HT&E Companies Shifting Focus to Innovation, Customer Centricity

We’re closing out the year seeing encouraging signs of growth around the world. As evidence we need only look at semiconductor manufacturing, traditionally an early indicator of future demand for HT&E products. The SICAS Semi Industry report has shown a big increase in capacity utilization to 86.5% in the third quarter, up from 55.6% in…


Developing Next Generation SMS for Emerging Economies

We’ve been writing in previous blogs about the mistake that High Tech and Electronics (HT&E) companies would make if they fail to market to people in emerging economies. And we’ve written about how technology applications can overcome the difficulty of marketing to those audiences.   A story in the Wall Street Journal in October echoes…


Marketing to Emerging Markets with Next Generation SMS Technologies

High Tech & Electronics who are keeping their eye on the ball of their underlying business should pay attention to a Wall Street Journal story that appeared in early July.   The story, “Why Companies See Bright Prospects in Rural India,” describes how international newspaper headlines focus inordinately on what happens in the corporate world,…


New Business Models, They Just Keep Coming in the High Tech & Electronics Industry

Perhaps this story caught your eye:  earlier this month Anthony Zuiker, the creator of “CSI:Crime Scene Investigation,” a U.S. television show, announced that he will be releasing what he’s calling a “digi-novel.”  This novel will combine three different media:  a book, a movie, and a website.  According to Zuiker, “The future of business in terms…


Next Generation SMS Makes Sense for Emerging Economies

Few people noticed an announcement in February that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will help fund projects that enable poor mobile phone users to transfer money using handsets. What was interesting about the announcement was that while many people in the Third World (and also many poor people in the developed countries) don’t have…


Microsoft Offers Approach to Regulatory Compliance for High Tech & Electronics Companies

Worldwide, national policymakers are requiring companies to clean up their environmental footprints and otherwise comply with a range of regulations around health and safety. High tech and electronics industry companies in turn are evaluating how technology initiatives can address these governmental concerns. Microsoft IT Showcase has recently published Microsoft IT Streamlines Regulatory Compliance, which discusses…


Research & Development Continues to Be Seen as Key to Emerging as Leader

Maintaining research and development spending during economic downturns seems to be a key theme of various press and research reports out in recent weeks but to us maintaining or reducing such investments isn’t really the question. The better question is how to improve the quality and impact of R&D spending through collaborative processes that identify…


“Help! I urgently need to improve my supply chain performance and I have no money!”

Guest blog from Dave Lassiter, Director of Manufacturing Industry Solutions for Microsoft.   The current economy is certainly challenging all of us to do more with less.  As supply chain professionals, how often in the last year have you heard, “Cut costs, downsize your workforce, reduce procurement costs, and scale back inventory, and do it…


High Tech &Electronics Companies’ Need Increasing for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Hello, I’m Craig Rode and I’m the Industry Technology Strategist for the Microsoft World Wide High Tech and Electronics group. In this role, I help bring together technology and partners which provide solutions for our customers in High Tech. I’ve been involved in High Tech for over 30 years, in a variety of roles spanning…


Microsoft Responds to Supply Chain Visibility and Collaboration Challenges of Manufacturers

In our last blog we noted that several high tech and electronics (HTE) company executives attending the Global Economic forum said they are placing a premium on gaining greater visibility into what is going with suppliers, customers and worldwide operations. The executives’ pain points varied by company, industry and geo graphy, but all in all…