"There is a lot more data being generated in the wood industry these days," says Jonathan Adams, CEO of Innergy, a data management systems supplier with offices in Florida and Minnesota.
"We have the Internet of Things coming, more data being generated from CAD/CAM packages and even Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages. From sales and estimating, through project management, through enegineereing, through purchasing, receiving, inventory - all of that information has to be managed in some type of system," says Adams, who was also among the 2017 Woodworking Industry 40 Under 40 Award recipients at AWFS Fair 2017.
"One of the challenges we see is that there are a lot of disjointed applications on the market. And those applications are creating islands of data, and the data does not flow very well across the business process."