Critical Thoughts

Risks of Sourcing EOL’d Embedded Boards Outside the OEM

By GDCA | December 15, 2020

There are a variety of issues to be faced when your embedded boards have reached end of life (EOL) or been discontinued by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Without a proactive plan in place, these issues threaten timelines and budgets and, even more importantly, jeopardize quality and add risk. Time and False Hope Although sourcing […]

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Are Obsolescence Management Processes Crucial to Corporate Strategy?

By GDCA | November 25, 2020

Why Obsolescence Management Processes are Crucial to Support Corporate Strategy Since I began working at GDCA, I have had the opportunity to work closely with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to better understand and deal with the impact of low-performing older designs. The nature of my work often has me talking with team members throughout their […]

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How to Find Discontinued Embedded Boards

By GDCA | November 10, 2020

The inevitable has finally arrived. An embedded board in your application has been discontinued by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Your company needs a critical embedded board, and revenue depends on timely delivery. But the OEM cannot build additional boards for you and the franchised suppliers don’t have any inventory left. What can you do? Predictably, […]

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What is a Second Source of Supply?

By GDCA | October 12, 2020

Working with a second source of supply is a favorable alternative in obsolescence management. Sanctioned by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with original IP, a second source of supply rebuilds and maintains the supply chain of prime contractors, supporting primes and their customers. New sources of supply can predict and resolve obsolescence issues before they […]

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How to Effectively Prune Your Embedded Product Portfolio

By Tania Scroggie | July 8, 2020

In embedded computing, product pruning is the selective removal of certain products that no longer contribute to the health and growth of a company. Product families that are generating little or no profit for the company because of production complications, small market share, and/or outdated function can harm an embedded computer manufacturer’s bottom line. The […]

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Now’s the Time for Electronics OEMs to Shape Their Futures

By Ethan Plotkin | May 12, 2020

In view of the COVID-19 disruption and anticipated aftermath in the embedded electronics industry, computer board OEMs face an existential challenge right now: How do they best allocate their resources to satisfy the competing objectives of 1) sustaining existing designs while simultaneously 2) inspiring and capturing the market for new designs? If OEMs spend too […]

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5 Actions Teams Must Implement Into Their COVID Response Right Now

By Ethan Plotkin | May 12, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the industry landscape in ways we are still trying to understand, and companies must respond—or be left in the dust. Although change is never easy, often the hardest part is deciding to reevaluate what we think we know. The alternative is to wait out the pandemic health crisis and hope that things […]

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A Letter from the CEO – Blinded by the Top Line

By Ethan Plotkin | November 1, 2019

Perhaps you’ve heard the phase, “You get what you measure.” This is the reason we set up performance reports that reflect the things we want to achieve.  After all, if we’re not measuring it, how can we demonstrate whether or not we’re succeeding? It’s also true that, “You don’t always measure what you get.” This […]

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True Cost – An Introduction to Lifecycle Optimization

By GDCA | October 25, 2019

For embedded board OEMs, Lifecycle Optimization and your electronics product portfolio are an important part of profit and loss considerations when determining your business objectives. Aging products’ impact on ROI is regularly overlooked. Component obsolescence, manufacturing bottlenecks and increasing demands on operational resources create gaps that drag down new product introduction and can considerably slow […]

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Letter from the CEO – What the Customer Wants is Trust

By GDCA | July 22, 2019

What’s the difference between a customer/supplier relationship and a partnership? In a word: Trust. Sometimes it seems as if no one trusts anyone anymore, and it’s easy to see why. Most people involved in the embedded computing supply chain have a story to tell about some supplier who’s acted in a win–lose way, where it […]

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