Monthly Archives: July 2008

Speed to Market: Delivering Improved Competitive Capability

With many clients not fully understanding what it is and why it is needed, speed to market, as the term implies, refers to a company’s ability to develop and introduce products to the market quickly.

For a company to capture the potential offered by speed to market as a competitive capability, they must be aware of the new and updated products being offered in the marketplace. This means that you can not only respond to the demands, you need to anticipate them by continually developing and testing new products and services. A company’s ability to develop and offer new products quickly is the key to satisfying the needs and demands of the marketplace.

Speed to market can deliver improved competitive capability to a company if it is done correctly. Involving the right people, systems and processes to identify where, what and how to change is critical. Although it is not easy or necessarily fast to do, improving speed to market at a company can generate great benefits to its bottom line, market image and competitive abilities.

In this podcast BearingPoint Director Matthew O’Mara to explores speed to market and why it’s such a hot topic.

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Business Intelligence: Is your enterprise as intelligent as it should be?

Business IntelligenceImproved business intelligence (BI) tools provide organizations with new opportunities to capture performance benefits. Effective use of BI helps organizations transform raw data into actionable information and competitive advantage. But defining and executing the BI vision provides some challenges.

Organizations can be effective by matching their needs and pain points to mature technology tools on a just-in-time basis. And they must execute incrementally against a time-based road map. This new thinking to a practical approach works for organizations regardless of where they are on the BI maturity continuum. Executing BI within a business oriented vision and a broader enterprise information management framework can set companies apart from their competitors.

Develop your Business Intelligence strategy

Improving Global Service Delivery: A Podcast with Larry Sobin

A podcast with Larry Sobin from BNP Paribas- Series 4 of 4

Our recent Enterprise Performance Improvement Briefing, hosted by the Financial Times in New York City, provided us with the opportunity to interview some key delegates on the topic of reducing operational costs and delivering at the right price.

In this podcast, the last of 4 from our FT event, we have for you Larry Sobin, Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Investment Banking in North America for BNP Paribas. Larry explains what matters most with respect to operational efficiency and how to improve service delivery, globally. He also offers his prediction of what IT cost takeout strategy changes we will be seeing over the next two years.
(Financial Times 2008 – Larry Sobin, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for BNP Paribas North America)

About Larry
Larry is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for BNP Paribas North American activities, responsible for overseeing the Finance & Tax departments, Information Technology, Capital Markets and Banking Operations, Operational Risk, Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery, Premises and Logistics, and Territory Corporate Governance.  Mr. Sobin is also the Chief Operating Officer of BNP Paribas Securities Corp.  and, President of BNP Paribas RCC Inc.  Prior to the merger of Banque Nationale de Paris and Paribas, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of BNP Capital Markets from 1998 to May 2000.

Service Oriented Architecture: Organizing for Success

In this podcast, enterprise architecture expert Steven Kahn discusses some of the findings that went into the recently published, An Implementor’s Guide to Service Oriented Architecture – Getting it Right, produced by BearingPoint, Composite Software and other contributors. The bottom line: successful implementation of an SOA system is about more than technology. As Kahn explains, challenges in understanding the technology, to developing an IT funding model that will enable it to serve across the enterprise are all critical to success. There are many common implementation pitfalls, but Kahn explains how the process can be made simpler, and hopes to encourage more people to deploy their own SOA.

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Steven Kahn is a senior manager in BearingPoint’s commercial services business systems integration practice where he works to define and deliver value-driven SOA and BPM solutions. He specializes in enterprise architectures with specific emphasis on enterprise integration and business process management.

The Big Switch – a podcast with Nicholas Carr

Rather than storing data and software applications down the hall in your office or in a big data center – there is a shift towards storing them on the web. And that’s the shift that Nick Carr has built his book upon.

We (America) need to jump on this paradigm shift to reduce costs in this post Sarbanes Oxley and difficult economic environment if we want to gain competitive advantage for ourselves and for our country. No longer is running enterprise CRM or ERP a competitive advantage – its table stakes.

What does this mean for IT departments? What does this mean for your data security? And most importantly – what does the impact of distributed computing have on marketers? Check out what Nick has to say about all this …

(The Big Switch – podcast with Nicholas Carr)

About Nick

A former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Carr writes and speaks on technology, business, and culture. His 2004 book Does IT Matter?. published by Harvard Business School Press, set off a worldwide debate about the role of computers in business. His widely acclaimed new book, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, examines the rise of “cloud computing” and its implications for business, media and society.

Carr writes regularly for the Financial Times, Strategy & Business and The Guardian. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Business 2.0, The Banker, and Advertising Age as well as on his blog Rough Type. He is a member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors.

In 2005, Optimize magazine named Carr one of the leading thinkers on information technology, and in 2007 eWeek named him one of the 100 most influential people in IT. Earlier in his career, he was a principal at Mercer Management Consulting.

Carr has been a speaker at MIT, Harvard, Wharton, the Kennedy School of Government, NASA, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as well as at many industry, corporate, and professional events throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A., in English literature, from Harvard University.

Reduce Operational Costs: A podcast with Awi Federgruen

A podcast with Awi Federgruen from Columbia Business School- Series 3 of 4

During our recent Enterprise Performance Improvement Briefing with the Financial Times in New York City, we interviewed the experts to give their input into the latest strategies for cost reduction.
In this podcast, the third of 4 from our FT event, we have for you Awi Federgruen, Professor of Management, and Chairman of the Decision, Risk & Operations Division at Columbia Business School, as he discusses reducing operation costs and the key issues that people should be informed about. Awi explains the need for cost reductions and how you can still delivery the right technology at a reduced price.

(Financial Times 2008 – Awi Federgruen, Professor of Management at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business)

About Awi
Awi is Charles E. Exley Professor of Management at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He was Senior Vice Dean from 1997-2002. Professor Federgruen is known for his work in the development and implementation of planning models for supply chain management and logistical systems. His work on scenario planning is widely cited, the field has gained prominence as computers now allow the processing of large masses of complex data. His work on supply chain models has wide applications in, for example, flu vaccine and the risks of relying too heavily on a single vaccine supplier.