The manufacturing industry has seen a monumental shift in recent years. Technologies including big data, global platforms and flexible supply chains have revolutionized the industry and paved the way for major improvements in efficiency and communication.

However, it's no secret the technology is only as good as the people behind it.

The good news is that an investment in the best technology for your manufacturing enterprise can also help to attract and retain the best employees. Workers like to use the best tools, and find it highly valuable to become knowledgeable and proficient in the technologies that will chart the future course of the manufacturing industry.

While an investment in modern manufacturing technology will certainly improve business performance and efficiency, as well as provide significant ROI, don't overlook the impact it can have on the human component of your business. The right people are just as critical, if not more so, than the latest in tech.

Michael Lee is the Managing Director of Quality Deployment. He can be reached at insights@qdbve.com.

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