TECH SUPPORT: Terrence Boylan, left, CEO of PacketLogix, specializing in highly responsive information technology support, consulting and managed IT services, works with client Charles Antone, chief operating officer for Building Enclosure Science.
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Automation increases vulnerability to hacks

At a recent Rhode Island Manufacturers Association breakfast, Cooley Group President and CEO Daniel R. Dwight listened as the roughly 500 attendees were asked...
FURTHER STUDY: Patrick DaSilva, a computer engineer at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, is studying electrical engineering and computer science, with a concentration in embedded systems security, as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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Colleges upgrade courses, as cybersecurity job market heats up

In recent years, colleges and universities across Rhode Island have upgraded their cybersecurity course offerings, but reports show schools can’t pump out cyber-trained students...
ON-SITE FITNESS: Team Lifespan members participate in one of the company’s corporate fitness outings near the offices on Point Street in ­Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Creativity key to helping health workers bond

At Brown Medicine, most of its 400 employees take part in annual group outings that have become a popular tradition. In recent years, gatherings...
GETTING ALONG: Mary O’Sullivan, owner of Encore Executive and Professional Coaching in North Kingstown, said if a retreat focuses on how to improve teamwork, as an organization, the structure should be as small as possible because dysfunctional teams can still find common ground in a smaller setting. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Retreats can resolve workplace conflicts

Workplace dysfunction takes many forms. Conflicts between co-workers, or between manager and employees, are among the most common.Sometimes, they’re relatively hidden. They show up...
PILOT PROJECT: The R.I. Department of Transportation has partnered with May Mobility, a Michigan manufacturer of electrical, self-driving vehicles, to launch the Little Roady autonomous vehicle pilot project in Providence. The vehicle is pictured in front of The Cheesecake Factory at the Providence Place mall.
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Little Roady test of autonomous travel

A $1.2 million state project is testing what some might view as a radical concept: Using autonomous vehicles – which can operate without human...
BROADENED MISSION: Carol Malysz, executive director of Providence-based biotechnology trade association RI BIO, said the group has broadened its focus. Previously known as MedMates, this year the company changed its name and approach to promote the entire biotech industry.
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Ocean State starting to see growth in biotech industry

RI BIO, a Providence-based biotechnology trade association, is on a mission to put Rhode Island on the biotech industry’s map. Despite the state having...
PAY ­EQUITY: Citizens Financial Group, parent of Citizens Bank, said, “We continuously evaluate our practices and make adjustments to ensure all of our colleagues are compensated equitably.”
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Banks slow to disclose median gender pay gaps

Banks are being asked to reveal their “median gender pay gaps,” which measure the overall difference between what they pay men and women.Through shareholder...
TANDEM APPROACH: Mark K. W. Gim, president and chief operating officer of The Washington Trust Co., said focusing on operating physical branch locations in tandem with digital offerings allows the bank to maintain its customer flow.
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Customers still want brick-and-mortar banking

It started with drive-through banking lanes. Then it was automated teller machines – ATMs. Hailed as the future of banking, many thought the days...
PRECISE CUTS: Bert Lima, shop supervisor at The Beck Cos., operates the robotic saw jet from BACA Systems. It allows precise cuts and details in the stone countertops and pieces that Beck manufactures.
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Robots seen complementing, not replacing, workers

Manufacturers in Rhode Island who are looking for greater efficiency and productivity are turning to automated machines and programmable robots, but the technology creates...
NOT SATISFIED: Karl Wadensten, president and CEO of VIBCO in Richmond, said he is not satisfied with the North American Free Trade Agreement or the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because both are designed for each country’s best interest, rather than unifying North America in a three-way partnership.
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R.I. manufacturers differ on USMCA regulations

With ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement dragging on longer than expected, Rhode Island manufacturers’ outlook on the proposed deal is mixed.Some say the...
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