Ode to Electronics Industry Moms

A belated Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there. My mother, Jean, passed away eight years ago at 91. Nice Italian lady. The life lessons she taught me were priceless — dusting the furniture, loving family first, believing in God, having integrity, being creative and kind to others, and more. She did everything…

4 Steps to Reviving Cisco

In the wake of initial restructuring moves at {complink 1131|Cisco Systems Inc.} — killing the Flip video camera and hinting at possible changes to its Linksys consumer router business as well — it's interesting to speculate on what the networking behemoth should do to revive its fortunes. I have some suggestions, all focused around the…

China Asks Industries to Cut Energy Consumption

China's blessing of rapid economic growth may also be the country's greatest curse — if it cannot successfully manage the energy use and raw materials driving the expansion, that is. In just one generation, the world's most populous country has become its second-biggest economy as well as the most rabid consumer of energy products on…

Japan Will Rebuild, Part 1

For all those who would despair after the March 11 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, remember this: Japan has experienced worse devastation, buried more, and endured even more terrible horrors. From the shadows of World War II, the Land of the Rising Sun emerged to become the second-biggest economy in the world, a title it only…

Calling All Component Distributors

{complink 11911|United Business Media Ltd.}, the parent company of EBN and EE Times, has been tracking the global electronics component distribution market for decades, offering insights into the sales and operating performance of this crucial segment of the industry to enable OEMs, contract manufacturers, and component makers better understand the evolving dynamics of the market.…

Apple in Its Castle, Google in Space: Where’s MeeGo?

Of the technology trends showing remarkable resistence to change, naming multibillion-dollar institutions with baby-talk words is among the most curious. Yahoo! is more fun to say than is International Business Machines. We've already passed through a diaper reference (Napster), dozens of monsters (the actual Monster.com and a host of –zillas), and {complink 2294|Google}, which may…

Analog Devices on a Hot Streak

{complink 317|Analog Devices Inc.} has finally hit the sweet spot of the market. About four years after it implemented a structural reorganization, the Norwood, Mass.-based analog semiconductor vendor is finding validation with investors — an endorsement CEO Gerald Fishman believes the company has always enjoyed with customers but that Wall Street was slow to give.…

The Problem With Nokia

I was only half right. In a March 2009 article, I warned that {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} was “vulnerable to a maturing mobile market” and that “rapid technological change is increasing the sophistication of consumers worldwide,” meaning Nokia needed to respond quickly to competition from high-end smartphone makers and low-end suppliers in China. As it turned…

Engineers Can Do Public Relations, Too

There are better ways to generate publicity than sending out another news release. The media sees far too many of them. After all, PR doesn’t stand for press release. Let’s use our imagination; there are other great marketing resources just waiting to be tapped. With all the talk about integrated marketing communications, how about getting…