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 […]

Consortium-supported Blockchain Applications: Anti-Counterfeiting

In an earlier post[1], I described how some excellent use cases for blockchain technology may be held back by either lack of sufficient information on the full cost of process problems outside a company, or by a general preference at companies to not “go it alone” in building a new blockchain solution. The consortium approach […]

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Blockchain Solutions: Sometimes it takes a village (i.e. a consortium)

I’m often the person who presents the basics of blockchain technology to people at electronics companies, which brings a small but enjoyable reward with it: I get to see the light come on in executives’ eyes when they realize that blockchain can solve a real-life problem for them. Our discussions almost always get more animated […]

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Finding the extra production line(s) hidden in your factory (Part 3 of a series)

In two previous posts on the OEE metric and how to find the extra production line(s) hidden in your factory, we discussed the factors that go together to measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Restating a simple progression from the end of the last post, generally you monitor line performance first. Often, simply being more aware of […]

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Hey bud, want a free manufacturing line? (Part 2)

Maybe you’ve been measuring your Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) for a while now, and you now know that your operations are running between, say, 60% on a good day and 42% on a bad day. There’s lots of room for improvement – there’s almost a whole second factory hidden inside your factory! But how do […]

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Hey bud, want a free manufacturing line?

We used to call running out of manufacturing capacity a “good problem to have,” but it’s still a problem. If your customers want more product than you can build at the moment, you need to work out a way to increase production levels. In the short term, you can get your current staff to work […]

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Blockchain will transform Post Sales Customer Support

Much of the buzz around blockchain has focused on cryptocurrencies, or the impact the shared, distributed ledger will have on supply chains and counterfeit prevention. But the technology is also expected to have a major impact on services delivery in the electronics industry. Indeed, spending on blockchain applications for “warranty claims” and “equipment and service/parts […]

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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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