Distribution at Another Inflection Point

“Volatility is the new normal. Deal with it.” That wasn't the theme, but it was the message, as executives gathered at the annual ECIA Executive Conference October 28 to 30 in Chicago. Industry analysts, suppliers, and channel executives themselves acknowledged that despite the best technology and planning available to the electronics supply chain, the unexpected…

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Pessimism Has Its Blind Side

Do periods of economic downturn create more pessimists, or do they just get more attention during tough times? Economists and politicians love to alarm us into believing economic growth is now on a slippery slope to permanently low levels. Everything has already been invented, baby boomers are on the decline, and productivity will never experience…

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China’s IT Market: More Room to Grow

Despite some international economic softness, China's IT market will remain robust for 2013, according to several reports. Although {complink 7329|Forrester Research Inc.} has revised its projections downward for next year, China's IT growth will still hit double digits and will stay one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Recently, Forrester revised its 2012…

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Critical Skills for Today’s Components Engineer

The minimum skills set for today's component engineer (CE) looks a lot different from 20 years ago. The basic tasks of component selection, alternate sourcing, parts management, specification disciplines, reliability predictions, and qualification have now been augmented with meeting design and regulatory requirements based upon environmental regulations, recyclability, and counterfeit detection. In most small R&D-intensive…

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Who Are Those Guys?

The economy is still sluggish, and we know who to blame — sort of. We can't quite put our finger on the culprit. Deep within the greatest economic system ever devised, there lurks a gnawing parasite that devours the nourishment of capitalism from within. Every day, almost complacently, our captains of industry invoke this dark…

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