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2012 Could be a Good Year

Boosted by productivity gains and higher costs in competitors, including China, U.S. manufacturing exports have grown at their fastest rate since the late 1980s. As we close out 2011 and start thinking about 2012, US manufacturing is getting positive reviews … Continue reading

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Cutting Through Vendor Noise

In a tough economy, software vendors pull out all stops to get your business. As Trevor Perry explains this often results in so much noise that the vendors hurt themselves as much as they hurt your ears. His article is … Continue reading

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Implications of Changes in Investment

Charles Stewart dives into the numbers behind the economy to focus on gross private domestic investment. The outlook and policy options he presents are bleak – almost anything the government does will lead to reduced employment. However he does offer … Continue reading

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ERP Lessons Learned

Frank Scavo posts an excellent review of the history of and lessons learned from ERP systems over the past 20 years. Both Frank’s post, and his keynote video are well worth your time. Some key points from the post: ERP … Continue reading

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The Slippery Slope of Software Services (Part 2)

Don’t buy software from services-driven vendors In Part 1, we looked at how to keep services from exploding out of control and blasting your project budget. In part 2, we look at why a software vendor who depends too much … Continue reading

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Some Problems Don’t Change

[ed. this is the CEO presentation from the HarrisData User Conference of May 22-25]. Logistics: The Soldier’s Perspective “Troops in action should never have to turn their backs on the enemy to fetch further supplies” “Troops should not be encumbered … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy Blamed for Bad Decisions

As Einstein famously stated, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” According to a Wall Street Journal article this morning (Don Clark and; Shara Tibken, “Cisco to Reduce Its Bureaucracy”) Cisco CEO John Chambers … Continue reading

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When Do Anecdotes become a Trend?

It is dangerous to extrapolate a trend from isolated reports, especially in a volatile environment such as the current world economy. It may be just as dangerous to ignore anecdotes concerning a change in a major trend. Fortunately, Auric Goldfinger … Continue reading

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Increasing Compliance Audits Irritate Customers

Software companies have increased the rate of license compliance audits to demonstrate their dedication to your organization’s well being. They also help you reduce costs by identifying unused seats and shelfware and adjusting maintenance bills downward. Please excuse my sarcasm, … Continue reading

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Collaboration vs Leadership in Decision Making

In last month’s post about vendor margins and cannibalization of older high margin products by newer low margin products, Cisco was highlighted as a firm with a high level of innovation whose profit margins disappointed investors. Carl at Chicago Boyz … Continue reading

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