Strategy

Apple – From Underdog to Overlord

With the market power that comes with success, can Apple keep its friends? by Idris Mootee When a company acquires significant market power and becomes super successful, it will have fewer friends. It is more so in software and hardware business as they try to push each other around to get certain standard or platform adopted. Apple used to have ...

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Nothing Runs Like a Deere. Except a CAT.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek ran a short piece this week about how John Deere’s lean inventory has created a predicament for its most loyal customers: Do they forgo immediate equipment needs and risk missing part or all of their harvest, or purchase new tractors and combines from AGCO or (gasp!) Caterpillar? Deere has the lowest inventory as a percentage of sales among ...

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What am I supposed to use my iPad for again?

I wanted to use my iPad for at least a few weeks before writing about my experience, first with the setup and then with my usage, and what I think the future holds for the device. Wi-Fi reliability. During the first few days after the iPad’s release, the most common media topic was the iPad’s poor Wi-Fi reception. I was ...

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What We Can Learn From the NFL Draft

I have a confession to make – I love the NFL draft! I don’t sit in front of a TV for three days, hanging on every pick. But I like the suspense of wondering who will get selected first. I enjoy seeing the differences between what the experts predict and who the teams actually draft. And I’m anxious to see ...

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Innovation Failure Points – Strangled in the Crib

I am going to start a multi-part post today thinking about innovation’s failure points. Too often all we hear about are the innovation successes, yet if the statistics are right, there are far more “failures” than successes. I believe it is more interesting and more informative to consider the failures rather than the successes, in that every failure is instructive, ...

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Microsoft Stalling, Apple Growing

When will Apple have more revenues than Microsoft? How about later this year? by Adam Hartung Many of us remember the first Apple vs. Microsoft battle. Apple pioneered much of the personal computer business, and led the innovation curve for years with its implementation of the mouse and on-screen graphics. But eventually Microsoft successfully copied the innovations with Windows, and ...

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Kaiser Permanente Crosses the Innovation O-Gap

In corporate innovation, it’s all about the O. At the recent Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange in San Francisco, Dr. Naomi Fried, VP of Innovation and Advanced Technology for Kaiser Permanente, presented her organization’s approach to managing innovation.This was a great opportunity to hear practical advice. Kaiser’s approach to innovation was recently profiled in BusinessWeek. Kaiser Permanente, which generates $40 ...

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56 Reasons Why Innovation Initiatives Fail

Innovation is in these days. The word is on the lips of just about every CEO, CFO, CIO, and anyone else with a three-letter acronym after their name. As a result, many companies are launching all kinds of “innovation initiatives” – hoping to stir the soup. This is understandable. But it is also, far too often, very disappointing… Innovation initiatives ...

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