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Internet of Things Spending Up, But Competitive Edge Still Elusive

Internet of Things Spending Up, But Competitive Edge Still Elusive | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Sensors and the data they spawn have yet to produce widespread competitive advantage, say Gartner researchers.–Business units, recognizing the potential for a new source of revenue, are driving adoption of the Internet of Things, a model that, for all its hype, is still in its early stages. While CIOs can play a larger role establishing a hybrid team of business and technology players, they need to understand that IoT is a first and foremost a business project, said a Gartner analyst.

“IT needs to present value in business terms,” said Gartner’s Alfonso Velosa at a session at the research firm’s Symposium ITxpo 2015. That can include optimizing assets and performing predictive maintenance– actions Mr. Velosa identified as no-brainersbut playing a bigger role in customer experience.Gartner predicts spending on IoT hardware will exceed $2.5 million each minute in 2016.


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4 Ways Big Data Will Change Every Business

4 Ways Big Data Will Change Every Business | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

If you’re still saying, “Big data isn’t relevant to my company,” you’re missing the boat. big data and its implications will affect every single business — from Fortune 500 enterprises to mom and pop companies— and change how we do business, inside and out.It doesn’t matter what field you operate in or the size of your business; as data collection, analysis, and interpretation become more readily accessible, they will have an impact on every business in several important ways.

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Strategy design - Economic Times

The field of strategy has mounted an enormous effort to understand, define, predict and measure how organisational capabilities shape competitive advantage.… A ‘capabilities-based’ approach to strategy only began to take shape in the past 20 years. In particular, work on ‘dynamic capabilities’ triggered a flood of debate and discussion on the topic.

Because strategy is a normative field, its theories must be evaluated in terms of how well they inform and impact practice. Judging by this standard, the dynamic research capabilities research programme has come up shor

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Sbarro: In Strategy, You Have to Choose

Sbarro: In Strategy, You Have to Choose | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


The Wall Street Journal reports today on yet another reorganization at Sbarro, the operator of Italian eateries in malls throughout the US.  Sbarro has already experienced two bankruptcies in its history. The question, though, is whether a company with limited resources and a history of financial troubles can do multiple things at once. Are the two business models (malls vs stand-alone) fundamentally different? Can you optimize both?  Many companies fail because they simply cannot make tough choices about what to do and what not to do..

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Ken Sawka and Leonard Fuld on What is Competitive Intelligence

Fuld + Company CEO and President Ken Sawka and Founder Leonard Fuld talk about the definition and nature of competitive intelligence and how it is applied.
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If your visuals deceive, your message deceives - Visualising Data

If your visuals deceive, your message deceives - Visualising Data | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
My main interest in this post is in part to just to spread the word further about examples of bad practice in visualisation/infographic design. Whether intentional or otherwise, a demonstration of appalling standards like this in such a public arena is irresponsible - it has a powerfully deceptive influence. Regardless of the contention of your message, integrity and accuracy should never be compromised either in the visual or beneath the surface in the subject's data and statistics.
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EY - Consumer Products and Retail Transaction Insights

EY - Consumer Products and Retail Transaction Insights | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Welcome to our quarterly analysis of consumer products and retail deals, which showcases our proprietary M&A dataset. Midyear and year-end commentary will accompany our statistical and graphical analysis of global M&A, in addition to timely features on current and emerging investment themes in the consumer products and retail sectors.
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CFO Signals™: China’s woes creating broad-based concern | Deloitte US

CFO Signals™: China’s woes creating broad-based concern | Deloitte US | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Much more than in any other quarter, CFOs voiced strong concerns about the impact of slowing Chinese growth on North America. Consequently, their growth expectations, which hit several lows last quarter, have not significantly rebounded and have worsened in some cases
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Emerging Multinationals: The Talent War’s Latest Contenders

Emerging Multinationals: The Talent War’s Latest Contenders | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The phenomenon of emerging multinationals expanding into other emerging markets, as well as wealthier markets, is likely to continue and accelerate, predicts Ann Harrison, a Wharton management professor. She notes that the trend is reflected in today’s foreign investment patterns. “What you saw in the past was 80% of foreign firms were rich, and they were going to other rich countries. Now you’re seeing a lot more investment moving to poorer countries, from the rich countries as well as from emerging multinationals. So it’s a really different composition of foreign flows.”
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‘Millennials on Steroids’: Is Your Brand Ready for Generation Z?

‘Millennials on Steroids’: Is Your Brand Ready for Generation Z? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Many Gen Z-ers are still just kids — the oldest members of this demographic are graduating from college now — but since today’s teenagers are the workers and consumers of tomorrow, marketers and employers are eager to get a handle on them. They want to know how this generation differs from others, its values, how it interacts with brands, and what its members want to spend money on — or perhaps, more accurately, how the parents of Gen Z-ers are spending money on their behalf.
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Commercial Services Aerospace and Defense Industry - Accenture

Commercial Services Aerospace and Defense Industry - Accenture | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Accenture highlights powerful market forces to consider as the Aerospace and Defense industry passes 100 years of commercial services.
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How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth | McKinsey & Company

How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth | McKinsey & Company | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. If women—who account for half the world’s working-age population—do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer. While all types of inequality have economic consequences, in our new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth, we focus on the economic implications of lack of parity between men and women.
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US Economic Forecast: Volume 3 Issue 3

US Economic Forecast: Volume 3 Issue 3 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Many US pundits are too anxious about recent news pertaining to the European and Chinese economies. But economic conditions abroad would need to deteriorate significantly before they would compromise growth in the United States.
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8 Stunning Maps That Changed Cartography

8 Stunning Maps That Changed Cartography | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


A new book charts the gorgeous evolution of maps.As a specialist in modern cartography and GIS at the Library of Congress, Hessler spends a lot of his time around maps. The Library of Congress has more than 6,000,000 in its collection, charting everything from Claudius Ptolemy’s earliest visions of the world to glowing representations of Facebook’s networking effects. In his new book Map: Exploring the World, Hessler outlines the history of maps and explains how they’ve simultaneously evolved and remained the same over thousands of years.

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You Don’t Have to Go to a Conference to Enjoy It

You Don’t Have to Go to a Conference to Enjoy It | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

For a growing number of conferences, you can now participate without actually going. I’m not talking about passively reading a post-conference report, or perusing blog posts that summarize key points after the fact, or watching videos like a voyeur. I’m saying you can actively engage, learn, contribute and even influence the conversation. This is becoming more and more possible as social media platforms increase access to content, speakers, and participants in real time. You don’t need to be in Austin or Vancouver or Black Rock Desert. You can attend from wherever you are.

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How Managers Can See the Future More Clearly

How Managers Can See the Future More Clearly | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Management is a lens. It’s the best way yet invented to focus the organization’s capital, human, and time resources toward the goals of the business. Suppose the management lens was smeared, even opaque. In this case, management could easily misapply resources. Or suppose the lens was a mirror looking only at past ways to deploy resources. As part of our Nextsensing Project, we found four skills that managers need to clean their management lens, see the future more clearly, and lead more effectively tomorrow:
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The Role of Social Media in Supply Chain Intelligence

The Role of Social Media in Supply Chain Intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The intelligent thing to do for your supply chain company just might be to explore social media intelligence. Do you want to see what clients and consumers say about you and your products, about their reliance, frustration, appreciate of your role in the supply chain? You should! But you can also have a look at what is trending, what your competitors are doing, and how you can gain traction through social media. The window is a unique opportunity for you. If your competitors are garnering more views, figure out why. Do they highlight their employees? Do they link directly to items for purchase? Do they use keywords you’re not using? Are they presenting themselves as leaders in the industry by blogging?.

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jerome de JLPULSE.COM's curator insight, October 6, 2015 4:01 AM

Three Types of Content

Basically Matt described a spectrum of content types ranging with aggregated content on one end (e.g., press section of an individual company’s web site using auto-generation to repost existing articles), and original created content all the way on the other (e.g., New York Times).  However his description was confusing because he referred to original content such as from the New Times as curation, when in fact such content is actually the output of creation.

Content Aggregation

At the left end of the spectrum is aggregation. An example of aggregated content would be Google News search results for a term rendered in a widget on a site via an RSS feed. While such widget does provide some informational value, in the grand scheme of things it does not really help the visitor much. All the content in the widget can easily be found on another site.  Also because the content is generated automatically, there’s a high likelihood that the content may be irrelevant. Cutts argues that aggregated content like this can even hurt the search engine ranking of your site as a whole.

Content Creation

At the right end of the spectrum is original created content, which is of high informational value to the end reader. Such content is typically exclusive and can’t be found on another site, and therefore serves as great bait for Inbound links. The downside of created content is that producing it is a lot of work and can be quite resource and time intensive. For organizations like the New York Times, its possible to continually create high quality, original created content day in and day out; however, for resource-constrained marketers, producing great created content every single day is simply out of the question. While Matt Cutts erroneously refers to this content as an act of “curation” on his video,  he is really talking about creation.

Content Curation

The third method of content publishing is “curation” which lies in the middle of the spectrum.  Similar to aggregated content, curated content can be published on a very regular basis without much effort. Yet similar to created content, curated content can be very relevant and informing for the end reader if its done properly. Each piece of created content can serve as link bait to increase your search engine ranking.  On the other hand for curated content, an individual piece of content may not attract a lot of inbound links, but a curated site as a whole may be viewed as a go-to resource and may attract links. (examples of content curation: Charmin, The Huffington Post)

Takeaways

Here are my takeaways from Matt’s short video:

Be cautious with aggregated content. As Matt says, aggregated content can hurt your search engine ranking because it may be irrelevant and is duplicative without any original value add. If you want to post aggregated content on

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The future of Eurasia’s competitiveness

The future of Eurasia’s competitiveness | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Some of the Eurasian economies have improved their ranking in this year’s Global Competitiveness Index: the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan climbing eight places, and Tajikistan gaining 11. While improvements in some aspects of competitiveness have been achieved, a more detailed analysis of the the results – combined with the latest developments in the global economic outlook – finds that the region’s future competitiveness may still be at risk. After having grown significantly in the past, Eurasian countries’ future growth is forecasted to remain below 4%, which falls short of the performance needed to attain sustained prosperity.

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Who are the top-rated CEOs?

Who are the top-rated CEOs? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Everyone wants to work for a great boss, but which chief executive officers are rated most highly by their company’s employees? Recruitment site Glassdoor has attempted to answer this question with its Highest Rated CEOs in 2015 list, compiled using Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards. Included below are the rankings for top-rated CEOs of large companies (more than 1,000 employees) according to the opinion of staff based in the United States and Germany.

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Forging links into loops: The Internet of Things’ potential to recast supply chain management

Forging links into loops: The Internet of Things’ potential to recast  supply chain management | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Faced with external pressures, US companies often cut costs to remain competitive. True to form, many have focused their Internet of Things strategies on how the technology can cut costs and improve efficiency. But the IoT can also serve as a foundation for greater differentiation and innovation.
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The Societal Costs of CEO Overconfidence

The Societal Costs of CEO Overconfidence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Among other tangible benefits, CSR initiatives when done properly can help companies solidify relationships with key stakeholders, creating moral and emotional capital that can be cashed in later. For example, a company that has helped build a school in an impoverished community may meet less resistance if it attempts to place a potentially noisy factory in that community later on. Consequently, the depth of a firm’s commitment to CSR largely depends on management’s ability to foresee situations down the line where stakeholder cooperation might be necessary, regardless of the firm’s short-term prospects. This particular competency has more to do with personality than with core business skills. Research shows that this is one of the blind spots common to hubristic or overconfident personalities. As a result, firms led by overconfident CEOs tend to shortchange CSR participation.

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Why Your Multinational Team Has Trouble Communicating

Why Your Multinational Team Has Trouble Communicating | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

In multinational businesses, team members often have to communicate information to colleagues based across the globe. But for a host of reasons, that information sharing often doesn’t happen as effectively as it should. Wharton management professor Martine Haas was curious about precisely which issues were most responsible for impairing that vital communication, and what could be done to improve it. She and Jonathon Cummings of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business revealed what they learned in their paper, “Barriers to Knowledge Seeking within MNC Teams: Which Differences Matter Most?”, published in the Journal of International Business Studies. In this interview with Knowledge@Wharton, Haas details their findings, and talks about what they mean for managers in the global economy.

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Growing the Digital Business: Accenture Mobility Research 2015

The emergence and adoption of digital technologies - including interactive marketing, analytics, mobility, cloud,
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Security for the Internet of Things (IoT) – Accenture

Security for the Internet of Things (IoT) – Accenture | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The urgency for viable IoT security solutions grows by the day. At front-of-mind for many business and government leaders lies the same, nagging question: What do we need to do to secure the IoT? Our research illustrates how business must adapt to this new reality by creating an agile, resilient and vigilant security apparatus embedded into products and services, prepared to fight off cyber-attacks before its too late. Read on as we detail our vision.

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Global Economic Outlook, Q3 2015: China

Global Economic Outlook, Q3 2015: China | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
After a lingering slowdown, the Chinese economy has begun to show some signs of possibly bottoming out. The country is in the midst of an equity market boom—or possibly a bubble.
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