A family of engineers
An electromechanical designer turned operations manager, Roel Vossen is the prototypical Neways employee. “Looking to combine a diverse working environment at the cutting edge of technology with a familial atmosphere.”
Ask the headhunter
For some time now, I’ve been in touch with an American high-tech company about a position in a new development department to be set up in the Netherlands. The talks went well and I received an offer letter that included salary, bonus, pension and vacation days. A document containing an IP clause, a non-disclosure clause, a non-compete clause and a non-solicitation clause were sent separately. Both had the signature of the company CEO on them. Eager to join, I signed them and sent them back.
Brainport’s printed-electronics industry is gaining momentum
With the value chain all lined up, the Brainport area is ready to take printed electronics to the next level – both commercially and technologically.
News & Analysis
Bruco diminishes dependency on NXP
Over the last four years, Bruco’s dealings with NXP have reduced dramatically. By deploying a strategy focused on turnkey ASICs, the chip design house from Borne has ensured a stable business.
Time management skills help “get more done with less stress”
Distractions and disruptions are the enemies of work efficiency. To push through and keep your daily tasks on track, time management skills are a necessity. Looking for tools and tips to enhance your workplace efficiency? High Tech Institute’s “Time management in innovation” training has you covered.
Nexperia turns to training as a tool to continue its legacy of innovation
Nexperia’s Industrial Technology and Engineering Center (ITEC) has a rich history in developing state-of-the-art products and industrial production solutions for the semiconductor domain. But when the group ran into the difficult task of balancing deliverables with its target costs during the development of its cutting-edge ADAT3-XF, senior mechanical designer Theo ter Steeg and the ITEC team turned to training to help streamline the design process and get a better overview from the start.
Design thinking leads to a higher success rate in innovation
The high-tech industry is extremely innovative, but what if you want to innovate more effectively and even faster? Design thinking is an effective method for that, says Rex Bierlaagh, trainer at High Tech Institute. “Everyone can learn it. It changes the mindset of organizations.”
Outdated belief #2: A carefully designed architecture is critical
In the early 2000s, I was one of those people preaching the importance of careful design and analysis of a system’s architecture before starting development. The belief was that especially non-functional requirements, such as performance and robustness, are hard to ‘bolt on’ to the system once development is underway. So, the software architecture community, including me, developed all kinds of tools and techniques to structure and provide systematic means to take architecture design decisions, assess the architecture’s ability to meet the non-functional requirements, such as performance and maintainability, and ensure the alignment between requirements and the architecture.
I love risk
I often meet managers seeing risk as a threat: a threat to predictability. They rightfully aim to be a trustworthy partner for their customers and believe predictability is an important ingredient for that. But they sometimes forget risk is one of the reasons why they’re in business. There’s intrinsic uncertainty in innovation, and many of our customers in a B2B environment seek partners who can better manage that uncertainty than they can do themselves – and they’re willing to pay that: the higher the perceived risk of your own investment, the more profit a customer will allow you to take.