Commercial success and operational excellence are rarely accomplished without a bit of external support. Whether you look to industry consultants or third-party technology providers, these organizations can bolster the capabilities of your internal teams and accelerate your ability to optimize the business. Unfortunately, some of these organizations might also seek to leverage your data for their own personal gain.

In today’s day and age, manufacturers, in particular, need to be vigilant.

As supply chain inconsistencies and an ever-widening skills gap converge to make razor-thin margins even thinner, most businesses look for a competitive edge. One of the best ways to drive both top and bottom-line improvements is to increase your production processes' efficiency, effectiveness, and quality. From the way you manage energy consumption to the way you monitor and maintain equipment, each operations-enhancing process you develop adds to your ability to outmaneuver competitors.

To develop these processes, and to gather the data necessary to identify where improvements can be made, most manufacturers turn to a constellation of smart devices, historians, and if they’re truly insightful, predictive analytics platforms. Each of these resources offer tremendous insight and value, but the steps you take based upon that information is uniquely yours… and it should stay that way.

When selecting which technologies and solution providers to add to your partner network, be sure to ask about their privacy policies and safeguard how your operational data is stored, utilized, and used. Privacy and security must be assured across the entire process, most specifically that of any corrective actions, process enhancements, and other such improvements you make to your production processes.

These steps are what makes your business unique, but they’re also pieces of information that some technology providers seek to replicate and leverage within other client organizations. Your data, and the processes you develop based on that data, should always remain yours.

At TwinThread, we ensure your data – in all forms – remains confidential. You’ve invested financial resources, time, and expertise to drive continuous improvement within your organization. You and you alone should enjoy the rewards.

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Erik Udstuen
Post by Erik Udstuen
September 10, 2020
Erik Udstuen is the current CEO of TwinThread. With a shrewd vision, thoughtful leadership, and vast technical expertise, Erik embodies the essence of a tech pioneer. As a founder of multiple successful companies, Erik mastered growing sustainable businesses––identifying opportunities where innovative solutions can address pressing issues in the industrial world. Notably, after leading Andesite Software and Mountain Systems, Inc., Erik became a senior GE Enterprise Solutions division executive, spearheading an industrial software portfolio with diverse capabilities and products.

Beyond his professional achievements, Erik has left an indelible mark on academic communities. During his time in Charlottesville, VA, Erik established a mentorship with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business student startup incubator, iLab, and the Virginia Tech Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. To this day, he continues his dedication to evolving the next generation of tech trailblazers.

Erik is also a RedHawk, receiving his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio. He and his family currently call Bozeman, MT home.