please include me on the list of the design engineers to receive a copy of the resutls of the survey.
I've been wroking in a design center for the last 5 years and something I noticed is the complexity about bringing new supplies or new components to the NPD propcess, some times this affects the schedule and it takes a while to get the right communication with hte suppliers.
In addtion to country of Origin another big constrain is the Material declaration forms filled out correctly for RoHS.
Thanks to those asking about how to get the results of this study. If you are an electronics design engineer, you'll get a free copy of a White Paper if you complete the survey or let us interview you for the study (write to Anne at AFeith@TechForecassters.com). If you are not an electronics design engineer but know several, then have them contact Anne for an interview--mentioning your name and email address; if the EEs you refer complete the interview then YOU and they will get the White Paper -- as well as other incentives -- for free. Thanks again for your interest!
It is definitley has become better since many engineers are aware of the sourcing challenges and all the big OEM's are actually establishing strategic sourcing teams to actually handle the supply chain better by actually suggesting the use of similar components into the new designes as much as possible.
I'd be curious to hear from design engineers if they are working with their purchasing colleagues on the increasing sourcing responsibilities. The old model was engineers design it, purchasing sources it.Is sourcing now more of a joint decision, or something that has just moved up the food chain toward engineering?
Myself being a design engineer for last six years I've realized the importance the design engineer in choosing the components those are not just provides the required functionality and performance but also have to fit into the supply chain challenges face by my company. Since components and suppliers are the soul of any supply chain challenges the more design engineer consider them into the design the lesser challenges faced in supply chain, lesser problems in end products.
I am very interested on hearing some of the results of this survey. I am curious to find out what exactly the design engineers are looking at in their research prior to design. Are they also taking any consumers thoughts into consideration? Obviously consumer’s ideas would be on a final product and not necessarily on a component.
Well, if we would try to outline way to improve, we could say " collect - analyze - implement" then first step is exactly data collection from shared sources; I believe EBN aim will help a lot OEMs in their supply chain process, at least in getting a pragmatic point of view.
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.