It doesn’t directly bear on steel or stamping, but I found this an interesting take on business in the new century … Yahoo! News – Sun Microsystems CIO H. William Howard: Driving Out Complexity: “Howard: In the current economic environment, doing more with less is top of mind. Not only am I expected to take out costs, but I’m expected to stay on the leading edge of technology at the same time. To do that, I use our products to drive out cost and complexity.

Everything now needs an ROI, ROA and TCO. In the high-growth years, there was less focus on that. Now you really have to pass some pretty tough hurdles to get the money to keep the technology refreshed. “

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