Industry Insights

Ahead of the Curve: Digital Reinvention in Electronics with Intelligent IoT

Spurred by the growing prevalence of AI, IoT, and other emerging technologies, many electronics companies are reevaluating their digital strategy in order to remain competitive.  According to a recent study from IBM Institute for Business Value – IBV, 73 percent of electronics companies cite new technology as a ‘dramatic external force that will impact their […]

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Cognitive Computing Transformation in the World of AI – Good or Evil?

From man-and-machine contests in Go game to machine (IBM Watson) beating human contestants mercilessly in Jeopardy not too long ago, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has become perhaps the most discussed technological topic in recent years. AI is not a single piece of technology but a collective set of disciplines and technology areas that delivers business […]

What can you do about a lousy forecast?

One of the oldest jokes in operations management is that “accurate forecast” is an oxymoron. But it seems that many companies have gotten so used to poor forecast quality that they’ve lost focus on this business-critical issue. After all, improving forecast accuracy by even a small amount can have a massive, and very positive effect […]

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SAP S/4 HANA and IBM IMPACT for Digital Reinvention in the High Tech Industry

It’s not news to anyone that the high tech industry (electronics) is playing a pivotal role in the new digital era: not only because high tech companies are trailblazers in the usage of new digital technology but because they develop and produce the gadgets and data that enables the digital world. Everyone wants to be […]

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So you want to build a Control Tower…

If your business is experiencing issues with assembling all the data it needs in order to quickly get answers to critical questions and determine the best course of action, a control tower can be a great solution. One of the essential things that control towers do is to assemble data from multiple sources, to create […]

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Blockchain for the EMS (Electronics Manufacturing Services) Supply Chain

When you’re first exposed to blockchain technology, one question that comes up is where and how to apply it. The answer is often a variation of this phrase: “Blockchain excels at solving issues with ‘high-friction[1],’ multi-party processes where there is a lack of trust.”   The Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) industry would appear to check […]

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4 focus areas in supply chain for 2018

2017 has been an exciting year for supply chain. From my own experience I’ve witnessed how companies are raising importance of implementing digital technologies in supply chain and customer support whereas in the past few years, the focus was primarily around product & service innovation, marketing and sales. Now more than ever, supply chain and […]

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Designer Data – Part 2: Protecting and valuing your data

Data and insights are quickly becoming the dominant sources of competitive differentiation, as was discussed in Part 1 of this blog post series. But how do you protect that differentiation, potentially monetize it, and make sure it shows in your company’s valuation? High tech companies have totally dominated the patent rankings for years, and there […]

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Make CSI Part of Your Manufacturing – IBM Visual Inspection for Quality

Okay, I admit it. I am a huge fan of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation, originally ran on CBS from 2000 to 2015, spanning fifteen seasons) TV series. I hardly missed any single episode of the shows regardless the crime was committed in New York, Miami, or Las Vegas. What really attracts me is not the […]

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Why use Blockchain instead of another technology?

I seem to get this question every three or four weeks. It’s partly my own fault: when I was first learning about Blockchain, I noticed that many presentations spent 20 or 30 minutes on details of the technology. By the time the topic shifted to how the technology could be applied, most people’s eyes had […]

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IoT and cognitive technology are transforming customer support

Thanks to the Internet of Things (IOT), smart electronic products are both creating and connecting more data. With integrated sensors, remote monitoring, alerts and frequently updated software, these products are not just smart, they’re intuitive. Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, […]

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Ten ways to Lower Your (Inventory) Level

Inventory performance used to be one of the key indicators of a company’s supply chain excellence (or lack of it), but attention to inventory turns seems to have dropped off in the last decade or so. It’s certain to come back, though — reducing inventory in a sustainable way is often the easiest way to […]

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Software Asset Management use case for Blockchain

No doubts we are living on a rapid-changing business environment for electronics and many other industries. The lines between traditional industries disappear, clearing the way clear for new market entrants and fostering the hatching of new ecosystems. Electronics sits at the heart of many of these ecosystems and that’s good news, but it takes a […]

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Designer Data – Part 1: How does data drive competitive differentiation?

“Software is eating the world”, said Marc Andreessen famously more than a decade ago. While software is still critically important to most electronics products today, it is becoming increasingly difficult to create meaningful and sustainable differentiation with software alone. Data, and particularly insights derived from the data, are quickly becoming the dominant sources of competitive […]

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