As we approach the close of a tumultuous 2017, sentiment about the outlook for the global economy, the US economy and the electronics industry is high. Growth prospects across the electronics supply chain are positive, at least through the middle of the year. The short-term challenges for business leaders are low margins and supply shortages. And there’s a nagging suspicion that sentiment might be out-of-whack with reality. Longer term challenges include the rigorous process of adapting to the rapid pace of new technology: 2018 could be a pivotal year for companies slow to adapt. Then there’s the backdrop of possible political shocks. This month’s Thought Leadership article looks at it all.
What You Will Learn
- Global economic outlook by region
- Why some are concerned about exuberant US business sentiment
- The technologies that are touted to drive growth in 2018
- Is 2018 the year of your first digital employee?
Meet the Author
Bruce Rayner is Content Director of SourceToday. For the past 30 years, he has been a keen observer of global business and technology trends with a focus on the electronics supply base and supply chain management. His experience includes staff editor at Harvard Business Review, Editorial Director of Electronics Business magazine and EBN, Director of Thought Leadership at IHS, and Vice President of Consulting and Market Research at Technology Forecasters.