Speed Dating Video – and Poll Results

By Michael

Hi, I am writing while already on vacation. But I felt it was important to share with you the great video coverage we have received on Partner Summit 2009 which took place end of June at DS Campus. Find the previous blog post for a recap. Here is the clip to let you experience the spirit from the Partner Summit:

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Two weeks ago I asked for your voting on perceived value from participation in business communities. Thank you to the ones who shared their votes. Here are the poll results with a touch of my personal analysis:

1.) We realize that the percentage of active blog consumers, i.e. the readers who actually participated in the voting is well below 10% . This means that approximately 90% of the blog adherants – who took the time to read the post “Speed Dating @ DS Campus” – chose not to communicate their opinion. Why is this so? Is it because they don’t dare? Do they think their opinion is not valued or perceived as not important?

2.) The results of the voting seem to be strongly in favor of proofing a high value from active participation (although we do not forget that this opinion comes from the 10% of active consumers!). If we read this voting right it tells the story that from sharing and collaborating there is a clear benefit for the participant.

3.) I believe that the 10% of “early adopters” who pronounce an open and collaborative attitude will rapidly grow. This is still a fairly new trend and with time we will see this to become more and more pervasive. I do not have the impression that the social web is “mainstream” already (as it has been indicated by Forrester Research) but I believe that adoption will again follow the curve as observed for e.g. Internet use and online shopping.

What do you think about it? Let us hear your remarks.

Best,
Michael

The Folding Plug

By Kate

Three weeks ago one of our readers named Matthew sent me the link to a really cool product innovation: the folding plug. There were some other bloggers up for bat here at 3D Perspectives, but now it’s my turn again. ;-)

Matthew, thanks for tipping me to this; you’re right I love it for 3D Perspectives because it represents several themes we talk about here:

  • Innovation: revamping an every-day object for better living, i.e. cleaner personal spaces, better fits into backs and packages, etc.
  • Sustainability: the folding plug uses less materials to produce
  • 3D: the beauty was designed, experienced, sceneriod and presented in 3D (see video below)
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Many thanks to Matthew for the tip-off and Min Kyu Choi the inventor.

Now what I’d like to know is, when can I get rid of all my bulky plugs and sockets?

Best,

Kate

Hi-Tech Trade Wars

By Robert

With the global recession in full swing we see some cracks appearing within the global movement towards ‘free trade’ (the trade between nations without protective customs tariffs), and these cracks appear to be moving towards a more regulated environment. Governments are increasingly adding regulation to favor locally manufactured products as a way to support local economy growth.

This is nothing new when you look at the BAA, NAFTA, G7, and the ‘China Government Procurement Program’ as good examples of ‘free trade’ with some regulations, restrictions, or down-right favoritism. What is new is the pace at which changes are being proposed and in some cases forced upon the global enterprise in terms of compliance as a way to push for localized growth in a recessionary environment.

What does this mean for the future of compliance?

Well, we can see from our experience with materials and substance compliancy that software solutions are often needed in order to comply efficiently. The tracking of compliance to numerous and varying government mandates from different regions becomes overwhelming on an ad-hoc or manual basis. Compliancy roll-ups related to trade compliance will require the right schema, good business processes, and a scalable platform.

PLM may be the right place to start such an endeavor since the ability to manage rolled-up data from items to assemblies, and the tracking of engineered, planned, and manufactured BOMs are capabilities that already exist today.

Extensions to allow for end-to-end trade compliance tracking by country-of-origin/trade region, commodity spend and other parameters are also capabilities that fit well within the context of PLM, and allow for the possibility of a single version of the truth for trade compliance reporting and analysis.

Of course, this becomes a complex topic based upon the complexity of today’s hi-tech supply chains. One only has to ‘look under the hood’ of any mobile device or laptop to see the global nature of technologies and components that are involved in any single product.

We should all keep our eyes out on the opportunities and risks presented by the slippery slope of ‘free trade’ into ‘regulated trade’. What is clear is that the landscape is changing.

Please feel free to comment on this thread with your thoughts and opinions on trade compliance, and the opportunities and threats this topic to offers the hi-tech enterprise and supply-chain.

Best,
Robert



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