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- The Keys to a Successful Turnaround, Part Two Nov 26 In part one of this two-parter on corporate turnarounds, I covered defining the core problem preventing organizational success, the CEOís real role, and the importance of a standout CFO. Now letís go further and look at the diagnostic or evaluation team and the metrics needed to get the job done. What seems to generally happen during a turnaround is a CEO is selected, rolls up his or her sleeves, and then gets to work. This is likely why most of them fail. This would be like walking into a doctor, saying youíre sick, and being tossed on the operating table. Until you know in detail what the problem is, any large move you make may do more long-term damage than good. You have to diagnose the patient and then determine what unique steps are needed to fix the problem, and you need detailed information. Now the CEO and CFO wonít have the time for this as both will initially be engaged in keeping the company afloat. Much of their initial time will be spent on plugging obvious holes in order to have the time needed to do a turnaround (the rule of thumb is three to seven years, with few CEOs surviving that long). This is why Steve Jobs focused so tightly on getting money from Bill Gates and in ending litigation; he needed to massively reduce bleeding before he could actually focus on anything else. Think of it as corporate triage.
- The Keys to a Successful Turnaround, Part One Nov 25 A number of companies are in the process of doing a turnaround and most are doing it poorly, largely because the process for doing one of these things isnít taught. Over the years, Iíve been involved in either helping execute turnarounds or documenting them, and a set of best practices has emerged from which I think folks could learn. They also tell you early whether a new CEO attempting one of these things is likely to be successful. Iíll cover all this in two parts.
- Amazon vs. IBM Conflict Conceals Real Problem Nov 21 As I was writing my earlier piece on how Windows 8.1 is being successfully used in business, I couldnít help but wonder what the big deal was. I go to meeting after meeting where fellow analysts are outspoken about how Windows 8 sucks, largely because it is different. But Iíve been on it for over a year now and when I go back to a Windows 7 machine, it feels like Iíve stepped back into the dark agesóand donít even get me started on Windows XP, which now feels absolutely ancient. I remember the initial Windows ramp, and folks were outspoken then, too, about how much it sucked when compared to the old DOS command-line interface, but a few years later folks lined up to buy Windows 95. I get that people hate new interfaces, so I thought Iíd write about my experience with Windows 8 to showcase that, once you get used to it, the grass is actually greener on the other side of this OS.
- Could Ashton Kutcher Be the Next Steve Jobs? TechNewsWorld | Dec 2 Part of what made Steve Jobs incredible on stage is he really believed in the products. Ashton Kutcher won't be in Jobs' league unless he's allowed to get involved at the front end of a new product and thus is motivated to go that extra yard because he personally has some skin in the game. He needs to be part of the creative process and be moved to protect his intellectual child.
- Learning From Healthcare.gov: 4 Lessons in Choosing a IT Vendor CIO | Nov 27 The vendor chosen in a no-bid process to build Healthcare.gov was fired from a similar project after missing deadlines and suffering security lapses for three years. Such obvious mistakes are unfortunately all too common in the private and public sector. Here are four simple ways to make sure you choose the right vendor for your IT project.
- Picking a Tablet: There Really Is a Reason for the Choice TG Daily | Nov 27 As we ramp up to Black Friday this year, Iím up to my armpits in new tablets, so much so that Iím convinced some must be having unprotected sex and making tablet babies. Of course, each tablet has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Personally Iíve come to prefer the smaller tablets for portability; and the larger ones for productivity and extended video watching, for example. Some of us have tablets tuned for gaming, photographers, and for those who love design but may not love Apple.
- Unusual Holiday Gifts That Keep Folks Healthy and Safe TG Daily | Nov 27 I've reviewed quite a number of gadgets during 2013. Several stand out as being particularly useful, while some are just a little bit amazing. These gadgets do more than tell the time or run the latest app - as they actually either help keep you healthier or safer. So as we ramp up to the holidays here are some of my more unusual gift choices this year.
- Silk Road saga shows internetís limitless potential for criminality The National | Nov 24
- Ranadive's software company: Managing reams of data for the world's corporate giants Sacramento Bee | Nov 24
- Neptune Promises Out-of-This-World Smartwatch TechNewsWorld | Nov 22
Rob Enderle on…
"Their direct sales into Enterprise Ė thatís their strength. ... They can have the most secure phone. They can have the most enterprise-ready phone, the phone with the longest battery life, but having the trendiest phone, itís never going to be their thing."
Twitter and the IPO market
"Twitter wasn't based on financial fundamentals but hopes and wishes. Yet it created a feeding frenzy for these stocks.... The market appears ready for more."
Perspective: Twitter's success opens up IPO pipeline Computerworld
The possibility of Microsoftís next CEO
"Bringing in someone from outside of the industry, out of the segment, works pretty well."
Microsoft's road to new CEO should end at Ford MarketWatch
Intelís Genevieve Bell
"Well regarded" [at Intel] "it's really what makes the company very different from their competitors -- that they have this person focused on people, on the human aspect of technology."
Intel's anthropologist helps chipmaker prepare for coming decades San Jose Mercury News
Groupon and its website upgrade
“People want a deal but they donít want to buy a hunk of junk. By providing a more highbrow look, they are portraying a more upscale service that provides more value.”
After 5 Years, Grown-Up Groupon Gets 'Sophisticated' Fox Business
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