Brazil’s Path to Hardware Manufacturing at Home

SAO PAULO — Brazil's policies on imported goods are hurting the country's economy. But engineers can do something about it. That was the message delivered by Jon “Maddog” Hall, president of Linux International, in his keynote at the opening day of the Embedded Systems Conference in Sao Paulo. “There are many reasons that more companies…

Outsourcing Mistakes: 4 Errors Companies Make

There's still no script for the great American IT outsourcing project. But today's most common outsourcing pitfalls have less to do with technology and everything to do with relationships and communication. Or lack thereof. “Both companies have to rise to the occasion to make it work,” says Romi Mahajan, president of the KKM Group, a…

Laying Down the Law Against Counterfeiters

Those involved in peddling counterfeit components have done their business with relative impunity. But the successful prosecution of a perpetrator in the US may mark the beginning of some law and order in the rampant illegal counterfeit trade. In what could serve as a legal precedent, a Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to charges of…

Trade Secrets: Protecting Your Key Assets

In today's global marketplace, intellectual property is critical to success. Trade secrets, in particular, are the new economy's gold. Thus companies with supply chains that traverse countries need to take action to address the threat of misappropriation. Trade secrets include a wide array of competitive information such as unique applications of computer code, merger and…

Final DoD Counterfeit Rule: Good but Not Enough

Earlier this month, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued its final rule on the detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts in the supply chain. It puts into practice a number of changes and clarifications of the original proposal. This new rule, that comes almost a year after the proposed rule was issued, is effective…

Public Companies Fail in Dodd-Frank Compliance

For a long time, the industry has been deep in conversation about the reporting requirements for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Dodd-Frank rules. Unfortunately, it's been just that: talk. The SEC adopted the final rules for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in August 2012. Dodd-Frank impacts an estimated 6,000 publicly traded…

Spying Claims Cast Shadow Over US-EU Trade Talks

Long-awaited trade talks between the Unites States and European Union started last week, but a black cloud hanging over them could be a warning sign for supply chain professionals. Several news sources, including Reuters, have reported that European leaders are coming to the table looking for assurances that alleged US spying on EU diplomats and…