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The Download: Local tech execs, investors offer their 2013 forecast

The Download: Local tech execs, investors offer their 2013 forecast | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The rapid pace of innovation forces technology companies to continually drive change and keeps investors on the hunt for the next promising deal. Take a look at what local tech executives and venture capitalists forecast for 2013:

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Could IBM Become the Nokia of Supercomputers? -INSEAD

Could IBM Become the Nokia of Supercomputers? -INSEAD | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Supercomputing is being squeezed by new cloud computing competitors and more expensive component suppliers. How will the likes of IBM adapt to this hostile environment?
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Effective Investor Relations: Lessons from the trenches | Deloitte | CFO Program

Effective Investor Relations: Lessons from the trenches | Deloitte | CFO Program | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

But what does it take to have a truly effective investor relations (IR) team, and how can it provide value to CFOs and management, as well as investors? To answer those questions, we’ve asked five leaders of large-company IR departments to share their views on some of the most difficult aspects of IR. In this issue of CFO Insights, those leaders discuss IR excellence in the following areas: working with the C-suite, addressing “value gaps” between management and analysts, communicating strategic changes, disclosing bad news, and dealing with activist shareholders.

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What We Know, Now, About the Internet’s Disruptive Power

What We Know, Now, About the Internet’s Disruptive Power | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
When we worry about the pace of change, Bell suggests, we’re focusing on the wrong variable. What is important is not that the pace of change is accelerating but that “the scale on which changes have taken place has widened, and changes in scale, as physicists and organization theorists have long known, requires essentially a change in form.” The question we should be asking is not what utterly unpredictable new things will turn up to annihilate our businesses but what form of organization is appropriate to capitalize on them
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M&A and capital raising in mining and metals: 2014 trends - EY

M&A and capital raising in mining and metals: 2014 trends - EY | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

2014 marked the fourth consecutive year of declining M&A activity, with value down 49% from 2013 (excluding the merger between Glencore International and Xstrata) and volume dropping 23%. The most significant indicator of the malaise was the drop in megadeals (>$1b) of almost 40% year-on-year, while the large number of sub-$10m deals indicates distress among juniors and opportunistic buyers entering the market.

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Strategies to enhance intelligence analysis

Strategies to enhance intelligence analysis | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
If you've ever watched a thriller about undercover agents, you probably have the impression that intelligence officers are models of objectivity, pragmatism and sharp, unbiased thinking. However, in reality even the most well-trained and highly honed intelligence brain is still a human brain. As such it is vulnerable to influences that may steer it towards ill-judged decisions – these are known as 'cognitive biases'. The RECOBIA project, which held its final conference in Brussels last week, sought to explore and assess these cognitive biases, investigate their affect on the practice of intelligence analysis and develop mitigation strategies to address their impact.
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The Redefined No of the CFO

To be a truly effective chief financial officer, you have to learn to be the champion of strategic discipline. . Instead, you are the voice of focused investment, asking the right questions and providing the right insights so that everyone understands when to say no and how to say yes. You help the company turn down many activities so that the few most important can thrive. The deciding factor is strategic value. Economies of scale and market clout are no longer the formidable barriers to entry they once were. The allocation of resources must now favor a company’s most distinctive capabilities—those differentiating things it does particularly well that enable it to outperform competitors over time.

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Best of the visualisation web… December 2014

Best of the visualisation web… December 2014 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come across during the previous month. Here’s the latest collection from December 2014.
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3 reasons why competitive intelligence will be essential in the future

3 reasons why competitive intelligence will be essential in the future | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
More and more organizations are realizing that competitive intelligence is highly beneficial for their business activity. Still, it is a discipline that has much room for growth, and we believe that in the future will become critical to any entity, due to three reasons:
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How to Formulate a Winning Strategy

How to Formulate a Winning Strategy | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Many companies struggle to develop a good competitive strategy and to set a clear direction for managers and employees. Strategy formulation, in fact, almost poses as many challenges for business leaders as strategy implementation. The solution is a back-to-basics approach — and a framework that addresses four fundamental questions about where and how the business will compete.

“Strategy is often like desert rain. Before the raindrops leave the desert floor, they evaporate, creating little or no effect below” — George Labovitz and Victor Rosansky, The Power of Alignment (Wiley, 1997).

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THE BUSINESS ODYSSEY - Competitive Strategy

Competitive Strategy for middle-market companies. Conceptions of competitive strategy stir up a muddy mix of meanings and expressions. Even the most casual reader of business literature cannot help but feel bombarded with theories about strategy touting success’s dependence on Big Data, Game Theory, Scenario Planning, Strategy Maps, Value Chains, Balanced Scorecards and a long list of other ideas. To be clear, all of these ideas as well as others can contribute significantly to a business’s efforts to achieve a competitive advantage. These advanced methods however, have limited value in the absence of a solid foundation of competitive strategy. My focus is limited to building that solid foundation.

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Outlooks for growth and business investment in Asia Pacific - PWC

Outlooks for growth and business investment in Asia Pacific - PWC | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

What will the next decade bring? From June through August, we polled industry leaders on their perspectives on investment, trade and connectivity for the PwC 2014 APEC CEO Survey. The PwC 2014 APEC CEO Survey indicates how business leaders think a more connected; more balanced region could look in APEC: The next 10 years. It also explores where businesses are building platforms for growth in the region. Finally, it tells us how executives see the momentum towards free trade across the APEC region.

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Large-scale analytics system for predicting major societal events

Large-scale analytics system for predicting major societal events | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

EMBERS is a large-scale big data analytics system designed to use publically available data to predict population-level societal events such as civil unrest or disease outbreaks. In the article "Forecasting Significant Societal Events Using the EMBERS Streaming Predictive Analytics System," Andy Doyle and coauthors, CACI, Inc. (Lanham, MD), Virginia Tech (Arlington, VA), and BASIS Technology (Herndon, VA), describe the structure and function of the Early Model Based Event Recognition using Surrogates (EMBERS) system. They describe EMBERS as a working example of a big data streaming architecture that processes large volumes of social media data and uses a variety of modeling approaches to make predictions.


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Who does competitive intelligence?

Who does competitive intelligence? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The short answer: everybody. Lately I’ve been using Indeed.com to identify new competitive intelligence (CI) position openings (see this site), using the obvious general search term “competitive intelligence” to spot any instances where the title...
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Deloitte Review, Issue 16

Deloitte Review, Issue 16 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
It’s the last mile for big data—creating products and services from crowd-based insights, and applying behavioral economics at a personal level. In addition, Deloitte Review issue 16 takes a practical look at cognitive technologies; unlocking the value of the Internet of Things; the manufacturing skills gap and how to address it; and the journey to exceptional performance.
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The SEC’s Social Media Guidance: Issues and Risks to Consider - Deloitte Risk & Compliance

The SEC’s Social Media Guidance: Issues and Risks to Consider - Deloitte Risk & Compliance | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

While some companies with their own social media platforms have reported earnings using social media, relatively few are using social media to disseminate disclosures, even though the SEC provided updated guidance on how Reg FD applies to disclosures of material nonpublic information made by public companies via electronic communication with its clarification of Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD) in April 2013. Khalid Wasti, a director with the Enterprise Risk Services practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP, and leader of its Digital Enterprise initiative, discusses Reg FD compliance in the context of social media, as well as issues organizations should take into consideration—whether or not they currently embrace social media as part of their investor relations toolkit.

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Charting superior performance: the 2015 exceptional performance 100 - Deloitte

What does it take to deliver superior business performance? Perhaps more importantly, what does it take for your business to deliver superior performance? We tackle that question in four steps. First, we define what exceptional performance looks like, something that is not always - and maybe not ever be - obvious. Second, we provide a way for you to estimate just how your company compares against these benchmarks. Third, we identify 100 companies that are “exceptional”, companies that have been good enough for long enough to truly set themselves apart, to serve as beacons along the way. Fourth, we share with you what we have learned so far about how companies can chart their own voyage to exceptional performance.

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The path to 2020 for global insurers: Global Insurance CFO survey - EY

The path to 2020 for global insurers: Global Insurance CFO survey - EY | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Senior finance executives at global insurers say that delivering more value to their businesses through performance measurement and improved decision support is their top priority during the next five years. The impetus comes from new growth strategies that are taking shape, even as regulatory and competitive pressures intensify. Finance must position itself to support the business with enhanced capabilities in data management and analytics.

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Anthony J. Trippe Appointed Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Management and Markets

Anthony J. Trippe Appointed Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Management and Markets | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Anthony Trippe, Managing Director, Patinformatics, LLC has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Management and Markets at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in their Masters of IP Management & Markets Program. Mr. Trippe will be acting as subject matter expert, and professor for the online version of IPMM 508 – Patent Tools and Analytics. A new course offering in the Masters of IP Management & Markets Program.

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How to Lead in Ambiguous Times

The kind of decision making that works when you know what's likely to happen won't suffice in a world of geopolitical crises. Of course, it’s not just our problems that have become global. Most mainstream businesses have operations and business units spread far and wide, and an eye perpetually turned toward expansion. For company leaders, then, geopolitical uncertainty raises critical questions: How can you make decisions, particularly long-range investment decisions in far-flung parts of the world, when so much is in flux? How do you lead your organization through ambiguity to success?

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How Competitive Intelligence Data Influences Your Marketing Strategy

How Competitive Intelligence Data Influences Your Marketing Strategy | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
While the quality of a law firm’s legal services will play a large role in determining long-term success, it is an effective marketing plan that will determine if you can attract customers in the first place.
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What CI Professionals Need to Know About Data Scientists

What CI Professionals Need to Know About Data Scientists | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

t’s not a stretch to say that every B2B technology company needs to know more about Data Scientists.  In 2015, Data Scientists will influence a whole array of software and hardware purchasing behavior, ranging from analytics packages, databases and visualization tools.

In short Data Scientists are popular.  Exceedingly so. It’s crucial to keep up-to-speed on this important group. That’s why, in this “Ahead of the Herd” post, we’re looking at Data Scientists and highlighting their skill sets, their common characteristics and their interesting insights.

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Competitive intelligence (CI) resources

Competitive intelligence (CI) resources | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Some resources to refresh or enhance your competitive intelligence practice in 2015, including some robust general tools and some market-specific ideas. Starting the New Year by revisiting your competitive intelligence exercise – including reviewing and adding to your resource list – is not a bad practice. We’ve done it here and one of the best all-encompassing resources we’ve found is the Selective Resource Guide at www.llrx.com – Law and Technology Resources for Legal Professionals. Even though the site is devoted to law professionals, there are so many robust general resources here that it’s well worth a deep-dive kind of visit.

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We the urban people: the demographic view on 30 world cities - PWC

We the urban people: the demographic view on 30 world cities - PWC | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Demographics are a knowledge tool around which policymakers in business, government, and education can understand the flow of emerging needs and can develop strategies to advance the well being of urban people and communities. Cities of Opportunity 6: We the urban people investigates demographics in 30 of the world's centers of finance, commerce, and culture. We take the shape of city populations and the priorities of city people in the midst of an urban demographic megatrend. Cities of Opportunity 6: We the urban people complements our quantitative comparative approach in Cities of Opportunity 6 with an entirely human approach, offering a discrete examination of the demographic factors at work in city life – ages, densities, dependencies and even the preferences of people who make cities live today and thrive tomorrow.

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Collectors! What Three Things Do You Wish Policymakers/Commanders/Analysts Knew About Your Job?

Collectors!  What Three Things Do You Wish Policymakers/Commanders/Analysts Knew About Your Job? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

I am teaching a class this term where I am trying to get my student-analysts to come to many of the same realizations.  Called Collection Operations for Analysts, the goal of the class is to make them more aware of the challenges and capabilities of HUMINT/Primary Source, IMINT, SIGINT, MASINT and even OSINT collectors. SO...I need your help!  I would really like to give my students the perspective of working collectors.   I am looking for the top three things collectors in each of these disciplines really wish that analysts, primarily, but also policymakers, decisionmakers at other levels, commanders with limited intel background and maybe even the general public understood better about their collection discipline.

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Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society - PEW internet research

Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society - PEW internet research | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Scientific innovations are deeply embedded in national life — in the economy, in core policy choices about how people care for themselves and use the resources around them, and in the topmost reaches of Americans’ imaginations. New Pew Research Center surveys of citizens and a representative sample of scientists connected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) show powerful crosscurrents that both recognize the achievements of scientists and expose stark fissures between scientists and citizens on a range of science, engineering and technology issues. This report highlights these major findings:

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