28 November 2011
In our current global economy consumer products are dropping in price due to the maturity of organizationâ€™s that are schooled in the ability to leverage the best and cheapest resources around the world every point in the manufacturing process.Â Â In recent years we have seen remarkably low priced items seen with the launch of Tataâ€™s Nano car retailed at $1900 and now Adidasâ€™ recent announcement of launching a $1 running shoe aimed at Indiaâ€™s growing population.
18 November 2011
There have been many major successful IPOs in 2011.Â From Groupon to Linkedin and Pandora, in a shaky economic climate these major internet players have proven that the Web still has much room for growth.Â One of the more interesting IPOs in 2011 that sheds light on what businesses and consumers seek to gain from each other is â€śAngieâ€™s List.â€ťÂ Founded in 1995 (a dinosaur by internet standards), despite still being in the red, Angieâ€™s IPO has increased its valuation by 25% pegging it at approximately $900 million.Â Not bad for a company that started in Ohio by Angie Hicks
19 October 2011
The recent news of the â€śOccupy Wall Streetâ€ť grassroots movement in which demonstrators are congregating around the world expressing their defiance against the financial establishment and its impact on the â€śAverage Joeâ€ť has brought to light the age old reality that money and power lies in the hands of a few who understand the power of the plan that keeps this inequality afloat.Â Throughout history kings and monarchs have exploited the majority by creating meticulously planned structures of power, wealth and governments to ensure their positions.Â Although the Occupy Wall Street movement is a modern phenomenon, similar strategies employed centuries
19 September 2011
Itâ€™s incredible how low the cost of memory has dropped!Â I recently purchased an 8GB mini SD card for my Blackberry for under $20, when considering I paid over $1000 for a PC back in 1999 with an 8GB hard drive.Â With todayâ€™s amazingly affordable access to cheap storage, organizations are increasingly drowning in the data they gather.
In todayâ€™s project environment capturing and storing project information is limitless.Â On the flip side, extracting and accessing relevant information quickly and efficiently has begun to pose a growing problem to stakeholders and project managers that are required to make informed decisions impacting
25 August 2011
With yesterdayâ€™s announcement of Steve Jobs stepping down as Appleâ€™s CEO, the first thought that crossed my mind is the critical role leadership plays in any organization.Â As the story goes… after building Apple into an industry giant, Jobs was ousted as its leader in 1985.Â Following his departure, the company slowly deteriorated and by 1997 the company Jobsâ€™ built was running at a loss of $1 billion on its $7 billion in revenue.Â Almost 15 years later, under Jobsâ€™ leadership Apple has not only transformed its own DNA, but has revolutionized the music industry, the smart phone and the
12 August 2011
In recent weeks, the media has been inundated with stories about political turmoil in the US and Western Europe.Â We have not only seen the recent news of the USâ€™s downgrade in its credit rating and its mounting budget deficit but we have also seen unprecedented social unrest in the UK, the French economy at a standstill and the Euro taking a hard hit due to Greeceâ€™s recent instability.Â Although a lot of these events are partially due to poor planning by governments, the reality is (and this should not be ignored) partisan politics, self-interest, and poor communication among stakeholders
20 July 2011
Up until the early 20th century the world viewed the automobile as a luxury item built for the elite of society.Â Cars were complicated in their use and required a significant investment that the average person could not afford.Â Then in 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T Ford that did not only revolutionize the worldâ€™s perspective on personal transportation for the masses but also re-invented the manufacturing process still applied over 100 years later.Â Although we have seen improvements to his original process, with the development of lean manufacturing, JIT, Six Sigma, Kanban, and others, the core philosophy of