The Shared Services business model is coming of age around the world. Originally embraced mainly by massive multinationals who had the scale and the budgets to drive process and technology change on a huge scale, the model is now being successfully applied by smaller commercial organisations and particularly in the public sector arena.
An impressive essay on the changes hitting the higher education sector globally should send a chill through anyone involved in the sector today. Entitled ‘An Avalanche in Coming‘, and published by the UK-based Institute for Public Policy Research, it sums up powerfully the wide range of challenges facing education institutions, and the new ones to come.
You are probably aware that ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is announced over a year ago that it was expanding the top-level domain (TLD) name space by adding over a thousand new ones, in addition to the familiar .com, .nl, .co.uk, .org, etc. The idea was that the new TLDs were either for:
- brand names, like .kellogs or .dell
- generic terms, like .food or .travel, which would be open so multiple organizations could register for them (so you could have ‘virgin.travel’ or ‘thomascook.travel’, for example).
A new global report ranking world aid agencies by their transparency concludes they have a lot to improve.
- Only two agencies – DFID and World Bank IDA – ranked as ‘good’
- Report concludes: ‘Some progress, but aid is still not transparent’
Cloud computing and the increasing consumerisation of enterprise technology are two factors that are transforming ERP and enabling new ways for companies to interact with their staff, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. Despite such advancements, ERP deployments are often left to grow old, moving from a business enabler delivering value, to a straitjacket holding the business back. In this post, we look at some of the some of the indications that an ERP system is hampering your business.