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Steven Linahan
Repair Centre
By Steven Linahan in The Cafe, 4 comments, latest 1 week ago
Mark, Happy to weigh in on this. I have set up several; repair centers in the USA, Asia, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Where are you looking at doing this repair and what GEOs are you servicing? A major consideration is GEO and within the GEO the loca
Martha Zimet
Security for IoT Devices
By Martha Zimet in Business, Economy, 1 comment, latest 4 weeks ago
Internet of Things (IoT) security has been in the news recently regarding security, or lack thereof. With a projected 25 - 50 billion "things" in service by 2020, depending on what resource you believe, people are starting to stand up and take noti
Martha Zimet
Taking the Internet of Things (IoT) Seriously
By Martha Zimet in Business, Economy, 1 comment, latest 1 month ago
There is a lot of hype these days about the Internet of Things (IoT), and I was glad to find recently some hard data points on its estimated growth to distinguish it from the all too common hand waving and rhetoric: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gi
Mark Zetter
How to avoid one-sided contracts during negotiations
A while ago I was negotiating a contract where the other side was more focused on defense than working toward fair middle ground. The party wanted to remove language that held it equally accountable, instead wanting wording that removed them of all
Mark Zetter
Could a tier 1 EMS provider have it all wrong?
By Mark Zetter in Business, Economy, 1 comment, latest 5 months ago
Is getting new customers more important than going deeper into existing customer relationships? Competing in current markets becomes less profitable as competitors move in and competition heats up. Companies must find ways of creating new value and
Mark Zetter
Electronics provider actions that lose business
By Mark Zetter in Business, Economy, 1 comment, latest 8 months ago
In talking with a number of providers its evident getting new OEM customers and going deeper into existing OEM customer relationships is becoming more important. Especially since services differentiation is becoming more challenging for many EMS/OD
Mark Zetter
Should OEMs share product roadmaps with EMS partners?
By Mark Zetter in Business, Economy, 2 comments, latest 8 months ago
I received an email from an EMS provider owner. He writes: "[What] Happened across your article about if OEMs should share their roadmaps and I can't figure out what side of it you came out on :) We've found that the clients that we have that s
Nicole DiRocco
Third Culture Kids
Having spent most of their growing up years outside their home country, the life experiences of 'third culture kids' is reflected in their high level of confidence and communication skills. Within the context of a business setting and combined wit
Nicole DiRocco
Things Never to Say to a Foreign-Born Colleague
False assumptions about others are a roadblock to cultural competence. As part of DiversityInc’s commitment to cultural competency in the workplace, here are things never to say to foreign-born people: http://www.diversityinc.com/things-not-to
Sherry Gordon
Supplier Scorecard Best Practices
You make an important point, Diarra, and I totally agree with you. The NPI phase provides an important opportunity to evaluate a supplier early on and avoid potential performance problems during mass production. It's much less costly and disruptive
Nicole DiRocco
Diversity Management Is the Key to Growth: Make It Authentic
Make no doubt that globalization drives how business operates today. Gone are the days that diversity management is a nice to have in a company; rather, it is a business essential. Companies that fail to embrace diversity management as a matter o
Resource for electronics OEM outsourcing program managers
For OEM program managers tasked with managing programs outsourced with their EMS partners and, EMS program managers, alike. Dont take our word for it. Everything You Need to Know About Program Management for Outsourcing #Electronics #Manufacturing
Mark Zetter
Get to know Steven Linahan
We want to highlight GlobalNet community member Steven Linahan. Steve has manufacturing executive-level expertise in both OEM and EMS companies and has written a number of articles helping OEM managers and executives formulating and managing their
Mark Zetter
Career advice for women from men
By Mark Zetter in Career, Leadership, 1 comment, latest 1 year ago
I titled this post the way I did only because it seemed so out of place. And given the comments below excerpted from an article written by Penelope Trunk, one sees she has similar views about career advice offered by sources seemingly too detached
ArLyne Diamond
5 Questions not to ask during your job interview
By ArLyne Diamond in Career, Leadership, 2 comments, latest 1 year ago
Interviews vary and sometimes the reason you are - or are not - hired is unusual. I once hired a secretary (that's what they were called back then) because of the questions she asked. Although Cecil (Rusty to her friends) had each of her fingerna
Mark Zetter
Sr. electronics purchasing executives ask questions
A great mix of senior purchasing managers and executives attended our recent Webinar event on using scorecards to drive electronics purchasing strategy. Titles include: purchasing manager, senior global commodity manager, senior sourcing manager. c
Mark Zetter
Dana Theus answers your questions on women in electronics/leadership
By Mark Zetter in Career, Leadership, 1 comment, latest 1 year ago
Women leadership and motivational speaker Dana Theus presented a great Webinar this morning. Some questions by attendees during Dana's Q&A are below. You can listen to Dana's answers while watching the video, and download the event slide deck (PDF)
Mark Zetter
Does ethnicity influence higher education spend more than income?
By Mark Zetter in Career, Leadership, 1 comment, latest 1 year ago
Spending on education is roughly 2% of total annual spend by US consumers but this percentage varies greatly by demographic. Contrary to what most people might think, socioeconomic factors and race and ethnicity do not have the most influence on fa
Mark Zetter
Women: Earnings and education levels
By Mark Zetter in Career, Leadership, 1 comment, latest 1 year ago
Figures from US government research say for women ages 25 to 64, education levels in the labor force have increased considerably the past 20 years. Women holding degrees in 2012 was 38% v only 25% in 1992. Roughly 7% of women had less than a high s
Mark Zetter
Falling US manufacturing jobs reflect global/regional economies
US employed about 13 million Americans in manufacturing jobs in 1950. Since then, the US population has more than doubled but we have less than 12 million Americans with manufacturing jobs. http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/MANEMP I don
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