Supply Chain’s Secret Weapon for Innovation

Everyone dealing with the electronics supply chain knows that speed is critical for success. Customers wanted their parts yesterday, making just-in-time delivery seem slow by 2013's high-paced standards. But what if speed — or resilience or flexibility, if you prefer — were not only a requirement, but also the secret weapon for supply chain innovation?…

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Why Supply Chain Needs Better Analytics Tools

Two recent reports that gauge supply chain executives' plans in the near-term show that high-tech companies are getting ready to add new technology to their supply chain networks. Revived interest in implementing supply chain management software comes at a time when the worldwide economy is showing signs of improvement, there is renewed growth in North…

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How to Do On-Shoring Right

Avigilon is one of the fastest-growing electronics companies in North America. The company makes surveillance cameras, some of which top the high-definition charts, and back that hardware up with a sophisticated software offering to manage file sizes and data. (Here is an interview we conducted during the Drive for Innovation at Avigilon's downtown Vancouver, B.C.,…

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Software Supply Chain’s Soft Underbelly

With all the attention on counterfeit electronic components, it's easy to overlook the vulnerabilities of other supply chains in the computing industry. In a previous blog post, I summarized a Gartner report that calls attention to the importance of investigating the supply chains of software, services, and even data. The report warns that the “IT…

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IT Needs More Careful Sourcing

Why is everyone suddenly so concerned about Chinese hacking of corporate and US government networks? It comes as no surprise to most Internet security experts. Officials seem to feel the need to say something loudly just because a recent Mandiant report asserted that one of the chief hackers is likely a branch of the Chinese…

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Supply Chain Implications From CES, MWC & SXSW

Typically, coming off the fourth-quarter holiday season, the year starts for the semiconductor and electronics industry with the barrage of new consumer electronics at the January Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, followed by Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This year, the rising South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive began in earnest to take…

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ST-Ericsson Break-Up Fallout

You can chalk this up on your “Dead or Alive” board: The ST-Ericsson joint venture is officially on the dead side. Chip company STMicroelectronics and telecommunications gear maker Ericsson laid their final cards on the table earlier this week, announcing plans to dissolve the unprofitable four-year-old Switzerland-based JV. The writing has been on the wall…

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