A Case Study on Professional Practice Capital

Professional Practice Capital wanted to change its name to PPC LOAN after many years of being known as “PPC” to its customers. As one of the country’s few commercial loan originators focused on Allstate insurance agents, veterinarians and dentists, the company had a unique story to share. PPC LOAN also had a major announcement to make regarding its launch of the insurance industry’s first Allstate Agency Value Index. The index was created as a value-added service for Allstate agents to gauge what other agencies are selling for. As if a rebrand and new product launch weren’t enough to conquer, the economy moved into a full-blown recession, leaving PPC LOAN’s potential audience wary of bank financing organizations. Click here to read more…

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Case Study on Handelsbanken

With Tivoli, we had to do basically everything ourselves. We had to tell it what to monitor.… With Operations Manager 2007, Microsoft supplies that information.
– Roger Morell, Project Architect, Handelsbanken.

Situation: Handelsbanken has 460 branch offices in Sweden and 175 others worldwide. The branch offices in Sweden, known internationally as Svenska Handelsbanken, had been using IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) and Tivoli Enterprise Console (TEC) software since 1997 to monitor about 1,600 infrastructure, file and print, and application servers based on both the Windows Server® 2003 operating system and UNIX…

Solution: Handelsbanken sent out a request for proposal to several vendors. The company invited Microsoft, IBM, and HP to each run a small-scale, six-day proof of concept in its test laboratory, which had a dedicated server on which each vendor could install its product and 10 servers for the candidate products to monitor. The potential monitoring products were Microsoft® Operations Manager 2005, ITM 6.1, and HP’s OpenView…
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A Case Study on Maximum Power Point Tracking

Maximum Power Point Tracking, frequently referred to as MPPT, is an electronic system that operates the Photovoltaic (PV) modules in a manner that allows the modules to produce all the power they are capable of. MPPT is not a mechanical tracking system that “physically moves” the modules to make them point more directly at the sun. MPPT is a fully electronic system that varies the electrical operating point of the modules so that the modules are able to deliver maximum available power. Additional power harvested from the modules is then made available as increased battery charge current. MPPT can be used in conjunction with a mechanical tracking system, but the two systems are completely different. To understand how MPPT works, let’s first consider the operation of a conventional (nonMPPT) charge controller. Click here to read more…

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Case Study on Sinclair Knight Merz

People who join the company often comment on how easy it is to access all the information they need through an interface they’re familiar and comfortable with The Microsoft environment helps us reduce the total cost of ownership of all our technology, from the desktop environment through to our back-end systems and databases.
– Peter Nevin Group Manager, Information Systems, Sinclair Knight Merz.

Situation: SKM works with public- and private-sector clients around the world in market sectors that include: buildings and property; infrastructure; mining and resources; power and industry; and water and environment. A technical leader across a broad range of disciplines, including engineering, science, project management, economics and planning, SKM designs and delivers a wide variety of projects to clients. It is a firm committed to achieving outstanding client success, with high standards of safety and business ethics, a leading approach to sustainability and an open culture…

Solution: KM’s Information Systems division started putting in place the infrastructure to support these growth, customer service and collaboration needs when it standardized on the Microsoft server platform in 2001. Core technologies such as Microsoft® Active Directory® enabled the company to take a global approach to managing users and server resources. Over the subsequent years, SKM has built a collaboration infrastructure based on Microsoft server products and technologies including Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft® Office Live Communications Server 2005, Microsoft Office Live Meeting and Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server 2003…
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A Case Study on Florida Power & Light: Dividend Policy

Electric Utility Industry: The electric utility industry is formed by three segments: generation, transmission and distribution. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is the regulating authority for the utilities with interstate systems or substantial investments in assets not related to the core operation of the utility. In order to avoid SEC supervision, the industry had evolved into a large number of intrastate, and relatively undiversified, utility companies operating under extensive regulation.

Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) encourages the creation of plants using renewable/non-traditional energy sources and gives Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the regulatory power. These plants were classified as “qualifying facilities” and local utilities were required to buy all of the electricity produced by these qualifying facilities. Once deregulation is introduced, FPL Group will not be very affected by increased competition in the generation segment because of the previous investments in these qualifying facilities. Click here to read more…

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Case Study for Land Conservation Trusts

There is growing consensus in the conservation community that large functional conservation landscapes are required to maintain ecological processes and viable populations of wildlife into the future. Given the practicalities and politics of land in Africa, such large landscapes usually require coordinated management over different sorts of land tenures, including state, community or communal and private lands.

In some landscapes, however, land units critical to the future viability of the landscape are identified that do not lend themselves easily to any of these three land management regimes. Outside Africa, over 2000 private not-for-profit land trusts have been created with the institutional agility to acquire rights to such critical properties and to manage them in a way that balances multiple objectives including conservation. Find out more about Land Conservation Trusts

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A Case Study on Excelon Corporation Risk Analysis

Major Risks: The three major risk factors that Exelon must currently navigate include market fluctuations, correctly estimating competitive transitions charges, and conforming to environmental regulations imposed by the government. Each risk has the ability to affect their financial stability in detrimental ways. When we compare Exelon to the energy industry as a whole, though, we find that they are in a better position than most to handle the obstacles ahead. Click here to read more…

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Case Study on Albertsons Stores

A company you’ve probably never heard of is rounding up money to take control of all the Albertsons supermarkets in Idaho and elsewhere that Supervalu bought six years ago. One analyst says that could put some Albertsons employees’ jobs at risk. The company is Cerberus Capital Management, a New York private equity firm. According to The Wall Street Journal and Debtwire, a daily trade newspaper, Cerberus is preparing to borrow $4 billion to $5 billion to acquire Supervalu, the struggling Minnesota company that bought most of Albertsons Inc. in 2006, ending Albertsons as an independent, Boise-based company. Click here to read more…

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A Case Study on Promoting Stronger Communities

This Case Study profiles a range of initiatives undertaken by Alcoa, a large global resources and manufacturing company, to promote stronger communities. A range of strategies and policies has been introduced by Alcoa recognising that a business organisation plays a part in developing prosperous and sustainable communities. Click here to read more…

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Case Study of Treasure Homes

Treasure Homes’ Fallen Leaf at Riverbend, a 32-home development started in 2006, is the irst solar community built in Sacramento. Homes in Fallen Leaf save their homeowners as much as 50% on their utility costs. he savings are a result of collaboration between Treasure Homes and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and consultant ConSol, a Building America team lead. Read further about Treasure Homes

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