Posts Tagged ‘knowledge’

The intelligent way to grow your business

By Philip Smith

The more business managers know about their organisation, the better informed their decision-making. But what level of investment should companies make in the intelligence-gathering tools business managers have available to them?

Spreadsheets are fine for keeping track of basic day to day business activities, but to really mine down and dig up data that will help leaders and managers make better-informed decisions, midsized companies need to start upping their game.

While big companies have been using Business Intelligent (BI) software for years, many of those with more limited budgets and resources have shied away from splashing out on the BI software suites. Now, though, BI applications are becoming within the reach of more modest IT budgets.

How to improve desktop productivity

By Gary Fry

When Peter Drucker said: “The most important, and indeed the truly unique, contribution of management in the 20th century was the 50-fold increase in the productivity of the manual worker in manufacturing. The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is similarly to increase the productivity of knowledge work and the knowledge worker,” he couldn’t have predicted how much information knowledge workers have to filter or produce.

In 2010, the online digital data we produce will be 16m times more than every book ever written . Information we receive during this year will be equivalent to 12 stacks of books stretching from the Earth to the Sun.

IT Strategy and the Creative Class

By Frank Buytendijk

Some call them “knowledge workers”; Richard Florida famously called them the “creative class.” Regardless of what you call them, a greater percentage than ever before are working off-site, not working 9-to-5 hours, and are participating in virtual global teams. And as this trend picks up steam, the changes in how we work—and manage our work—will go from evolutionary to revolutionary.