Who would have thought that the 14th century Florentine House of Medici could hold the key to aligning the benefits of outsourcing and shared services with Small to Medium Sized Business or Enterprise (SMB/SME)? Let’s start with a brief look at a concept called the Medici Effect.
Are you still torturing your data to get what you want?
Yet the perceived value of “working in the cloud” and the reality remain somewhat disconnected for many mobile business users. The confusion and frustration many users experience…
I’ve been having trouble getting a handle on the relationships between the nexus of forces / third platform themes of social media, mobility, big data, analytics, and the cloud…
There are a lot of vendors talking about Social, Cloud, Analytics, and Mobile — make sure you choose the right one!
In a data-driven organization, the person with the most reliable data and the clearest view of the facts is likely to have a positive impact on desired outcomes. Strategic decisions require more than just being persuasive; credibility is established with sound data and analysis. This means that the CFO is often in the best position to exert meaningful influence on strategic decisions.
But if the CFO cannot access timely and accurate financial reports and is juggling too many competing priorities, the ability to impact outcomes and contribute to strategic decisions can be too easily compromised.
With so many cloud-type acronyms cloud computing terms floating around the Internet, it can be quite a challenge to understand what’s actually going on.
SaaS? PaaS? IaaS? What do these actually mean? Can anything be “aaS”? Is this just a bunch of meaningless alphabet soup?
There is a lot of discussion going on about security in the cloud. With numerous advancements in technologies of various sorts intended to secure our information and identities on the Web, how is it that security continues to be a growing problem? The answer is in the Big Data the Web collects (read about the Internet of Things – IoT), the large silos of data now handily available in the cloud, and users who continue to provide access for all sorts of bad guys and malicious attackers simply due to not understanding that they – the users – remain as the biggest vulnerability of all. It is educating this user and finding a way to get them to recognize their potential as a critical element in enhancing system security and reducing vulnerability that has become the larger challenge.
Workforce planning is all about ensuring that an organization always has the right resources with the right skills in the right job at the right moment in the right quantity in the right place at the right price. That’s a lot of “right” to be responsible for…right?! Workforce planning takes many shapes, from the long-term strategic…