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InfoDesk Expands Editorial Team to Meet Growing Demand for Corporate and ... - PR Web (press release)

InfoDesk Expands Editorial Team to Meet Growing Demand for Corporate and ... - PR Web (press release) | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

IFor more than a decade, InfoDesk has been providing tools and technology to corporate and government clients to help them manage and distribute news and competitive intelligence internally. Several years ago InfoDesk began offering custom editorial services to help its clients augment their news and competitive intelligence efforts. 

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Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics

Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is the new focal point for Drexel's computing and information research and education. The combination of existing academic resources will create a College with considerable depth and breadth for addressing the opportunities and challenges of the information age. The College will also serve as a central hub for multi-disciplinary computing activities, which applications and utility span across a wide range of academic domains.  CCI combines the strengths and assets of many of Drexel's existing undergraduate, graduate, and professional computing and informatics programs. Specifically, the College combines The iSchool, The College of Information Science & Technology; the Department of Computer Science (from the College of Engineering); and the Computing and Security Technology program (formerly housed in the Goodwin College School of Technology and Professional Studies).

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Forget Link Building: Time to Embrace the Google Knowledge Vault

Forget Link Building: Time to Embrace the Google Knowledge Vault | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Up until now, Google has seemed to operate as if it believes back link data is still the most viable way to ensure quality search results. Links are still a major part of the ranking algorithm, although recent algorithm changes—most notably Google’s 2013 Hummingbird update, which incorporated semantic understanding and contextual relevance (thus the emphasis on quality content) as means of determining search results (and by extension, rankings)—have enabled Google to begin shifting from such external (exogenous) signals like hyperlink structure to internal (endogenous) signals like webpage content. In simpler terms, Google’s rapidly evolving AI search engine is giving the company the ability to replace its traditional hyperlink structure with factual accuracy as the principal means of determining a website/webpage’s trustworthiness and, by extension, relevance.

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The internet of things: mapping the value beyond the hype - McKinsey

This research is a collaboration between the McKinsey Global Institute and McKinsey’s telecommunications, Media, and High Technology Practice. It builds on more than five years of previous research as well as knowledge developed in work with clients across industries. Our goal has been to determine more clearly how IoT applications create value for companies, consumers, and economies. To distinguish between the hype and the reality, we focus on actual “use cases” that exist today or are likely to be implemented in the next 10 years. We also estimate potential value using a “settings” perspective—how IoT technology is used in physical environments such as cities or factories. This allows us to see how much additional value can be captured when IoT applications interact with one another and with other information systems.
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75% of the Information is All You Need to Make a Decision

75% of the Information is All You Need to Make a Decision | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
You need information to take the risk out of decisions, but getting too much information - analysis paralysis - has a real cost. Most normal business decisions can be made with 75% of the available information, focused on the right issues.
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This works to the point that it does not need to be perfect to work.

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Social Networks and the Majority Illusion

Social Networks and the Majority Illusion | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

MIT Technology Review has a summary of a fascinating recent study on the behavior of networks, and how they can lie to us, or at least make it seem like a majority of people believe something is common when it is not actually the case. The study, conducted by Kristina Lerman and others at the University of Southern California, also provides insight into how some things can go viral and spread like wildfire while similar content or ideas can't seem to get off the ground. Basically, the study examined how ideas spread on networks with complex connections.

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Great article...thank you!
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Private Equity Can Make Firms More Innovative

Private Equity Can Make Firms More Innovative | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
PE’s proponents say this disparaging view doesn’t add up. First, the effects on employment are mixed. Second, the main goal of PE investors is to increase a firm’s value so that it can be sold for profit. This includes cutting unnecessary costs—but it also means finding ways to increase revenue. And a recent working paper out of the Dusseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), a think tank of sorts, focuses on the latter by exploring whether leveraged buyouts (LBOs) make firms more innovative.
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Third-party risk | Deloitte | Risk Angles

Third-party risk | Deloitte | Risk Angles | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The use of third parties is nothing new — companies have worked with suppliers, outsourcers, licensees, agents, and the like for years. What has changed, however, is the frequency and scale of third-party use and the regulatory focus on how organizations are managing third parties to address the inherent risks.
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What Comes After Smart Products

What Comes After Smart Products | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Companies today are on a journey from digitization 1.0 to digitization 2.0. This means advancing from simply overlaying digital functionality on existing offerings to learning the customer context via connected products and services and adapting them to meet customer needs.

With digitization 1.0, companies create products and services that allow manufacturers to collect data on how their products are being used by customers in different settings and learn to modify them for future use. Digitization 2.0 is about the exchange of “in-context” data on how consumers and enterprises use different interconnected products and services across industry boundaries. This exchange will result in the adaptation of products and services across organizational boundaries to meet customer needs. Many managers think of digitization 1.0 as the endgame, but the real disruption and value shifts occur at the frontier of digitization 2.0. Here are two examples that illustrate the differences.

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The Ideal Impact Entrepreneur: What New Ventures Looks For

The Ideal Impact Entrepreneur: What New Ventures Looks For | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


There is a specific breed of entrepreneur that we look for when we think about where to invest our time and money. As a way of assisting entrepreneurs who are seeking support, we have encapsulated the five key qualities that we look for in startups that make a company an impactful, innovative, scalable and profitable business model.

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The Chemistry of Cider

The Chemistry of Cider | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Having looked at the chemistry behind beer previously, it seemed only fair to also take a look at cider for all the cider drinkers out there. On a hot summer’s day, the cool, refreshing taste of cider is hard to beat.
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Here’s Looking at You: competitive intelligence SWOT

Here’s Looking at You: competitive intelligence SWOT | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Fortune magazine every year selects its Fortune 100, 500 etc. This year, on its website Fortune.com, Fortune provides its own SWOT (strength-weakness-opportunity-threat) analysis for each of the Fortune 100 companies. If your firm competes with one of the firms so profiled, I suggest that you proceed to the Fortune 500 home page, select that firm and read the SWOT analysis there. It may provide you with some help. But don’t accept it as the end of your research or even worse, as a substitute for your own research and analysis. Regard it, at best, as yet another input.

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Six Red Ocean Traps You Should Know

Six Red Ocean Traps You Should Know | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


Do you find yourself in crowded, highly competitive markets with shrinking profit margins? Do you want to break out of the red ocean of competition? If you do, you are like most companies that want to leave the existing market space and set out to make market-creating strategies to capture blue oceans. But despite the will to create new markets, many companies struggle to create blue oceans of uncontested market space. What keeps managers from creating new markets? One of the reasons is red ocean traps – managers’ existing mental models – ingrained assumptions and theories about the way the business world works. These mental models undermine executives’ attempts to create uncontested market spaces and keep companies anchored in existing red oceans of competition?

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The Importance Of Market Intelligence For CMOs

The Importance Of Market Intelligence For CMOs | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
For CMOs (chief marketing officers), market intelligence about their consumer base is an exceedingly important part of developing positive customer relationships, increasing leads, and creating a life-long customer base. Equally as important as watching your customers, though, is keeping an even closer eye on the actions of your competitors.
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3 ways to improve regulation of the disruptors

The best way to realise the promise of fair, open markets and economic growth across industries is for incumbents, disruptors and the policymakers who regulate them to find a balance of regulation that encourages entrepreneurialism while protecting the public interest. That’s never easy, and is harder now, as the speed of technological change increases while the speed of policymaking remains pre-digital. Recent research from The Economist Intelligence Unit suggests three ways that regulators can begin to show the same nimbleness as innovators and embrace digital solutions themselves

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A checklist for efficient competitive intelligence

A checklist for efficient competitive intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


As a competitive intelligence manager, you’ve probably grappled with multiple challenges over the years. Common challenges include, how do we develop our company’s internal competitive intelligence network; how can we gain insights in a broad range of specialized topics; how do we share market signals with key stakeholders effectively; how can we maximize the output from internal resources, and more. These are questions we help our clients address with the Intelligence Plaza all the time. here is a quick 10 point checklist for an efficient and trusted competitive intelligence program:

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As a competitive intelligence manager, you’ve probably grappled with multiple challenges over the years. Common challenges include, how do we develop our company’s internal competitive intelligence network; how can we gain insights in a broad range of specialized topics; how do we share market signals with key stakeholders effectively; how can we maximize the output from internal resources, and more. These are questions we help our clients address with the Intelligence Plaza all the time. here is a quick 10 point checklist for an efficient and trusted competitive intelligence program:


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Figure Out Your Manager’s Communication Style

Figure Out Your Manager’s Communication Style | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Effective communication takes a deft touch when you’re managing up. If your attempts to persuade are too obvious, they may not succeed. Yet you need to be deliberate in your approach. As you engage with your boss in everyday activities, try to identify the messages behind her speech and behavior. The words and deeds matter, of course, but the values that underlie them often mean more. Listening with a keen ear and observing with a sharp eye can make all the difference in understanding, not just labeling, your manager’s communication style.

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Justine Engelbrecht's curator insight, July 3, 10:27 AM

Communication is Key - but it is not all about words, there are key behavioral factors that play a role.

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Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems

Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Debriefing is a structured learning process designed to continuously evolve plans while they’re being executed. It originated in the military as a way to learn quickly in rapidly changing situations and to address mistakes or changes on the field. In business, debriefing has been widely documented as critical to accelerating projects, innovating novel approaches, and hitting difficult objectives. It also brings a team together, strengthens relationships, and fosters team learning. In my experience, teams who debrief regularly are more tight-knit than those who don’t. They communicate more effectively across the board. They are more aligned on values and purpose. In essence, they become higher performing teams..

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The Internet of Things Changes the Company-Customer Relationship

The Internet of Things Changes the Company-Customer Relationship | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
his service paradigm is not designed for a world in which intelligent, context-aware, learning devices are interacting with each other, with the cloud and with our smartphones while other devices are constantly being added, removed, or modified (via downloads from the cloud). This environment requires a focus on what the user is trying to do as opposed to merely whether the crockpot they purchased is operating as intended. Service in the IoT world needs to not only address devices that don’t function properly, but also support users as they attempt to buy, install, integrate and use these devices. As such it needs to be a continuous, open ended experience.
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Changing course in a disruptive world | Deloitte US | Strategic Risk Services

Changing course in a disruptive world | Deloitte US | Strategic Risk Services | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Disruption: A permanent fact of life.  In hindsight, Blockbuster wasn’t taken down by a single competitor, but by its own failure to respond when strategic risks threatened the underpinnings of its business model. The lesson isn’t simply about the importance of real estate costs or new technology. It’s about how to sense the future and respond accordingly when this sort of disruption has become a permanent fact of life.

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Breathing Is the Key to Persuasive Public Speaking

Breathing Is the Key to Persuasive Public Speaking | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Now, having taught public speaking and presentation skills for over a decade, I can say with confidence that the ability to harness your breath is one of the most important and least taught areas within public speaking. It’s critical when you’re speaking up in a meeting and it’s crucial when you’re giving a speech or presentation. It’s one of the key elements of executive presence.
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5 ways technology is transforming finance

5 ways technology is transforming finance | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

A new World Economic Forum report takes a look into what the future holds for the industry. It draws on over 100 interviews with industry experts and a series of workshops that put strategy officers from global financial institutions in the same room as high-flying fintech innovators to discuss the issue. Their findings suggest this round of innovation just might make the big names in financial services rethink their business models in some very fundamental ways.

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This is what the minimum wage looks like around the world

This is what the minimum wage looks like around the world | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Supporting low-wage earners is one of the keys to promoting inclusive growth, and minimum wages are a common if sometimes controversial way of doing it. Of the 34 countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 26 have a minimum wage – 9 of which have been introduced since 1990. But the rate varies dramatically, as shown in this chart looking at the rates in US dollars per hour after taxes, at purchasing power parity (which takes exchange rate anomalies into account).

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Think You're Well Connected? Stop Fooling Yourself

Think You're Well Connected? Stop Fooling Yourself | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

You read a lot. You’re informed daily through Twitter, various blogs, and a few subscriptions. Your network is very large, and is made up of people who also have large networks. With technology at your fingertips, you are extremely well informed. Humans want to know what others think, and we’re especially persuaded when information is verified by different sources. The problem is that our “different” sources often tap the same information. You hear something from a Twitter feed that you like, that is confirmed on a blog, that is confirmed yet again by a video of a Ted talk. But what if each of these got their information from the same source? You are all recycling one single datum! It is bad to be poorly informed, but it is much worse to be poorly informed and not realize it.

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What kind of strategic thinker are you?

What kind of strategic thinker are you? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

We tend to think of strategic leaders as gathering a team together at a retreat centre, prodding them into adopting a new approach, and then returning to the office to issue a detailed set of instructions for turning that vision into reality. But the authors of Leading with Strategic Thinking suggest there are actually four types of such leaders, depending on whether strategy formation is planned or emergent, unfolding and evolving over time, and whether the execution is directed from the top or collaborative. While we may each have an instinctive preference, ideally the approach should fit the situation.

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Collaborating Well in Large Global Teams

Collaborating Well in Large Global Teams | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Global collaboration creates significant coordination costs: incompatible schedules can lead to project delays, cross-cultural or linguistic misunderstandings can create non-billable rework, and technology failures can cause missed deadlines. No cross-border matter is truly routine because each involves coordinating professionals with different assumptions and ways of working. Working at a distance is so complicated because it affects both the way we feel and think. For one, it can promote us and them thinking — that is, it can lead us to group our colleagues into categories rather than see them as individuals. This critical cognitive short-cut helps us to simplify our ever more complex environment. But it also has bad consequences because we tend to view those in our in group more positively, and those in our outgroup more negatively. That’s why the otherness of our distant colleagues is reinforced daily and on many dimensions.

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