For consumers and small business alike the use of cloud backup services is becoming an increasingly relevant point. Valuable files not only need to unconditionally protected against local hardware failure, virus attacks, fire or theft – they increasingly need to be accessed anywhere at any time.
All financial managers looking to get their work done quicker and smarter have questions about big data. Is its application really the game changer we’re hearing about? Big data undoubtedly has something to offer the financial professional. But not by itself. You can have the biggest mountain of data in the world, but it’s worth very little without the strategy and tools to turn it into workable insights.
A production chain is often made up from multiple layers of suppliers that all ultimately steer towards an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). With the suppliers under pressure to deliver complex products at low volumes against low costs, the sharing of knowledge and information between the suppliers is the key to managing this challenge successfully. The better they can do this, the better their competitive position against other chains in the sector also becomes.
Normally, manufacturers communicate a lead time expressed in weeks or even months. However, when we look only at the time needed to actually build the product, we usually come to a figure based on days or even hours. Why this major discrepancy?
Lean is a strategy to enable a business to achieve its goals as efficiently and as effectively as possible. Here, lean expert Dirk van Goubergen takes us through his thoughts on the key questions: ‘What can lean mean for my business, and how do I go about getting started?’
Have you already made an Excel sheet today, based on the fact that something didn’t turn out quite as you expected? Did you stick a load of numbers in a column to try and get a better grip on the situation? You’re definitely not the only one, everyone is at it. Luckily there is a much easier option. And you can read about it here.
Whatever sector you’re in, your business can’t survive without the application of technological innovation. From smartphones and tablets to mobile apps and cloud-based technology, IT is surging forwards. To remain competitive as wholesaler or manufacturer, it’s not only important to stay up to date with what’s happening, but to make sure you also take advantage of it.
To sell services someone also has to sit on the other side of the table – the purchaser! Their role has been considerably professionalized over the years. It may not always be a full-time function, but more and more companies are spending more time thinking about what and how they buy. And that doesn’t make it any easier for service providers. So, how exactly does a purchaser think? And what is or isn’t important for them?
Many HR departments are swimming in bureaucracy, often struggling to keep heads above water as a result. When too much time is spent processing a mountain of basic administrative tasks, finding time for strategic human capital planning can be difficult. And with it becoming increasingly difficult for companies to remain competitive, failing to engage in effective talent development and retention can be a major problem.
A professional service company is all about people – human capital the resource that allows the business to create value for its customers. As such, using the right people on the right projects is one of the most important fundaments of realizing continued, sustainable growth.