Lisa Ann Cairns, Ph.D., Contributor Lisa comes to EPS with a diverse background that includes 10 years of hands-on experience in IT as well as in semiconductor and electronics distribution. The majority of that time, Lisa spent in the role of Senior Market Analyst and Senior Contributor at a leading, independent distributor of semiconductor and electronics. Prior to that tenure, she was a professor of linguistic anthropology, engaged in social science research, modeling, and analysis. The skills of observing and explaining complex social patterns adds a rich framework in which to indentify and to understand the range variables that constantly affect today’s globalized marketplace. Lisa’s admixture of experiences brings a fresh eye and a contextualized understanding of the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain. Lisa’s market analyses provides readers with unique views spanning micro- to macro-level industry events, synthesized insights bridging business and economics, as well as connecting the dots between upstream to downstream industry events that affect and inform distribution strategies. Lisa has a Ph.D. and A.M. in Linguistics from The University of Chicago, during which time she was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. She holds a B.A. from Hofstra University, where she was Hofstra's first woman undergraduate to be awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Grant for independent research prior to attending graduate school. Lisa is currently consulting and freelance writing and can be reached at lcairns@lcairnssolutions.com.

DFARS and Testing as the Quality Litmus Test, Part 1

Recently EPS and Verical.Connect have focused on the issues of counterfeit mitigation and the recent (9/21/2015) proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).  A common theme is the continual raising of the quality bar. The proposed amendments to DFARS this year mirrors this raising of the bar and clearly lays forth…

DFARS 2015: Zeitgeist or Bell Toll?

Proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) could have far-reaching implications for the electronics supply chain. On the face of it, the DFARS amendments seem to favor sourcing from component vendors and authorized/franchised distributors to the detriment of the open market and/or small business contractors. The amendments appear to tighten definitions,…

Quality & Traceability: Critical to Procurement

This month, Verical.Connect and EPS have taken a very close and important look at the cornerstones of quality and anti-counterfeiting strategies in the semiconductor and electronics supply chain. Sourcing and procurement have grown, expanded, and decidedly matured in terms of business operations/processes as well as the role that these departments play in the corporation. Quality…

Disasters Are Disruptive: Review Your Supply Chain

Another major disaster –the chemical explosion in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, roughly 75 miles East of Beijing –has recently resulted in a significant loss of life. The blast occurred “[…] at a warehouse owned by Rui Hai International Logistics, a private company that was licensed to handle hazardous cargo,” according to the New…

Smart Grid to Smartphone: Demand Management’s New Frontier

The heat of summer tends to put the topic of energy demand management front and center of economic discussions. Aside from the important sustainability issues, energy efficiency, and trying to keep summer energy bills down in the midst of heat waves, there are real smart grid issues and opportunities increasingly linking the utilities industry with…

Managing Innovation and Innovating Management in Electronics

Managing innovation is not necessarily about product or component innovation – it is importantly also about knowing how to extend strategic models into new markets, whether geographic and/or business. Just as the semiconductor and electronics supply chain continues to diversify and penetrate more deeply into once niche markets (e.g., automotive, health and fitness, industrial automation,…

Striking a Bimodal Balance in the Supply Chain

Balancing growth, innovation, and efficiencies to move into increasingly competitive markets comprises a directive that extends across executive responsibilities and into supply chain relationships. This balance is part and parcel of a set of strategic challenges not only for the semiconductor and electronics supply chain, but also across many industries. In the electronics industry, where…