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Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
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1/15/2015   (199) comments
Increasingly chief procurement officers (CPOs) are re-shaping their organizational role to focus on creating results far beyond cost controls. A new IBM survey explores how. EBN will welcome Steve Peterson, research lead for IBM's Institute for Business Value to discuss the survey results and leadership practices in the purchasing C-suite.
Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
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11/12/2014   (134) comments
The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.
Live Chat 11/06: Enterprise Risks, Intellectual Property & Supply Chains
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11/6/2014   (130) comments
Enterprise risk management (ERM) frameworks can be useful and effective in identifying, assessing, and managing intellectual property (IP) risks, including the risks that arise in supply chain compliance. Craig Moss, COO of Create.org, will be on hand to provide real-world examples and strategies for organizations to mitigate those risks.
Live Chat 10/30: Top 10 Metrics That Enhance Procurement Performance
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10/30/2014   (104) comments
As purchasing managers push to be recognized as contributing to the corporate bottom line, it's critical to measure departmental performance in new ways. Richard Waugh, vice president of corporate development at Zycus, will join us to discuss the 10 most important procurement performance metrics, from the old standards to new and emerging best-practices.
Live Chat 10/16: Applying a Macroeconomic Lens to the Supply Chain
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10/16/2014   (85) comments
Apek Mulay, EBN Blogger and CEO of Mulay's Consultancy Services, brings his expertise in macroeconomics and the US semiconductor industry to bear as we discuss how the decentralization of the electronics supply chain and mass capitalism have the potential to benefit the industry. This approach, he believes, will socio-economic reforms, reduce taxes, and help improve collaboration between businesses. Join us with your thoughts and questions.
Live Chat 9/25: Minimizing Risk in the Global Supply Chain
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9/25/2014   (168) comments
Dave Bowen, CEO of e-sourcing firm MarketMaker4, will be our guest as we explore ways to minimize and manage geo-political and corporate risk in supply chain and sourcing through the use of technology.
Live Chat 8/20: Supply Chain Trends to Watch for the Rest of 2014
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8/20/2014   (64) comments
The supply chain grows more complex with every advancement and innovation in global distribution, but it hasn't quite reached the complexity of other global phenomena, like the weather. That means one can still make predictions about trends. We've asked Jim O'Reilly to make some predictions while answering your questions.
Live Chat 7/24: Effective Channel Management
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7/24/2014   (93) comments
Channel sales represent an increasing percentage of revenue for many organizations every year. Across industries, companies of all sizes are refocusing on channel strategies and implementing best-practices for partner management. We've invited Joe Alphonse and Tom Howell of Revitas to discuss how to implement an effective channel management strategy and connect the dots from contract initiation to channel success.
Live Chat 6/23: Smart Homes & Semiconductors
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6/23/2014   (183) comments
As much as we talk about big data, "little data" (all those bits and bytes generated by smart appliances and technologies) are also going to change the industry. We've invited Cees Links, founder and CEO of fabless semiconductor company GreenPeak Technologies and a pioneer of the wireless data industry, to talk about how the evolution of smart home data communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to impact the electronics industry.
Live Chat 5/29: Big Data & Security in the Supply Chain
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5/29/2014   (89) comments
Join us for an EBN live chat on Thursday, May 29, at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) with Manmeet Singh, co-founder and CEO of Dataguise, a provider of big data security intelligence and protection solutions. We will discuss best-practices around data privacy protection in the big data world.
Live Chat 4/3: Business Networks Emerge as Procurement's Future
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4/3/2014   (118) comments
Increasingly, procurement is evolving as a strategic function within most manufacturing organizations. Business networks are evolving to connect the supply chain and give procurement the edge it needs. We've invited Rachel Spasser, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Ariba, and Andrew Bartolini, chief research officer of research firm Ardent Partners, to discuss the key elements of a strong business community.
Live Chat 3/27: Finding the Procurement and Technology Sweet Spot
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3/27/2014   (130) comments
Increasingly, choosing the right software and technology tools is critical to empowering procurement to realize strategic advantages. We've invited Richard Waugh, vice president, corporate development at Zycus, to talk about the company's recently released Pulse of Procurement study and to share his thoughts on technology's place in the supply chain. We'll be meeting at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PDT) on Thursday, March 27.
Live Chat 3/21: Creating an Extended Supply Chain
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3/21/2014   (107) comments
When it comes to working in an extended supply chain, the average spreadsheet or EDI system simply isn't enough. It's time look at how to collaborate with partners more efficiently. We've invited Greg Johnsen, founder and chief marketing officer at GT Nexus to share insights gleaned from the company's recently released research.
Live Chat 2/20: Building a Real-Time Mobile Supply Chain
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2/20/2014   (116) comments
The reality of the global supply chain demands always-on data access. Increasingly, leading-edge organizations are working to add mobile apps to manage the supply chain. We've invited Tyler Ziemann, head of growth at mobile supply chain software vendor Elementum, and Tom Linton, chief procurement officer at contract manufacturer Flextronics, to talk about the benefits and realities of building a real-time mobile supply chain.
Live Chat 1/31: The Future of Direct Procurement
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1/31/2014   (158) comments
Supply chain practices need to catch up with the new reality of a global supply base. We'll be chatting with guests Rob Schoenthaler, chief customer officer at E2open and Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer at Spend Matters, to explore how to close the gap between current practices and the demands of today's business climate.
Live Chat 12/18: Supply Chain Trends for 2014
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12/18/2013   (87) comments
We've invited James McGregor, director of supplier management for Newark element14, as our guest as we consider what 2014 might hold for the electronics supply chain. We'll be gathering here at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST) on Wednesday, December 18.
Live Chat 12/10: Security & the Supply Chain
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12/10/2013   (150) comments
Today's supply chains are ripe for cyberattack as organizations work to open lines of communications with their partners. We'll be chatting with Steve Durbin, global vice president of the Information Security Forum, about the risk to the supply chain and best-practices for mitigating those risks.
11/21 Live Chat: Manufacturing Insights With IDC & UPS
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11/21/2013   (177) comments
We'll be chatting with Ken Rankin, director of high-tech segment marketing at UPS, and Simon Ellis, practice director for IDC Manufacturing Insights, about the results of the newly released fourth annual UPS Change in the (Supply) Chain Survey.
Live Chat 11/13: In Search of Fresh Component Standards
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11/13/2013   (70) comments
We'll be talking about component date codes. Are they necessary for quality? Or an encumbrance to the speed of business?
Live Chat 10/31: Don't Be Scared of Strategic Sourcing
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10/31/2013   (124) comments
Join us in the EBN chat room at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST) with our guest Richard Waugh, vice president of corporate development at Zycus, to talk about best-practices for strategic sources and the latest state of the art for strategic sourcing applications.
Live Chat 10/10: Good News for SMB Manufacturing
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10/10/2013   (121) comments
Small and mid-sized manufacturers remain optimistic about revenues and employment despite concerns about federal regulations and fiscal policy uncertainties. What will the future hold? We've invited Mike McDonald, vice president of member recruitment at Prime Advantage, to tell us about the realities behind its most recent research.
Live Chat 9/30: Getting Schooled in Supply Chain
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9/30/2013   (206) comments
In the not too distant future, there will be more supply chain jobs than workers. Let's talk about how to increase interest in the profession.
LiveChat 9/12: Getting in Step With Conflict Minerals
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9/12/2013   (93) comments
It can be confusing to understand where conflict minerals are being used in the supply chain. However, the Dodd-Frank Act, which will take effect next spring, makes knowing a requirement.
Live Chat 8/28: New Dimensions in Printing
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8/28/2013   (167) comments
The advent of 3D, and now even 4D, printing may well be a boon to the supply chain. These new technologies will impact design, manufacturing and more. We've invited two of our popular bloggers, Jim O'Reilly and Susan Fourtané, to help us explore the latest printing tech. Join us at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) on Wednesday, August 26.
Live Chat 8/15: Avoid the Counterfeit Trap
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8/15/2013   (155) comments
Counterfeit components are a growing problem in the supply chain, but there are things that you can do to make sure you aren't a victim. We've invited Anne Ting, executive vice president of marketing, and Steve Martin, executive vice president of sales from Components Direct to field your questions. Join us at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) on Thursday, August 15th.
Thailand Stages a Comeback
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8/23/2012   (320) comments
Thailand may not immediately come to mind as a technology hub, but electronics production represents a major part of the country's exports, and many companies have significant operations there. Contributor Jennifer Baljko recently visited the Southeast Asian country and talked to government officials and company executives. Join her on Thursday, August 23, at 11:00 a.m. EST to discuss Thailand's manufacturing future and how companies have recovered from last year's devastating floods.
Euro-Crisis: What It Means for High-Tech Firms
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7/12/2012   (429) comments
European politicians and central bankers talk of even more reforms and bailouts, and most economic indicators show, at best, guarded optimism for the coming quarters. Join EBN Editor in Chief Bolaji Ojo and Contributing Editor Jennifer Baljko as they host a Live Chat on Thursday, July 12, at 10:00 a.m. EDT on the likely impacts of Europe's unfolding economic problems on high-tech tech companies operating in this important, yet mature, market.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers
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7/3/2012   (294) comments
What are the implications for the electronics supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to manufacture and sell its own tablet PC? Will this decision drive a wedge between Microsoft and its current partners in the computing industry, or will it help spark the challenge many feel is lacking as Apple Inc. continues to dominate the sector? On Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, industry veteran and EE Times' electronics systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt will host a Live Chat on EBN on this subject and answer questions on the implications of Microsoft Surface for PC companies, systems developers, consumers, and the electronics supply chain.
Nokia's Troubles: Implications for Suppliers & Other Partners
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6/21/2012   (357) comments
Declining sales at Nokia, combined with reorganization actions at the company, will heavily impact some of its component suppliers and supply chain partners. What are the implications for its supply base, which companies will be affected, and what can they learn from the experience of others that have in the past been caught in the implosion of major OEMs? Join Junko Yoshida, chief of international correspondents and former editor in chief of EE Times, and Bolaji Ojo, editor in chief of EBN, in a live chat on this subject at 12:00 p.m. EDT, on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
Alternate Parts Sourcing: Challenges & Opportunities
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6/14/2012   (233) comments
Finding replacement parts for items on a components list can lead a procurement expert into a quagmire. It is possible for a seasoned procurement professional to end up with an "alternate" component that doesn't quite fit the bill. During this live chat, veteran components engineer and supply chain consultant Douglas Alexander will discuss specific problems buyers face when trying to secure alternate parts, offer tips for cost savings, and discuss strategies for achieving optimal results when replacing parts on a components list.
Security of Supply in Uncertain Times
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10/12/2011   (246) comments
As the supply/demand balance in the supply chain begins to shift, opportunity presents itself in many forms. As OEMs and EMS providers scale back their demand, component inventories are beginning to build in the supply chain. Is this a good time to stock up for a rainy day, or should you depend on your long-term partners to manage your supply? As the largest holders of inventory in the channel, distributors have a global perspective on inventory management. Join Lindsley Ruth, executive vice president of distributor Future Electronics Inc., in this live chat on Wednesday, October 12 at noon EDT.
Can RIM Reboot?
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9/29/2011   (338) comments
Research in Motion, once a pioneer in mobile communications, is stumbling badly. Its PlayBook has failed to inspire the market, and shareholders are in an uproar. What will it take for RIM to recapture its former magic? Contributing Editor Jennifer Baljko and the EBN editors will share their ideas in this Live Chat on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 12 noon EDT.
Managing Supply Chain Transportation Spend & Fuel Cost Volatility
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9/13/2011   (266) comments
With the price of crude oil constantly in flux, the direct impact of transportation fuel surcharges are a constant challenge for the supply chain manager and a recurring headache for the transportation team. Gerry Fay, Avnet’s Chief Global Logistics and Operations Officer, will offer his insights on how best to navigate the difficult terrain of transportation expense control and answer your questions on how to maximize your transportation spend. Join Gerry and EBN editors on Tuesday, September 13, at 2 p.m. EST for a live discussion on this very current subject.
Market Madness & the Supply Chain
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8/23/2011   (257) comments
The stock market has everyone concerned, including companies in the supply chain. The electronics industry has traditionally run on its own cycles, but the economy, the stock market, and global finance have disrupted trends beyond the norm. Supply chain industry expert Matt Sheerin, Senior Equity Research Analyst and Managing Director with investment firm Stifel Nicolaus & Co., will discuss the overall health of the electronics industry and the impact of recent global events during this live chat on Aug. 23 at noon EST.
Can India Take on China?
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8/18/2011   (326) comments
India is angling for a bigger piece of the electronics manufacturing market and is offering semiconductor suppliers incentives to set up fabrication plants in the world’s second most populous country. However, does India have what it takes to compete against China for the electronics supply chain? EBN editor in chief Bolaji Ojo and long-time Asia watcher Marc Herman will discuss this subject with EBN readers on August 18 at 12.00 p.m. EST.
Google: A Disruptive Force Gathers Momentum
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8/15/2011   (242) comments
Google is jumping fully into the hardware market with its decision to purchase Motorola Mobility. The transaction builds on other activities that indicate Google is no longer limiting itself to the software market. What will this latest move mean for the entire wireless handset, tablet PC, telecom service industry and the electronics supply chain? Join EBN editor-in-chief Bolaji Ojo Monday, August 15 at noon EST to discuss this development and the potential impact on your business.
What You Really Need to Know About the Open Market
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7/28/2011   (207) comments
Not all non-franchised distributors are created equal. Many companies that play in the open (non-authorized) distribution market have gone to great lengths to ensure that the components they sell are counterfeit-free. In this Live Chat, Dawn Gluskin, founder and CEO of distributor SolTec Electronics, will talk about what differentiates these companies from unscrupulous open-market brokers.
Reduce Procurement Costs Without Spending a Cent
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4/26/2011   (123) comments
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Time: 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m PT
Host: Newark’s Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community & eProcurement
Topic: Reduce Procurement Costs Without Spending a Cent
Goods procurement can include significant costs and efficiency challenges for most businesses, unless you have the right processes in place. Done right, electronic procurement can deliver direct cost savings. Join EBN editors and Newark's Global Head of Community and eProcurement, Dianne Kibbey, on April 26, 2 p.m. EST, for a live discussion on leveraging e-procurement tools. Kibbey will provide insight on how to access the IBUY suite of tools to automate purchasing workflow and reduce the overall costs of purchasing electronic components.
Spotlight Cisco: Reviving an American Icon
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4/19/2011   (115) comments
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Time: 12 noon ET / 9 a.m. PT
Host: Alexander Wolfe
Topic: Spotlight Cisco: Reviving an American Icon
Cisco Systems is embarking upon a major reorganization to jumpstart flagging sales and profits as competition heats up. What will it take to re-energize the Internet equipment giant? Long-term industry commentator and EBN blogger Alexander Wolfe will discuss this and take questions from readers in a Live Chat on Tuesday, April 19 between 12 noon and 1:00 p.m.
Japanese Earthquake’s Implications for Electronics Supply Chain
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3/23/2011   (120) comments
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2011
Time: 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m PT
Host: Malcolm Penn, CEO and President, Future Horizons
Topic: Japanese Earthquake’s Implications for Electronics Supply Chain
The tragedy in Japan will have some yet to be fully determined effects on the electronics supply chain and financial markets. Malcolm Penn, CEO and President of research and analytic firm Future Horizons, will address the issue of potential supply shortages and suggest ways to avoid problems in a live EBN discussion on this developing topic Wednesday, March 23, noon EST.
Price Competitiveness & Leverage – Separating Fact From Fiction
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3/10/2011   (221) comments
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time: 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m PT
Host: Ken Bradley, President of Lytica Inc.
Topic: Price Competitiveness & Leverage – Separating Fact From Fiction
Securing competitive component pricing is a never-ending challenge for supply chain professionals. Join Lytica's Ken Bradley, developer of the FreeBenchmarking.com pricing tool, on March 10 for an in-depth discussion of the various factors affecting your costs in the supply chain.

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EBN Dialogue enables you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Open to the entire EBN community of electronics supply chain experts, these conversations see ideas shared, comments made, and questions asked and answered in real time. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats. Stay tuned and join in!
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Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
Increasingly chief procurement officers (CPOs) are re-shaping their organizational role to focus on creating results far beyond cost controls. A new IBM survey explores how.
Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.