Paul Hogendoorn

Paul Hogendoorn

Paul Hogendoorn is a self-described “incurable entrepreneur.” Along with his part- ners, he recently launched FreePoint Technologies (getfreepoint.com). He was a founding member of the London Region Manufacturing Council, and enjoys writing and speaking on the topics of leadership, entrepreneurism and motivation. He can be reached at paul@tpi-3.com. For more information on these topics, check out www.tpi-3.com.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Jan. 24, 2018 - By now you will have heard about the next big thing that is projected to affect manufacturing — the Industrial Internet of Things or the IIoT. New technology geeks seem to like to create acronyms and terms that mean something to them but leave the rest of us in a fog. Think B2B, Y2K, B2C, M2M, IoT and now IIoT. The list goes on and on.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Nov. 14, 2017 - Accenture estimates the Industrial IoT (IIoT) could add US$14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030, but how exactly can manufacturers make sense of it? Read on to learn how you can leverage Big Data, IIoT and Industry 4.0 concepts in your manufacturing operations.
Saturday, 28 October 2017
Oct. 28, 2017 - For me, this past summer was different than typical summers. I didn’t have a single significant vacation and instead, had many small little adventures, including boating on Georgian Bay, a motorcycle trip, and a great hike on an inspiring trail.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Oct. 11, 2016 - Business is an adventure, and entrepreneurship is a little adventure within the great adventure of life. Sometimes a single business trip can provide more adventure than you might otherwise experience in a whole year, or even a career — and such was my most recent business trip.
Monday, 18 July 2016
Jul. 18, 2016 - Since my father’s birthday usually falls within days of Father’s Day, I often reflect on the influence he’s had on my business life around this time every year. Through my conversations with other leaders in the manufacturing world, I have discovered I am clearly not alone — many of us owe our careers, and some even our businesses, to our father’s influence and role model mentoring.
Monday, 27 June 2016
Jun. 27, 2016 - Manufacturing in North America has fallen behind, and now many are paying for it. Yes, we’ve invested in innovation and yes, we’ve invested in training and yes, we pay better than average wages but still we are struggling to fill our vacant jobs and we struggle even more to attract and retain younger workers. We’ve let our on-floor factory jobs become stagnant, unexciting, unengaging and unattractive.
Friday, 18 March 2016
Mar. 18, 2016 - I’m a slow learner, I confess.
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Feb. 16, 2016 - There’s a native American legend that explains the struggle that goes on inside each of us and compares it to a fierce and constant battle between two wolves. The legend explains that one wolf is evil and filled with things like anger, jealousy, greed, self-pity and arrogance. The other wolf is good and filled with opposite things, like peace, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith. The story is told to a young boy by an old brave or perhaps his grandfather. The young boy asks the obvious question at the end of the story, “Which wolf will win?”
Monday, 14 December 2015
Dec. 14, 2015 - Walking through September’s Canadian Manufacturing and Technology Show (CMTS) gave me cause to realize how lucky we all are to live in these times, and made me pause to reflect on my own personal 35-year journey. We (myself and other people approximately my age) straddle two great industrial generations; an older generation that brought the PLC into the mainstream, and a new generation that is doing the same thing with the Internet of Things (IoT).
Friday, 23 October 2015
Oct. 23, 2015 - The NFL season is just underway, and I for one am glad Brady’s suspension was overturned. I won’t take sides on the debate — was the punishment too harsh, or the processes too flawed, or was he even guilty of an offense to begin with — but, as a sports fan, and as one of the growing throng of “poolies,” I’m glad he’s in the equation.
Friday, 02 October 2015
Oct. 2, 2015 - People fall into one of two categories when it comes to the topic of IT: they have embraced it and are always looking for more ways to get more information from it, or, they are aware of the potential it may have but feel woefully behind and out of date. There’s a third category though, smaller than the first two, but growing steadily. It’s the people that have invested heavily in information systems and have collected mountains of data, but are now wondering what it all means, and if it was worth the effort and cost.
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Jun. 25, 2015 - This thought has been on my mind quite a bit lately, perhaps it’s because I just visited a 90-year-old friend in his new retirement home.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
May 20, 2015 - We live in a precarious time. As some get richer, many others drift towards unsustainability, and our middle class is shrinking. When people slide into unsustainability, it often becomes the responsibility of government to meet their needs. Many people in the middle class don’t even realize it, but they too have slid into positions of unsustainability, where they can’t accomplish the critical things on their list without some form of government aid; things like subsidies for their children’s tuition, relief from debt, extra allowances or benefits just to make ends meet every month.
Friday, 27 March 2015
Mar. 27, 2015 - I saw Elvis last night, not the Elvis, but a play at the Grand Theatre in London, Ont., that chronicled his life, music and relationship with Tom Parker (the Colonel). I was not a big Elvis fan growing up, but the play moved me and the story it told left me with a simple thought: his was a remarkable life, and an unfortunate death. I wanted to know and experience more, so I did what many of us frequently do; I started YouTubing him.
Friday, 27 February 2015
Feb. 27, 2015 - Last November, I had the pleasure of visiting Atlanta for a tradeshow (FabTech) we were exhibiting in. It’s been a long time since I had been there, and much had changed. I was impressed with its parks and buildings, its air of confidence, and the friendliness of its people. When it comes right down to it though, great cities are made by the people that live there.
Monday, 24 November 2014
Nov. 24, 2014 - Up until the industrial revolution, the typical working man (forgive the political incorrectness for now) was able to easily measure the achievements of his efforts by, for example, how much wood was chopped; how many cows were milked; how many miles of fences mended or rows tilled; how much seed was sown and how much crops were harvested. The payoff for every day’s effort invested was not just the tactile results, but also the pride and satisfaction that went with it.
Friday, 24 October 2014
Oct. 24, 2014 - Many years ago, I read Steven Covey’s landmark book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I have read many other good books since that time, but this one still stands out as a foundational book for me, especially as I consider the roles in my life where my abilities as a leader matter.
Monday, 29 September 2014
Sept. 29, 2014 - My father-in-law is 81. It’s been over a quarter of a century since he retired from Goodyear, but every year he still attends the company golf tournament, and he keeps connected with many of his former colleagues. The bulk of his career was in the time where people spent their whole working life with a single company, and where there was a reciprocated loyalty between employer and employee. (I still don’t dare to buy a different brand of tires because I know he would notice it right away, and in a small way, it would offend him.)  
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Many Canadian manufacturers are producing advancements and innovations that have the potential to help these companies — and the industry as a whole — grow and create jobs. Many governments are trying to do their part to fan any small sparks of growth, or to encourage employers to take leaps of faith to make fresh investments in their region. But for some of the traditional manufacturing regions that have been hardest hit in the recent decade, this will not be enough. Organized labour needs to participate in any potential manufacturing revival, and our governments may need to play a new role, too.
Thursday, 22 May 2014
In recent decades, it seems to me that the manufacturing industry has been a slow — and often times reluctant — adopter of information technology. CAD/CAM and ERP systems have been a big part of the manufacturing world for a while now, but in the majority of plants I visit, this is about the extent of it. Meanwhile, there’s a new revolution happening — M2M (machine-to-machine) and the Internet of Things — that, so far, seems to be ignoring the plant floor.
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