Electronics industry executives are scheduled to meet in Amsterdam late in May for the 10th Annual High-Tech & Electronics Supply Chain summit during which they will discuss many of the issues facing the industry and chart common plans for taking advantage of emerging opportunities and the digitization of operations. This year’s program will focus on how electronics equipment manufacturers and their suppliers can use data to assure “visibility across the entire value chain,” according to organizer EFT (Eyefortransport Ltd.).
The event takes place May 25 and 26 at the Novotel Schipol Amsterdam Airport Hotel, and will offer participants the opportunity to explore the influence of Big Data on their operations with speakers providing insights into the use of analytics by OEMs, component suppliers and other influencers within the supply chain.
They will also address challenges and opportunities related to the digitization of the electronics supply chain. This year’s summit is taking place at a time of increased focus on how companies can leverage Big Data in their supply chain while responding to the challenges and disruptions they face managing the flow of information across the value chain. In the last several years, enterprises in the high-tech and electronics markets have realized or embraced the need to digitize all aspects of their operations but have also been confronted with figuring out the best ways to do this without injecting additional complexities into the business. Observers have also noted the added problems of determining how to squeeze the optimal returns from these investments to ensure businesses remain competitive.
“This digital age is the connectivity of going from a thousand devices connected to the Internet to 500 billion. It will transform business,” said John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco Systems Inc., in a recent report from consulting firm McKinsey & Co. “It will transform our lives, our healthcare system. Business models will rise and fall at a tremendous speed. As leaders, if you don’t transform and use this technology differently—if you don’t reinvent yourself, change your organization structure; if you don’t talk about speed of innovation—you’re going to get disrupted. And it’ll be a brutal disruption, where the majority of companies will not exist in a meaningful way 10 to 15 years from now.”
EFT said this year’s supply chain summit will offer solutions to many of the challenges companies face in the efforts to incorporate digitization into their manufacturing systems. Speakers drawn from many of the industry’s leading companies will speak on these issues while attendees will also have opportunities to discuss these in focus groups.
“We’re going to tackle why it’s important to develop a customer centric end-to-end hi-tech supply chain as the digital revolution continues to disrupt and evolve the hi-tech industry,” EFT said in the summit brochure. “Radical and rapid shifts in customer behavior, the pressure for personalized products, instant product and service availability, and the advent of new technologies and distribution channels are forcing companies to rethink their strategies.”
The themes for the 2016 hi-tech summit include: Achieving Customer Centricity in Your End-To-End Hi-Tech Supply Chain Strategy; The Digital Blue Print in Your Hi-Tech Supply Chain; Data: The Power House of Your Hi-Tech Supply Chain and; The End-to-End Strategy: Aftermarket Services Meets Increased Customer Demands.
Speakers for the summit are drawn from many leading high-tech OEMs, EMS providers and component distributors. They include Volker Schmitz, VP and head of EMEA Supply Chain at HP, Carlo Baus, global strategic procurement manager at Bose, Pascal Fernandez, VP, EMEA business development at Avnet, Edwin de Boer, director, supply chain operation at Cisco, Frederick Hartung from Jabil, Anita Arts, managing director, global supply chain with Liberty Global and Peter Back, operations director at Zebra Technologies. Electronics Purchasing Strategies serves as a media partner to EFT for the 10th Annual Hi-Tech & Electronics Supply Chain Summit.