Product development spending can be a major item in many company budgets. Global manufacturers of electronic devices often have the means to initiate many projects and run them simultaneously, to eventually continue only those that have prospects to do well in the market. Can such an approach continue? Can we still afford such nonchalance as regards our product development in the wake of the coming crisis? Time will tell. It’s like with contracting electronics manufacturing services. The number of decisions and factors that impact not only the manufacturing cost but also the product’s after-sales service is so big that it requires a lot of imagination and pragmatism. What decisions should you take so that they do not become an expense, but bring real value to the company?
BE ABLE TO HELP: The VECTOR Group funds the purchase of a ventilator for Szpitale Pomorskie (Pomeranian Hospitals) and supports the fight against COVID-19.
Sketching ideas is one of the first steps that you have to take when designing a product. Of course, it doesn’t just need to be used in a professional design process; this approach is well worth using in the visual presentation and development of any idea. The advantage of sketching is that you don’t have to be a trained artist to create sketches. With them, design concepts can be presented and explained easily.
You’ve got an idea for a new electronic product or even more: you’ve got a complete design for your solution and all you need to launch the product is a reliable partner who will turn your vision into a physical product. There are plenty of companies which provide such services and you are surely wondering what criteria you need to choose the best partner to work with.
A device designed by VECTOR BLUE HUB, an IP-RF signal modulator, marketed as ROTON, has been recognized by the Polish Institute of Industrial Design as one of the most innovative Polish design solutions presented at the exhibition of 25 Polish Design Process Success Stories.
Beacons are one of the examples of how we have transferred the well-known Bluetooth technology from everyday use to the business environment. We could expand their application on a bigger, more usable scale if the location services Bluetooth were more accurate. As it happens, it is already viable (you can track objects down to centimeters), but it needs more sophisticated technology - the technology which takes its beginning in the first steps of designing beacons hardware.
That was the first occasion when VECTOR BLUE HUB could take part in the BE ABLE TO HELP CSR project organized by the whole VECTOR Group company. Over 30 employees engaged in refurbishing the Educational Care Facility No. 3 in Gdynia – our hometown. That, however, was only one part of the whole-year project. What happened more?
Recently, we went through the subject of working along with the process in companies. It is very wise of an entrepreneur to set the work in procedures (we know that now), but is it wise from the client's perspective to track down paragraphs? Let us keep an eye on what information clients get when they know their services provider sticks to process stages.
What does it mean that an organization's tasks flow down in a well-thought-through process right to their completion? Is it still a hard-and-fast fossilized thing of the past - a management dodo? Or sort of a business prism which casts the full picture of where the organization goes? Then it is nothing like a fossil but a map. And, putting the first steps in the unknown business endeavor, you would incline to join rather the man with a map than the one without it... In the electronic devices industry, the process - the perfect map - takes three features which will make it not inflexible, but agile.
You stepped into the last stages of your project and already designed signal generators, so you are making yourself ready to send terabytes of data to the end users. Or, let us step backward, you want to distribute your new cutting-edge optical fibers but… with few favorable odds that you are going to connect them with coaxial RF connectors. Indeed, excitement dwindles much when we find ourselves in a system of the legacy infrastructure – old and dusty domestic wires long forgotten. It occurs, however, that there is a way out of such a technological despair with one simple move – even if your project has already arrived on an advanced stage.
After a few years of European electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market stagnation there has come the time for the rebirth. The European EMS industry will have reached 32 billion euro by 2021 as the Reed Electronics Research's report says. ADAMCIT (Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Medical, Control & Industrial and Telecom) sectors in this area will soon be getting bigger and bigger at a compound annual rate of 2.8% on average. Those promising numbers reveal the answers to the questions like: “Why to produce electronic devices and components in Europe?” And the fact that more companies follow those on the winning streak does not provide any answer.
Project in electronic devices industry, if successful, comes from what the client wants and what the market expects. Between them springs up quality – the bridge between a company and its clients. Quality planning is then answering the question how to deliver what is in demand. But why does it take so much to plan this very process, especially in manufacturing electronic devices, and when to call quality enough?
Working as a Scrum Master comes very close to conducting a symphonic orchestra– it only seems like light and frivolous brandishing the baton. In fact, these merry swings only veneer an arduous endeavor followed by tons of knowledge and multitasking – do not look away from the harp, keep an eye on the piano, what are the strings doing?! It is, thus, enough for one person to conduct the development team, but what happens before one sits on the Scrum Master’s chair?
All you need to know about Scrum is that you plan, do, revise, repeat... Simple, is it not? Three roles in the management and five steps in task tackling - repeat. Repeat until you deliver the ultimate value to your client. It is so concise that even the Scrum Guide itself takes roughly two pages of the offhand writing. And yet, that apparent step-by-step simplicity still brings on too many perplexities to leave it undiscussed. Where, thus, lie pains of Scrum implementation and how to achieve quick wins in it?
Agility of projects in great portion depends on planning, short proceedings and updating the status with a huge space for people’s initiative who are engaged in work. But how to harness this revolutionizing freedom to steer where in fact we want to go with our project? Is Product Owner’s role an answer for communicational struggles in agile management? Why is it essential to have such a person in the company ranks?
New technologies have changed our lives. They have. In many cases, they made them easier, more convenient and faster. Of all these things they will never forgive sluggishness, especially when you work in the connectivity industry. Once, a group of sharp minds converged and said enough to the inanity of corporate rusty administration machines hidden deep in companies’ corridors. That’s how agile was born – a mindset which assumes one thing: to act. And we tested some quick methods on how to do it.
There aren’t many occasions to peer from behind the shoulders of our engineers and workers. Therefore, every occasion to come with the camera to the factory and lab and disturb the order there looks always as a great excitement!
Telco operators face many challenges these days. Their biggest nightmare is being unable to provide customers with high-speed services due to existing infrastructure. This case study outlines how we helped multiple-system operators solve this problem.
Telco customers will remain loyal as long as the offer is attractive, the service quality is high, and the portfolio meets their expectations. It is not an easy job for Telco operators to make a scalable offer and prevent customer churn. Here’s how we support Telco operators in achieving their business goals.
Data is becoming the new currency and its transfer from point A to point B should be performed in an effective (cost, speed, size) and above all secure manner. This case study presents how we designed and developed a prototype device that processes data in the cloud.