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.

 

Dave Niles, president of SSA & Company and G100 Companies, and Chairman of the Deming Center advisory board, opened the annual Deming Cup awards dinner on October 25th. The W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School honored David M. Cote, chairman and CEO at Honeywell, and Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and CEO at PepsiCo, with the 2016 Deming Cup for Operational Excellence.

Stephen Miles and The Miles Group (TMG) were featured Friday on The Wall Street Journal‘s research roundup, “Survey Roundup: Gaps Remain in Board Evaluations.”   The Miles Group’s research, conducted with the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, “reveals that while boards generally rate themselves positively in terms of skills and expertise, significantly high negatives are a cause for concern for a large number of READ MORE>>

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>>