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English to Chinese translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - IT (Information Technology) / electronics obsolescence
English term or phrase:“death by a thousand cuts” scenario
While it's nice to know ahead of time what you'll need to do in the future, this kind of analysis is also a money-saving measure. A study done in 2005 on a Motorola radio-frequency base station communications system identified a design refresh plan that would cost about one-fourth of what it would cost to stock up on each part that might go obsolete during the lifetime of the base station. Motorola builds and maintains more than 100 000 systems for longer than 20 years.
Traditionally, the company addressed obsolescence events as they occurred, deciding on a case-by-case basis whether to perform a design refresh or order a lifetime supply of parts. This system management technique was in essence a “death by a thousand cuts” scenario, whereby valuable resources were directed to fund a continuous stream of independent decisions on how to manage parts.