Master the market shifts: On the surface, stepping away from car manufacturing and sales to trucks only in the US seems radical. But Ford has pushed forward on a business transformation driven by data and analytic excellence. Recognizing changing customer needs as well as the nuances of various markets let Ford expand car production and sales in some global locations and still be confident of pulling back in the US. After COVID-19, Ford is practicing elastic manufacturing in response to new coronavirus safety practices and cases emerging on its plant lines, as well as bottlenecks from parts partners. It is able to model production to manage and predict the output to match economic opening, anticipate and measure contraction from shutdowns, and optimize practices to get plants open and running again after shutdowns. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 didn’t break your business. Data did.
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The potential repeal of the ACA, though, is an issue where the IGDA is worried about the direct effects on members themselves rather than more indirect impacts on their work. The IGDA's 2015 Developer Satisfaction Survey found 30 percent of freelancers and 32 percent of self-employed workers among their membership relied on government-provided health insurance coverage. Even among full-time employees in the game industry, only 72 percent had health coverage provided by their employer, according to the survey. … [Read more...] about Game developers speak out against potential ACA repeal
But the fate of these companies may come down to the decisions of people like Edwards, who has kept all his workers on the payroll despite the sharp downtown in business caused by the pandemic. He has even handed out some raises, he says, in part because some employees realized they would be making more if they had been let go and been able to access pandemic relief assistance. He credits the apps for “getting the word out for us. But sometimes, we had to fight to keep customers in spite of them.” … [Read more...] about Everyone’s ordering delivery, but apps aren’t making money
US President Donald Trump has said that his immigration ban will be for only 60 days and indicated that workers on temporary visas like H1-B for professionals could continue to come in. "This order will apply only to individuals seeking a permanent residency, in other words, those receiving green cards; big factor, will not apply to those entering on a temporary basis," Trump said on Tuesday while clarifying that it is for only 60 days. He said that there would also be some exemptions to the temporary ban on immigrants. "Some people will have to come in; obviously we have to do that, obviously even from a humane standpoint," he said. Trump had tweeted the immigration ban on Monday night. He said that the executive order was being drafted and will probably be issued on Wednesday. Trump said that after 60 days he and a group will evaluate the need for any extension or modification "based on economic conditions at that time." An immigration lawyer, Mark Davies, said that based upon … [Read more...] about US President Donald Trump makes 2 important clarifications on immigration ban
StarleafStarleaf has introduced a free version of its conferencing software to enable remote working for all employees during the coronavirus crisis, and is also providing customers with additional licensing flexibility. The free version is available worldwide and across all devices, requiring only an internet connection and email address. … [Read more...] about Paid software and services available for free during the pandemic from Microsoft, Facebook and more [updated daily]