Automation Alley announces speakers for April 29 Technology in Industry Reveal, plans to unveil 2019 report on Industry 4.0

TROY, Mich.— April 12, 2019 — Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, is set to release its 2019 Technology in Industry Report, a guide to Industry 4.o implementation, at the Technology in Industry Reveal at the Detroit Institute of Arts the morning of Monday, April 29. All attendees will receive a copy of the 2019 report during the event, which includes a strolling breakfast and the opportunity to network with hundreds of the region’s technology and manufacturing professionals. The event will also feature a Smart Technology Expo showcasing the latest Industry 4.0 innovations and insights from corporate and academic experts highlighting trends in the Industry 4.0 space.

Speakers and topics for the Technology in Industry Reveal will include:

• Welcome: Tom Kelly, Executive Director & CEO, Automation Alley
• 2019 Technology in Industry Report Key Findings: Cynthia Hutchison, Senior Director, Automation Alley
• The State of Industry 4.0 in Education: David Pistrui, Ph.D., Industry Liaison, Director of Graduate Recruiting, Clinical Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering & Science, University of Detroit Mercy
• Clash of the Titans—Industry 4.0 vs Hacking 4.0: Daimon Geopfert, Principal, National Leader of Security and Privacy Risk Consulting, RSM
• Equipment Condition Monitoring with Acoustics and AI: Chris Martin, Ph.D., Director, AI Development Group, Bosch (USA)
• The New Black Box: Using Data Models to Prevent Major Catastrophe: Brian Gilmore, Chief Technology Advocate, Splunk
• Big Data and the Managerial Decision-making Process: Debasish Chakraborty, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Central Michigan University
• Additive Manufacturing: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges: Anca Sala, Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering, Baker College & Peter Wawrow, Ph.D., Director of Applied Research and Development, St. Clair College

Titled “From Vision to Implementation,” Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Report combines research from Michigan and Canadian universities with corporate partner insights and is designed to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological change. It includes case studies of Industry 4.0 adoption strategies, emerging trends, opportunities, action items and workforce implications based on a survey of 500 Southeast Michigan engineering students. New to the report is the Velocity Index™, which illustrates the maturity of each Industry 4.0 technology and its expected rate of growth to determine the risks associated with investment. Report research centers on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0, including the Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, Big Data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

Academic research partners include the University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Baker College, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Walsh College, Henry Ford College and Windsor’s St. Clair College. Corporate partners providing insight include Ford Motor Company, Bosch, Intel, Dow Chemical Company, PTC, Altair, Splunk, Configit, Marco, Ghafari Associates, TTI Success Insights, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Plante Moran and RSM, all providing guidance through peer review and industry-specific feedback.

“Automation Alley’s mission is to lead the charge for Industry 4.0 in Michigan and beyond, both for our members and our state’s strong manufacturing ecosystem. The 2019 Technology in Industry Report is an actionable example of that,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO. “This report is a collaborative effort between industry and academia that should be mirrored in the Industry 4.0 ecosystem. In order for Industry 4.0 to work, companies of all sizes must explore partnerships and look at this revolution holistically.”

Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Reveal is Monday, April 29, from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts. To register, visit automationalley.com/techreveal. For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kristin O’Neill oneillk@automationalley.com.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.
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Automation Alley announces two senior director promotions

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, announces that Maryann Daddow has been promoted to senior director of finance and Cynthia Hutchison has been promoted to senior director, Automation Alley.

Hutchison had been director of business development and government affairs at Automation Alley and will continue in that role. Additional responsibilities as senior director include oversight of marketing and facilities management. Daddow had been director of finance and will continue with the elevated financial responsibilities that have emerged from Automation Alley’s transition to Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center.

Daddow, who joined Automation Alley in 2009, is responsible for accounting and financial management for Automation Alley, as well as the lead interface with outside auditors. She has more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, previously working in the automotive industry with Chrysler Group LLC. Her work experience has encompassed technical accounting, financial analysis and controllership responsibilities across a wide range of functions.

Daddow holds an MBA from Michigan State University. She is a resident of Rochester.

Hutchison initially worked for Automation Alley as director of member relations from October 2013 to April 2015. She returned to Automation Alley in August 2016 as director of business development and government affairs. Since rejoining Automation Alley, she has expanded membership at the Foundation level (the highest level of membership) and has sought out new opportunities to maximize Automation Alley’s reach nationally and globally. Additionally, she introduced such popular new member programs as the Tech Takeover, which provides members an opportunity to showcase their expertise on smart technologies for Industry 4.0 to those in the manufacturing and technology fields, and brought in major sponsors and partners for Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report and inaugural, sold-out global Integr8™ Industry 4.0 conference.

In 2006, Hutchison was named one of 14 “Michiganians of the Year” by the Detroit News for her efforts on behalf of Band of Angels, an international advocacy and support organization she founded for educating, employing and providing inclusive opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive impairments. Hutchison started Band of Angels following the birth of her son, Jordan, in 1989, who has Down syndrome. In addition to Hutchison, honorees that year included Dan Gilbert, Matt Cullen and Maggie Allesee. among others.

Hutchison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Allegheny College. She is a resident of Rochester Hills.

“Cynthia Hutchison brings multi-faceted strategic business marketing and sales skills to Automation Alley,” Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO, said. “She’s a senior leader and outstanding connector. As we transition Automation Alley to Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Cynthia has done an outstanding job of educating our members and partners on the value of being actively involved with Automation Alley. On the operations side, she brings creativity and a strong business approach to finding efficiencies that help us best serve our members and our day-to-day operations. Leading our finance area, Maryann Daddow has been an upstanding, trusted leader and has stepped up to embrace the new financial opportunities presented by Automation Alley’s involvement in Industry 4.0. On behalf of our entire team, I congratulate them on their promotions.”


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Clayton & McKervey shareholder Tim Finerty named to Automation Alley’s Board of Directors

Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace, announces that Shareholder Tim Finerty has been named to the board of Automation Alley effective August 1. Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the state’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association. Board members provide strategic insight, corporate governance and operational oversight to Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and serve a three-year term, twice eligible for renewal.

Long active in Automation Alley’s domestic and international initiatives, including annual trade missions to Mexico, Finerty will also remain as vice chair of Automation Alley’s International Business Services Advisory Council, a position he was appointed to in February. Clayton & McKervey is an original foundation member of Automation Alley and its shareholders and managers have been engaged with the organization since its inception in 1999.

Finerty is the leader for the Systems Integrators and Mexico practices at Clayton & McKervey, with specialization in Research & Experimentation tax credits and consulting on Mexican and Latin American tax and accounting issues. He also helps small and midsized growth-driven businesses achieve their goals.

In addition to his efforts with Automation Alley, Finerty is a founding board member of the newest chapter of the United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC), the Great Lakes Chapter, based in Detroit, and is also involved with a variety of other professional organizations, including ProMexico, Michigan Manufacturing Association, Association for Advancing Automation, Robotics Industries Association, National Tooling & Machining Association, Controls Systems Integrators Association, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Manufacturing Task Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Michigan State University.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

Clayton & McKervey shareholder named vice chair of Automation Alley’s International Business Services Advisory Council

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, announces that Shareholder Tim Finerty has been appointed vice chair of Automation Alley’s International Business Services Advisory Council.

Long active in Automation Alley’s international initiatives, including annual trade missions to Mexico, Finerty was selected as vice chair for his ongoing contributions to Automation Alley and his keen insights on global business issues. He is the practice leader for the Systems Integrators practice at Clayton & McKervey with specialization in Mexican and Latin American tax and accounting issues, including entity structure, IC-DISC analysis, Research & Experimentation tax credits, lean accounting, and improved systems and controls. He also advises small and midsized growth-driven businesses on achieving their global expansion plans.

Finerty is a founding board member of the newest chapter of the United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC), the Great Lakes Chapter, based in Detroit and is also involved with a variety of other professional organizations, including ProMexico & Consul General of Mexico, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Association for Advancing Automation, Robotics Industries Association, National Tooling & Machining Association, Controls Systems Integrators Association, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Manufacturing Task Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Michigan State University.

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has sought to enhance the global competitiveness of small and mid-sized enterprises interested in expanding their markets overseas. In addition, it markets and promotes Southeast Michigan as a high-tech powerhouse and global center of innovation to companies exploring investment opportunities here. The member-driven International Business Services Advisory Council (IBSAC) represents a cross-section of business leaders and economic development experts who are well-versed in identifying trends in international trade and foreign direct investment, while ensuring that the region remains at the forefront of innovation. IBSAC members also share their strategies for success and firsthand insights on how to overcome common hurdles companies may encounter doing business around the world.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Automation Alley focuses its efforts on innovation and technology, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources, funding and actionable intelligence to help members grow and prosper in the digital age.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

 

Automation Alley to reveal major report on Industry 4.0 with research from seven leading Michigan academic institutions

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, has assembled a collaborative team of academic and corporate partners to create an in-depth research report on Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to be released April 30 in Detroit. This is the first collaborative Industry 4.0 report of its kind in Michigan.

Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report will be a data-rich guide to Industry 4.0 adoption comprised of observations, emerging trends, challenges, opportunities and implications for industry, created to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological changes. Research will center on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0, including the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, big data, the cloud, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

This is Automation Alley’s 11th year releasing this report, and the first time the organization is taking a collaborative approach to the research. Academic research partners include University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Baker College, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Ford Motor Company is backing the report research with funding and providing corporate insight.

“Ford Motor Company joined Automation Alley in late 2017 to take advantage of the unique networking opportunities. Ford clearly sees the opportunity to collaborate with Southeast Michigan business leaders on critical Industry 4.0 initiatives, and jointly define and develop the way forward in this space,” said Michael Lee, Ford’s global core manager of body structures and closures.

Comau, Siemens PLM, Eaton and Trumpf will provide guidance through peer review and industry-specific feedback. In addition, Plante Moran and RSM have come on board to help facilitate and organize the data collected. Additional corporate partners will be announced in February.

“Manufacturers around the globe are attempting to wrap their heads around the magnitude of change involved with Industry 4.0, where there is much uncertainty, but also opportunity,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO. “We understand that the key to our state’s success in Industry 4.0 is dependent on knowledge, not only for business owners, but also for a workforce that will need to be upskilled as jobs are replaced by automation. This report will be of great value to manufacturers both at home and abroad, one that will serve as a roadmap to help companies large and small navigate this massive industry shift.”

Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report will be released at Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal, April 30, from 8-11:30 a.m., at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where attendees will receive a free copy of the report. At the Reveal event, hundreds of technology and manufacturing professionals will enjoy a strolling breakfast as they network and explore a technology spotlight featuring the latest Industry 4.0 innovations. Following the spotlight, there will be a formal presentation of the 2018 Technology in Industry Report’s key takeaways and a panel discussion featuring leading industry experts and academic researchers.

Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal comes on the heels of Automation Alley’s sold-out, global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8™, that attracted 550 industry experts to Detroit in November.

“Automation Alley’s mission is to lead the charge in Industry 4.0 in Michigan for our members as well as our state’s strong manufacturing ecosystem. Our goal is to keep our manufacturers ahead of the curve as technology transforms industry. This report is a logical next step to achieve that goal,” Kelly said.

For information on sponsorship opportunities related to the Technology in Industry Report and Technology in Industry Reveal, visit automationalley.com/techreport. To register for the Technology in Industry Reveal, visit automationalley.com/techreveal.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Automation Alley focuses its efforts on innovation and technology, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources, funding and actionable intelligence to help members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a local focus. We work tirelessly to help our members achieve success by increasing sales, reducing costs, and thinking strategically during a time of rapid technological change in the manufacturing industry.

 

Head Economists from Federal Reserve Bank, JPMorgan Chase to speak at Automation Alley’s Global Business Outlook for 2018 and Beyond, Jan. 11

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, will host its annual Global Business Outlook event on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 8-11 a.m., at its Troy headquarters.

The 2018 event will be keynoted by Paul Traub, senior business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch, and John Caldwell, executive director of JP Morgan Chase. In addition, Pavan Muzumdar, Automation Alley’s chief operating officer, will speak about Industry 4.0’s impact on the global economy.

The event will focus on the shifting dynamics of the global economy and how companies can best position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the U.S. and overseas. Speakers will also examine projected trends in two-way trade and investment flows and identify industries that will either benefit or be challenged by globalization in the short, medium and long terms.

“This is a must-attend event for business and industry leaders looking to gather information on the state of the global economy, examine trends and plan accordingly,” said Noel Nevshehir, Automation Alley’s director of international business services. “For the first time in recent memory, the world economy is running on all twelve cylinders. But this optimism may lull us into a false sense of complacency. While there are plenty of bright spots out there, we can’t ignore geopolitical blind spots that could derail global growth such as North Korea and Iran or, domestically speaking, an overheated stock market correction.”

Topics will include the impact of interest rate hikes on the world economy, the bid to renegotiate free-trade agreements, deregulation, tax reform, health care, potential stock market corrections and geopolitical risks, including China, Iran, North Korea and Russia.

Closer to home, the event will highlight how these and other factors affect Michigan’s business and industry climate, especially the automotive and other advanced manufacturing industries.
The event includes breakfast and networking and there will be time for an audience Q-and-A following formal presentations.

Automation Alley Headquarters is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy.

For more information, or to register, visit automationalley.com or contact Automation Alley at 800-427-5100 or info@automationalley.com.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Automation Alley focuses its efforts on innovation and technology, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing knowledge, resources and funding to help members grow and prosper in the digital age. The mission of Automation Alley is to position Southeast Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically as they keep pace with rapid technological changes in manufacturing.

 

Brooks Kushman Senior Attorney to Discuss Intellectual Property Law for the Growing Business

Brooks Kushman Senior Attorney Timothy Clise will provide an overview of common intellectual property legal issues for growing businesses at Automation Alley on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

In his presentation, Clise will discuss how changes in IP law over the last 10 years have left companies of all sizes faced with a variety of challenges to maintain a current IP strategy that maximizes protection. He will address critical intellectual property issues, how to overcome common obstacles and strategies to maximize IP protection, while providing practical guidance on trademarks, patents and licensing agreements.

Automation Alley is a technology business association dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. The presentation is part of the Automation Alley 7Cs™ program, an initiative aimed at accelerating the growth of manufacturing startups using a customized seven-step process including intense coaching and access to investment and resources.

Clise’s practice at Brooks Kushman focuses on U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution in the electrical, mechanical and electromechanical arts. He also advises his clients on design, trademarks and trade secrets for developing meaningful, worldwide intellectual property portfolios. As a recognized leader in intellectual property law, Clise has been invited to speak on internal best practices, how to develop meaningful patent portfolios, and routinely speaks in Asia and Europe on various US patent law topics.

Clise holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman he was an Intellectual Property Attorney for a major wireless communications corporation and Managing Partner of his own Minnesota-based firm.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today.

For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman & Clark Hill Attorneys to Host

Troy, MI – Brooks Kushman attorneys Timothy B. Clise, Thomas Lewry, and Hope Shovein along with Clark Hill attorneys Ellen E. Hoeppner and James R. Waggoner, will present at an Automation Alley Entrepreneur Law Seminar on October 29, 2015. The seminar will provide an overview of common legal issues entrepreneurs typically face as they start and grow their business. The seminar will focus on the legal “Dos” and “Don’ts” to help small businesses and start-ups protect their investments and innovations, including discussions on legal entity formation and governance, contracts, trademarks, patents, licensing agreements, and employment law compliance.

Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and matchmaking services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper.

Clise’s practice at Brooks Kushman focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution in the electrical, mechanical and electromechanical arts. He also advises his clients on design, trademarks and trade secrets for developing meaningful, worldwide intellectual property portfolios.

Lewry has more than 30 years of intellectual property (IP) litigation experience, focusing on a variety of IP matters including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He has been the driving force behind the firm’s adoption of innovative technology in the courtroom and for delivery of client information. In addition to his practice, Lewry is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University’s Law School and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan.

Shovein focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of trademark rights, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Shovein specializes in helping clients enforce their rights in any medium, such as the unauthorized use of trademarks in website content, and she represents clients in domain name disputes.

To register for the event please contact kcarlsen@brookskushman.com or ssalvadero@clarkhill.com

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visitwww.BrooksKushman.com.

IPS Technology Services Becomes Platinum Member of Automation Alley

TROY, Mich., August 27, 2014 — IPS Technology Services recently increased their membership investment at Automation Alley to Platinum Level in anticipation of continued growth and service expansion in the information technology industry.

Although Troy-based IPS Technology Services has maintained an active membership in Automation Alley since 1999, President and CEO Pradip Sengupta decided to increase the company’s membership level to Platinum this year to better leverage the technology matchmaker’s benefits for members who demonstrate higher levels of commitment. As a Platinum member, IPS Technology Services will have the opportunity to gain exposure in the community by having the option to host a quarterly networking event at their headquarters. This opportunity accompanies benefits afforded to lower membership levels, including the ability to post events to the Automation Alley website and the option to participate in industry-specific committees.

“We are pleased to increase our membership investment at Automation Alley,” says Sengupta, “Automation Alley is ‘Technology’s Matchmaker for Business’ and technology is the foundation of our company. We look forward to leveraging the new networking opportunities available to us at this increased level of commitment. This, in turn, will allow us to substantiate the benefits of working with IPS in all aspects of service delivery such as price, quality, dedication, and responsiveness.”

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting, SharePoint, Enterprise Architecture, Best Practices
3. Web based Enterprise and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-526-9000, send an email to info@ipstechnologyservices.com or click www.ipstechnologyservices.com.

Plante Moran and Automation Alley to host Toast + Tech Talk series

Southfield, Mich. – June 18, 2014 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, has announced it will host a four-part breakfast series with Automation Alley entitled ‘Toast + Tech Talk’. The series will focus on business topics related to the technology industry to help growing companies develop the framework and tools necessary to continue to compete and be successful in the space.

“Growing technology companies are usually led by entrepreneurs who have an abundance of good ideas and the drive to realize them,” Brian Langham, partner and co-leader of Plante Moran’s technology consulting practice said. “However, these dynamic companies face tremendous competition and sustaining growth requires a combination of tech savvy and strong business skills. This series with Automation Alley will help technology-focused organizations break through business and talent barriers to position themselves for success.”

Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley director of member relations, said the organization is pleased to partner with Plante Moran to bring value to its members.

“We have a multitude of promising tech companies looking for broad business insight from industry experts,” Hutchison said. “Plante Moran’s track record as a business advisor to the technology industry makes them the perfect partner to lead this series.”

Each session will feature a strolling breakfast, networking and a panel discussion with varying industry experts.

• Tuesday, July 29: Business Basics for Growing Firms – What you need to know to succeed
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Plante Moran’s Detroit office – 1098 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Plante Moran and Honigman

• Tuesday, Aug. 26: Surefire Ways to Attract, Retain and Motivate Talent
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Detroit Athletic Club – 241 Madison Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Strategic Staffing Solutions

• Tuesday, Sept. 23: Driving Growth and Delivering Value – Strategies to Maximize your Firm’s Worth
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Plante Moran’s Detroit office – 1098 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Detroit Venture Partners, Hitachi Business Finance, Silicon Valley Bank

• Tuesday, Oct. 28: Grow from Entrepreneur to Strategic Business Leader
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Grand Circus Detroit – 1570 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Clark Hill, Inforum, Michigan State University Broad College of Business, Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

To register for Toast + Tech Talk series, please email techtalk@plantemoran.com.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper. Learn more at http://www.automationalley.com/.

About Plante Moran
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.