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James MacLennan
Works at IDEX Corporation
Attended University of Notre Dame
Lives in Gurnee, IL
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  • IDEX Corporation
    CIO, 2012 - present
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Business leader with a broad background in strategic visioning, applied digital strategy, effective system/process design, and operational planning & management.

Focused on delivering timely, measurable, and sustainable results that support critical objectives and drive value. 

Recognized for creative & high-impact design skills, innovative & effective communications, global team-building & organizational development, and consistent delivery of strong results through formal and advisory leadership

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  • University of Notre Dame
    Electrical Engineering, 1981 - 1985
  • DePaul University
    Marketing, 1988 - 1992

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In some companies, IT struggles to find a voice amid the other functional areas of the business – Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing, even Human Resources. “Business Alignment”, a regular item on lists of Top 5 IT Concerns each year, pops up because (I believe) it’s difficult to...
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A semi-recurring feature – this time, focusing on Additive Manufacturing, aka: 3D Printing. Sourced from a variety of places around the ‘net – I’ll try to give credit for the recommendations where it is due. Some of these are older, some quite recent – I’ve got a backlog of...
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Much has been written of the power of the Internet of Things to introduce disruption into established industries – and this is often where the conversation will go (when introducing the idea of slapping sensors on mature machines). But are you really digging into the breadth and depths of this...
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Ok, maybe I’m stretching the meaning there, but that’s a cool sounding title, and what I see as an interesting phenomenon. People get excited about Large Numbers, and think they have meaning and importance simply because they are Large Numbers. The Law of Large Numbers ... Big Errors For...
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One of the more interesting conversations I’ve had in the Industrial Internet of Things space was on the topic of sensors – in particularly hostile environments, collecting particularly difficult information. A theoretical* example might be the need to measure operating performance for a...
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I’ve been writing a lot this year about Smart, Connected Products – aka the Internet of Things (IoT) – but there is another transformative technology change that has my attention. Additive Manufacturing – aka 3D Printing (3DP) – promises to be almost as disruptive as IoT, but in...
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In your company, I’ll bet there is a single, unifying goal that all can agree on: Sell more Stuff! Grow the top line! Yes yes yes, I know that smart companies are focused on profitable sales, and I’m sure that your corporate strategy is some combination of People, Process, and Profit** –...
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Three per day? Well , #3 and #5 don’t count ... I’ve noticed a definite trend in the “best practices” wing of the Productivity building; it goes by many names and takes on a few different forms, but the idea is rooted in a few simple concepts: Focus on the Critical Few: Multitasking does...
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I don’t know where I first heard that phrase, or what it originally meant, but I have been using it a lot in the last few weeks ... Consider the entire user population for any web site or application. You can generalize all user populations into three Pareto-inspired groups … Top 20% – The...
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Three per day? Well , #3 and #5 don’t count ... I’ve noticed a definite trend in the “best practices” wing of the Productivity building; it goes by many names and takes on a few different forms, but the idea is rooted in a few simple concepts: Focus on the Critical Few: Multitasking does...
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One of the benefits of ditching cable and going to internet streaming TV is that I’m watching more TED talks for a mental stretch break. True, I’m missing half of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but I catch stuff like this from Paola Antonelli, on bringing video games to New York’s Museum of...
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