These responsibilities included examining the business strategies to define and develop the capabilities required for key roles at various levels. To accomplish this, we identified a set of competencies or success factors that link many of our talent systems together. As a result we adjusted the way Allstate assesses people for hiring, promotion, and development. It included aligning development products and processes to reinforce and build the capabilities defined by our strategies. We linked together processes and practices beyond learning that effect performance, such as performance management, succession planning, talent reviews, development, and so forth. Click here to read more…
An international bank with 50 branches in Germany and approximately 300 employees decided in 2003 to adopt Six Sigma in all its business units in Europe. It then set out to use Six Sigma to implement one of its priority business strategies – significantly grow its car loan business in the next two years. The bank’s goal was to increase car loans by 100 percent in the first year, and by another 70 percent in the second year. Click here to read more on Role of Six Sigma in Financial Services..
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Angoss provides data mining software and services designed to aid in business decision-making. The company’s applicatins are used to track and manage data about customer behavior and marketing initiatives to help with the development of business strategies. Its core products include KnowledgeSTUDIO and KnowledgeSEEKER, which are data mining and predictive analytics tools. Angoss serves clients in the financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and health care industries, among others. The company has technology partnerships with Informatica, Microsoft, and Protiviti. It was founded in 1984. Click here to read more…
With assets in excess of US $134 billion, revenues of more than US $32 billion and nearly 40,000 employees, Allstate serves more than 16 million households and is the largest publicly held property and casualty insurance company in the United States. In 2000 Allstate internal audit implemented a formal IT control framework and adopted Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT). Allstate internal audit uses COBIT to scope and plan all audits. In addition, efforts are underway by Allstate’s infrastructure group to build-in appropriate COBIT controls into select infrastructure processes.
After the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed in the US, Allstate began using COBIT to evaluate IT governance and control, obtain benchmarks for assessing automated controls embedded in key business processes and assess the control activities performed by the company’s application support team. COBIT helps ensure alignment between business strategies and technology investments. Allstate has also found that COBIT helps it achieve an effective balance of appropriate and consistent controls to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the business. Click here to read more…
E-Business Strategies (EBS) is an elective course in the Information Systems Department, Faculty of Computing & Information Technology at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. In this course, students learn many concepts regarding e-business, such as strategies, models, relationships and so on. Also, they improve their leadership skills, such as analyzing the business environment and take the decisions. In this paper, the authors address the main challenges faced by the EBS course developers and study all the components of the existing EBS course. Click here to read more…
A Case Study about Interpersonal Manager-Subordinates Communication at Three High Schools from Bihor
Abstract: A plethora of studies, analyses and practice in communication management has emerged considerably over last years, and experienced a massive shift in form and function within a rapidly changing environment. Lately, the role of communication in management tried to solve the puzzle of the communication upheaval by offering a comprehensive mechanism to ease a communication process. Based on a case study of three high schools, this research has two objectives. First, to present a conceptualized framework of the integrated role of communication in combination with the management process is mapped out. In the same time, it tries to investigate some depth of understanding of the manner how the executives perceive the communication process in the three high schools in order to reveal the manager-staff communication.
Introduction: In a highly competitive environment, in any large organizations, communication becomes indispensable for greater success and excellence. Information and communication networks became an essential component of each daily activity and have a fundamental role in the future global development. Most leaders and top executives in various organizations have been vigilant toward the modification of business strategies along with “effective and continuous” communication changes up to reach their potential. Additionally, currently, pressures for using communication strategies are not merely stemmed from the organizational elements but also the national forces galvanized by the notion of globalization, technology, and competition. Therefore, revolutionary communications have been prioritized as one of the most important agendas needed for discussion in a parallel relationship with other management issues.
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The role of the chief financial officer (CFO) is evolving, but due to pressures to meet financial reporting requirements, there’s still a strong pull toward “chief bean counter” responsibilities. But CFOs can find opportunities to become true business leaders. With help from technology, five key strategies can enable the CFO to have a significant impact on the direction and success of the business. Learn more….
Established in 1986, Kumpulan Development (S) Pte. Ltd. is one of the leading one-stop service providers for office supplies. It has gone from a company of two employees to one that employs 100 staff with an extensive transport fleet of 25 trucks. Recently, the company expanded into manufacturing office products under the brand name, BOS. Being one of Singapore’s Top 500 SMEs, the company strives to continually enhance its capabilities by deploying the most relevant business strategies in the running of its operations and responding quickly to market needs.
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Evolving business strategies help keep businesses competitive, but they require time and involvement from the IT group to be effectively implemented. Without effective IT automation in place, IT personnel lack the time to fully support new strategic business initiatives because they are continually occupied by day-to-day operations and troubleshooting. Available IT staff time is consumed because staff must manually manage and troubleshoot routine data center processes. This forces the IT group into a constant reactive mode. Click here to read more…
“Progressive AE is proud to again be on the cutting edge of new business strategies and technologies. Now that we have gone through this process ourselves, we can better use our team of architects, engineers and consulting experts to perform this innovative service for our clients. If we can help them manage their carbon, we help them manage their costs.”
– Bradley Thomas, P.E., Progressive AE’s President and CEO.
Progressive AE is a full-service architecture, engineering and consulting ﬁ rm dedicated to the sustainability of the natural and built environment. For over 45 years Progressive AE has built a reputation for being “ﬁ rst” in many industry initiatives, including being the ﬁ rst ﬁ rm outside the Detroit area to earn the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Michigan chapter award for Firm of the Year. With sustainability at the forefront of its business model, in 2009 Progressive AE became the ﬁ rst architecture and engineering ﬁ rm in North America to become CarbonNeutral®. Continue reading on Progressive AE