Avnet Announces Two Promotions

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) today announced two corporate officer promotions. Steve Phillips, chief information officer, has been promoted to a corporate officer position of senior vice president for Avnet, Inc. from vice president. In addition, Graeme Watt, president of Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA, was elected as a new corporate vice president for Avnet, Inc.…

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IPC Introduces Steering Committee

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces the creation of a new IPC Printed Electronics Management Council Steering Committee that will oversee the development of educational programs to support the printed electronics industry. Industry veterans Don Banfield, president of Conductive Compounds, Inc., and Steve Tomas, director of flexible electronics for FLEXcon Company,…

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Securing the Smart Grid

Normally, the last thing I'd advocate is another government agency. But in the case of the smart grid, it might not be a bad idea. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently concluded that the mishmash of agencies overseeing the security of the smart grid is ill equipped to handle a cyberattack. According to a Reuters…

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CEO Ego & the Perils of ‘Globaloney’

DHL recently released its 2011 Global Connectedness Index Report, an ambitious attempt to quantify the “breadth and depth” of connectedness a country has with the rest of the world. The report ranked 125 countries using a set of 10 cross-border “flows” in four broad categories: capital, products and services, information, and people. The Netherlands had…

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Battle Pawns

Many of us got it wrong. We assumed leadership in the OEM market would be determined by hardware sales, but it instead revolves around a solid ecosystem. The shifting landscape of the tablet market has made it clear that the war for dominance in the information technology world will be won by companies that build…

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Selling Direct? Update Supplier Strategy

The initial results for Black Friday and Cyber Monday show impressive gains in both online and brick-and-mortar holiday sales. But these increases are having different effects on each channel, even when the sales are by two different divisions of the same retailer. The traditional supply chain has become a well-known quantity for most retailers that…

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Is Hardware’s Loss Retail’s Gain?

So far, it looks like the strategy of selling hardware at a loss is working for {complink 11480|Amazon.com}. (See: IHS iSuppli: Amazon Kindle Fire Costs $201.70 to Manufacture.) According to the market research firm IHS iSuppli, the $199 Kindle Fire's global marketshare will move from zero in the third quarter to about 13.8 percent by…

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WD Updates Its Outlook

IRVINE, Calif. — Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today is updating its financial outlook for the December quarter and the progress to date of its operations recovery effort in Thailand. The company is also providing its view of the industry conditions for the December 2011 quarter and beyond. Company Fiscal Q2 Outlook: For the December…

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