Andy, social medias are becomes a common forums for industrial thought. Many companies have such networking groups in internet and they are very much making use of such facilities. So any update can reflect to all linked users and one of the easiest way to convey messages.
I think social media is playing and will continue to play an important part accross all industries in connecting people and making the communication much easier. In the context of this, social media apps are also highly useful for companies. Businesses can further reap the benefits of social media using these apps. For instance, apps on Facebook can allow companies to create surveys which their target audience can fill, allow users to search for suppliers and components and various other uses.
As we saw in the EBN survey today, social media is a key conduit with Twitter being the big winner in terms of growth between 2010 and 2011. I set up a Linked In group for my business about a year ago and it went from 0 members to 700 in less than 12 months.
I wasn't thinking about this while I was at EDS, but social media is perfect for such forums. It helps expedite meetings (hey--where are you?); exhibits (come check this out) and is great for last minute changes in plans. I'll admit I still don't use social media to its fullest extent, but I am beginning to see its use beyond " I just ate a sandwich" and cute cat photos.
@Jacob -- The ability to have one to many connectivity is truly a great benefit of an integrated social network. And this benefit only grows when you have engaged users who continue the conversation with posts of their own. These collaborative environments can generate amazing results when harnessed properly. Thanks for contributing.
@Tvotapka -- I think the results of the survey were a telling reminder that the Social Media revolution moves whether we embrace it or not. I believe the best thing we can do is share our knowledge and learnings and find what works best for our areas.
@TaimoorZ -- Agreed. Apps were a key component for the success of Social. Not just by allowing more companies to contribute their expertise, but by allowing users to create customized networks that work FOR them. Thanks for the comment.
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.