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  • »Time To Simplify and Get Organized (Well, At Least Your Cloud Services)
    The practice of adding cloud services in silos and based on specific department needs often results in overlapping and many different contracts with the same vendors.
  • »Riding the Waves of Healthcare Risk
    The modern healthcare system is much like the ocean—stormy, choppy, and hostile at times, soothing, calm and inviting at others. For surfers, the more waves you go for, the more you will catch, and the more likely you’ll “wipe-out.”
  • »The Department of Defense Wants a New Mantra
    “Do more with less.” It’s become a tired refrain that U.S. Department of Defense leadership is all too familiar with hearing from all directions, whether it is their direct superiors, Congress, or the Executive.
  • »Things Go Wrong
    Things go wrong. Anyone who plays poker knows this. One moment you’re on the verge of a royal flush, and the next, you pull a six of diamonds, and you’re called. Things do indeed go wrong.
  • »The Next Big Thing
    Consultants are always looking for the next big thing, the innovation that will see clients storming through their gates, bypassing pesky procurement departments, and writing blank checks for the magic mousetrap that whitens and brightens and cleans windows, too.
  • »JP Morgan and The Whale: A Parable
    After a tumultuous period of banking hyper-regulation after 2008, no one would have suspected in 2012 that JP Morgan, the world’s largest bank, had ineffective controls in place that left the company flat-footed when its “rogue” trader had taken untenable, long-term positions on Credit Default Swaps.
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Travel Advisory

  • »Marriott Goes Big in NYC
    Marriott International, Inc. and G Holdings opened what they’re calling an “iconic addition” to the New York skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in midtown Manhattan. The $320 million, 68-story property is the tallest single-use hotel in North America.
  • »Best Places to Stay: Travel Bounces Back
    Consultants are on the road again, at least according to the results of our annual Best Places to Stay survey.
  • »FAA: ‘Staffing Challenges’ Causing Delays
    In case you haven’t noticed, non-weather related delays at U.S. airports are on the rise. (And I know you’ve noticed that weather-related delays are definitely on the rise.)
  • »Hilton’s Building Boom
    Coming off a whirlwind 2012, Hilton Worldwide is the fastest growing global hospitality company by number of rooms.
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Book It!

  • »Excerpt: Procurement as Productivity
    The following is an excerpt from the book Procurement 20/20: Supply Entrepreneurship in a Changing World by a quartet of McKinsey & Company consultants—Peter Spiller, Nicolas Reinecke, Drew Ungerman and Henrique Teixera.
  • »Review: The Risk-Driven Business Model
    Most companies focus their innovation on new products.
  • »Review: Lead Positive
    Today’s business leaders face intense pressure to deliver results in an uncertain, chaotic, and high-stress business environment.
  • »Review: Step Up
    No matter what your title or place in the organization chart, you have the potential to be a leader.
  • »The Three Rules
    Earlier this year, Deloitte Consulting’s Mumtaz Ahmed and Michael Raynor published The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think. The authors set out to answer what was, in their mind, the ultimate business question—how do some companies achieve exceptional performance over the long haul?
  • »Thinking in New Boxes
    Creativity is key if you are to thrive in a time of accelerating change, according to The Boston Consulting Group’s Luc De Brabandere and Alan Iny.
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  • 8 7 2014
    »What's Next?
    As clients make the transition to be more data-intensive, experience-based enterprises, there’s a technology component to that change, but there’s also massive organizational and cultural transformation required. The consulting profession is going to have to adjust.
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  • 7 8 2014
    »A Seismic Shift
    Over the last three decades, developed economies have enjoyed the benefits of first-mover advantage in globalizing their operations, which has given a major shot in the arm to the West’s bottom line. Deloitte’s recent report, Business Trends 2014: The Next Wave of Globalization, shows leaders in the developing world are brimming with confidence that sunnier days are ahead.
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  • 6 5 2014
    »The Top 25 Consultants 2014: Ben Burke
    Point B’s Ben Burke likes to get into the mind of shoppers and says he really enjoys the psychology of consumers.
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  • 6 5 2014
    »The Top 25 Consultants 2014: Beth Bovis
    A.T. Kearney’s Beth Bovis’ success has come from a combination of an unstoppable desire to solve problems, the support of generous individuals who have mentored her along the way, and the good fortune to find a firm that allowed her to pursue her passion for work.
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  • 6 5 2014
    »Employees Now Own Point B
    Point B Inc., the Seattle-based perennial powerhouse on Consulting magazine’s annual Best Firms to Work For ranking, announced that its employees now own 100 percent of the company’s stock.
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  • 4 4 2014
    »The Rising Stars of the Profession: Keaton Miller
    KPMG’s Keaton Miller is a Director in the Management Consulting practice focusing on Procurement & Supply Chain.
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  • 4 4 2014
    »The Rising Stars of the Profession: Mike McSweeney
    As TriVista Business Group’s first employee at age 23, Mike McSweeney’s first day on the job was held at the founder’s dining room table.
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  • 3 5 2014
    »The 2014 Seven Small Jewels: Seven To Watch
    When it comes to our Seven Small Jewels award, suffice to say that we get many, many nominations for just seven spots. For one reason or another, these seven firms didn’t quite make the final cut this year, but they certainly stood out enough to be recognized as our Seven to Watch in 2014 and beyond.
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  • 3 5 2014
    »The 2014 Seven Small Jewels: Trissential
    Trissential has grown from a two-person company launched in 2003 to a 140-person consulting firm that’s created and established a unique market position—the sweet spot between the Big 4 and enterprise firms and the pure staffing firms.
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  • 3 5 2014
    »The 2014 Seven Small Jewels: Pivot Point Consulting
    David Scott was a Healthcare IT director at Deloitte where he was implementing large-system solutions. In 2006 and 2007, he says he noticed a big turn in the size and scope of the projects he was working on. In 2008, he left Deloitte to launch Pivot Point Consulting.
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