BYOD Can Lead to Data Train Wreck

I am sure I won't be the first person to tell you that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) revolution in the workplace has thrown a curve ball to those responsible for safeguarding your company's data. Although the corporate finance groups are singing the praises of the trend, due to its inherent reduction in costs, it's not all…

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EU Rallies REACH Enforcement Troop

In a series of articles on the Registration, Evaluation, and Analysis of Chemicals (REACH) published by myself and others for EBN and Velocity, there has been much information provided for understanding the basics of the legislation and the resources that can guide a company through the procedures for necessary compliance. (See: Bridging the REACH Gulf…

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Mouser and IDT Sign Global Deal

MANSFIELD, TX — Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced a new worldwide distribution agreement with Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog, mixed signal and power management semiconductors. Mouser’s agreement with IDT means customers have faster access to IDT’s newest cutting-edge and power-efficient semiconductor solutions, as well…

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Manufacturing Index Trends Downward

The month of August has the distinction of being the worst month –so far — for manufacturing since July 2009. Today, the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) reported manufacturing contracted for the third consecutive month in August, reaching an index level of 49.6 percent. (A level over 50 indicates growth; under 50 means contraction.) August’s…

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Will M&A Reignite in OS Market?

On Aug. 28, I read about the acquisition of Petalogix, which offered an embedded Linux platform for FPGA, by {complink 6248|Xilinx Inc.}. It reminded me of all the embedded operating system acquisitions made by chip companies, hardware companies, and larger tool companies in the last decade. I wonder if the trend will continue and how…

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Labor Day or Arbor Day: Who Cares?

It's Labor Day as I write this and ponder wistfully the state of organized labor in the United States. I've always been pro-labor, partly out of sheer genetics. My grandfather was a member of the International Brotherhood of Machinists for more than 50 years, and I'm an associate member of the United Steelworkers. Despite my…

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Arrow Acquires Global Link Technology

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today that the company has acquired Global Link Technology, Inc. (“Global Link”), a provider of electronics asset disposition (EAD) services. Global Link offers a number of EAD services including data removal, data security, refurbishment, and remarketing of electronic assets, while ensuring compliance with local and national data…

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Don’t Yield on Green

If you were to ask a room full of corporate executives how they felt about environmental conservation, I think they would all express great concern and a desire to “do the right thing.” But as many companies struggle in today's economy to stay afloat, there is a prevailing uncertainty about whether it is possible to…

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Elements of a Sustainable Supply Chain

As Douglas Kent of {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} recently told a Webinar audience, sustainability has a floating definition. In the context of manufacturing and environmental responsibility, sustainability can best be explained as a holistic approach to product development. From design through end of life, a sustainable product spares the environment, as well as the manufacturer's bottom…

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