 in December from 55.6 in November, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Other PMIs on the manufacturing sector suggest China’s growth is starting to pick up based on late 2012 data. Not the heady double-digit growth of earlier years, but increases none-the-less. Construction was also up, though all of this growth is partly owing to government investment. The Friday (4th January 2013) HSBC PMI report shows slower growth as it mainly focuses on the private sector. The HSBC report4 showed a softening from 52.1 to 51.7. As you know above 50 is still good. India’s looking good too re PMI for last month! Read More »
We kick off the new year with our SuperFans of the Year and a new photo-sharing program!
It’s been over a year since we launched the SuperFan program on the Cisco Corporate Facebook page and with much success – from the level of submissions and engagement from our fans, to the recognition and coverage on various social media blog outlets. To kick off the New Year, we are bestowing the inaugural Cisco SuperFan of the Year award to Dimitar Krstevski and Sandee Weiner! They were chosen based on their level of engagement with the Cisco Facebook page and votes from the community. Big congrats and thank you!
Given the success of the SuperFan program, we are offering our fans another way to engage with us with the launch of our new photo sharing program titled, “Where in the World Do You Take Cisco?” We want to spotlight our fans and their experiences with Cisco products, technologies and the brand. Submit YOUR photos that capture everywhere and anywhere you take Cisco! Along with your photo, we also ask that you include a written description in 100 words or less that helps narrate the story behind your photo or image. Need help uploading your photos? Take a look at the Flickr Group FAQ page.
The program launches TODAY so start submitting your photos! For more information on “Where in the World Do You Take Cisco?” check out the program guidelines as well as the terms and conditions. You can also check out all of the submitted photos on our Cisco Facebook Flickr Tab. Looking forward to seeing your photos!!
So my end of year blog to machine builders, and the loyal followers from whatever company.
The model is changing. Think about how personal electronics have changed your life. Do you listen to a CD in your car anymore? I remember back when I drove a “company car” but they allowed me to add things, and I added a 6 CD changer. It was in my trunk. This was in 1996. Do they even put CD changers in cars today? My wife just bought a new 4DSC, and ya know, there is no CD slot. So if we go for a trip I have to listen to her music. Fortunately we have a mesh.
So, huge changes in the music business model. Same for the book industry. Witness this: when we leave for a weekend I take my iPad. I have several books I want to read stored there. Are they on my iPad or the Cloud? I don’t care. I want them when I want them. And before today’s technology existed I would have needed to carry many different books with me. In my case today they are on my iPad, but tomorrow? Who knows? Can I get instant response from the cloud? I bet I can.
In the factory can you afford to ignore the cloud? You know your employees in the plant are going to be using devices that are far more advanced than what they have in the factory. Soon they will be suggesting that they can do “this” (whatever this is) better if they could only…. More on this topic early in 2012. Read More »
“[In France], it is considered unspeakably rude to fail to wish Bonne Année, usually followed by Meilleurs Voeux, to anybody you haven’t seen since December 31st…right up until the end of January.” Read More »