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The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data

The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The onslaught of real-time social, local, mobile (SoLoMo) technology is nothing short of overwhelming. Besides the gadgets, apps, social networks and appliances that continue to emerge, the pace of innovation is only outdone by the volumes of data that each produce

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, December 14, 2012 3:57 AM

SoLOMO and INfluence are clearly some of the trends for 2013 - 2015.

Augmented Reality and Gamification did start already.

 

Attention to Syndicated Commerce. 

 

Pedro Barbosa - www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

Fred Zimny's curator insight, December 14, 2012 12:54 PM

I am not sure about local. But the effects of SoMo are indeed overwhelmng

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Where do you start with a competitor profile?

Where do you start with a competitor profile? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
So, you have to profile a competitor. You have the research scope and you are ready to start. What now? Here are the most essential six sources of information for any competitor profile.
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Cognitive technologies: Demystifying artificial intelligence

Cognitive technologies: Demystifying artificial intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Thanks to improving technical performance and billions of dollars of investments in commercialization, cognitive technologies are poised to have a growing impact on business over the next five years.
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The Game Every Intelligence Professional Should Play Is Now For Sale!

The Game Every Intelligence Professional Should Play Is Now For Sale! | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Hnefatafl is one of my favorite games. Quick to play, easy to learn, created by Vikings - what's not to love? I recommend it to intelligence professionals, however, because it is an asymmetric game that forces players to really think like their opponents to win. That, in my estimation, is a skill worth learning. Last year, I ran a successfully funded Kickstarter project to produce my variant of this game. Well, I have finally managed to fulfill all of the rewards promised under that campaign (long story...don't ask...) and am now able to make the game available to the general public!

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Creating the Optimal R&D Organization | Innovation Management

Creating the Optimal R&D Organization | Innovation Management | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Driven by the need to respond to global hyper-competition and the increasing clock speed of technological change, companies are relying heavily on their R&D functions to accelerate innovation while maintaining tight budgets. However, organizational structures for R&D in large international companies are often sub-optimal and act as a major barrier to performance improvement. In order to successfully optimize R&D’s contribution to business value, companies need to address the three key dimensions of structure, governance and process. From our extensive work with the R&D functions of leading global companies, we have identified eight imperatives to ensure a successful transformation across these dimensions.
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Business Forecasting -- gaming the forecast

Business Forecasting -- gaming the forecast | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Business forecasting is a highly politicized process, subject to the biases and personal agendas of all forecasting process participants. This is why many -- perhaps most -- human adjustments to the forecast fail to make it better. And this is why relative metrics, such as FVA, are so helpful in properly evaluating process performance. In his article "The Impact of Sales Forecast Game Playing on Supply Chains" (Foresight, Spring 2009), John Mello provides a useful taxonomy of seven such games that bias the forecasting process and degrade forecast accuracy.

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Better Predictive Models Using Human Intelligence

Better Predictive Models Using Human Intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Put simply: predictive models based on messy and incomplete data don’t work as well. More data isn’t always the answer either. It is often better to spend time cleaning, understanding, and enriching your data instead of accumulating additional noisy data.
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Contextual Intelligence

Context matters, but we have paid it insufficient attention in the field of management. There is nothing wrong with the analytic tools we have at our disposal, but their application requires careful thought. It requires contextual intelligence: the ability to understand the limits of our knowledge and to adapt that knowledge to an environment different from the one in which it was developed. Until we acquire and apply this kind of intelligence, the failure rate for cross-border businesses will remain high, our ability to learn from experiments unfolding across the globe will remain limited, and the promise of healthy growth worldwide will remain unfulfilled.

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Three Competitive Intelligence Truths Your Law Firm Must Learn

Three Competitive Intelligence Truths Your Law Firm Must Learn | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
As your law firm embarks on developing an effective competitive intelligence (CI) strategy, it’s important to realize that there are certain truths that cannot be ignored. Just like the declaration of independence holds certain truths to be self evident, your competitive intelligence strategy should adhere to these three truths if you want to increase your chances of success. Let’s take a closer look:
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How to Tell if You’ve Made a Good Decision

How to Tell if You’ve Made a Good Decision | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
So how do you make a good decision? Well first, Howard says, you make sure you’re framing it correctly. Otherwise you risk getting “the right answer to the wrong question.” After that it’s a matter of characterizing the alternatives, assessing the available information — which is expressed in terms of probabilities even if you don’t know what the exact odds are (“the whole idea of probability is to be able to describe by numbers your ignorance,” Howard says) — and expressing your preferences.
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2014 Business confidence report | Deloitte

2014 Business confidence report | Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
America’s top business leaders are confident in their ability to outperform the competition. However, they are not acting with confidence when it comes to making business decisions or addressing specific obstacles, according to Deloitte’s inaugural Business Confidence Report.
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CIA Director John Brennan considering sweeping organizational changes

CIA Director John Brennan considering sweeping organizational changes | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

But the idea being explored by Brennan would go beyond such changes, rebuilding its sprawling bureaucracy around a model that relies on “centers” that combine analysts, operators, scientists and support staff. The agency has for years employed that approach on its most daunting assignments, including efforts to slow the spread of narcotics, illicit weapons and nuclear arms. The trend has accelerated over the past decade, embodied by the massive growth of the Counterterrorism Center.

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Is Competitive Intelligence Ethical?

Is Competitive Intelligence Ethical? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

competitive intelligenceIn the past decades, there have been many infamous incidences of competitive intelligence gone astray. However, not all intelligence-gathering practices are unethical. There is a definite line between competitive intelligence and corporate espionage, and it’s important to know what constitutes what. Competitive intelligence may have gotten a bad name from those who have chosen to act unethically, but it’s actually a very worthwhile way to gain pertinent insights about current market standards and practices. Of course, we are probably all familiar with the benefits of market research, but because competitive intelligence falls in the murky middle ground between market research and corporate espionage, how do you know define what practices are ethical or not?

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, November 21, 1:47 PM

#Competitive #intelligence continues to be a murky profession, since it's not clear what practices are ethical. While #SCIP has ethical guidelines, as do other professions like #AIIP or #SLA, you need to decide what feels right as an individual and follow your company's ethical guidelines. 

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This 200-MPH Electric Hyperbike Is Coming to American Streets

This 200-MPH Electric Hyperbike Is Coming to American Streets | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Last year, a man named Carlin Dunne raced an electric motorcycle in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. He reached the summit in a blistering 10 minutes flat, handily beating his closest competitor through the mountain’s 156 curves by 21 seconds. That kind of time is impressive for a gasoline-powered superbike. It is downright amazing for an electric motorcycle.
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Fueling growth: You can’t always buy what you need -- Deloitte

Fueling growth: You can’t always buy what you need -- Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
For a company that needs water for manufacturing, in its supply chain, or even for product use, a lack of access to water may jeopardize its growth. The risks point to a need to align water stewardship and business growth strategies, and to go beyond an efficiency focus.
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The Asia Pacific New Energy Consumer - Accenture

The Asia Pacific New Energy Consumer - Accenture | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Asia Pacific is one of the world’s most diverse areas; it is no surprise that energy providers are facing fundamental changes to transform the industry. The energy industry around the world is facing unprecedented and fundamental change. Asia Pacific is no exception and in many regards is leading the way with innovative energy market solutions and approaches. Rapid advancements in digital technology, increasing adoption of distributed generation, rollouts of smart technologies, and connected home products and services are just a few of the game changers affecting energy providers and consumers. In Asia Pacific, the focus for many providers has traditionally been reliable, consistent delivery of electricity and gas to support economic growth and meet relatively basic consumer expectations of reliable resources, accessible customer service and accurate billing. While dynamics and pace vary considerably among markets, increasingly, the emergence of a new type of energy consumer is defining the future of the energy marketplace and creating new demands on energy providers.

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The Internet of Things: The Future of Consumer Adoption - Accenture

The Internet of Things: The Future of Consumer Adoption - Accenture | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

A recent consumer survey reveals that connected devices are poised for massive growth in the next decade. In the not-so-distant future, everyday devices connected to the Internet will be an everyday phenomenon. This is according to Acquity Group’s—now part of Accenture Interactive—2014 State of the Internet of Things (IoT) Survey of more than 2,000 consumers in the United States. The survey gets to the heart of consumer attitudes and behaviors related to connected technology, which will have a clear and important impact on both business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies.

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E-cigarettes can be Dangerous for your Computer's Health.

E-cigarettes can be Dangerous for your Computer's Health. | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

According to a Reddit user, an executive had his computer infected by malware, but the source of the infection could not be identified. The IT department of the company found that the malware did not enter the computer through the traditional means, as instead, the malware was able to enter the computer through an e-cigarette. "The made in China e-cigarette had malware hardcoded into the charger, and when plugged into a computer's USB port the malware phoned home and infected the system," the Reddit user wrote. Trend Micro security consultant Rik Ferguson said that the story posted in Reddit is completely plausible.

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The Worst Kind of Email Forward

The Worst Kind of Email Forward | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Most work emails are purely defensive missives. They seek to shift effort, hide omissions, or provide cover against future blame. Emails simulate work: Rather than getting something done, you create a futures market for excuses and rationales for not getting them done. Thanks to precarity, the modern workplace demands the construction of layers of protective virtual ramparts to shield the worker from possible future reproach. Email has become the primary brick out of which such fortresses are fashioned. An email is a one-sided agreement made in secret.

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Competitive Intelligence Data Platform: Helping Businesses to Stay Ahead of Competition

Competitive Intelligence Data Platform: Helping Businesses to Stay Ahead of Competition | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
With the arrival of comprehensive BigData software tools, B2B marketers are no more driven by uncertain assumptions and obsolete market information. Instead, each marketing campaign is amply fueled with accurate digital information on changing prospect behavior. The behavioral data and insights are collected through real-time information monitoring and profound analysis. However, in order to survive in today’s highly competitive market; businesses should also gain the requisite foreknowledge about competitors’ product users. This ethical monitoring can help design competitive lead-generation strategies and targeted ‘take-out’ marketing campaigns in global markets. Simply put, Ci is a sure shot method to stay ahead of competition by gathering authentic data on market rivals.
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Three Sales Mysteries You Can Solve With a Win/Loss Analysis

Three Sales Mysteries You Can Solve With a Win/Loss Analysis | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Just like an investigator, win/loss analysis gathers the evidence at hand to answer what happened. Through interviews with sales reps, prospects, and customers, a win/loss analysis gets to the bottom of won or lost opportunities. It reveals what really happened and how revenue has been impacted. More importantly - what action must take place immediately.
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How to Lead a Successful Global Team

How to Lead a Successful Global Team | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
INSEAD professor Erin Meyer discusses how companies can boost the efficiency of their multinational teams by focusing on how they communicate across cultures. For more insights, read the related article.
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A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy

A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Your organization or unit is completely dependent on others outside it for its good fortune. Without the support of stakeholders such as customers, suppliers, employees, and shareholders, for example, you have no organization. But you have to identify those who are key to the long-term survival and prosperity of your organization — and then satisfy them.
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How to Improve Your Business Writing

How to Improve Your Business Writing | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
knowing how to fashion an interesting and intelligent sentence is essential to communicating effectively, winning business, and setting yourself apart. “As Marvin Swift memorably said, clear writing means clear thinking,” said Kara Blackburn, a senior lecturer in managerial communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “You can have all the great ideas in the world and if you can’t communicate, nobody will hear them.” Luckily, everyone has the capacity to improve, says Bryan Garner, author of The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing. Effective writing “is not a gift that you’re born with,” he says. “It’s a skill that you cultivate.” Here’s how to write simply, clearly, and precisely.
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Chartall Business College is running three-day Business Writing short courses in 2015. Visit our website for details:

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4 Ways to Improve Competitive Intelligence Using a Mapping Software | PRLog

4 Ways to Improve Competitive Intelligence Using a Mapping Software | PRLog | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Through mapping solutions, companies can answer significant questions like are they on the right track? Do they target the right market? Do their services, products and business plans really matter? How does it affect the whole enterprise? How does it affect the industry? Companies that understand their geographic location data through mapping increase their awareness and effectivity in gaining and understanding competitive intelligence. Here are some mapping tools to increase competitive intelligence

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Three Challenges Europe Faces in Becomming a Big Data Market

Three Challenges Europe Faces in Becomming a Big Data Market | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The European Commission is working hard on developing a competitive European Big Data market. Last week, as a result of this, the European Digital Forum convened the High-Level Roundtable on Europe’s Digital Future. Neelie Kroes, former vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner for the digital agenda (2009-2014), delivered a keynote and launched Digital Minds for a New Europe, an e-book featuring 44 essays by the world’s leading thinkers on the challenges ahead. I was asked to give my vision about how Europe can enable forward-looking, data-driven startups to unleash the vast potential of data. Here's how I think Europe should move forward:
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