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Technical Debt:  Identify, Reduce & Prevent Your Liability

As another new year begins, organizations are busy compiling their assets and liabilities to prepare their annual reports.  However, there is one critical liability that likely will not make it on most balance sheets -- technical debt. Technical Debt includes the (hard and soft dollar) liabilities, obligations and risks...

Annual Planning Maturity Model

As calendars turn to July and August, thoughts often turn to summer weather, baseball games and weekend getaways.  However, in the hearts and minds of executives, this time of year also signals the commencement of another annual planning cycle. For CIOs, and other information technology executives, annual planning requires...

6 Essential Factors: How to Ensure the Success of Large-Scale IT Projects

In the fall of 2013, the launch failure of the Affordable Care Act’s online registration portal, Healthcare.gov, made headlines - as tens of thousands were frustrated in their attempts to register for healthcare insurance. The site simply couldn’t handle that many registrants at once. What wasn...

Innovate to Market Leadership

Market Leadership = ƒ(Innovation) Market leaders who exhibit a relentless appetite for innovation and change achieve the twin benefits of increased sales and total shareholder returns.  Remaining vigilant to this pursuit over time, these leaders are big winners in both the marketplace and with their customers, as compared to...

Advanced Analytics: Putting the Power of Profits into Your Hands

Analytics and Big Data are all the hype these days, just as it seems that traditional Business Intelligence has reached maturity. The diversity of solutions and cacophony of voices can be paralyzing when considering the costs. Conflicting messages are pitched by vendors and consultants alike: wait until you finish ERP,...

ERP: Russian Roulette or High Caliber Initiative

For the better part of 20 years, investment in packaged ERP systems has been big business.  According to Gartner, worldwide spending on ERP program implementations, upgrades, and maintenance totaled an estimated $120.4 billion in 2012. The ability to systematically integrate functions of your business into a streamlined application has promised to provide...

Seven Deadly Sins of M&A

Even when a transaction makes sense strategically and is valued appropriately, poor merger execution can prevent a company from achieving success. Over the following pages, the “7 Deadly Sins” of merger integration will be explored, presenting the most common execution pitfalls and how your organization can mitigate the risk...