Analytics: Improve Rather Than Manage Contracts

All business-to-business companies today develop, sign, and store their fair share of contracts. While these contracts hold valuable information about partner relationships, incentive structures, and payment timelines, contract management is rarely seen as a crucial source of value. Instead of viewing contract management as a vital part of the corporate infrastructure, companies tend to accumulate…

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Extending Battery Life

Yesterday I was researching some old computers, machines that required substations' worth of power. Today I'm thinking about systems that run for years off a single coin cell. How much things have changed! Ultra-low-power embedded systems can run off a CR2032 for 10 years if they spend most of that time in a deep sleep,…

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Stop Surfing the Learning Curve

Many years ago in my previous life as an instructor of 3D animation, I noticed a trend. A high percentage of my students were obsessed with getting the latest version of the software we were using. This obsession in seeking out the absolute latest version — and, in theory, the best possible — often overpowered…

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IPC Names New CFO

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces that Tom Sandman has joined the IPC staff as chief financial officer (CFO). As CFO, Sandman is responsible for leading IPC’s global financial operations and staff. With more than 25 years of experience in finance and financial management, Sandman most recently served as interim controller and consultant to CFO…

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Jabil Posts Loss in Q2

Today Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL), announced preliminary, unaudited financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2014. As a result of the anticipated sale of Jabil’s aftermarket services business, this business is reported as “discontinued operations” in the unaudited financial results for all periods presented. The company reported second quarter revenue of $3.6…

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Methode Rides High on Automotive

Methode Electronics Inc. is bracing for the usual turbulence and poor visibility in several of its market segments but the components vendor appears well buffered by new design wins at major customers, improving manufacturing efficiencies and prospects for higher sales into the automotive markets. With quarterly sales surging the supplier of interconnects, power and other…

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