The pace of change that governs the electronics industry measures out new business models and corporate strategies with the regularity of a metronome. Intel is a communications company. Microsoft is in the hardware business. Motorola, very soon at least, will no longer have an in-house semiconductor arm. These would have been dismissed as fanciful musings just a few years ago, yet today they are a market reality.
In part this is because the underlying technology that drives the industry evolves so quickly that new opportunities appear almost daily, while old concepts are just as quickly shed. The transformative nature of the tech sector fosters a culture of perpetual innovation that is its pumping heart.
After more than three decades reporting and analyzing technology, product, and business trends, EBN is embarking on a transformation of its own. We are, after all, a reflection of the market we cover and of the issues that are vital to you, our readers. This, the last issue of EBN, will be followed in the first quarter of 2004 by the launch of a new publication, Electronics Supply & Manufacturing.
Recalibrated and re-energized, ESM will champion the global supply chain and delve into the fluctuating demand cycles that play as large a role in shaping the electronics marketplace as technology itself. Global perspective, a deep understanding of the electronics supply network, and an ability to distill the critical link between design engineering and manufacturing are our guideposts.
I want to thank the hundreds of manufacturing executives for their candor and patience in helping EBN over the years cover--and in many cases uncover--the burning issues that influence procurement and supply chain trends. A hearty thanks also goes out to the PR community for its ability to secure those key deadline interviews.
To the EBN family, past and present: your curiosity, dedication, and good humor are an inspiration.
And most of all, I want to recognize our readers for the opportunity to serve you and for your unquenchable thirst for news and analysis.
As this week's feature package, "Companies to Watch: Standing at the Crossroad," suggests, this is a time of opportunity for those willing to step boldly into today's business recovery. With the launch of ESM, we join you in that journey.
For upcoming information on the launch of ESM, visit www.ebnonline.com. For continued daily coverage of the electronics industry, visit the CMP Electronics Group's sites at www.eetimes.com, www.siliconstrategies.com, and www.eeproductcenter.com.
On behalf of the EBN staff, I wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday season.