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How Are Companies Overcoming Disruptions to Their Supply Chains?

How Are Companies Overcoming Disruptions to Their Supply Chains?

As companies deal with the impact COVID-19 is having on their business, it is interesting to see where companies are focusing their technology investments in these challenging times. It wasn’t long ago that the headlines highlighted global trade wars and the effect that was having on manufacturing and supply chains in certain parts of the world, like China. Apple and Foxconn made the headlines...

Back to Basics: Is It Time to Break Up With Spreadsheets?

Back to Basics: Is It Time to Break Up With Spreadsheets?

Spreadsheets are ubiquitous. Businesses use them to track accounts and spending, store and analyze data, and do forecasting for future planning. Individuals use them to create to-do lists, manage household budgets, and even to choose babies’ names. Spreadsheets are not only ubiquitous, they’re also powerful, inspiring both dread and devotion. Spreadsheets have an interesting history that can...

Drivers of Innovation, Part III: The Right Systems

Drivers of Innovation, Part III: The Right Systems

Innovation starts with the right mindset and is amplified by the right culture, as we discussed in our earlier posts. In this post, we’ll take a look at the third and final driver of innovation: the systems that tie everything together. To quickly review, the right mindset refers to the vision, mission, or fundamental sense of purpose that motivates and guides the organization. The company...