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4 Leading Predictions for the Semiconductor Industry in 2022

Posted on January 12, 2022 by Jack Trompert

Predicting the future is typically a fool’s errand— especially given the way the last few years have played out. However, there are some solid predictions for the semiconductor industry this year that are based on solid evidence from experts in the field. We sought insights from leading sources to share some of the top forecasts for 2022. Among them are semiconductor sales, technology breakthroughs, supply chain status, and labor trends. 

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Cybersecurity, hiring challenges + supply chain issues: 2021 Semiconductor Blog year in review

Posted on December 15, 2021 by Jack Trompert

This year on the Talent 101 Semiconductor Blog, we shared articles to try to shed a light on some of the exciting, challenging, and upcoming issues affecting the semiconductor industry. In case you missed anything you’d be interested in reading, or are just joining us recently, here’s some of what we published this year:

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Best Practices for a Successful Return-to-Work Strategy

Posted on December 8, 2021 by Jack Trompert

As state and local governments ease restrictions and more non-essential businesses can reopen fully, many organizations are developing plans to return to the physical office. But every business’s return-to-work plan will look different. For example, some companies want all their employees to return to the workplace full-time, while others are aiming for a more hybrid and flexible approach. 

Creating the right strategy requires companies to not only think about the needs of the business, but also workers’ preferences. For example, one study reported that nearly 70% of people want to work in the office for most of their workweek. This comes with a major asterisk, however; employees returning to the office want to see changes, including modifications to pre-pandemic density levels and more cleanliness and safety protocols.

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Best Practices for Managing Your Operations with Lean Teams

Posted on November 17, 2021 by Jack Trompert

In their recent “Digital Leadership Report,” IT staffing provider Harvey Nash Group found that 69% of US  tech leaders say they are unable to keep pace with change because of lack of talent. Harvey Nash CEO Bev White said, “businesses face a triple whammy. They lack the supply of skilled resources they need; they have not yet evolved a new and effective employee value proposition for the hybrid working world; and the needed skills themselves are changing as technology develops at an accelerated pace.”

With this perfect storm of challenges facing today’s operations— a labor shortage, skills gaps, and challenges in trying to scale teams up to meet production demands— organizations are looking for viable solutions to meet goals until they’re able to hire adequate staff. Adopting a lean model may be one helpful way to continue meeting goals during this challenging time.  

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Update on the chip shortage crisis: What’s causing it and when will it end?

Posted on November 10, 2021 by Jack Trompert

Third-quarter news on the global chip shortage crisis is not much better than it was in the first quarter of 2021. In fact, it’s downright brutal. Here are just a few of the recent headlines:

“Global chip shortage ‘is far from over’ as wait times get longer,” said The Wall Street Journal

The “semiconductor shortage that has hobbled manufacturing worldwide is getting worse,” announced the Washington Post.

“It will get worse before it gets better,” reports Fitch Solutions.

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How to protect your organization from ransomware threats

Posted on October 27, 2021 by Jack Trompert

You may have heard more about ransomware attacks in the past year or so. Seemingly every week, there are new headlines about the frequency and severity of ransomware attacks. There’s a reason you’re hearing about this crime more often: as ransomware attackers develop more sophisticated ways of targeting organizations, more and more companies have been victimized.

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Creative strategies to bridge the semiconductor specialized skills gap

Posted on October 20, 2021 by Jack Trompert

The semiconductor industry is projected to reach $1 trillion by 2030, but experts say that will only be possible if the current talent shortage is addressed on a global level. The specialized skills required by today’s industry are getting harder to find. Until some of the many education programs ramping up around the world bear fruit, semiconductor organizations that need specialized talent must get creative and develop staffing strategies they can deploy now to bridge the gaps.

Here are some of the solutions that can help teams work around the skill challenge— from rethinking organizational structure to engaging in international staffing cooperation.

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Posted on September 29, 2021 by Jack Trompert

As we wrap up another quarter, it’s time to look back on what’s happened in the semiconductor industry in the last few months. In this quarterly round-up of semiconductor news: the White House continues to focus on semiconductor supply chains, the EU seeks semiconductor sovereignty, and more. Read on to learn more about the latest news and technology updates in the third quarter of 2021:

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Cybersecurity challenges impacting the semiconductor industry today

Posted on September 15, 2021 by Jack Trompert

Today, electronic devices are the backbone of our world and semiconductor chips are the brains inside the devices that run our lives — from our phones to vehicles to the energy grids. However, these critical devices cannot run properly unless the chips are free of weakness and security vulnerabilities. And that is becoming an increasingly precarious situation.

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Beyond Tracking Tags: Innovations in Asset Tracking and Positioning Technology

Posted on August 25, 2021 by Jack Trompert

Package tracking and visibility are more important now than ever, as businesses and consumers have become increasingly reliant on timely deliveries. The marketplace for asset tracking was already growing quickly at the beginning of 2020, but the advent of the worldwide pandemic accelerated growth beyond predictions due to a monumental increase in e-commerce.

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