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The Hammers and Nails of R&D Portfolio Management:  A Fool With a Tool is Still a Fool 

After attending a recent R&D portfolio and resource management conference, and listening to presenters from both large, established, and rising star pharmaceutical companies and life science organizations, we were surprised to hear how many companies were grappling with issues related to transparency and consistency of data, the ability to drive...

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Paradigm Shift: Issues Facing Today’s CIO

Gone are the days of a company’s lone “IT person” – a mysterious and omniscient entity, sitting in an over-sized coat closet with fans running 24/7 to keep servers cool as they answered endless questions related to all things related to corporate technology. Evolution has been kind to IT support,...

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What to Do From Deal Announcement to Deal Close

When a major merger or acquisition is announced, it is typically met with a combination of excitement and anxiety by the employees at the respective companies. The focus of this article will be on one of the most critical steps to occur at both companies very shortly after deal announcement:...

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Leadership Challenges During a Major Merger or Acquisition

Mergers & acquisitions are a challenging undertaking requiring strong and engaged leadership to drive success.   Some of the biggest challenges can be found in the people side of the equation – the uncertainty and stress – that require a leader who understands that the value of a company is based...

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Transform your Shared Services Culture to Drive Strategic Business Value

Shared Services programs are increasingly expected to produce business value beyond labor arbitrage and other cost and efficiency metrics.  To meet this challenge, forward-looking Business Services organizations are taking the lead in enterprise transformation.  They are identifying and delivering disruptive process improvements, tapping into “horizontal” change opportunities, and extending best...

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Knowing Which Outsourcing Model to Use Before Leaping Into a Digital Transformation

Leveraging overseas suppliers can be invaluable during a digital transformation. But knowing which outsourcing model to choose requires understanding your company’s motivations and limitations. Almost every company wants to become more digital. Whether that means automating processes, sunsetting legacy systems, or diving into the worlds of social, mobility, and cloud,...

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The Post-Merger Change Triptych: Looking at Change Through the Lenses of Strategy, Location and Role

  CHANGING STRATEGY Jim Szakacs, CFO, TayganPoint In their book “Exploring Corporate Strategy”, Gerry Johnson and Kevan Scholes define strategy as “the direction and scope of an organization over the long-term: which achieves advantage for the organization through its configuration of resources within a challenging environment, to meet the needs...

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High Level Approach to Successful Shared Services

While launching shared services is not for the faint-of-heart, taking a high-level approach helps identify what’s important to focus on. Joanie Walker and Michael LaMonaca continue their ‘Shared Services for IT’ series. Over the course of the last several decades, large companies have sought to control costs and improve service...

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4 Key Dynamics that will Change the Healthcare Industry

The changing healthcare ecosystem: What’s different now – Parties who have historically been separate, such as managed care and providers or sub-sectors within the provider universe, are coming together in different ways. Increasingly, positioning within the healthcare market will be driven by consolidation, particularly as disruptive forces, like the evolution towards...

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