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By now, you've probably noticed that IDC does surveys in a big way.  All that survey work means that I pay close attention to surveys produced by other companies.  I read through the results with a healthy dose of skepticism, but recently I've found two very interesting ones related to sustainability - one from Ceres and another from Brighter Planet.

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Re-Assessing Supply Network Risk

By Simon Ellis

In our Supply Chain Top 10 Predictions for 2010, we talk a lot about manufacturing companies fundamentally shifting their supply chain structure from a fixed-cost-driven network to a variable-cost-driven one.  Certainly, in many segments some form of this has been going on for years, but it is our view that the uncertainty around global economic recovery (what is the ‘new normal’?) will speed the trend considerably. One pretty clear implication of moving from fixed to variable cost structur

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Last week I received an email  from one of the top PLM vendors with this question: "could PLM have prevented the recent recall of Toyota cars?"  Earlier today, I was interviewed by a top-tier business magazine, and, perhaps not surprisingly, one of the questions was: "why wasn’t simulation able to predict the increased friction in the accelerator pedal mechanism and prevent the failure?"   My response to both was that no, I did not think that PLM could have prevented the failure altoget

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Lessons to be Learned From the Toyota Recall

By Joe Barkai

The recall of 2.3 million Toyota vehicles last week to correct an unintended acceleration caused by a sticky accelerator pedal is another blow to the company's nearly unblemished reputation.  Only a few months ago, Toyota  recalled 4.3 million vehicles for similar concerns,  blaming floor mats lodged under the accelerator pedal as the root of the problem.  In typical fashion of humility and responsibility, Toyota president Akio Toyoda apologized to customers and halted  the sales an

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