Critical Thoughts

When ‘Just-in-Time’ Is Just Too Late: A New Approach to Managing Production

By GDCA | October 21, 2022

Until the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, just-in-time (JIT) inventory management strategy was considered to be among the most reliable business models for manufacturing everything from cell phones to […]

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Last Time Buy vs. Last Time Offering

By GDCA | August 4, 2022
Last Time Buy vs. Last Time Offering

A widespread practice among original equipment manufacturers (OEM) is the last time buy (LTB) event, which is usually a warning call to customers that a product is approaching its end […]

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5 Sustainment Questions Every Program Must Ask Itself

By GDCA | June 3, 2022

DoD Programs routinely face a backlog of open cases for parts that are unprocurable owing to obsolescence or DMSMS. Problematic parts range from bolts and valves to complex computer electronics. […]

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Notes from the Road (We’re Back, Baby!)

By Ethan Plotkin | June 3, 2022

Like most people, I haven’t been traveling much since early 2020, but over these past couple of years of pandemic-imposed video calls, I’ve become amazed at how quickly and naturally […]

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The Win-Lose Dilemma

By GDCA | February 18, 2022
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All people face personal dilemmas during their lifetimes. Corporations, made up of people, face a fair number of professional dilemmas as well. Companies that produce embedded computer products are aware […]

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Winning the Battle but Losing the War

By Ethan Plotkin | February 18, 2022
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People may not know that Napoleon’s defeat at the hands of the Russian coalition was preceded by his capture of Moscow in 1812. Although that victory seemed decisive for him […]

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Do your legacy products spark joy?

By Ethan Plotkin | July 19, 2021
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“We have too much stuff,” my wife said six months into the pandemic. We’d done purges before, but they never lasted. Soon afterward, she’d say, “We STILL have too much […]

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Wood Burning as Disposition for End-of-Life Products

By Tania Scroggie | June 19, 2021
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Wood Burning as Disposition for End-of-Life Products I live on a ranch in northern California. This winter, we accounted for the dead oak trees and cleared them for the first […]

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The Cost of Ad Hoc Obsolescence Management

By Tania Scroggie | May 6, 2021

The Cost of Ad Hoc Obsolescence Management Original Equipment Manufacturers that approach the support of older or legacy designs as a random eventuality often adopt an ad hoc attitude toward […]

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Mergers and Acquisitions

By Tania Scroggie | April 6, 2021
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Mergers and Acquisitions Sometimes we think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. These days, it is not difficult to think this when social media allows […]

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