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In the News: Liberty Advisor Group Appoints Jay D. Norman as CEO to Expand Consulting Business

CHICAGO—Liberty Advisor Group (Liberty), a premier management consulting firm focused on helping clients tackle their toughest business and IT challenges, announced today the appointment of Jay D. Norman as Chief Executive Officer. This appointment is part of Liberty’s long-term plan to accelerate growth to serve its expanding client base and build its presence in helping clients in the financial services and healthcare industries.

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Business Threat Intelligence

GDPR: Don’t Let the Alarm Bells Shape Your Thinking

GDPR will evolve as an opportunity to reshape the personal data landscape and businesses will necessarily adapt.  While much focus has been on enforcement mechanisms and potential fines, the fact is businesses around the world have invested significant resources moving their organizations towards compliance – but the effectiveness of those investments remains to be seen.

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Business & Technology Strategy

Is Technical Debt Dragging Down Your Company’s Ability to Innovate and Dramatically Increasing Your Risk?

Companies are realizing technical debt at a growing rate. Technical debt will never go away and if you are not currently working on reducing it, you are potentially increasing your risk profile and reducing your ability to innovate and compete.

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Business Threat Intelligence

Why The Supermicro Hack Matters

Global Business leaders need to accept the reality that today’s intellectual property is always at risk. Taking a long-term view of their cyber security and supply chains will enable them to secure their most valuable assets – intellectual property.

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Business Threat Intelligence

Do you Know if you Have Been Impacted by the Supermicro Big Hack?

Supermicro is the latest hack to affect the business world. Liberty’s Triton Cyber team has developed some key thoughts to get you up to speed on what is happening and if you could potentially be impacted.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

For Superior Returns, Private Equity Should First Look To Technology

Most enterprises can expand their enterprise value 10% to 15% by achieving reasonable levels of digital synchronization. These results come from increases in EBITDA tracing to better productivity—fewer employee hours required around many operations—and better and more responsive experiences for customers, which helps fuel sales and reduce churn.

In short, smart applications of technology will almost always offer the best way of putting incremental capital to use in a portfolio company. With the right technologists and operators, investments here will lead to better yields.

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Business & Technology Strategy

Is Your Autonomous Market Strategy as Modern as Your Technology?

Long before products compete in the marketplace, corporations battle one another for talent, capital and brand awareness. This struggle has intensified with autonomous vehicles as there is a global race to be first to market. To win requires a Pre-Launch Product Mobilization (PLPM©) strategy that secures resources and gets your autonomous program noticed years before it launches. A critical piece to garnering attention and buzz requires serious players to exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and demo their prototypes on the streets of Las Vegas. Failure to execute either one flawlessly leaves you vulnerable to your competitors.

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Business & Technology Strategy

Creating an Outcome-Based IT Budget Using a Zero-Based Budgeting Approach

Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) is a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period. The process of zero-based budgeting starts from a “zero base,” and every function within an organization is analyzed for its needs and costs. Liberty gives you the Pros, Cons and four keys steps when implementing this budgeting process.

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Transformation & Assurance

In the News: Liberty Perspective on how to modernize legacy technology to win today’s digital customer from BAI

Read our perspective on how financial services firms are modernizing legacy technology to be in a better position to “win” today’s digital customer from Liberty’s own Alfredo Alvarez, Duane Block, and Chris Lockhart.

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Business & Technology Strategy

What Will It Take To Commercialize Autonomous Vehicles?

The autonomous vehicle industry is hot, and, as OEMs, tech giants and startups vie for a piece of the market, a fundamental question remains: how do we commercialize autonomous vehicles? Liberty Advisor Group’s Alex Jay explores the path to commercialization in this unchartered industry.

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Business & Technology Strategy

Is Cloud Right for Me? Navigating the IT Infrastructure Landscape

“What is/are the correct hosting options for my business?”. Cloud IT platforms have gained millions of customers for good reason, but they’re often only a part of the best solution for an enterprise. Liberty suggests a few additional things to consider in order to make a more informed decision.

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Business & Technology Strategy

Becoming Customer-Centric:The Realities of Operating an Omnichannel Environment

As we consistently see customers expectations shift and new experiences occur, the dynamic omnichannel ecosystem must be continually evaluated and optimized. IT functions must continually optimize processes and improve technology-enabled capabilities that enhance the customer experience through speed, choice, and convenience.

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3 Reasons Why We Need Smart Mobility Now

As with electric trains of the early 20th century, the emergence of smart mobility in the past five years is a major paradigm shift in the world of transportation. Ultimately, the gains of adopting smart mobility will far outweigh the initial monetary costs. Cities with effective smart mobility programs will see a decrease in death and injury caused by human error, a decrease in congestion, and increased economic advantage.

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Business Threat Intelligence

Cyber Conduit Threat

Corporations need to expand their cybersecurity footprint from employees that are on-premise using corporate equipment and must prepare against the newest trend in advanced threats: citizens as cyber weapons.

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Industry Perspective: Hospitality Vertical

Technology strategies can assist in mitigating a potential downturn in the hospitality vertical. Liberty covers that in addition, we review the future state of this booming industry.

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Business & Technology Strategy

Becoming Customer-Centric: Architecting the Omnichannel Experience

Part 2 of our Omnichannel series, Becoming Customer-Centric, outlines key tenants to architect meaningful, authentic, and seamless omnichannel experiences.

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Business Threat Intelligence

10,000+ Companies Continue to Voluntarily Download Vulnerable Software

Thousands of companies continue to have issues with individuals downloading known vulnerable software and companies need to figure out better ways to protect themselves and their customers.

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Business & Technology Strategy

Becoming Customer-Centric: Embarking On An Omnichannel Transformation

Omnichannel is a transformational way of doing business connecting processes and technologies around an integrated, operating model becoming more customer centric.

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GDPR officially takes effect May 25th, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect May 25, 2018, is designed to unify data privacy requirements across the European Union (EU).

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Consulting Magazine names Liberty Advisor Group’s Dan Izzo as a 2018 Rising Star

Liberty is proud to announce Dan Izzo as one of Consulting Magazine’s “Top 35 under 35” for the category of Excellence in Operations Management.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Stranded Cost Analysis in Strategic Divestitures

Businesses continue to pursue and grow through a number of different strategies, both organically and through M&A activity. With transaction levels near all-time highs the demand for fundamentally sound businesses forecasting is paramount. One overlooked cost with M&A activity is Stranded Costs.

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Business Threat Intelligence

Hudson’s Bay Company Data BreachA Reminder To Be Proactive, Continually Adapt Defenses

In the wake of the Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor data breach, it’s a reminder for firms to be vigilant in protecting user and payment data and the repercussions of not investing in security.

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Business Threat Intelligence

2018 MAPI Risk Management Council Meeting

The roundtable exercise at the 2018 MAPI conference challenged senior risk managers with the tasks of finding, isolating, and remediating the security incident affecting production operations.

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Business Threat Intelligence

Proactive Threat Mitigation for Businesses

Organizations must be prepared, responsible, strategic and proactive when it comes to protecting themselves and their networks. From the new reality where the technical barriers to entry continue to lower for new attackers while the toolsets at their disposal quickly proliferate and strengthen.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

In the News: CheckedUp Completes Platform Assessment Conducted by Liberty Advisor Group

CheckedUp, a specialty point of care company, today announced that Liberty Advisor Group, its retained technology assessment partner, has completed a review of their patient engagement platform.

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Data & Analytics

In the News: Liberty Named One of the Top 25 BI and Analytics Companies of 2017

Liberty is proud to be named one of the top 25 BI and Analytics firms of 2017 by CIO Applications Magazine.

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Business Threat Intelligence

In the News: Cybersecurity in the Supply Chain

In a recent article in SupplyChainDive, Liberty Partner Tom Derhake weighs in on how supply chain executives should be thinking about keeping their digital assets safe.

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Business Threat Intelligence

Perspective: Equifax Data Breach

Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, disclosed on 7 Sep 2017 that hackers had successfully obtained unauthorized access to sensitive privacy and financial information of upwards of 143 million American consumers.

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Business Threat Intelligence

In the News: Liberty Perspective on The dark web goes corporate from CSO Online

Read our perspective on the growing dark web threat from Liberty’s own Armond Caglar in CSO Online.

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Business & Technology Strategy

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.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

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 of M&A hell.

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Business Threat Intelligence

Cyber Health Check

How transparent is your cyber risk landscape? Liberty has compiled a simple health check enabling executives to self-evaluate their exposure.

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Business Threat Intelligence

Perspective: WannaCry Ransomware

May 17, 2017 – Another day, another devastating cyber incident with global reach that is leaving companies and organizations around the world reeling.  Isn’t that how the expression goes?  If not, it sure does feel like it.

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Business & Technology Strategy

Innovate to Market Leadership

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 their peers.

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Data & Analytics

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.

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Data & Analytics

It’s the Principle of the Thing: Go Lean On Pricing for Improved Profits

The mandate for improved profitability has become more intense over the last five years thanks to external pressures and internal demands. But where will this profitability come from? Waste and reduction in virtually every area have left few stones unturned. The last hold out often turns out to be sales and marketing.

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Business Threat Intelligence

Liberty Advisor Group Bolsters Security Capability with Acquisition of G²S Global

CHICAGO, January 16, 2017 –  Liberty Advisor Group, a top-tier business and technology consultancy and a 2016 fastest growing firm, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of G²S Global, an Indianapolis-based security advisory specializing in business threat intelligence and cyber monitoring solutions. 

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Liberty Named Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms

October 17, 2016 – CHICAGO, IL – Liberty Advisor Group is pleased to announce it has been named to Consulting magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms at the 2016 annual gala and award dinner. Liberty grew 196 percent from 2012 to 2015, earning them the 16th place on the list of combined domestic and international firms.

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Transformation & Assurance, Mergers & Acquisitions

How to Hire A CIO or CTO For Your Portfolio Company

One of the most common questions clients ask is, “How do I go about hiring a CIO/CTO?” An organization’s technology decision maker plays a critical role in shaping its future; choosing one is a delicate process, as the decision will have an immeasurable impact on your business’s ability to grow and evolve.

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Transformation & Assurance

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 greater operational efficiency, advanced data capabilities, and competitive advantages

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Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Threat Intelligence

Security Gaps Are Lurking In These 4 Areas of Your Portfolio Companies

As part of the due diligence process, private equity investors are increasingly focusing on the security of the potential investment’s technology infrastructure and critical business information. However, that same scrutiny is often lacking when investors look at the systems and processes of companies already within their portfolio.

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Transformation & Assurance

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

Large corporations’ failures with large IT projects are – if not stemming from precisely the same issues – still failures in kind. By far the largest overarching mistake that corporations make is the tendency to view their transformational projects as belonging entirely beneath IT’s umbrella. As a result, they fail to accord these projects whole-business importance, and thus they lack active top-level business support and commitment, as well as a clearly defined economic business case.

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Transformation & Assurance, Business & Technology Strategy

Annual Planning Maturity Model: Move Beyond Compulsory Process To Realize Value

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.

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