Quality Progress

September 2017 Issue

 


Cover Story

The Deal With Big Data


Quality professionals and groups are stepping up their understanding and developing foundational standards around big data and big data analytics.

Disruptive technologies and advanced analytics tools can improve how organizations search, obtain and analyze data, which ultimately betters their understanding of processes and customer needs.

by Michele Boulanger, Wo Chang, Mark Johnson and T.M. Kubiak

Open Access
 

 


Big Data

Data Disruption

Disruptive technologies and advanced analytics tools can improve how organizations search, obtain and analyze data, which ultimately betters their understanding of processes and customer needs.

by Jim Duarte


Data and IT

Better Intelligence

Integrating advanced analytics with lean Six Sigma-based quality management systems can lead to fact-based decision making and complex problem solving.

by Kishore Erukulapati and John W. Sinn


Measurement

A Study in Measurement

Gage repeatability and reproducibility studies provide the power to identify variation and limitations of measurement instruments.

by Neetu Choudhary


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Three Square Market, a Wisconsin organization, is the first U.S. organization offering to implant radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips in its employees—right between their thumb and forefinger. The chip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, can be used to operate the copy machine, open doors, log in to computers and even make purchases in the organization's breakroom.

Implantable devices are growing in popularity. While some people see RFID chips as the technology of the future—eventually replacing things such as passports and bus passes—others are much more skeptical about the implications of being microchipped.

What are some of the potential quality implications or ethical issues surrounding RFID chips and implantable technology?

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