Software theft ranks high
The Business Software Alliance states that manufacturing, sales, and service industries were the three leading victims of piracy in 2008.
Manufacturing, sales, and service
industries were the three highest victims of software piracy in 2008, according to Business Software Alliance (BSA).
The theft and
illegal use of software is a concern worldwide. Software piracy limits
technology companies' ability to innovate and create jobs, harms local IT
services firms, strains government tax revenues, and increases the risk of
cyber crime and security problems.
Nearly one of
five software programs installed in the United States in 2008 were
unauthorized copies without legal licenses, according to the BSA. The retail
value of pirated PC software was $9.1 billion in the United States alone, and $53
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.