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How SoftLayer is Beating Amazon in Supporting the Application Lifecycle

Amazon Web Services has changed the way applications are developed and deployed, but because of the way Amazon designed its infrastructure, it also created a disconnect in the natural lifecycle of applications and operational infrastructure. A Texas-based company called SoftLayer has taken a more …

Mothercare sees turnaround starting in its ecommerce business

Mothercare [IRDX RMOC] has shown the early signs of a turnaround starting in its ecommerce business, thanks to internet sales up by 18.2% over the …

J.C. Penney’s Real Problem: The Shrinking Middle Class

Ron Johnson’s office seat has barely cooled off following his departure as business observers everywhere dissect what went so dreadfully wrong at J.C. Penney. The former Apple executive was too Silicon Valley for the Plano, Texas, retailer. He was arrogant. He didn’t test his ideas, maintaining the …

How Sales Reps Can Succeed in the Social Era

Social media is clearly a disruptive force for business. Although many companies started with social media monitoring and customer service, it’s exciting now to see a growing number go beyond the reactive and harness Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter for sales and customer engagement and service.<p>In …

Are You Paying Enough Attention to Your Sales Force?

There’s a question all top managers should ask: How can I make my sales force, which is one of the biggest and most important investments my company makes, perform more effectively?”<p>There are several reasons that question is so important.<p><b>Sales forces are expensive.</b> Despite predictions by some …

Make Priorities Clear with Green, Yellow, and Red

Boards, managements, and employees waste far too much time due to a lack of clarity in conveying and sharing what it is they are trying to accomplish. The basic task of defining goals and keeping score is so critical, yet not accomplished frequently or consistently enough. Even when we think we’re …

Where the Race for Talent Is Tight, Women Gain Speed

“I think multinational companies like to recruit women in China,” an ex-pat female senior executive in Beijing explained to me recently. “They are more likely to have the language skills, a cooperative management style, and are enthusiastic about working for foreign firms which are more likely to …

Architects Turned A Master Bedroom Into A 130-Square-Foot Apartment

And now it seems they've made their way over to Europe.<p>First reported on by Wired, American architect Marc Baillargeon and French architect Julie Nabucet converted a 130-square-foot master bedroom in Paris into a chic studio, and the result is incredible.<p>The apartment is located in the Montparnasse …

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