Social Media Intrigue Bolaji Ojo 12/27/2011 (59) comments How should individuals manage their private and business identities as social media continue to expand into enterprise environments?
Distributing More Than Components Al Maag 12/27/2011 (24) comments One of the best things about working in the Avnet communications department is that I get to learn about all the different community services events that employees are involved in.
Resilience in Complex Supply Networks Lalit Wadhwa 12/22/2011 (15) comments While configuring supply chains that account for every single risk is not feasible, some demonstrate better resilience -- that is, their ability to rebound from disruptive events is significantly better than others.
2011 Roundup & 2012 Outlook From the Open Market Supply Chain Intelligence 12/22/2011 (20) comments The past year saw two major, devastating natural disasters: Japan's earthquake and tsunami in March and, most recently, Thailand's flooding. Both of these unfortunate events led to global supply chain disruptions.
Counterfeit Parts Alarm US Military Ken Manchen 12/21/2011 (43) comments The US defense industry is particularly vulnerable to counterfeit electronic parts. It typically relies on military and commercial-grade "obsolete parts" to maintain its equipment.
Technologies Worth a Second Look Barbara Jorgensen 12/20/2011 (31) comments In an annual ranking of technology trends, Deloitte takes a look at re-emerging enablers – technologies executives have spent time and resources on that deserve a second look.
RIM's Struggle to Succeed Logical Link 12/19/2011 (38) comments Not only did RIM not leverage its ecosystem and sell as many tablets as it could have in a potentially big market during a busy time of year, it now has to take a writedown for what it did produce.
Execs Cite Reasons for Onshoring Barbara Jorgensen 12/16/2011 (15) comments The jobs most likely to return to the US involve low-volume, high-precision, high-mix operations, as well as automated manufacturing and products that need technology improvements.
Five Things You Didn't Know About RoHS Barbara Jorgensen 12/15/2011 (22) comments Thanks to clarifications in the RoHS Recast, products that were subject to RoHS under the directive may not have to comply under the RoHS law. Don't assume that, once you are compliant, you are always compliant.
Three Feet From Gold Anna Young 12/15/2011 (53) comments Tablet PCs are experiencing a gold rush, but many OEMs lack the patience and market savvy to benefit from the expected growth.
Sobering Stats From the Supply Chain Barbara Jorgensen 12/8/2011 (14) comments On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the most optimistic), VentureOutsource respondents rate their current outlook at 5.34. That's down 10% from a survey the company conducted six months ago.
Securing the Smart Grid Barbara Jorgensen 12/5/2011 (12) comments The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently concluded that the mishmash of agencies overseeing security of the smart grid is ill equipped to handle a cyberattack.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.