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"The video can even be about what the next big innovation needs to be in the electronics industry." I think that engineers might be too shy to talk on this topic unless someone is serious. This maybe a more suitable platform for marketing and sales folks to win some prizes (some pun intended)!
Thanks Barbara for sharing element14 community. Yes, they are very active and very effective. One of the good thing they got is Eagle PCB layout software at very low price. This is very useful for begineer to proffessional. They also have very good technical panel and have very interesting discussions. They alos provide very low cost Test and Measurement equipment like OScilloscope and others.
This is a great idea and a perfect cure to overcoming one of the biggest barriers to learning or understanding - lack of mass. If purchasing managers don't have good view over what goes on beyond their area of influence, it can get in the way of product sourcing. Having the videos available - and a gamesmanship around it - can only help.
Great Post Barbara! The one obstacle to the partnership of design engineers and purchasing or reason for the gap is the difference in the thinking process of the two groups. Creative minds tend to abtract in their thinking and are willing to take risks. The procurement group tend to be concrete and stiff about the cost and benefit analysis. But you are right, the two need to find collaborative common ground to make innovations profitable.
That sounds like a very interesting project and it should help shed some light on some of the daily activities. My company has done some videos like this and posted them on you tube to aid in recruiting. These videos were aimed at giving a view into the lives of different scientists, managers, and engineers.
I'm sure they will have some very good submissions, and I'm sure it won't be easy picking a winner.
"As we’ve seen time and again, electronics innovation can happen in someone’s garage, a lab, at the office, or in a classroom" What a beautiful phrase ..... Innovation is not just a word of course. Is the word that leads us in the today world and is the word that makes all the people to challenge their creativity. And from this step, I want to give many congratulations for this excellent idea.
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.