@Barbara -- Your comment got me thinking that it would be nice to have a resource for those new to social where they could get the skinny on the most popular social networking sites. My team built one today just for this reason:
@Barbara -- I'll be as interested as you. I have heard similar comments from others about past EDS shows. Shows usually key on three things: Networking, Education, and Industry improvement. I've heard mixed messages about the goals for EDS as a show, but fortunately, these three areas are core pillars for social media. I've been lucky enough to see shows where paricipants and speakers take advantage of the benefits of Social and those where the backchannel is dominated by silence or sales pitches. The ideal environment is where the three pillars are given equal weight; where there is room for relationship-building and for sales.
Hi Andy--I'll be interested to hear what you think post-EDS. One of the common complaints of the show is many participants end up being secluded in suites for days having those face-to-face meetings...or running between meetings with a quick "hello!" to people in the walkways! it's always been an interesting dynamic. Maybe social media will ad another dimension tot he show--we can only try, right?
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.