After the conception of our CEO Forum way back at the discussion table, we weren’t finished with what we had envisioned. Our first CEO Forum gave users and institutions that were geographically away from the Taiwan manufacturing hub the ability to understand where the market is residing and is going to reside in the near future. Granted, some of what the CEOs stated back then still has yet to be played out, but it still lent some interesting thoughts that many people did not expect.
Our original plans were to take the approach of the CEO Forum from a strategic business standpoint, so as to leave room for another project down the line. After all, CEOs are best suited to answer these types of [business] questions. The standpoint we left room was the current and future technical details relating to a company's products. However, many times CEOs are not the best people to contact for this type of stuff. (Though, they are often tech-capable.) Instead, many of the day to day duties, which involve decisions such as “which product line to pursue,” are the responsibilities for the VP of Product Marketing or someone in a similar position. However from company to company, official companies titles and responsibilities vary and get blurred. This is more a function from the way a company is structured, if anything else. And in a very simple explanation, Product Marketing is a mixture of engineering, marketing, and public relations. Product decisions, in the broadest sense, can come down to who can provide the best bid price, a product that meets specifications, and technical troubleshooting (something companies even need in the development and life of the product). Because of this, we decided to go with Product Managers as those to include in our next forum, which is to take things from a product/technical standpoint. Product Managers are engaged with consumers and are well equated with the technical side, because they deal with engineers (they often are engineers) and are involved with the product decision making process. For the purposes and reasons we cited in our first CEO Forum, we are turning to Product Managers in the HQ of each motherboard manufacturer to get a global look of all the industry trends.
The format is still the same as the CEO Forum, but we are just involving PMs (product managers) for a more technical look into industry trends. We should note that much of this took place in a month’s timeframe, about from the beginning of August. Some products were announced in this timeframe, and so some of the responses we are publishing appropriately reflect this. You will notice that Darryl Chan is "Marketing Devision Director" of Albatron, and the only one to be dubbed with "marketing" in this line up. We should make clear that he is also the head of all product managers at Albatron, but there is no official title for this position. Therefore, his official title has been listed for our purposes.
Participant - Official Title, Company.
Hunter Lee – Product Manager, ABIT Computer
Darryl Chan – Marketing Division Director, Albatron Technology Co., LTD.
Gerald Wang – Sr. Director, AOpen Inc.
Richard Liu – Product Manager, Asustek Computer Inc.
Steven Kuo – Product Manager, Chaintech Computer
Fanny Chen – Product Manager, DFI
Eric Kuo – Deputy Manager, Elitegroup Computer Systems
Calvin Yen – Product Manager, Epox Computer Co., LTD.
Chris Wang – Director of Product Marketing Division, Giga-Byte Technology
Scott Yang – Senior Product Manager, Micro-Star International Co., LTD.
Jonathan Yi – V.P. of Product Marketing, Shuttle Inc.
Tom Yang – Section Manager of Product Marketing Division, SOYO Computer Inc.
John Nguyen – Product Manager, Tyan Computer