From mobile device integration to 3D printing to smart machines and more, Gartner lays out its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2014, where savvy members of the electronics supply chain will see opportunities.
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Hailey, I agree. We don't have anyone being an equal competitor of China when it comes to counterfeiting. Furthermore, we also want any other nation that does decrease reliance of blue chip companies on China. When power is handed over to one, problems always arise.
@Waqas, whether it is malware or electronics manufacturing, we do have a lot of examples of China being problemantic. I know that China isn't the whole problem. Where would you point as being an equally large part of the issue? Over reliance on china, as you say, is a problem too...
_HM, the re-shoring move will likely continue. I think this big OEM examples that you point to will be a leader that will encourage other organizations to consider it. I bet we get plenty more examples by the end of the year.
>> lack of availability of local skilled staff makes things tougher for new investors<<
Sure in some other areas in Africa, shortage of expertize issue. But in Nigeria not the case, Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world with highly skilled and educated people, not just 1st degrees but MSc/PhD holders in engineering/science with sound and immense experiences.
Wale, true. Like it is said. Opportunity lies in a problem. However, too weak infrastructure and lack of availability of local skilled staff makes things tougher for new investors. Some organizations have to join hands with the government and work for infrastructure development and in return, get a promise for either subsidies or tax free operations when other foreign and local investors are paying taxes.
>>Africa is not like China and we must be very careful with our moves<<
You can never have a transformation all of sudden as you are expecting it to happen, China did not become China of today overnight, bear in mind.
Many works are on-going in some African nations - Nigeria for instance, the country has been troubled and, slowing in economic growth, these boil down to one thing, electricity. But this is becoming a thing of the past since electricity sector has been liberalized by the government of Nigeria. In IT sector, unprecedented development is also being recorded there, with the likes of IBM tapping massively from the huge markets as well as resources. While, major cities like Port Harcourt and Lagos are having intra-rail networks going on. GE's planning a $1 billion service and manufacturing facility in Calabar, the Cross River State capital in Nigeria.
Nemos, if you look at the stats relating to Africa, its poverty and condition of its land, it is already destroyed. Only urbanization can help Africa to enter the mainstream modernization of the global economy. Having said that, every country must take measures itself and restrict the private sector from using land only to an acceptable extent.
Hailey. I personally am not really convinced when I see biased coverage of Chinese economy by the Western media. It is not just the Chinese; many are involved in counterfeiting. People don't really talk much about how the global manufacturing industry is currently reliant on China.
Gadi Amit, founder and principal designer of NewDealDesign, discusses his views on the changing world of design as electronics enter the age of wearables and the Internet of Things, as well as his personal perspective in working on the FitBit, the Lytro Camera, and Google's new modular and 3D printed Ara phone.
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that does not come without design and sourcing issues -- issues some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.
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