Wind-powered data farms business model

March 12, 2012
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Wind-powered data farms business model

Baryonyx Corporation believes in wind-powered data farms and is committed to spending $280 million in the next ten years on a 600,000 square foot, wind-powered only, data center in Texas. Its WindData unit will operate the data center. Center tenants will benefit from the vertical integration of wind source, supply and end use facilities provided…

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Google strategy on wind and solar renewable energies

March 12, 2012
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Google strategy on wind and solar renewable energies

Google, Inc. manages an interesting renewable energy strategy. In the early days (2007), Google invested in research projects for producing renewable energy that would be cheaper than coal. It abandoned this strategy in November 2011 in order to focus on deployment projects in wind and solar that will power their data centers, the primary energy…

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March classroom activities―renewable energy strategy

March 12, 2012
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March classroom activities―renewable energy strategy

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Companies that are energy-consumers have varying renewable energy strategies.  Conduct a study of the major competitors in an industry of your choice.  Your study should include the renewable energy strategy, the justification for this strategy, the tangible results of this…

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Professional user-entrepreneur changes the world

March 12, 2012
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Professional user-entrepreneur changes the world

Medtronic, founded in Minneapolis by Bakken and Hermundslie, began as a medical equipment repair operation.  The relationships formed with medical professionals led to the shift in focus to building medical research instruments.  One of their research contacts, Dr. Walton Lillehei, needed a small, battery-powered device to stimulate damaged patient hearts during surgery.  The collaboration resulted…

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Strategic assets

March 12, 2012
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Strategic assets

What makes your firm special?  Cliff Bowman, Professor of Strategic Management and author of the Bowman’s Strategy Clock, suggests that understanding what one’s clients value should be the starting point for answering this question.  In the video clip, Bowman presents an argument for building and protecting strategic assets and capabilities.  He discusses sources of advantage…

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Online proofreading for writing success

March 12, 2012
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Online proofreading for writing success

Improving writing skills preoccupies both instructors and students.  This free online proofreading service provides instant evaluation of submissions for plagiarism, spelling & grammar, style & word choice, readability, title validation and vocabulary selection.   Linguistic professionals develop and maintain the proprietary software service that runs on a Linux-based operating system.  Papers are not kept in any…

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