JT Open Conference Experience – New Themes Emerging

Written by: Craig Rode I just returned from Orlando where I was attending the JT Open conference.  What an interesting couple of days!  JT, of course, is the open format for display of 3D data in a lightweight fashion.  It lends itself to collaboration by vastly reducing CAD model size, and allows combining of CAD…

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Platform as a Service (PaaS) and the relevance to High Tech and Electronics

Written by: Craig Rode In my last entry “Cloud computing: What’s the story?”, I tried to differentiate between different types of ‘clouds’.  With the definition behind us, I want to try and describe some of the characteristics of a PaaS cloud, such as Microsoft’s Azure, and how they might be applicable to high tech. The…

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Cloud computing: What’s the story?

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen as much discussion as I have recently about this new paradigm, cloud computing.  A couple of years ago the concept was floating on the horizon, but today you can’t really have a conversation about technology without its mention.  A few months back I gave a speech at the EDIFICE…


Changing Markets Require New Tools and Techniques for Effective and Secure Collaboration

With the economy continuing to show signs of improvement, manufacturers are turning their attention to strategies for capitalizing on new business opportunities. In the high-tech sector, improving collaboration across the value network will be a key strategy for boosting sales—and improving profits—going forward.  Morris Chang, chairman and CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC)…


Digital Marketing Starts with Planning

Guest blog from Paul Manikas, Industry Market Development Manager, High Tech & Electronics Industry group The marketing landscape has undergone a major transformation.  Broad usage of the internet and socal media has created a shift in customer buying power and behavior. Businesses no longer control the conversations with their customers. Instead, customers and prospects engage…


Management Innovation Will Fuel 21st Century Success

Guest blog from Paul Manikas, Industry Market Development Manager, High Tech & Electronics Industry group Gary Hamel, best-selling author on business management, was the keynote speaker at the recent Microsoft Global High Tech Summit. The subject of Gary’s talk was The Future of Management, also the title of his latest book. Hamel’s main premise is…


Global Compliance Activities Require New Approach to Forming Corporate Technology DNA

A recent conversation with Prime Magazine spurred my thinking about the incredible complexity of regulations which High Tech & Electronics companies must comply with during their production of market leading products. Every new regulation – no matter whether they are financial (Sarbanes-Oxley), environmental (WEEE/RoHS), based on individual privacy (HIPAA), or security (ITAR)—impacts manufacturers. And let…


Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Academy Panel to Explain Web 2.0 Best Practices for Global Supply Chain Management

As the pace of global economic upturn increases, so too will the challenges to the smooth operations of the global supply chain resume.   Remember that in 2007, we were beginning to see severe strains in material availability and manufacturing capacity across the High Tech & Electronics value chain.   Now that recovery is imminent,…