Critical Thoughts

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. […]

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Why We Do It—GDCA’s Values and Legacy Embedded Systems

By GDCA | June 27, 2019

When it comes to proactive obsolescence management, no company is more trusted than GDCA in maintaining legacy embedded systems. Our core values combined with our commitment to our employees, our […]

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How do you fulfill long-term demand for a system when you don’t have a long-term support contract?

By GDCA | May 15, 2019

Often, having a maintenance contract misleads Application OEMs and Prime Contractors into a false sense of long-term protection. When Primes are not privy to an accurate assessment of a system’s […]

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Don’t Let Your Old Designs Drag You Down

By Ethan Plotkin | March 25, 2019

Business leaders don’t like process exceptions, because they’re inefficient and require a lot of special intervention to resolve. They also don’t like to discontinue old product designs that still have […]

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The gap between EOL and your needs—why PLM doesn’t always work

By GDCA | March 22, 2019

Reassessing your company’s approach to legacy sustainment is a critical step in minimizing stress and maximizing profits. Since the early 1950s, product life-cycle management (PLM) has been the commercial best […]

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5 Common Miscalculations OEMs Make That Impede Effective Proactive Obsolescence Management

By GDCA | February 28, 2019

…and What You Can Do Embedded and Application OEMs both face issues with their customers when product life cycles are longer than originally anticipated. Thinking critically about servicing systems past […]

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When Tomorrow Never Comes

By GDCA | February 22, 2019

Obsolescence and Changing Our Minds You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run “The Gambler” […]

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GDCA Inc. and Abaco Systems Strike Deal to Avoid Embedded EOL for Customers

By GDCA | February 6, 2019

Press Release LIVERMORE, Calif. — Feb. 6, 2019 — GDCA Inc., a California-based company that specializes in manufacturing obsolete embedded computer equipment, announced this week that it has joined forces […]

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Delay is the True Cost of an Ad Hoc Sustainment Strategy

By Ethan Plotkin | October 26, 2018

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the “true cost” of things. Our leadership team has been working on a particularly large order for more than a year. Since we […]

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7 Perspectives about Legacy Engineering

By GDCA | October 26, 2018

Once component EOL notices have been issued and COTS embedded boards are discontinued, the processes for keeping your embedded systems vital drastically changes and so must your overall thinking about […]

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