To help OEMs with their strategic outsourcing decisions, IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries now offers a guide entitled "How to Begin the Process of Selecting an EMS Provider." Developed by the IPC EMS Management Council, the guide covers definitions of strategic outsourcing, identifies core competencies of EMS providers, weighs offshore vs. domestic manufacturing options, offers tips on EMS provider corporate culture, and more. To access the how-to guide, click on "Business Resources" under the "Knowledge" header at, or contact Susan Filz, IPC industry programs project manager, at (847) 597-2884 or via e-mail at.