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Sensible IT Strategy
The auto industry has stumbled and soared.
Columns Published: 4/1/2003
Homeland Security vs. Global Supply Chains
Global supply chains may be on a collision course with homeland security. Sweeping changes are taking place as the U.S. Customs Service shifts from interdicting smugglers to preventing terrorism.
Columns Published: 12/1/2002
Compliance: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Compliance demands by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) dictate the new information technology (I.T). programs that most suppliers must implement. OEM mandates take precedence over all other IT initiatives and spending. Consequently, excessive...
Columns Published: 11/1/2002
Auto IT Moves Back to Basics
When it comes to information technology (IT), today the auto industry is going "back to basics." Some of the major strategies pursued over the last decade either have not panned out or have already been played out. North American-based automakers ar...
Columns Published: 10/1/2002
Cooking Up a Better Approach to Development & Quality
some people in the industry have high hopes that APQP and PPAP (don't they both have an arcane sound to them?) will help fix two of the industry's thorniest problems: Less-than-stellar quality and plodding new vehicle rollouts.
Columns Published: 8/1/2002
Five Myths of Telematics
Telematics has long been touted as the next big blockbuster for the auto industry.
Columns Published: 7/1/2002
eSourcing To the Rescue
Last year Ford Motor Co. took two big hits. These were its Firestone tire fiasco and a billion dollars of unwanted palladium. Combined, they accounted for most of Ford's whopping $5.5 billion loss last year. Why did these two events occur and what d...
Columns Published: 6/1/2002
Global Logistics Issues
In the drive to reduce costs, auto industry manufacturers are scouring the planet looking for the lowest-cost suppliers.
Columns Published: 1/1/2002
Buying and Selling I.T. in a Down Market
Year 2001 is certainly a watershed period in auto/I.T. history. Multiple events, but especially the dotcom crash and the World Trade Center disaster, will forever leave their marks.
Columns Published: 11/1/2001
Three Takes on NPD
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Columns Published: 6/1/2001

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