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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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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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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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What is a Supply Chain Control Tower?

The concept of a Supply Chain Control Tower has been bouncing around since before the start of the new millennium – and the idea seems obvious at first. An airport control tower visually monitors and manages the use of the resources under its control (runways, gates, and airspace) through observation of, and control, over the […]

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Finding good Blockchain Projects

The emergence of Blockchain technology, creating the ability for companies to share ledgers and build smart contracts around those ledgers, has already been compared to the initial implementation of the World Wide Web.[1] It’s an apt analogy: if you can remember all the way back to the early 1990s (when we started to see “www” […]

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The Problem with Blockchain

Those of us who have worked in the electronics industry for a decade or two have gotten used to Moore’s law.[1] We expect rapid growth not only in the number of devices on a chip, but also in the speed with which new technologies are accepted and integrated into our daily lives. But not every […]

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Cloud Computing: Catalyst for Innovation and Disruption in The Electronics Industry

Speed to market is ever more a necessity in the electronics industry as leading companies introduce new products and services at a faster clip. As I mentioned in my previous post, “Software: The Golden Opportunity for the Electronics Industry,” software is becoming a more critical part of an electronics company’s offering set and product development. […]

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Improving test efficiency in the smarter products era

In the era of smarter products, software reigns supreme and is often the key differentiator between the product from company A versus that from B. As my colleague Leonard Lee, succinctly puts it in his blog post, “…it is increasingly important for electronics manufacturers to understand and embrace software, the glue that binds the smarter […]

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Digital marketing: How to get outsiders to generate your marketing content

Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz recently published some practical guidance for why and how semiconductor marketers should create compelling content on their websites to drive potential buyers their way. While many semiconductor companies have yet to take that first step, the leaders in the industry are taking it up a notch. No matter how good your marketers, there […]

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Session Preview: IBM Electronics Global Leadership Forum (#EGLF) in Shanghai next week

I am very excited to be attending IBM’s Electronics Global Leadership Forum in Shanghai next week.  As one of IBM’s three premier events of the year, this one is more focused on creating great conversations and dialogues with our clients – it’s very strategic.  This year is shaping up to be a very mission-critical agenda, […]

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