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๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€

Acquisitions come with a lot of advantages, including: * getting more #customers * delivering more #services * increasing #financial stronghold   ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™š ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ž๐™ก๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™.   ๐Ÿ‘‰ 4 Tops Reasons For Failure are ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ๐™จ๐™ช๐™š๐™จ: 1. Differences in #organizational culture 50% 2. Issues in human capital integration [...]

By |2020-01-28T00:57:04+00:00January 28th, 2020|Merger & Acquisition|Comments Off on ๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€

Why Cutting Costs is Expensive

Fast is Slow and Cheap is Expensive, So Why Are So Many Managers Cheap? To cut costs, engineering managers often rush developers, impose arbitrary unrealistic deadlines, or in the case of Boeing, outsource engineering to cheap contractors to try to increase production bandwidth. Boeingโ€™s cultural emphasis on cost savings seems to have trickled all the [...]

By |2019-12-17T01:03:21+00:00December 17th, 2019|Around the Internet, In the News|Comments Off on Why Cutting Costs is Expensive

The Confessions of An Integration Advisor

It is critical to view an integration advisorย (post-acquisition) as a โ€œtrail guideโ€ or someone who knows the way and what to watch out for.ย  Here are my thoughts and the best tips for post-acquisition. Engage senior leaders from both sides early and often. The benefits of this are great. Not only will this process generate [...]

By |2019-12-07T00:57:08+00:00December 7th, 2019|General, Merger & Acquisition|Comments Off on The Confessions of An Integration Advisor

How to Define the Real Value Drivers in an Acquisition

Why did the acquisition occur?ย What was the concept for combining the two?ย What were the key variables that drove value in the financial model? Identify those value drivers for the acquisition and focus on these, using Paretoโ€™s 80 - 20 Rule. The real issues are: how to use value-added applications to generate moreย revenue how to translate [...]

By |2019-12-07T01:05:42+00:00November 12th, 2019|Merger & Acquisition|Comments Off on How to Define the Real Value Drivers in an Acquisition

Be an Entrepreneur in the 21st Century

Are you ready to be an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurship is all the rage in this 21st century. Even though a lot of definitions exist, the truth is that an entrepreneur is someone who develops a business, acquires the necessary resources to run it and operates for its success. Having that said, this sounds very vague, thus [...]

By |2019-10-30T21:13:11+00:00October 30th, 2019|Principal Program|Comments Off on Be an Entrepreneur in the 21st Century

Envisioning to Innovation

In our previous posts in ourย Ultimate Solution Experienceโ„ข series,ย we discussed understanding your team, your REAL audience, and the Human-Centered Approach.ย  Now that we know who we're working with, we can begin gathering ย requirements, ideas, and concepts for ourย project usingย what we call Envisioning to Innovation. Gathering requirements, understanding business needs and objective, managing personal agendas, and [...]

By |2017-02-09T22:10:53+00:00June 12th, 2015|Ultimate Solution Experience|Comments Off on Envisioning to Innovation

Understanding Your Audience

In our first 3 posts, we introduced the Ultimate Solution Experienceโ„ข; described how to define your purpose, business needs vs requirements, and measures for success; and we defined the roles of your team.ย  The next step is to understand who your team really is and who they will working with during the engagement. Success following [...]

By |2017-02-09T22:10:53+00:00June 5th, 2015|Ultimate Solution Experience|Comments Off on Understanding Your Audience

Creating a Power BI Dashboard: Power Query

This post is the secondย inย a series describing our experience usingย Microsoft Power BI for an internal dashboard project. ย In our first post,ย Creating A Power BI Dashboard,ย we discussed our dashboard needs, goals, and our approach. Now, we'll dive into how to actually getย the data with Power Query. Our dashboard initially will report on billable and non-billable hours [...]

By |2017-02-09T22:10:53+00:00May 26th, 2015|Data & Analytics|Comments Off on Creating a Power BI Dashboard: Power Query

Building Your Dream Team

In our last entry we showed you How to Find Touch Points in the Ultimate Solution Experienceโ„ข. Next,ย you need to pickย your team. You need a diverse team who understands the whole picture. Letโ€™s get startedโ€ฆ Building the right team with the right players and the right capabilities is critical. Outline your goals, expectations, and metrics [...]

By |2017-02-09T22:10:54+00:00May 21st, 2015|Ultimate Solution Experience|Comments Off on Building Your Dream Team

Creating a Power BI Dashboard

This post is the first inย a series describing our experience using Microsoft Power BI for an internal dashboard project. When not delivering Business Intelligence/Analytics, Data Warehousing, and Collaboration/Portal solutions to the world's leading brands, we periodically consider ways to improve our own business processes. We recently decided we could improve the way we track [...]

By |2017-02-09T22:10:54+00:00May 20th, 2015|Data & Analytics|Comments Off on Creating a Power BI Dashboard