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Strategic Decision Making with Machine Learning (ML)

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Automation has a profound role in improving Operational Excellence and Decision making.  Organizations, these days, are increasingly using Machine Learning (ML) to improve the Strategic Decision making expertise of their leaders. Global research by MIT Sloan Management Review in collaboration with Google—involving 4,700 executives and a number of Key Informant Interviews—indicates that ML is gradually […]

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Strategic Priorities Identification and Analysis

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Listed companies share their strategic objectives for investors’ and public consumption.  Websites, annual financial reports, and Form 10-K report are all critical resources to understand an organization, key offerings, competitive advantage, and market position. Research into the public documents of listed companies brings to light key data about these companies, their Strategies, and their Strategic […]

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Information Technology (IT) Redesign

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Disruptive change has put a tremendous strain on organizations and their IT departments.  The capabilities of the IT talent is declining due to inadequate technical education and aging workforce.  Legacy systems and diverse IT applications are frequent across most organizations.  Mergers and Acquisitions have become a norm, pushing vendors to form alliances.  Mobile devices, tablets, […]

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Corporate Functional Strategy

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The role of corporate functions, traditionally, has been to conduct the various service-oriented specialized tasks necessary to run the business.  Corporate functions are of strategic significance in achieving organizational objectives yet their role at most enterprises is kind of contractual at best.  These units assist in routine operations, facilitate other business units, and manage conflicts […]

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Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF): Collaborative Planning Methodology (CPM)

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Business and technology resources are aligned using Enterprise Architecture (EA) in order to achieve strategic results, improve organizational performance, achieve Cost Optimization and Operational Excellence, and guide departments to fulfill their central missions more efficaciously. Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) does that for any U.S. federal agency and helps systems transcend interagency boundaries. Planning is […]

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Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF): Data Reference Model (DRM)

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Enterprise Architecture (EA) conveys management best practices for positioning business and technology resources to fulfil strategic goals, enhance Organizational Performance, and guide departments to achieve their core missions more successfully via Operational Excellence. The Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) realizes this goal for U.S. Federal agencies and assists systems surpass interagency boundaries.  FEAF facilitates through […]

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How Do the Subject Matter Experts (Porter, Mintzberg, & More) Define Strategy?

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Strategy is about the methods used to attain goals.  It’s the “how” of achieving goals—desired future conditions and circumstances towards which effort and resources are spent until their achievement. If Strategy has any meaning at all, it is in relation to some aim or end in view. Strategy is 1 of the 4 dimensions of […]

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Restructuring: 8 Key Steps of Data Integration in Redeployment Assessment Management

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Restructuring becomes essential at some stage in the lifecycle of any organization.  In order to emerge triumphant through this tumultuous challenge, it is necessary that the focus remains on the challenges impeding the organization, Strategy Development to tackle the challenges, and prioritizing Strategic Initiatives to deliver radical results that lead the organization to Operational Excellence. […]

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Essence of Restructuring: Re-Engagement

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Restructuring is a turbulent process that shakes the foundations of the organization.  The goal of Operational Excellence cannot be realized merely by the surgical removal of human resource during Redeployment after Restructuring. Keeping focus on moving the organization forward with vitality means boosting the sagging morale of the employees who survive this storm.  It is […]

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Can We Transform Employee Engagement into a Competitive Advantage? Yes, Here’s How

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Organizations typically focus on Customer-centric Design in their Strategic Planning and overlook the critical driver of Performance, Growth, and Operational Excellence—their employees.  With cut-throat competition now the norm the realization has become clearer that employees are: The face of the business and create lasting—or perishing—brand impression. Sources of innovation and organizational knowledge. Representation of the […]

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The Growth of a Giant: The Logistics Clusters in Supply Chain Management (SCM)

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In the late 1990s, business strategist Michael Porter argued that clusters make business more competitive by increasing the pace of innovation and stimulating new business formation. National and regional governments quickly embraced the idea and immediately supported its development by providing the necessary funding support. As expected, good things started to happen: businesses became interested […]

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The COSO Framework: An Organization’s Guide to an Effective Internal Control System

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As the business and operating environment changes, there has been a greater demand for transparency and accountability as to the integrity of internal control. This has become very critical today as businesses drive to enhance the likelihood of them achieving their objectives and be able to adapt to changes in the global business environment. The […]

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