Parsable Blog

The Missing Data That Prevents Companies From Creating the Factory of the Future

In a new “Data in Depth” podcast, we discuss how data – if done right – can unlock incredible levels of productivity, quality and safety.

A Digital-First Factory Floor is Key to Attracting STEM Talent

Top performers are used to succeeding, but the manufacturing industry has roadblocks infringing on their STEM talent, making these careers a weak sell.

Today’s Army Demands Tomorrow’s Tools for Connected Work

The U.S. Army needs to demonstrate that it is a viable career path for the modern, digital-first generation.

Parsable Celebrates 6 Years of Innovation, Opening of New Canada Office, 2 U.S. Patents and More

On our 6th birthday, we reflect on our milestones and double-down on our mission to empower today’s deskless industrial workers with tomorrow’s digital tools.

Webinar Recap: The Evolution of the Connected Worker

We recently hosted a webinar where our CEO, Lawrence Whittle, discussed five macro trends driving the connected worker category; here are the takeaways.

The Time is Now for Manufacturing to Drive the Digital Transformation of Every Industrial Worker

With labor pools shifting and the cost of overseas manufacturing rising, businesses should seize on today's disruptive time to secure their future.

What the Defense Industry Has in Common With Industrial Companies

There are many similarities between what drives excellence in defense and excellence in industrial manufacturing/energy, including technology.

Slack IPO: What It Means for Deskless Work Collaboration

The takeaway from the Slack IPO news: We need to make sure collaboration software meets the needs and improves the productivity of all workers.

How a Human-Centric Approach Uplevels Energy and Manufacturing Operations

Nalco needed a better way to collaborate with field operators and better consistency in work quality. It accomplished this – and more – within 6 months.

Robot Mimicry or Mastery? The End of Bench Manufacturing Is Near

If humanity’s future in manufacturing is inserting a few screws because our hands are still more dexterous than most affordable robots, then we are doomed.

Anadarko Acquisition: First Order of Business Must be Integration of People, Processes, Procedures

Whoever buys Anadarko will need to develop and execute tactics to quickly and effectively integrate its people, SOPs, safety culture, and other tasks.

Parsable's Mobile App Just Got Better

Our new mobile interface enhancements significantly reduce friction for users while delivering more information at a glance.

Bringing AI to the Deskless Worker

If the deskless worker doesn’t even have a digital interface, then how can they take advantage of AI?

Emerging Technologies in Oil and Gas: 4 Trends

What does a connected worker have to do with all of this data being generated from the millions of wellsites around the world? Everything.

Introducing Parsable’s Connected Worker Accelerators

I’m thrilled to share that we launched our Connected Worker Accelerators – out-of-the-box solutions built on our Connected Worker Platform for industrial companies to “fast start” their digital transformation.

On the 12th Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 12 Industrial Applications

Industrial software will enable continuous improvement to not be the exception, but the rule.

On the 11th Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 11 Books on Blockchain

Blockchain. If your operation doesn’t run at the bleeding edge, put in in the “Useful in Future File” and move on.

On the 10th Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 10 Seats of Tableau

Boss, I won’t be returning the seats of Tableau on the 26th. But I will try to make charting and graphing in dashboards straightforward.

On the Ninth Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 9 AGVs

AGVs don’t have the alien wheels or the smart arms, but they look upgradeable, and we can put them to work doing some mind-numbing tasks.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 8 One-eyed Wearables

There, I said it: Wearables will be part of the mix, but still a relatively specialty product when the benefit of a visual overlay really matters.

3 Secrets to Increase Your Maintenance Team’s Effectiveness in 2019

Optimizing maintenance is a never-ending effort, and world-class excellence is hard-won. Here are three areas to focus on that will actually have a meaningful impact on your team’s effectiveness.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 7 Dumb Drones

Drones have indeed come a crazy long way. But are they ready to really add value to factory and warehouse operations?

On the Sixth Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 6 Senseless Sensors

Yes. I am questioning our ceaseless desire to believe that the next tech widget automagically transforms our businesses without the requisite education and tools to capture new insights and feed them back into our work.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 5 RFID Tags

The promise of completely-connected-everything is a great idea and we should strive for it, but let’s not forget the low-hanging fruit begging us to make giant strides right now.

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 4 Data Science Boot Camp Graduates

In the manufacturing realm, making sense of entirely new types of data for a new graduate may not produce results companies are looking for. Making sense of data is a new core competency everyone needs.

On the Third Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 3 Used 3D Printers

You couldn’t throw a sensor in the air without hitting a reference to a 3D printer. My take is that we “ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”

On the Second Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: 2 Mindless Co-bots

There are only a few applications for co-bots today. Getting our own humans productive first is currently a far better use of our time and money right now.

On the First Day of Christmas, My Boss Gave to Me: Another Vendor Pitching IIoT

We don't need more sensors. In 2019, we need to talk about how we are going to train, upskill, manage, and gather insight from and for our 21st century humans.

Industry 4.0 is a Lot Easier Than You Think: Dispelling 3 Digital Transformation Myths

If you break down what Industry 4.0 is – and to finally get moving on your digital transformation initiatives – you have to do just three things really well.

Green Chef Partners with Parsable to Build Lean Digital Infrastructure

Green Chef is leveraging Parsable's Connected Worker Platform to build a lean digital infrastructure, enabling Green Chef to know what's happening on the floor in near real-time across distributed teams and leverage the data to drive better results.

We’re ready to scale even faster

Today we announced that we’ve completed an amazing Series C funding, with new enthusiastic investors and our devoted existing investors providing us with US$40m to take our company to the next level. It’s time to take our Connected Worker platform to even more customers.

What is the Connection Between Digital Work Instructions and Connected Worker Platforms?

To start this story right, we need to start at the start.

The Real Reason Why People Are Opposed to Change

The psychology behind habits and why people are opposed to digital transformation.

10 Stats about Digital Transformation that Every Plant Manager Should be Wrestling with Now

Why plant managers need to start thinking about digital transformation and all of the advantages that they could be missing out.

Millennials in the Industrial Workforce: The Dirty Truth About the ROI of Training

How much people remember from a training and how Parsable can help.

A Gift that Keeps Giving

A description of Parsable's benefits and the gift of digitization.

How do we staff the factories of the future by closing the education gap?

A discussion with Detlef Zühlke about closing the education gap in Industry 4.0.

It’s Form AND Function; How the Blind Rush to Digitization is Leaving a Lot on the Table

Time, as they say, is money. But in the blind rush to digitization, we are forgetting about “DigitALization.”

3 Reasons why the Internet of Things (IoT) Is Not the End, But the Beginning of Industry 4.0

The Internet of Things is not the end of Industry 4.0, but the beginning.

An Upstream Digital Solution For the ENERGY INDUSTRY

Parsable technology exists to enable digital, collaborative work among supervisors, engineers, field technicians, suppliers, and more.

In Executing Industry 4.0, Machines are Easy... It’s the Humans that are Hard

Machines and humans need to find a way to work together to propel industry 4.0 forward.

Navigating From Sea to Startup: The Course is Parsable

After serving seven years as a United States Naval Officer and traveling the world I gained an immense amount of leadership experience...

What is your work standard for Standard Work?

Lean calls it Standardized Work. Six Sigma calls it Standard Work.

Create Antifragile Systems to Thrive During Times of Volatility and Change

In Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, author N. Taleb writes that antifragile systems improve or get stronger when unexpected, volatile events happen.

Digitization isn’t enough — Lessons from WEF

A few weeks ago the World Economic Forum invited some of the folks driving tech strategy in Oil & Gas to help workshop their Digital Transformation Initiative. Parsable was honored to be the only…

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

"It was a great honor to recently come back to my alma mater, Rice University, to give the opening keynote at the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship’s 14th annual Energy & Clean…"

Culture: Drafting your team’s Constitution

For many organizations — large/small, traditional/techy — culture is oft defined by a list of words describing shared values. Many include words you might expect, like customer obsessed (Microsoft)…

Parsable Raises $20M from Global Industrial Firms to Eliminate Paper

Parsable Raises $20M from Global Industrial Firms to Eliminate Paper

A Slack microsurvey bot

In our last episode, we discussed why we were seeking a microsurvey tool (to metricize our perception of velocity), and we evaluated the existing options in the market. We landed on the mundane…

React Full Stack Tests with Nightwatch

Plenty of great ink has been spilled over unit testing React components and Redux reducers et al, but we had a lot of difficulty finding meaty posts about settings up proper full-stack integration…

What does this financing do to my ownership?

It’s fundraising season (it’s always fundraising season), and I’m finding myself helping my awesome entrepreneur friends navigate the exciting “what does this do to my cap table” simulation process…

Measuring Velocity: A Survey of Microsurveys

Here at Parsable, we want to build an amazing culture and work environment. Transparency is king around here, so standups, retrospectives, all-hands meetings, and OKRs are integral to how we operate…

Using Human Readable JSON Endpoints with Thrift (for Free)

Shameless plug: I work at WI (http://wi.co/). We are changing the way people outside Silicon Valley work. If you are interested have a look at our careers page (http://wi.co/careers) or send me an…

Keeping the Big Idea Alive

I’m not talking about how hard it is to solve fundamental problems in science and engineering (although those are certainly hard). Rather, I’m talking about how hard it is to actually commit to…

Promoting Foreign Key Data Fetching from React to NuclearJS

In some halcyon future, we will just use something like GraphQL to dynamically compose data requests from the server, retrieving no more nor less than we need. But that day is not today. In the…

WebSocket Connections and UI with React, NuclearJS, and ImmutableJS

At WI we need reliable real time connection for workers out in the field. Most critically, we need to display a disconnected state accurately on web and mobile clients. There’s nothing revolutionary…