Executive Briefings

What Does It Take to Go Global?

High-tech companies must match the design of their supply chains to the increasingly global nature of their products. Nari Viswanathan, research director of supply chain management with Aberdeen Group, talks about the pressures that are causing producers in this sector to rethink their operating strategies. The first wave of outsourcing to China has been followed by a fresh look at the factors that caused the move in the first place. Some companies are reassessing the financial value of making product thousands of miles away from the point of consumption. Others are still grappling with the challenge of creating truly global supply chains. Viswanathan discusses what must happen within a company so that all internal functions can begin to operate in an integrated fashion. [Run Time (Min): 11:04]


High-tech companies must match the design of their supply chains to the increasingly global nature of their products. Nari Viswanathan, research director of supply chain management with Aberdeen Group, talks about the pressures that are causing producers in this sector to rethink their operating strategies. The first wave of outsourcing to China has been followed by a fresh look at the factors that caused the move in the first place. Some companies are reassessing the financial value of making product thousands of miles away from the point of consumption. Others are still grappling with the challenge of creating truly global supply chains. Viswanathan discusses what must happen within a company so that all internal functions can begin to operate in an integrated fashion. [Run Time (Min): 11:04]