Future of Obsolescence Management (FOM) conference gathers global experts to discuss the latest trends and best practices in obsolescence management.

12 July 2017 - Converge, an Arrow company, has released details of its annual Future of Obsolescence Management (FOM) conference, to be held in Amsterdam Sept. 27-28, 2017 and for the first time this year in Long Beach, Calif. on Oct. 4-5, 2017.

What is the Future of Obsolescence Management (FOM)?

FOM is a networking event and a conference, bringing together global experts to discuss the latest trends and best practices in obsolescence management. Obsolescence management is a dynamic, strategic challenge in electronics manufacturing. High-reliability manufacturers have to support products for many years, while component lifetimes shorten. Market forces such as component manufacturer mergers and government directives add complexity. Obsolescence management must also consider personnel, software, finished goods, and processes.

Converge`s FOM events have been held in Europe since 2015. The format features short, engaging presentations with time for questions and a moderated debate. Speakers focus on sharing expertise and pragmatic, forward-looking solutions. A central theme is that with senior management support and a proactive approach, best practice can lead to competitive advantage.

This year the event in Amsterdam will begin with a 4-hour interactive workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The workshop will focus on topics such as Data Management, Technical Issues & Solutions, and Managerial Tasks and intends to provide an open, and collective learning opportunity; to enable genuine thought leadership and sharing platform for best practice; to show that the problems each of the attendees run into are not unique; and to provide excellent networking across industry in a way that would be difficult otherwise.

Both the Europe and U.S. events offer a networking dinner and entertainment on the first evening, followed by a full-day conference on the day after. Industry leaders from numerous organizations, including Arrow Electronics, will give 20-minute presentations. The day will end with a 60-minute debate during which the audience can address questions to all speakers.

In Amsterdam the conference will take place in the unique Scheepvaart (Maritime) Museum. In Long Beach, Calif., Converge will welcome the guests at the Glass Pavilion of Hotel Maya, a Doubletree by Hilton. Attendance at the networking event and conference is free of charge.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.converge.com/news-events/events/fom/fom2017-americas-registration/

https://www.converge.com/news-events/events/fom/fom2017-emea-registration/

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About Converge

Converge, a subsidiary of Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com), has evolved from an industry-leading electronics components distributor to a full service global supply chain partner. Converge helps creating full component lifecycle and process management plans for companies with challenging inventory and supply chain needs.

The company’s data-driven, customer-centric solutions are customized to fit an organization’s goals and future needs. Strategic plans are based on product data, proprietary market intelligence and over 35 years of technology experience.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 125,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 465 locations serving over 90 countries. Learn more at www.fiveyearsout.com.

Detailed information about Arrow’s operations can be found by visiting www.arrow.com

Media Contacts

Thorsten Hecking

PR & Media Relations Manager – Europe, the Middle East & Africa E-Mail: thecking@arroweurope.com

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Georgia Sorrel, Publitek Tel : +44 (0) 208429 6549 E-mail: georgia.sorrel@publitek.com Web: www.publitek.com

July 2017 Ref.: ARP017/ENG/A

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