Monthly Archives: February 2011

Business Strategy—Managing Customer Data from Demands to Fulfillment

February 22, 2011
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Digital data tracks on everything from customer interests to purchase satisfaction, reside in databases throughout the company and the cloud. The challenge is to figure out how to navigate the databases for actionable information. According to the authors , companies such as Tesco and Netflix have built their entire business models around mastering this challenge…

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February ’11 – EC

February 22, 2011
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A recent Prezi presentation by Derek Bruff of Vanderbilt University, Dwayne Harapnuik of Abilene Christian University, and Jim Julius of San Diego State University discusses the relationship between social technologies and teaching pedagogy over time. They contend that the greatest challenge of the oral information age was accessing information; of the print information age was…

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Filtering Web Information for Sharing

February 22, 2011
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Filtering Web Information for Sharing

Have you got e-content to share, but you want to know where it is going? Free Range Content developers created the Curate.Us app to produce visual clips and automatically- formatted quotes for instant sharing across websites, blogs, e-mail, and social sharing sites. By stamping these clips with links back to original sources, ethical integrity is…

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Davos World Economic Forum – “Shared Norms for the New Reality”

February 22, 2011
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Davos World Economic Forum – “Shared Norms for the New Reality”

One of the year’s important world forums for economic advisors, political leaders, social glitterati and business trendsetters, just completed its annual conference. While the Davos World Economic Forum does not have formal policy power, by virtue of the international attendee list, the informal gatherings that occur do lead to world changes, or at least trends…

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The Case for Analytics

February 18, 2011
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The Case for Analytics

High performance organizations tend to be driven by analytic capabilities, according to these authors, whose backgrounds include extensive industry and academic experience. With an increasing obligation to improve financial oversight and to respond to tighter risk management requirements, managers entering the top levels of responsibility must be at ease with data analysis. The authors make…

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Choices for E-Training Services Diminish as Needs Increases

February 18, 2011
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Over the past year, the e-learning industry consolidated through a steady stream of merger/acquisition activity. End-user choices for infrastructure (learning management software), content developers (serious games and virtual content), and deployment services (conferencing and asynchronous communication) are now in the hands of companies such as Blackboard, SAIC, Kaplan IT Learning, Hybrid Learning, Taleo, SumTotal, and…

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Facebook on the Asia-Prowl

February 18, 2011
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Facebook on the Asia-Prowl

Facebook announced the opening of its advertising sales office in Hong Kong, following the September opening of its Singapore office. Mainland China may be closed to the social media giant, but Asian companies are realizing the significance of accessibility to Facebook’s vast network of users. Taiwan and Hong Kong users represent a huge audience that…

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Trader Joe’s – Growth Strategy

February 18, 2011
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Trader Joe’s – Growth Strategy

Started as a neighborhood convenience store in 1967 in Pasadena, California, Trader Joes’s has grown to 344 stores across the US. Still a privately-held company, their $8 billion annual sales rival those of their closest competitor, Whole Foods. The owners of Trader Joes are the Albrecht family of Germany, who also own the Aldi Nord…

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Fresh & Easy – Growth Strategy

February 18, 2011
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Fresh & Easy – Growth Strategy

Tesco plc., one of the top three world players in grocery and general retail merchandising, entered the US market in late 2007, with the first of an intended 500 Fresh & Easy neighborhood grocery stores. Focusing on energy efficient store design, standardized pre-packaging of all products (for easy handling), and branded labeling, Fresh & Easy…

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Data set for strategy crafters

February 18, 2011
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Which dataset is the most revelatory for strategy crafters? What query will result in the best data-finding for drafting conclusions? How much will it cost in time and money to get access to this data? Will the time/cost/prospective finding lead to a significant conclusion and ultimately to a strategic choice that all stakeholders in the…

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