Mary E. Shacklett is an internationally recognized technology commentator and President of Transworld Data, a marketing and technology services firm. Prior to founding her own company, she was Vice President of Product Research and Software Development for Summit Information Systems, a computer software company; and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Technology at FSI International, a multinational manufacturer in the semiconductor industry.

Mary has business experience in Europe, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. She has a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MA from the University of Southern California, where she taught for several years. She is listed in Who's Who Worldwide and in Who's Who in the Computer Industry.

6 Steps that Help OEMs Cope with Shorter Product Life Cycles

In February 2016, Euractiv Germany expressed concern about the ever shorter product life cycles of electronic appliances and devices. They argued that the continuous stream of new appliances and devices into the marketplace was unnecessary, since consumers were still satisfied with the products that they had. Worse, growing numbers of discarded electronic devices and appliances…

Think Creatively About Passive Component Sourcing

In August 2017, Wally Johnson, vice president of finance at Firstronic, a contract manufacturer that produces electronic modules for automakers and tier one suppliers, wrote about the storm brewing in the automotive electronics supply chain.  “Industry professionals are seeing lead times on ‘passives’ — electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors and transformers — stretch…

Expand Supply Chain Control During PCB Design

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the heart and soul of many electronic devices, but the complexity of PCB design, procurement, and manufacturing processes creates many opportunities for failure issues. In addition, organizational silos that exist between design engineering, manufacturing engineering, and procurement can exacerbate these risks.  “I saw this problem early in my career,” said…

Analytics Get You the Most for Your Logistics Dollars

When asked about their supply chain challenges, electronics companies list globalization, commoditization, rapid product obsolescence, and supply and demand volatility as ever-present factors. However, they also say pricing and logistics optimization are major impediments to supply chain optimization. This sense of excessive logistics spending is corroborated in a 2016 survey by Deloitte and Material Handling,…