Lisa Cairns

Lisa Ann Cairns, Ph.D., Contributor
Lisa comes to EPS with a diverse background that includes 10 years of hands-on experience in IT as well as in semiconductor and electronics distribution. The majority of that time, Lisa spent in the role of Senior Market Analyst and Senior Contributor at a leading, independent distributor of semiconductor and electronics. Prior to that tenure, she was a professor of linguistic anthropology, engaged in social science research, modeling, and analysis. The skills of observing and explaining complex social patterns adds a rich framework in which to indentify and to understand the range variables that constantly affect today’s globalized marketplace. Lisa’s admixture of experiences brings a fresh eye and a contextualized understanding of the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain. Lisa’s market analyses provides readers with unique views spanning micro- to macro-level industry events, synthesized insights bridging business and economics, as well as connecting the dots between upstream to downstream industry events that affect and inform distribution strategies.
Lisa has a Ph.D. and A.M. in Linguistics from The University of Chicago, during which time she was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. She holds a B.A. from Hofstra University, where she was Hofstra's first woman undergraduate to be awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Grant for independent research prior to attending graduate school. Lisa is currently consulting and freelance writing and can be reached at lcairns@lcairnssolutions.com.

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Supply Chain Realigns for Global, IoT & Consumer Shifts

| March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
Supply Chain Realigns for Global, IoT & Consumer Shifts

There’s always something to be said about the impact of IoT, at least as long as we are still on the prognosticating side of the growth curve. One point that mollifies the otherwise rousing excitement for what IoT will mean as a driver for growth is the demand for many low cost components. Granted, volume […]

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Supply Chain Challenges: The Millennial Buyer

| March 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Supply Chain Challenges: The Millennial Buyer

The terms “supply chain” and “challenges” go hand-in-hand. As a result, businesses look for challenges typically rooted in economic conditions, ease of trade, market barriers, demand shifts, purchasing confidence and other external events. However, there is an important, new current in today’s supply chain that poses an equally new set of growth challenges to corporations. […]

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Transparency Essential in DFARS, DoD Compliance

| February 17, 2016 | 1 Comment
Transparency Essential in DFARS, DoD Compliance

Last fall, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a set of proposed amendments to the existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) ruling that would extend the regulation’s reach to commercial — as well as military-specification — electronics while narrowing the definition of “trusted suppliers” of components and subassemblies. The implications of the proposal included […]

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Partnering to Win in the Digital Ecosystem

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Partnering to Win in the Digital Ecosystem

The electronics supply chain, particularly within the purchasing and components fulfillment environment, requires partnering with other players in the system. A company’s success today depends not just on what it can do and what it can make; it rests on the partners it is allied with. One critical question companies must ask of themselves is: […]

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Digital Transforms the Electronics Supply Chain

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
Digital Transforms the Electronics Supply Chain

The digital supply chain is moving into a maturation phase and bringing real shifts to how business is conducted; not just through internal IT operations and business processes, but inter-organizational shifts as well. Corporations are now leveraging their digital business processes to improve operational flow, automate transactions and gain visibility into not only their own […]

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Digital Business & the “Programmable Economy”

| November 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Digital Business & the “Programmable Economy”

Digital business sounds like another post-modern term; yet, in the never-ending quest for improved cost savings, efficiency, and seamless workflows, procurement has only more recently become integrated, and hence, successfully digitized. The maturation path of digital business is the doorstep upon which the industry stands now entering into an era of “programmable economies,” as coined […]

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Global Volatility and Tightening Markets Extend Forecast Challenges

| October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
Global Volatility and Tightening Markets Extend Forecast Challenges

Moving into the end of 2015, it is clear that the year has presented real challenges for forecasts. What had originally looked like hope for a continued strengthening from the gains in 2014 really didn’t materialize in the way most industries anticipated. From the perspective of forecasts, 2015 added another set of market variables that […]

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When Disruptions Strike (Because They Will)

| October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
When Disruptions Strike (Because They Will)

Disruption is as much a certainty in business as death and taxes are a certainty in life, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin. Supply chains carry inherent risks; negative events that are beyond control regularly occur and disrupt operations. However, market success depends on the constant and consistent flow of materials in a timely and planned manner, […]

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The Paradox of ‘Lean’ in an Inventory-Driven World

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Paradox of ‘Lean’ in an Inventory-Driven World

As the industry’s supply chain continues to mature, there are significant changes heralding this evolution: new expectations of services, requirements regarding traceability, anti-counterfeiting mitigation and inventory management norms. Today’s supply chain is characterized by significantly improved operations, improved functionality and efficiency as well as a new level of leanness. While these changes are telltale signs […]

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Proposal Would Tighten DFARS Sourcing Rule

| September 28, 2015 | 2 Comments
Proposal Would Tighten DFARS Sourcing Rule

There are significant changes afoot that could tighten the requirements for companies that want to supply electronics components to the U.S. government and the Department of Defense (DoD). Proposed amendments to the existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) ruling would extend the regulation’s reach to commercial—as well as military-specification—electronics while narrowing the definition of […]

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