Posts posted in October 2011
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Roundup From ECIA
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/31/2011   (6) comments
Some takeaways from the recent conference: The US economy will expand in the second half of this year and next year, and employment is expected to rise moderately this year.
Why We Manufacture in China
Bolaji Ojo  
10/31/2011   (26) comments
China became a global manufacturing center for various reasons.
Thailand Floods Hit the Supply Chain
Virtual Vantage  
10/31/2011   (9) comments
Many electronics companies and IC vendors were hurt by the recent flooding in Thailand. Here's the current countdown.
Headache, but Also Some Relief in Q3 for Asian OEMs
Marc Herman  
10/31/2011   (5) comments
Third quarter results were mixed for many Asian OEMs but the slowdown expected for 2012 is not yet rippling through the supply chain.
HP 'Back' in PCs: Now Invent the Ultrabook
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/28/2011   (30) comments
Now that tablets have stolen the spotlight, the real issue for HP (and other PC makers) is the future of the PC.
Why Is Counterfeiting Getting Worse?
Bruce Rayner  
10/28/2011   (33) comments
Counterfeiting is proliferating across the industry underlining the need for increased vigilance by everyone in the industry.
Demand Is the Alpha Dog, Not Supply
Bolaji Ojo  
10/28/2011   (23) comments
Winning OEMs like Apple sell products for which demand is guaranteed, but losers supply products for which demand is an item on a wish list.
So Far, This Downturn Is Different
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/27/2011   (11) comments
Channel partners are not spending a lot of time discussing canceling backlog, taking back parts, and swapping out inventory like they did in 2009.
Things Don't Get Made in China Simply Because of Cheap Labor
Bolaji Ojo  
10/27/2011   (46) comments
Cheap labor isn't why China is winning Western manufacturing jobs and understanding this will help Western economies be more competitive.
Avoiding Inventory Overload
Ken Bradley  
10/27/2011   (14) comments
The best way to avoid the problem of excess inventory is to strike the right balance between pricing and quantity ordered.
Four Takeaways From Arrow Electronics
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/26/2011   (8) comments
The electronics industry continues to grow faster than the GDP of many nations. It's a good place to be.
Why Your Company May Not Be 'Liked' on Facebook
Andy Lawson  
10/26/2011   (44) comments
Here's a wake-up call for companies: People don't get on Facebook to interact with companies, so they may ignore your message.
5 Tips for Setting Up Shop in China
Change in the Chain  
10/26/2011   (19) comments
China is attracting electronics makers, but it is a tough market. Here are some suggestions for setting up there.
A Real Jobs Bill
Bernard J. Gizzi  
10/25/2011   (22) comments
Congress and the president should honor Steve Jobs by passing a reliable jobs bill to drive technology innovation and save the economy.
ST's Q3 Results Signal Broader Market Problems
Logical Link  
10/25/2011   (6) comments
STMicroelectronics reports a disappointing quarterly results and signals further weakness ahead in the entire semiconductor market.
Reconnecting With the Spirit of Innovation
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/25/2011   (18) comments
In spite of the poor business climate, industry executives are looking toward the future and the innovation that drives the industry.
Optimizing Engineering Revision Control
10/24/2011   (15) comments
Revision control is necessary for several reasons. Don't get caught waiting too long to control your company's engineering documents.
Thai Floods Devastate Supply Chain
Marc Herman  
10/21/2011   (25) comments
Flooding has affected two large high-tech industrial parks: Bang Pa-in Industrial Park and Navanakorn Industrial Park, where entire assembly lines are under water.
Big Blue's Near-Term Sales vs. Long-Term Strategy
Logical Link  
10/21/2011   (9) comments
IBM, in the face of much criticism, has consistently created new opportunities for itself and willingly walked away from low-margin business that no longer made sense.
QR Codes: The Next Big Thing in Communications?
Al Maag  
10/21/2011   (25) comments
QR codes let you get to the information that interests you instantly, instead of trying to remember a Website's URL.
Businesses Lose to China's 'Great Firewall'
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/20/2011   (23) comments
China's tight control of the Internet may prevent the products made in China from being sold there.
Tracking Conflict Minerals
Bruce Rayner  
10/20/2011   (17) comments
SEC plans to start enforcing reporting requirements for conflict minerals. Is your company ready with sourcing information?
Watching Innovation Happen
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/19/2011   (10) comments
Watching the design process can only help the electronics purchasing community – if nothing else, buyers can get a better idea of what engineers are thinking.
Six Takeaways From Intel's Q3 Results
Bolaji Ojo  
10/19/2011   (13) comments
Intel's results show the PC market is changing, inventories are under control, firms are hiring, and the industry is (still) flush with cash.
Supply Chain Finance: Challenges & Opportunities
Logical Link  
10/19/2011   (1) comment
Supply chain finance is being considered again by companies seeking to find easier way to lubricate the financing of purchases worldwide.
Intel Beats Q3 Forecast, Shares Soar
Bolaji Ojo  
10/19/2011   (6) comments
Intel exceeded third quarter forecasts and dispelled worries that sales of microprocessor could be hurt by rising demand for tablets PCs.
Are You Ready for a 'Second Screen'?
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/18/2011   (29) comments
Even in developing markets, a $38 tablet is astounding. But in the tablet market, your second screen is more likely to be last year's model.
IPhone Legacy: End of Feature Phones?
Bolaji Ojo  
10/18/2011   (24) comments
Smartphones like the iPhone are putting an end to the long reign of standard wireless handsets as more OEMs focus on high-margin offerings.
Cars That Are Smarter Than Their Drivers
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/17/2011   (27) comments
If your car can wake you up, change lanes, and even parallel park for you, why sleep, signal, or find a garage? Let the car do it.
The Case for a Level of Optimism
Anna Young  
10/17/2011   (15) comments
Western Europe's IT market may not grow strongly next year, but opportunities still abound in utilities, financial services, and communications.
The 'Leaderless Resistance'
Bolaji Ojo  
10/17/2011   (9) comments
Ignoring the Occupy Wall Street protests isn't smart for businesses and governments worldwide.
Avoiding Another Dotcom Disaster
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/14/2011   (11) comments
Even though a pull-back in VC funding adds to the general malaise around the economy, it could help avert a disaster like the last over-hyped tech bubble.
Are You Ready for the Smart Home Race?
Logical Link  
10/14/2011   (19) comments
The race to supply products and services for the connected and "smart home" is on. Is your company ready?
HTC: The Stealth Warrior
Bolaji Ojo  
10/14/2011   (18) comments
HTC took rivals in the consumer electronics market by surprise, but to hold its gains the Taiwan company must now fend off hungry rivals.
The Pros & Cons of Exclusivity
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/13/2011   (4) comments
"Available only through selected partners" has a nice ring to it, but does it make sense in the electronics supply chain?
An Inevitable Clash
Ken Bradley  
10/13/2011   (7) comments
The current economic system has expectations that cannot be met by managers, pitting employers against employees and shareholders.
Not All Doom & Gloom
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/12/2011   (15) comments
While there is clearly reason for concern, supply chain executives point out electronics is a global industry, and there are regions and markets that continue to grow.
Elcoteq's Credit Troubles Lead to Bankruptcy
Logical Link  
10/12/2011   (4) comments
Elcoteq is officially bankrupt, but its troubles point to bigger financial problems in the electronics manufacturing services industry.
5 Steps to Reducing Design Change Problems
10/12/2011   (19) comments
Companies should employ strict documentation control measures to cut problems in the manufacturing process. Here are the necessary steps.
Underestimating Uncertainty
Anna Young  
10/12/2011   (11) comments
The global economy faces a range of uncertainties, and electronics appears to be caught in its vortex. McKinsey suggests solutions.
Security of Supply in Uncertain Times
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/11/2011   (1) comment
The supply chain is entering a period that is going to test relationships, and it's going to be interesting to see how it plays out.
Strengthening Supply Chain Links
Semico Spin  
10/11/2011   (1) comment
At the recent GSA Semiconductor Ecosystem Summit industry players offer suggestions for resolving problems in the supply chain.
It's a Double-Dip Recession
Virtual Vantage  
10/11/2011   (15) comments
All the signs in the economy are pointing to a double-dip recession in the semiconductor sector.
Remembering Steve Jobs's Apple II
Semico Spin  
10/11/2011   (19) comments
The Apple II was not only Steve Jobs's first successful device, it was also his biggest success because it pointed to what lay ahead.
RIM Needs to Dump the PlayBook
Bolaji Ojo  
10/10/2011   (18) comments
The tablet PC market is a distraction for RIM. It needs to dump the PlayBook for now and rebuild its core Blackberry smartphone business.
How Many Do-Overs Should a Company Get?
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/10/2011   (7) comments
Netflix changed its plans again, leaving subscribers with higher rates.
OEMs Benefit as Schools Hike Tech Use
Logical Link  
10/10/2011   (6) comments
Students and educational institutions are adopting high-tech products in higher numbers, sparking a wave of educational sales for OEMs.
Paying for the Digital Life
Matteo Bertozzi  
10/10/2011   (6) comments
Do you know how big a digital fingerprint your business is leaving online as part of the cost of transferring operations to the Web?
Steve Jobs Is Gone; Turn the Page
Bolaji Ojo  
10/10/2011   (17) comments
To create the next generation of creative geniuses, the electronics industry must shatter the Jobs myth and develop new leaders.
Savings in Your Backyard
Ken Bradley  
10/10/2011   (2) comments
Electronics equipment makers can easily squeeze out savings from operations by cleaning up their databases and eliminating duplications.
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