Nokia's Troubles: Implications for Suppliers & Other Partners EBN Dialogue 6/21/2012 (357) comments Declining sales at Nokia, combined with reorganization actions at the company, will heavily impact some of its component suppliers and supply chain partners. What are the implications for its supply base, which companies will be affected, and what can they learn from the experience of others that have in the past been caught in the implosion of major OEMs? Join Junko Yoshida, chief of international correspondents and former editor in chief of EE Times, and Bolaji Ojo, editor in chief of EBN, in a live chat on this subject at 12:00 p.m. EDT, on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
Alternate Parts Sourcing: Challenges & Opportunities EBN Dialogue 6/14/2012 (232) comments Finding replacement parts for items on a components list can lead a procurement expert into a quagmire. It is possible for a seasoned procurement professional to end up with an "alternate" component that doesn't quite fit the bill. During this live chat, veteran components engineer and supply chain consultant Douglas Alexander will discuss specific problems buyers face when trying to secure alternate parts, offer tips for cost savings, and discuss strategies for achieving optimal results when replacing parts on a components list.
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.