Kill Your Blindspots in 2017 - Excerpt from the Uncertain Times

JP Morgan’s announced at the beginning of 2016 that it was going to replace all of their Bloomberg terminals; the contract value of which is tens of millions each year. This is another unfortunate example of how great companies can still get blindsided by market conditions or competitive moves. Like Montgomery Ward, Sears, JC Penny, and a host of other technology companies, Bloomberg rested on its superior brand and product position. After all, who could live without a Bloomberg terminal? The competition, however, was not sleeping, but working hard. And now, the competition is so strong that Bloomberg may end up in significant financial peril.

Cost Shop Floor to Top Floor

Having been in the in the business of manufacturing for the past 30 years, I always faced the challenge of getting effective business analytics from data. I want to use this data for effective planning and understanding of financial decisions. Yet, I also need to connect to operations and the supply chain. Data is critical, but it must be current and correct. I have used or had staff use and over-use Excel....

Welcome to the Office of the 21st Century Pt.3

No one likes to learn new software. Because, as I’m sure you know, adopting new software is a daunting task. From those countless times staring at the screen saying “where is that one button that does that one thing?” To the administration costs of purchasing the software and training employees to be proficient in its use. Most employees prefer to use Excel as it is prolific software, and that is where Jedox has a distinct advantage. Jedox offers is the ability to use excel functions and spreadsheets in addition to their own functions.

Welcome to the office of the 21st century Pt2.

Most companies are trying to gain actionable information with bits and pieces of excel sheets. In the previous Blog, we discussed the advantages of moving from the OLTP space to the OLAP space. To make this move we will look at converting excel data into a three-dimensional cube.

Sensing and Organizational Alignment in Uncertain Times

If there is a trade war with Mexico or China, how will it affect your customers? How will it affect you? In this post, we discuss approaches to prepare your organization. Be ready when and if the change comes to respond profitably and proactively.

Welcome to the office of the 21st century

The primary business tool used universally across all companies is Microsoft Excel. Initially released in 1987. A lot has changed since then yet companies continue to use Excel spreadsheets for forecasting, planning, tracking and business management.

Suffering from Data Overload? Here's one thing you may have forgot

Suffering From Data Overload?”“...The question is how do we avoid costly duplication, redundancies and data audits of the data we have? These problems have been all too common in most organizations.” - Ken Templin

A Ghoulish Example of Adaptive Leadership

Jeff's BlogIt’s was 2:00pm on a quiet Tuesday afternoon, the “Witching Hour” for most executives, when the CEO received the message. His company once again lost another large deal to one of its biggest competitors. It was the 4th big deal the company had lost in the last two weeks. The sales pipeline that was once rock solid was starting to crumble away deal by deal like Count Dracula’s castle. Something had to be done. The company couldn’t afford any more ghoulish surprises. The spooky economy already had investors and shareholders nervous. If the company missed guidance who knows how low the company’s stock price would go.

Alta Via on CEO Exclusive Radio

CEOXclusiveBeing a mid-market company is hard. Pricing pressures combined with competition against enterprise giants is a constant battle. With these factors, many midsized companies end up facing the “Tyranny of the Urgent.” Narrowing the company's focus. This head down approach makes it very easy to get blindsided. By establishing a command center and looking outside your organization you can predict market shifts. Combine this new information with a cross-functional team to find and remove threats.

Adaptive Leadership: Identifying Threats and Opportunities

Jeff's BlogMarket conditions can change in a flash, how does your organization sense and respond?

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