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IMI blazes a global trail
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The Philippines has long enjoyed a bustling high-tech industry built chiefly on semiconductor packaging services. But when it comes to pc-board assembly and electronics manufacturing services, the country has never been considered a go-to locale.
Samsung rolls out 400-Gbyte hard-disk drives
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Samsung Electronics Ltd. has launched its largest-format hard drives to date: the 400-Gbyte SpinPoint T133 series, for the small business, enterprise and home-user market. The drives are ideal for storing and playing back huge amounts of digital media.
Leading the green troop
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Not many companies in the electronics industry can match the leverage Hewlett-Packard Co. has with suppliers and EMS providers. With a cost of goods sold running close to $70 billion and a procurement budget the size of many countries' gross domestic product, HP can lead suppliers where others wouldn't dare.
Victory not in sight
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After four years of stable growth, it's tempting to assume the electronics industry has finally found a permanent solution to the vicious rounds of inventory excesses and shortages that have ravaged the sector in the past. Recent reports from analysts and statements by some executives tell a different story, however. Like a dormant volcano, an inventory imbalance can erupt at any time if the industry relaxes its vigilance, observers warn.
Sunny Skies for Call Centers
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Like the weather in Orlando at Call Center Demo, the forecast for call centers is bright, thanks to a shining combination of new and proven tools that enable companies to continually improve their communication with customers.
VOICE MEETS DATA: When the Call Center and IT Collide
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Tom Milligan of UCN helps us understand what's going on behind the trend toward greater collaboration between the center and other corporate entities.
9 Fast Fixes For Your Center
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A sampling from the "60 Ideas in 60 Minutes" panel discussion at Call Center Demo in Orlando.
Training Q&A With ICMI's Debbie Harne
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We spent some time talking training trends with the director of ICMI's seminar division.
Call Center Manager SpotlightMarian Leon, National Association of Realtors
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In an industry where employee attrition is appallingly high, the NAR's Information Central hasn't had any staff turnover in the last year and a half.
The Value of Support
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Recent research from HDI suggests that the biggest challenge support organizations face may not be low demand among customers, but rather a lack of career planning for those who assist customers.
Mastering the Multi-channel Environment
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One reason for offering more live support: deceased support is notoriously hard to manage.
Dialing Isn't Dead
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Some smart companies are using outbound calling to enhance customer relationships and provide a better experience. Yes, a better experience.
The End Of Agent Training As We Know It
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Classroom training is not dead. But new tools and an increased focus on eclecticism and performance development are helping rewrite the basics of agent education.
The Game-Based Work Application Theory
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Our columnist describes how to play computer games at work without getting in trouble for loafing.
Brazil picks Japan TV standard -- and gains fab?
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In return for a possible semiconductor production plant, Brazil has selected a high-definition TV standard from Japan over competing technologies from Europe and the United States.
Metrology provider plans $57 million IPO
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Applied Precision, a provider of equipment for the semiconductor and life-sciences industries, hopes to raise $57.5 million through an initial public offering, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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