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8 SMT007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2021 Nolan's Notes by Nolan Johnson, I-CONNECT007 BOM: The Path to Managing Parts roughout the process of developing this issue of SMT007 Magazine, I kept thinking of the opening lyrics to a song recently recorded by a well-recognized blues singer I'm proud to call my friend. e song is Anni Piper's "24 Guys Named Dave" and starts with: "I'm fine, fun and fickle; so many needs which must be met…" It's a humorous song about dating multiple men at the same time, and how she develops an ingenious system for balancing all her beaus, each of whom have their own unique value to her. Of course, this issue of the magazine isn't about dating, nor is it about the blues. In fact, this month we're considering bill of materials (BOMs) and the unique challenges facing pro- curement and manufacturing under current conditions. I kept thinking about Piper's song because there are some similarities. In the magazine this month, we start with some higher-level discussion about BOMs in the 21st centu-

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