Saturday, August 19, 2006

Is 2-D DataMatrix barcode a serious competitor?

As the price of RFID tags are still too high for many companies looking for tracking Technologies, a series of other competing Technologies are trying to catch up and one of them is 2-D DataMatrix barcode.

In the past, some problems regarding the use of traditional barcodes made companies migrate to RFID. Among those problems, it can be mentioned that, the dirt, water and humidity rendered many of the codes unreadable. On the other hand, high cost of RFID tags, software and high-end enhanced readers was also a challenge which still exists today.

By the way, some companies such as ImageID Ltd., with their 2-D DataMatrix barcode solution, claim that they have combined best of the two world and offer reliable, low cost tracking technology. I myself am not quite sure that whether this is a serious threat for RFID or not in the long run but it may definitely be in the short term till RFID tags become cheap enough to dominate the market. What do you think?

(The post is originally written by the author in RFID-Weblog)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Need HELP on this questionnaire!!

Dear members of this forum,
I am conducting a research as part of my dissertation of my master's degree on City University, London. For this purpose I have created a questionnaire on RFID adoption and other related issues.
I would be very grateful if you could answer this, since it is a very important part for the completion of my project.

In order to retrieve the questionnaire please reply with your email, so I can send it to you(or alternatively send me an email to It is very quick an easy to answer, and it should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete it.

I really appreciate your help. Thank you very much in advance. I am looking forward for your responses.

Best regards,
Thomas Dintsis
Business Systems Analysis & Design
Department of Computing
City University

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Outsourcing: Look beyond costs...

It's no surprising to see that according to a research done by Gartner, business process improvement is not among the top reasons for outsourcing in the companies.

High pressure from financial markets to increase profitability has resulted in emphasis on short-term financial goals and this has been automatically translated into supply chain actions plans such as outsourcing efforts. But is it really sustainable?

I don't think so. I agree with the point of view of Ousourcing Times that:

Instead of placing emphasis on low cost when choosing an outsourcing partner, companies will gain more by looking at the bigger picture, and scrutinizing if the firm has the necessary resources and the ability to deliver. The firm should be a part of the strategic decisions taken by the parent company, and commitments should be based on long-term returns that benefit the business as a whole, rather than just saving on short-term costs.