Business Planning

The on-demand economy is a bubble—and it’s about to burst

Enjoy on-demand services while you can.<p>Whether it’s getting a lift whenever you want or ordering pad thai from the comfort of your couch, the rise of the on-demand economy has made a lot of people’s lives more convenient. But many of the services we know and love might not be around in a few years. …

Uber

Critical Numbers That Actually Matter In Business

Do you know the financial vitality of your business? Here are the critical numbers every owner should be tracking.<p>What are the critical numbers you should be keeping close tabs on in your business? It depends who you ask, but there are a few most can agree on.<p>The trouble is, when it comes to the …

Small Business

The world’s megacompanies are about to become true stateless superpowers—in all their power and complexity

A quarter century of global liberalization and integration appears to be on knife’s edge. Over the past two decades, global capital markets, technological connectivity and the growth of new consumer markets worldwide have given rise to massive corporate platforms in commodities, finance, …

Innovation

Here’s Tim Armstrong’s official memo of who will be running the AOL-Yahoo combo

(Hint: Not a lot of Yahoos.)<p>AOL CEO Tim Armstrong just sent out a memo titled “Moving Forward” to the staffs of AOL and Yahoo about who will be the leaders of the combined company after Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo is complete.<p>No surprise: Not a lot of Yahoos have emerged from the internet cage …

Advertising

Purpose-Over-Profit Movement Gains the Respect of the Investment Community

The single-minded focus on profits is proving to be poor business. Social purpose is where the money is.<p>The desire for having a socially conscious company to buy from started with consumers and businesses that realized they had the power to influence the basis for why companies were in</b> …

Innovation

More Changes at Publicis as SapientRazorfish Parts With Global Chief Strategy Officer After 18 Years

Publicis Groupe has made more leadership changes at its still-new SapientRazorfish network by parting ways with global chief strategy officer and …

Advertising

CIO interview: Mark Foulsham, chief digital officer, Scope

Mark Foulsham is the epitome of the modern technology leader. After moving beyond IT and into operations as group CIO of Esure, Foulsham looked for a …

Innovation

An energy price cap could kill competition – here's a better idea

The Conservatives have announced their manifesto will include a pledge to cap the price of energy bills. This comes just two years after Labour …

Energy

'Cypress 3.0' Strategy Bearing Fruit

SAN FRANCISCO—Cypress Semiconductor Corp. reported record first quarter sales that beat analysts' expectations Thursday (April 27), offering tangible …

Markets

WPP Sees Weak Growth As CPGs Pull Back Spend

WPP cut its growth target for this year from 3% to 2%, citing a tepid economy and lack of new business wins, the company said on its Q1 earnings call …

Advertising

Core Infrastructure Initiative celebrates three years with new structure and more strategy

It has been three years since the Heartbleed bug plagued the Internet, and the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) was formed. As …

Software Development

The Ins and Outs of SWOT Analysis for Marketing Growth

Use this remarkable tool to realign your marketing campaign with what will give you the best results.<p>What if there was an analysis tool that helped to shine a spotlight on all the critical aspects of a company’s situation so that an intelligent, focused direct mail program can be developed?<p>There …

Marketing

Keep your opinion to yourself

<b>Nothing is absolute. Ever</b>.<p>I am often asked for my views like…<p>- “What do you think of this TV ad?”<p>- “Is this a good blog post?”<p>- “Please read this …

Management

Rethinking rewards: What BigLaw can do about pay

I just completed a renovation that took over four months—the apartment hadn’t been touched in 40 years. Because I visited the job site almost every …

Employee Engagement

A Simple Strategy to Immediately Increase Your Profitability by 12% or More

Here is simple, commonly overlooked strategy to immediately boost your profitability...<p>Johnathon, one of our business coaching clients, ran a successful professional services firm with just under $4 million a year in revenue. In his niche the firm had a strong reputation.<p>When I questioned him about …

Business Strategy

A Better Way to Tax U.S. Businesses - News - Harvard Business School

<i>President Trump today outlined his plans for corporate and personal tax reform. HBS professor Mihir Desai has his own ideas, as first explained in a</i> …

Economics

Series of Seagate missteps as revenue generator spins down

<b>Comment</b> Here's a suggestion – Seagate, led by a combined chairman and CEO, has made a catalogue of tactical errors in the face of the NAND tidal wave …

Business Strategy

CIO Unplugged 4/26/17 | HIStalk

April 26, 2017 Ed Marx No Comments<p><i>The views and opinions expressed are mine personally and are not necessarily representative of current or former</i> …

Innovation

Deluxe Corp Evolves Business Model With VMware

Deluxe Corp is familiar with evolution. The 1.8 billion dollar organization had to pivot its business model in recent years to keep pace with …

Vmware

Digital Transformation’s Impact on Business Processes and Work

<i>A previous post addressing the impact of digital transformation on business models can be found here.</i><p>Today’s businesses operate in a world of …

Innovation

New tie to past scandal delays UTA approval of controversial land deal

The surfacing of yet another name from past scandals spooked the Utah Transit Authority board on Wednesday into delaying its expected conditional …

Salt Lake City

Uber has a department that spies on its rivals — and it's not alone

How far would you go to figure out what the competition is up to?<p>Test out their products and services to see how they work? Hire away their staff to learn their tricks? Monitor their job listings to glean insight about upcoming initiatives?<p>Such tactics are par for the course in the technology …

Uber

Optus to make 320 roles redundant

Optus is cutting 320 jobs, largely from its head office across a range of areas, but will add 140 new roles to the telecommunications …

Business Strategy

CIO interview: Martin Draper, technology director, Liberty

Talking face-to-face with Martin Draper, technology director at Liberty, is like being given the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of a British …

Big Data

ESPN’s Cuts, ESPN’s History, ESPN: From Franchise to Business

<b>To read this daily update you must be a subscriber</b> (Current members login here.)<p>Daily Update<p>$10 per month or $100 per year<p>Daily update with news and …

ESPN

The Rise of the Cloud Service Broker Model: How IT Organizations Can Support Digital Business

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Deploying a cloud application is easy, but implementing a cloud strategy can prove to be …

Innovation

Brink's Reports Improved First-Quarter Results

<b>The Brink’s Company and subsidiaries</b> <i><br>(In millions)</i> (Unaudited)<p><b>First-Quarter 2017 vs. 2016</b><p>Amounts may not add due to rounding.<p>(a) Includes operating …

Markets

7 Common Strategy Traps CEOs Should Avoid

Defining company strategy is a fundamental CEO responsibility. Watch out for these common pitfalls as you go about it.<p>In a well-run company, a clear strategy drives actions and decisions at every level of the organization.<p>Unfortunately, getting to that ideal state can be tricky. The path to …

Management

If You Think Downsizing Might Save Your Company, Think Again

During the Great Recession of 2008, companies around the world downsized their workforces. American firms alone laid off more than 8 million workers from the end of 2008 to the middle of 2010. Even in healthier financial times, such as now, firms often downsize because it is seen as a way to reduce …

Harvard Business Review

22 Hilariously Awkward Signs From India

Seriously, this will definitely brighten up your day.<p>Posted on April 26, 2017, 08:44 GMT<p>1. This odd way of dealing with shoplifting.<p>2. This place that serves all kinds of sandwiches.<p>3. This surprise adult content road.<p>4. This escalated reaction.<p>5. This mobile repair/sex life improvement shop.<p>6. …

India