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Create Slides People Will Remember

Create Slides People Will Remember | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Nancy Duarte, author of the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations, explains how to avoid PowerPoint hell. For examples of great and not-so-great slides, see Nancy's blog post, Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test?
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How to Give a Stellar Presentation

But presenters shouldn’t “fear a hostile environment” or second-guess themselves says Nancy Duarte, the CEO and principal of Duarte Design, and the author of the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. “Most often the audience is rooting for you,” she explains. They “want to hear what you have to say” and they want you to be successful. Here are some tips that will help you deliver.
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Why Turkeys Can’t Wait for Thanksgiving: The Difference Between Business Intelligence and Predictive

Why Turkeys Can’t Wait for Thanksgiving: The Difference Between Business Intelligence and Predictive | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

As we know, Thanksgiving is certainly not the best moment to be a turkey. So why do they, in fact, look forward to ? The answer is simple – they look at the past day and see how wonderful the past few days and weeks have been. And they assume the future will be the same. Indeed, day after day their owners are taking better and better care of them, ensuring that they’re very well fed and that they grow in the best possible conditions. And each day that the owners take a little better care of them, they really look forward to the next day. That is, until the Thanksgiving tragedy happens

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How Five Key Concepts Will Maximize the Value of Conference Intelligence Coverage, Dec 17

How Five Key Concepts Will Maximize the Value of Conference Intelligence Coverage, Dec 17 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Collecting intellingece at trade shows ad conferences can yield great insight for your compnay, but are you truly maximizing the value of conference intelligence? This webinar will examine the key objectives of conference coverage (the “why?”); the specific steps for pre-conference preparation, in-conference execution, and post-conference follow-up; a few thoughts on intelligence collection tactics at conferences; and more. Learning objectives:Examine the key objectives of conference coverage. Steps for pre-conference preparation. In-conference execution. Intelligence collection tactics. Post-conference follow-up.

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Intelligence authorities 'fail to understand data', say ISPs

Intelligence authorities 'fail to understand data', say ISPs | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

And because the legislation already gives police and the security services “everything … they need to actually access the information they need”, failures often take the form of the authorities failing to ask for the information which would actually be useful. “When people turn round and say ‘well, we can’t get this information’, you go, ‘but you didn’t ask’,” he added. “We don’t have this piece of information but we’ve got all this round the outside of it that will probably actually get you to that piece of information if you’d asked for all these little bits.”

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How to Disagree with Your Boss

Clearly there’s a lot that bosses should do to invite greater candor. But I’ve been surprised over the years to find that even in the most stultifying cultures, there are usually a handful of people who know how to speak truth to power. We’ve studied the tactics of this interesting group and found that there are ways to disagree effectively. Here are four of the things these people do well:
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From Corporate Social Responsibility to Business Model Innovation -- INSEAD

From Corporate Social Responsibility to Business Model Innovation -- INSEAD | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Compassion, enlightened self-interest and an innovative approach can make CSR projects a viable part of your business operation. CSR teams face formidable internal competition when chasing capital expenditure within their organisation, particularly when moving into untested markets. In the vast majority of listed companies there is an overriding view that private capital should be used to deliver maximum short-term returns to shareholders rather than funding non-core products offering long–term sustainability benefits. So how do you convince the board your project is a legitimate, strategic and viable option for the company?

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EY View from the top: December 2014

EY View from the top: December 2014 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

With rising aggregate sales growth during the 3Q14 earnings season, an early view of the top 100 global technology companies indicate that they are now set for bigger and more intensely competitive battles looming ahead. Key indicators: Greater efficiencies observed in how year-over-year (YOY) operating income growth outpaced sales growth.
Companies are faced with the growth of a truly global, networked digital economy — and the intensifying global competition that implies.

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Nurturing Innovation: Does Geography Matter? Knowledge@wharton

Nurturing Innovation: Does Geography Matter? Knowledge@wharton | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Some of the more interesting consumer and digital plays continue to come from unexpected places. In today’s age, it is time to start thinking about virtual networks rather than centers that require personnel and capital-intensive investments. Instead of a chain of pearls, a more appropriate metaphor might be a net of diamonds — with links in Africa, Asia and the Nordics, underpinned by a big data center that leverages customer data and the web. A report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on the most innovative companies shows an increasing vitality around innovation investment in rapidly developing economies (RDEs) such as China, India, etc.

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Monty Hall, Erdos, and Our Limited Minds

Monty Hall, Erdos, and Our Limited Minds | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
This problem is one of those situations—albeit rare—where someone can be shown an entire chain of logic, surveying the whole problem and its solution, and yet still have it bump up against their intuition. Of course, there is nothing inherently useful about our intuitions. Forged by evolution in situations completely different millions of years ago, our brain’s cognitive abilities are very often irrational, and when dealing with highly sophisticated tasks, we must overcome our intuition in order to understand them properly.
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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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true or not, it made me chuckle...

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Disruption Theory Need Not Apply

Disruption Theory Need Not Apply | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The greatest challenge to disruption theory is in understanding when it is applicable and when it is not. This single point will lead many to make false assumptions based on the academics of the theory and could have massive unintended consequences. For example, companies can go out of business chasing the wrong strategy.
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Ways to Compile User Statistics on Your Competitive Intelligence Knowledge Portal

Ways to Compile User Statistics on Your Competitive Intelligence Knowledge Portal | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Is there a way to measure how your competitive intelligence portal is performing? How are your colleagues accessing your CI knowledge portal? How can you check if, and how, various types of content are being used? If these are some questions you are seeking answers to, here is a list of indicators used by global companies that you may find useful.
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Professor Rita Mcgrath at business of software 2013 end of competitive advantage

Professor Rita Gunther McGrath at Business of Software Conference 2013. A talk on the rise of transient advantage in business and what that means for entrepre…
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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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The Decoupling Effect of Digital Disruptors — HBS Working Knowledge

The Decoupling Effect of Digital Disruptors — HBS Working Knowledge | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The first wave of Internet disruption enabled purely digital products to be sold and delivered online.. In recent years, a new wave of digital disruption has been taking over the web. This second wave is characterized by the separation of consumption activities that traditionally went together, hand-in-hand, such as TV shows and advertising. The authors term this process of separating jointly consumed activities as "decoupling." Decoupling is the breaking of links between consumer activities that have traditionally been done together. This article first identifies value-creating activities and non-value creating ones in a wide range of consumption activities. The authors then examine how a variety of firms, both incumbents and startups, are using technology to break the bonds between what activities consumers want to do and what they previously had to do. The article closes with a framework for analyzing which businesses are likely to be threatened by decoupling and the two strategies they can use to respond to this threat. Key concepts include:

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Generating Deep Insights from the Customer Genome - Accenture

Generating Deep Insights from the Customer Genome - Accenture | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Businesses used to rely on market and customer segmentations to guide their sales and service strategies. But in today’s digital era, the practice of distilling millions of customers into sub-categories based on customer relationship management information is not sufficient. As businesses go digital, they must adapt their customer engagement and interaction strategies to attract and retain digital customers, who are deeply connected, highly informed and consistently on-the-go. The power has shifted irrevocably toward the customer—what they buy, when they buy, through which channel and at what price. Instead of vying for one-time transactions in the traditional purchase funnel, businesses must create a loop of continuous, relevant connections with customers before, during and after purchases.

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EY Global technology M&A update: 3Q14 highlights

EY Global technology M&A update: 3Q14 highlights | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

It’s a blockbuster year and quarter for technology M&A as everyone tries to keep up with innovation. At $73.7b and 923 deals, new records are set for deal value and volume. 19 deals above $1b ties all-time record for a single quarter. Up 40% from 2Q14, corporate deal value continues to drive growth. Up 3% from 2Q14, PE basically holds steady and focuses on companies at a crossroads. Up 168% from 2Q14, cross-border deal value skyrockets as US companies become prime deal targets for European and Asian buyers

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Organizing Big Data for Analysis - Recorded Future

Organizing Big Data for Analysis - Recorded Future | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Since 2009, we have been building an index of the web for intelligence analysis. Consequently, we have lots of data at Recorded Future (billions of data points). But where does the data come from? And are we getting the same kind of data as we always have? How does the data grow? We will show a number of graphs to convey answers to these questions. We harvest documents from (public) open sources, extract text from the documents, and analyze the text to find references of events (cyber attacks, protests, etc.) with times (both publication times and event timing inferred from language) and entities (company names, product names, IPs, etc.). Here we will focus on sources, documents, and references.

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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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Paul P Roberts's curator insight, November 26, 5:59 PM

Good summary and reference on some of the existing uses of AI and future impacts, written by Deloitte

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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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