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.

Global Chip Sales Point to Shift in Supply Chain Balance

In the midst of the stock market tumbling in China and general, global economic malaise, there is still much to be said for sustainable growth trends across the semiconductor and electronics industry, from foundries to end-devices. However, along with this positive macro-trend for the industry is a disruptive shift that heralds a change in the…

How Procurement Can Better Evaluate Risk vs. Opportunity

The semiconductor and electronics supply chain, like many other industries, is experiencing a renewed round of diversification strategies. There are a myriad of reasons and market opportunities driving the strategic shifts, but the bottom line remains a unified goal of increased business (volume and revenue) at improved costs with ever more finely managed risks. Among…

India’s Rise to Further Shift Global Electronics Supply Chain

India presents a very interesting opportunity for the semiconductor and electronics industry: it is the most recent Cinderella Story among the emerging market economies, benefitting from global economic shifts — low oil and strong dollar, especially, are enhancing the strong and sustainable growth plan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As discussed in a recent EPS…

Foreign Exchange: A Mixed Bag for Electronics

The industry is nearly half way through 2015 and it has been a mixed bag of market sentiment for the wider semiconductor and electronics industry. At a macro level, there is significant optimism mid- and long-term for volume and revenue growth. This growth optimism is due to the anticipated rise of the Internet of Things…

How Intel/Altera Will Impact the Channel

The likely effects of the Intel/Altera merger are far-reaching, but there are important themes that cross channel lines and speak to the continuity of industry trends. The viewpoint from the independent distribution channel, for example, is unique.  Different channel partners are, naturally, anticipating different changes to their supplier-distributor relationships and likely will see increases in…

Is NAND Flash in Limbo? Channel Pricing and Corporate Strategies

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is one version of the current tale in the NAND flash market as seasonally weak demand hangs on and prices limp along. Given how impressive 2014 was for a good chunk of the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain, it’s a good time to check midstream channel…