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Program, Project Management

EMS provider OEM program transfers can be a bumpy road

Contrary to popular EMS industry belief, nearly every EMS provider today does not purchase components and materials in bulk, across multiple customer programs, in an effort to achieve lower MCOGs for your OEM customer program. The deeper you go into …
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Don’t shoot the IT guy: ERP selection and project management implementation in high-tech manufacturing

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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) industry analyst discussion on ERP vendor selection and avoiding pitfalls with ERP implementation project management. Plus, the benefits of cloud v. on-demand ERP platforms; must have ERP features in manufacturing environments, the future of ERP systems, and more…
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How the cloud and globalization are shaping ERP functionality in electronics manufacturing

As electronics manufacturers look to expand globally, they are also looking at the cloud, security, two-tier strategies, and customization. Software providers like Plex Systems, SAP, Microsoft, Sage, NetSuite and others ERP platform vendors are taking their interests and concerns to heart.
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Is re-shoring electronics manufacturing all hype?

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Any major increase in U.S. technology manufacturing as a result of re-shoring may be successful temporarily with the help of local, state and federal incentives which may positively affect blue collar job seekers (temporarily), but such progress is limited in scope. So, can we bring back large volumes of high-tech manufacturing?
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Mandatory quality processes, procedures for EMS providers

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For OEMs, this list can help you better understand an EMS provider’s understanding of quality, and verify minimum processes and procedures are in place (or need to be implemented), for the provider to meet minimum industry standards.
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Electronics materials planning optimizes EMS and OEM supply chains

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Understanding contract electronics planning / procurement influences supply chain management OEM performance with contract electronics EMS provider services
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Everything you need to know about program management for outsourcing electronics manufacturing

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Stop losing money. Learn what’s important to EMS providers in OEM-EMS relationships and manage manufacturing supply chain operations more effectively. The following examples are from recent, actual working engagements with program management teams inside EMS providers. Engagements focused on improving program management sense of urgency while paying closer attention to managing the profit center in OEM customer programs.
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Electronics product flowchart for NPI

Most standard NPI business models contain four turn time variations. These include the standard five-day turn, a three-day turn, a 48-hour turn, and the increasingly-popular 24-hour turn.
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EMS Request for proposals (RFP) that win OEM programs

Framework from which an EMS provider seeking an OEM outsourcing program from a potential customer can follow when submitting an RFP to the OEM.
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5 Rules for effective EMS provider quarterly business reviews (QBR)

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You should be able to see metrics improving quarter-on-quarter while also being able to determine whether (or not) what was committed the previous quarter was accomplished the following quarter.
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