Rust Belt Reflections

MADISON, Wis. — Heading west on the Illinois Tollway last week, I passed a familiar landmark, the Chrysler plant in Belvidere. It occurred to me how much this sprawling complex had touched my life, although I'd never had — or even considered — a job there. The closest I got to employment at Belvidere was…

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Supply Chain Volatility: The New Norm

Despite my years in the electronics industry, I continue to be fascinated with the global supply chain and remain amazed at its overall efficiency. However, I also recognize the constant presence of supply chain volatility — a volatility that has now become the new norm impacting every supply chain decision we make. Contributing to this…

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The New Economics of Offshoring

We're entering a very gray area as the electronics supply chain evolves, and that's a good thing. For years, the conversation was bipolar: Either offshoring is good, or offshoring is bad. But today, it's not quite so simple, and John Knight has a front-row seat to watch and exploit the changing dynamics. Knight is a…

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Making Cities Smarter

It makes sense that as our lives become hyper-connected, so will the cities we live in. If you believe the hype, mobile technology could well be the tool that facilitates many of the smart, urban connections aimed at improving general city services, transportation, energy use, environmental/green activities, and even something as simple as signage. There's…

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High-Tech Sales Rising, Cannibalization Too

Volatile. Complex. Savage. These are the three words that today best describe the current high-tech equipment, software, and manufacturing market. Having the tools, products, and knowledge to effectively navigate the turbulence will determine how your company fares this year, according to researchers. To further muddle the situation many executives face, the high-tech sector isn't slowing…

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Apple iPad: iThink iWon’t Upgrade

What do you think of this statement? The need for the next iPhone is diminishing as there is only a marginal benefit in upgrading one's current device. My friend Cliff Frescura, former CEO of PCNAlert, wrote this declarative statement in an email I received this morning. As an Apple everything owner, I began to think…

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Disk Drive Supply Chain Healthy & Holding

The last year and a half has been challenging for the global hard disk drive (HDD) supply chain. After the disastrous 2011 Thailand floods that wreaked havoc by wiping out much of the extended HDD and storage manufacturing supply chain, availability, hence pricing, was volatile, as discussed in the EBN community in Residual Effects Abound…

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