Stop Knocking Outsourcing

Am I the only one who is getting sick to death of all the outsourcing-bashing going on in today's local and national political campaigns? First of all, I wish someone would explain to the American public that “outsourcing” and “offshoring” are not the same thing. Maybe it is just semantics, but it bugs me! Now…

Big Blue Cranks Innovation Engine

When {complink 2470|IBM Corp.} celebrated its 100th anniversary this summer, I noticed a consistent theme throughout the media coverage of the milestone. There was, of course, a great deal of reverence for a company that could endure a century's worth of economic ups and downs. But there was also a sometimes less-than-subtle implication that IBM…

Biting the Hand That Feeds You

When I read the news this morning that GE's Healthcare division intends to move the headquarters for its global X-ray business from Waukesha, Wis., to Beijing, I was struck by the irony. Earlier this month, {complink 8019|General Electric Co.} CEO Jeff Immelt — who in January was named by President Obama to be chairman of…

Clouded Judgment

Cloud computing is being widely touted as the next big thing in supply chain information technology, but I have strong doubts about its ability to deliver what everyone is hoping for without creating additional problems for electronics manufacturers. Let's face it: These days, Internet security is as much an oxymoron as “government intelligence.” Within the…