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May 8, 2013
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Amesbury Parent to Acquire Truth Hardware

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EPA Fines 17 Firms for LRRP Violations

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Newell Rubbermaid Planning to Sell Ashland
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Roto Acquires Brazilian Hardware Supplier
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Code Proposals for HVAC Equipment Could Be Significant for Window Industry

AAMA's Julie Ruth reports on recently concluded ICC more

ICC Approves ANSI/AMD 100 for 2015 Edition

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WDMA Reports Key Successes at Code Hearings

The association reports it secured initial approval of its key proposed amendments to the 2015 editions of the IRC, IEBC, and more


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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen

It seems as though cloud-based computing is picking up steam in the manufacturing sector. "The best manufacturers I’ve visited this year all share a common attribute," writes Louis Columbus, a Forbes contributor in a recent column. "They are obsessed with making themselves as easy as possible to work with from a supply chain, distribution and services standpoint.  Many are evaluating cloud-based manufacturing applications, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and several have adopted cloud-based applications across their companies."

That's a big step beyond the "wait and see" attitude of just a few years ago. Many companies were concerned about making changes from existing systems,  as well as security.  Do those concerns still exist? Has your company moved toward cloud-based technology? We highlighted the fact that Pella was a Microsoft case study, and we're assuming many other window and door manufacturers are walking a similar path. We'd love to hear your story.

Please take a moment to let us know where your company falls on the cloud-based computing spectrum, and feel free to send an email or post a comment to tell us what you think of this technological movement.

Are Old Problems Coming Back?

The economy must finally be getting more 

My company is:
Entirely cloud-based.
Has looked at the options and is nearly ready to make the change.
Doing some research; but a change is a ways off yet.
Not interested in cloud-based computing at this time.
The Outside View
Improving Markets List Includes 258 Metros in May
From National Association of Home Builders
Pent-up Demand Spurs More Remodeling Projects
From Minneapolis Star-Tribune


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