Chances are you don't recognize the face on this month's cover, but Jason Sun and his company, Cellon International, are challenging some of the fundamental assumptions of product development--specifically, that an OEM must own the design process. A five-year-old design house specializing in handset design, Cellon has an innovative business model with implications beyond cell phones. For a fascinating read, turn to page 28.
Covering companies like Cellon is central to the mission of Electronics Supply & Manufacturing to explore best practices and innovative business models. Our intent is to provide our readers with new ideas and insight to help improve the performance of your extended supply and design chain.
We have another mission as well: to bring to life the people behind the innovations--and not just the CEO or even the OEM's supply chain executives, but the extended team that includes EMS providers, ODMs, distributors, component suppliers, 3PLs and other "partners." Indeed, the strength and integrity of any supply or design chain is more than just the OEM.
To that end, ESM will publish a special edition in November--our Supply & Design Chain Champions Issue--that will profile five of the best teams in the business. These are people who are setting new standards in world-class supply and design chain management.
The five teams profiled in the magazine will receive an award that will be presented during a special ceremony at ElectronicaUSA next March. Think of it as the Electronics Supply & Manufacturing's Oscars.
The Supply & Design Chain Champions Issue is about the functional managers and staffers who stick their necks out, make the tough decisions and advance the cause, day in and day out. They navigate politically charged fiefdoms within their own companies and connect the dots across the complex web of supply and design chain partners with the single-minded mission of cutting cost, eliminating waste and boosting efficiency. They are the organizational innovators delivering real, meaningful bottom-line results.
So where do you come in? We're asking you to nominate individuals and teams that, in your view, excel in supply or design chain management and who have made a significant contribution to business performance. We need two things from you: the name (or names) of the nominee and the reasons you think the nominee is worthy. (See box above for nomination instructions.)
In August, ESM's editors will compile and evaluate all the nominations and select the five companies that we believe are worthy of profiling. We are looking for nominees that, like Cellon, are rethinking and reshaping fundamental business processes--teams that today may be toiling in obscurity but that, one day soon, will set the standard for how things are done. Your nominations, please! n
Bruce Rayner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.