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Oracle's IoT play: Teach business apps and things to talk together

Oracle has revealed another way it thinks it can address the internet of things market, by teaching its existing business apps to talk things' language. Big Red has a colossal portfolio of business apps, among them the Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud. The company also knows that the supply chain is full of “things” - …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2017

Wow, RIP hackers ... It's Cyber-Lord Blunkett to the rescue for UK big biz

A high-profile project has been launched with the aim of strengthening UK enterprises' IT security. The Cyber Highway was launched in London on Tuesday by Lord David Blunkett. The resource offers a “user-friendly online portal for large enterprises that want to strengthen the cyber defence of their supply chain.” Corporations …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2016

Amnesty International accuses tech giants of battery bastardry

Amnesty International says children as young as seven are mining for Cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with their efforts helping to create Lithium-ion batteries that may well end up in products offered by top-tier technology companies. The human rights group details its theory in a new piece of research …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2016

SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

Updated GT Advanced Technologies, the struggling materials firm that was once tapped to provide durable sapphire glass for Apple, says it will cut staff and close its sapphire manufacturing plants as it moves toward bankruptcy protection. In documents filed with the New Hampshire bankruptcy court on Friday, GT said the "cash burn" at …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2014

No 12-inch maxiPads for Christmas: Suppliers 'smothered by iPhone 6'

All signs point to Apple unveiling a new, larger iPad model at its October 16 media event, but if the latest whispers are to be believed, you shouldn't expect to be able to actually buy one until early next year. The invites Apple sent to the press this week said only "it's been way too long," yet most Cupertino-watchers …

Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

Major airlines including British Airways and electronics manufacturers have been accused of sourcing products from a Chinese prison where inmates are tasered if they don’t hit production targets. BA and some of the other companies denied this while others said they hadn't knowingly bought them and are investigating their supply …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jun 2013
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HP clamps down on student labor in Chinese factories

HP has issued new employment guidelines for its supply chain partners in China, in response to what it describes as "the significant increase in the use of student and dispatch workers" in manufacturing facilities across the country. "We have worked closely with leading Chinese stakeholders to develop our new student and …
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Datawind insists $42 tab isn't Chinese

British tech firm Datawind has been forced to deny reports from India at the weekend that its low-cost Aakash 2 device, marketed as an innovative locally-made product, was actually bought off-the-shelf from China. The Hindustan Times, citing an unnamed source, claimed that DataWind had no role in the design or manufacturing of …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2012
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JDA Software finds a RedPrairie home companion

JDA Software is selling itself to RedPrairie, a privately equity-backed enterprise software firm, for $1.9bn in cash. The $45 a share deal is 33 per cent higher than JDA's closing price on October 26, the day before Reuters told the world that the company was exploring a sale. JDA and RedPrairie specialise in different areas …
Drew Cullen, 1 Nov 2012

China fingered as counterfeit parts flood tech supply chain

The number of ‘high risk’ suppliers, including some flogging counterfeit products to US government, military and commercial channels has grown by almost two-thirds since 2002, with China pegged as a key player, according to market watcher IHS iSuppli. The firm urged all parts of the supply chain to tighten procurement and …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Oct 2012
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China reveals new strategy of stockpiling rare earths

Tech supply chain jitters are set to resurface after it emerged that China has begun the strategic stockpiling of rare earth minerals. State-run business title the China Securities Journal broke the news, but didn’t elaborate on exactly when the programme had begun. lutetium rare earths element China produces 90 per cent of …
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2011 sets new record for counterfeit electronics

Asian countries led by China are responsible for the vast majority of reports of counterfeit electronics parts, which have reached 12 million over the past five years in a potentially lethal development for the global supply chain, according to analyst IHS iSuppli. Citing data from supply chain monitoring organisation, ERAI, …
Phil Muncaster, 23 May 2012
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China sets up association to handle rare earth disputes

The Chinese government has set up a new association for companies in the rare earth industry which will be tasked with promoting development and handling international trade disputes in the increasingly fractious sector. State-run Xinhua reported on Sunday that the body will feature 155 members including heavy weights such as …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2012
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Rising China costs get manufacturers moving

Several key notebook ODMs are apparently reconsidering their plans to locate factories in western China because of rising costs in the region which could hit profits. Digitimes said that, according to industry sources, Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec among others had already relocated some plants to …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2012
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Tech titans say sayonara to Japan in quake wake

Almost a year to the day after a huge earthquake and devastating tsunami rattled the north-east corner of Japan, crippling the supply chain of key technologies, the production at some components plants is reportedly still not back to 100 per cent while some tech firms are accelerating their plans to leave the archipelago. The …
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Acer to dump 3 million laptops onto European market

Expect some great deals on Acer laptops in coming weeks. The Taiwanese giant has huge amounts of unsold stock to shift and looks set to flood Europe with more than three million machines. Where will the stock be dumped and at what cost? We will we know only when they turn up in store at prices too true to be good - for rival …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jun 2011
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Measuring the basics of supplier management

Workshop How a system such as ERP is configured to get the best from suppliers depends on the sophistication of the system, but some fundamentals apply to pretty much everyone. What most companies want to know is which suppliers give the best price, or the best service, or a combination of the two. In the suppliers ledger you keep …
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When information sharing goes wrong

Workshop One of the most troubling phone calls I have ever received was from the irate managing director of an IT reseller. I was working as a channel manager for a major software company at the time and the complaint was that we had a leak. Extreme carelessness After a bit of investigation, we figured out what had happened. A few days …
Dale Vile, 14 Apr 2011

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