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News from July, 2007

The Mobile TV Wars

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Business Week – Olga Kharif

Qualcomm’s MediaFlo and MobiTV are set to duke it out in the battle for this emerging business

The mobile TV shakeout has begun: Modeo, a subsidiary of cellular tower operator Crown Castle International (CCI), has shut down its one broadcast network in the New York City area, leaving the emerging business of delivering live TV programs to just a handful of players.

For months, Modeo had stubbornly clung to life as it searched for a carrier willing to share its network development costs and subscribe to its service. Having already lost out on a potential customer in Verizon Wireless, which signed on last year with a rival venture backed by Qualcomm, Modeo suffered a second major blow in early 2007 when AT&T (T) also decided to go with MediaFlo. Verizon (VZ) now offers MediaFlo’s eight-channel service on cell phones in 32 markets, and AT&T plans to go live in the fall. “It’s full steam ahead for us,” says Gina Lombardi, president of MediaFlo USA. (Full Article)

A&E Mobile Channels Go to Sprint

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

TV Week – Daisy Whitney

MobiTV to Offer Pair to Its 2 Million Customers

A&E Television Networks has struck its first carriage deal for its made-for-mobile channels A&E Mobile and the History Channel Mobile with MobiTV, which is available on Sprint cellular phones to more than 2 million customers.

“We believe our audiences are skewing younger, and we want to have our programming available to consumers in different platforms,” said Paul Jelinek, senior VP of digital media at AETN.

AETN will generate revenue via a combination of license fees and advertising. The media company has already begun to sell ads against wireless application protocol (WAP) enabled content that launches in October (accessible in mobile Web browsers) and is exploring ad models for the made-for-mobile channels. (Full Article)

Former CEO of BP Solar Joins Solaicx

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

PR Newswire – Press Release

Solar Management Veteran Lends Renowned Expertise to Growing Company

Solaicx, a leading manufacturer of mono-crystalline silicon ingots and wafers optimized for photovoltaic applications, today announced the appointment of Harry Shimp to the company’s board of directors. Mr. Shimp, former president and CEO of BP Solar and current founder and president of Charon Industries, joins the board as Solaicx begins its large production expansion in Portland, Oregon.

“From a growth perspective, Solaicx is at an inflection point — it has validated its technology and now is moving rapidly into its execution stage,” said Mr. Shimp. “I am looking forward to leveraging my management experience to sustain Solaicx’s current expansion and momentum.” (Full Article)

Aravo Solutions Announces Patent Pending for Supplier Enablement for Enterprise Systems

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Aravo Solutions – Press Release

Aravo Solutions, a provider of on-demand Supplier Information Management (SIM) software and services to automate the entire supplier information lifecycle, today announced the company has a patent pending for “Method and System for Computer-Implemented Procurement from Pre-Qualified Suppliers.” Aravo’s new method for supplier enablement improves upon existing practices by providing very accurate and detailed supplier information to existing e-procurement, ERP, and financial systems to quickly and properly pre-qualify suppliers.

Aravo’s inventive system is a method for computer-implemented procurement by a buyer from suppliers, including the process involved in identifying and assessing the capabilities of potential suppliers, engaging and pre-qualifying selected potential suppliers, and enabling automated procurement transactions. Aravo’s method implements supplier enablement in three phases: supplier selection by a buyer, activation of each selected supplier, and management of relationships between the buyer and each selected supplier. (Full Article)

The Arrival of Aravo?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Sourcing Innovation

I was going to wait until Jason posted the follow-up to this post before doing my post (as I did meet with them last month), but Tim’s post on Do You Know Who Your Suppliers Are? has provided me with perfect timing.

In his post? Tim asks:
•    How clean or accurate is your company’s vendor master?
•    When was the last time it was updated?
•    Does it provide complete and detailed insight into supplier capabilities, health, and performance?
•    And how many vendor masters does your company use?

Tim then stated that if you wavered on any of these questions, you are not alone and that if you didn’t, you’re probably lying to yourself. He ended his post by stating that effectively selecting and managing suppliers in today’s fast-paced and global supply chain, requires a more accurate, current, and holistic view of suppliers – from basic contract information to capabilities and attributes to active contracts and performance data. It also requires a new approach to gathering and maintaining the supplier record … and this new approach can best be described as Supplier Information Management. (Full Article)

2007 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100: Aravo

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Supply & Demand Chain Executive – Andrew K Reese and Sarah Murray

Top tips for enabling your 21st century supply chain from today’s leading supply chain solutions providers

Adaptable. Agile. Customer-focused. Global. Scalable. A modern supply chain must have all these characteristics (and more) as the “push” economy of yesterday gives way to the 21st century’s demand-driven “pull” economy. To compete successfully in this new reality, enterprises of all sizes are turning to technology and service co-providers to help them enable their “21st century supply chains.”

For this reason, this year’s “Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100” feature focuses on how supply chain solution and service providers are helping their customers meet the challenges of today’s marketplace. We sought to identify the leading providers of supply chain services and technologies who are at the forefront of enabling the supply chain. But more than that, we sought to uncover the best practices and processes that leading companies are putting in place around these services and technologies to bring new competitive advantage to their supply chains. (Full Article)