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Earlier in March, IDC’s Stephen Drake released some research on the sustainability of mobile operators - Worldwide Mobile Operator 2010 Vendor Profiles: A Green Analysis — An Evaluation of 10 Key Mobile Operators' Mobile Phone Sustainability Efforts (IDC #226277). Drake made an interesting note – that operators generally don’t produce mobile phones, but they are certainly instrumental in driving the sustainability behavior of those companies that do. According to his research, mobile

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Supply Chain Aftershocks

By Robert Parker

Although pale in comparison to the heart wrenching human tragedy in Japan, large manufacturers are trying to assess the impact, both near and long term, on their supply chains.  In his prescient book on manufacturing, In Praise of Hard Industries, Eamonn Fingleton discusses the Japanese industrial strategy of not only being a force in brand ownership (Toyota, Sony), but to be a key manufacturing source for the whole value chain from base materials to electronic components.  It is that very strateg

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There was certainly a lot of buzz around IDC's unveiling of the Warranty Management Capability Maturity Model at the WCM Conference this past week in San Diego.  It seemed only proper that we host a panel session directly following the keynote to answer more detailed questions about the framework, as well as share learnings from our recent field study.  But I think the most enlightening part of the session was to hear about the progressive stages of warranty growth two of our panelists described,

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On March 10th, HP announced a new venture into the world of energy and sustainability management. In partnership with software providers Hara and C3, HP will begin offering clients a suite of services aimed at increasing business value, optimizing costs, managing risk, reducing waste, and increasing visibility from the perspective of resource management, including water and energy.  It's a good step forward, but I'd like to see more.

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Boeing and Whirlpool are on to something. While these two companies are from different industries, make radically different products and have very different customers, they share similar service challenges. These engineering-oriented industry leaders also have something else in common. They both use PLM software from PTC, and are also now looking to adopt PTC's Arbortext Service Information Solution (SIS).

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