Last year I wrote an article for ASCET that described the adoption of RFID in the context of other technologies that have struggled to gain acceptance before they take shape and deliver on their potential. Its common with all technologies ranging from railroads to electric motors and is particularly common in information technology for hype […]
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After a quiet period of several years, merger and acquisition activity has gained momentum across many industry sectors in 2005. The interest in M&A activity never, of course, disappeared and with good reason. Accenture research shows that high-performance businesses pursue growth strategies that juggle the short-term priorities of today and the organizational and competitive […]
Company Summary ActivCard (Nasdaq: ACTI) is a leading provider of identity assurance solutions that when integrated into an identity management system, allow customers to issue, use and manage trusted digital identities. ActivCard’s products include software and hardware that facilitate the authentication of a user to a network, a system or applications through different security devices […]
Mapping customer delivery requirements against the realities of supply chain capability is often an endless source of friction. Demand forecasts are constantly changing, customer needs are ever more specific, and service requirements are rising in every industry. Growing overseas sourcing makes seasonal fluctuations tougher and places greater stress on intra- and inter-organizational communications. Supply chain integration has long promised to smooth the wrinkles between sales and operations planning.
Business strategy has reached a turning point in which two opposing forces must be reconciled. At one end of the spectrum is the need for stable, efficient processes in a company. At the opposite end is the need for instant adaptation to rapidly changing business conditions. Efficiency without adaptability means solving yesterdays business challenges at […]
Interview: Hans Thalbauer and Amar Singh at SAP discuss the advances in information sharing across global networks that RFID will enable.
ASCET: How do you envision RFID changing the collaborative business environment? Amar Singh (AS): Once you have the capacity to get data from your trading partners, you can then utilize that data to capitalize business benefits. All the players from raw material suppliers to manufacturers to retailers are adding relevant information, whether its […]
ClearMomentum Measuring the cash cycle or the velocity of cas h can be one of the most exciting and enlightening activities for the business manager. Oftentimes such analysis reveals customers, business units or product lines that either A) contribute to free cash flow or B) consume free cash flow. Implementing management strategies that optimize free […]
ASCET: You use the term disruptive technologies in your work. Can you define this term and talk about how the concept can be applied to supply chain? Clayton M. Christensen (CC): A disruption is an innovation that comes into a market that enables a whole new population of people who historically might not have had […]
VeriSign Inc. operates intelligent infrastructure services that enable people and businesses to find, connect, secure and transact across todays complex, global networks. Every day, we enable over 14 billion Internet interactions, 3 billion telephony interactions and $100 million of e-commerce. EPC Services Among the many accomplishments for VeriSigns EPC/RFID business in 2004, we are especially […]