INSIGHTS

A compilation of recent, high-quality business insights from our businesses that brings together some of the best ideas and stories on Vision and Ideas, Strategy Execution, Top Leadership Effectiveness, and Talent and Succession.

 

The Revolution in Digital Payments Cisco Chairman John Chambers, speaking at G100 last month, ranked India Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a model leader of digitization. Days after, Modi surprised everyone by removing India’s most valued and popular currencies, even though India still uses cash for 95-98% of all transactions. Designed to root out corruption and terrorism financing, demonetization has proven controversial during implementation but it READ MORE>>

Raj Thangavelsamy, Vice President at SSA & Company, was quoted in a TechTarget piece on content management and unstructured data analysis for businesses. The article shares Raj’s thoughts on the importance of mobility in business processes and the use of software to manage data on the cloud. “Business processes are driven by documents, and mobility is a big driver.” says Raj. He adds, “Companies see the value of the READ MORE>>

Nick Kramer, Senior Director of Data and Analytics at SSA & Company, was quoted in an article in The Pulse of IT on how companies should approach IT upgrades for their point of sale systems. Kramer recommends companies take a holistic approach that fully considers their existing infrastructure before investing in new systems and technology. Nick also advises companies to consider their business objectives before making large changes. “Scaling READ MORE>>

SSA & Company Senior Advisor Deb Henretta was recently featured on Bloomberg Radio’s segment “Using Data to Make Better Business Decisions.” She discussed how big data is one of the major challenges facing management teams, and why leadership is crucial to getting the most value from it. According to Deb, “we’re at a tipping point at data and advanced analytics continuum.” Today, data is more readily READ MORE>>

Jason Meil, SSA & Company’s Managing Director of New Products and Innovation, was quoted in an article titled, “High-Tech Investing: 7 Sectors to Watch.” In the piece, syndicated in both US News & World Report and Yahoo! Tech, Jason comments on the future of high tech investing–that there is massive potential for new technologies and that he expects a long-term impact for businesses and consumers. “Big data has been READ MORE>>

Regenia Sanders, SSA & Company’s Vice President of Supply Chain and Business Technology, was quoted in a US News article on the state of the shipping industry. Regenia commented about how the use of technology, data, and IoT could help improve operations and efficiency. Regenia adds that partnerships and alliances with other shipping carriers can help shipping companies ensure that shipping isn’t such an isolated part of READ MORE>>

The “Startup Yoda” of Silicon Valley That characterization comes from The New Yorker‘s fascinating portrait of Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, whose alumni companies fetch a total valuation of more than $80 billion. The comprehensive profile contains a delightful succession story that highlights what makes YC unique – a discerning eye for talent and relentless focus on strategic growth. An excerpt: [Sam] recently tweeted that YC’s empire reached READ MORE>>

Can Digital Technology Bolster US Competitiveness? The US should take a cue from Israel, India, and France – countries that approach digitization as a national priority, urges Cisco Chairman John Chambers. He argues these countries are better positioned to capitalize on the digital revolution and predicts the emergence of a new startup hub in Europe: The economic benefits (are) probably $19 trillion and what surprised me is actually we READ MORE>>

Deb Henretta, Senior Advisor of SSA & Company, was quoted in a Fortune article on the share of executive leadership and board membership held by women and why the outcomes are so different. Life decisions such as caring for a relative with a major illness or changing careers due to a lack of further opportunities contribute, as Deb recalls her own experiences. On the issue of boards, READ MORE>>

Paul de Janosi, Senior Advisor of SSA & Company, was quoted in The Street on price trends in the oil market. Paul spoke about how mass urbanization in China had driven demand over the last twenty years and how that process has largely concluded. “Without another similar massive driver of demand, there’s very little fundamental support for a world where $100 per barrel oil makes sense,” said READ MORE>>