Financial services firms, banks and cultural change

Last year’s Barclay Bank Libor-rigging scandal was likely caused by cultural problems following a speedy expansion, according to a recent BBC News article. A study found the financial services firm’s strong culture of winning, siloed departments with different values, and lack of emphasis on customer and client needs led to the breakdown. The simple fact [...]

By | April 4th, 2013|

Go International

Written by Michael Martz 14 October 2010 As I’ve just returned from a trip to Scotland, what topic could be timelier than international EDI? It was tough enough communicating over there with both ‘sender’ and ‘receiver’ using English (we figured that if we could identify one out of five words being spoken to us, we [...]

By | October 25th, 2010|

The retailers’ dilemma

As they decide how to stock their shelves later this year, America’s shopkeepers are debating whether the recent rise in consumer spending will last. THE mood of executives at retail firms normally moves in lockstep with that of their customers. But in America the news on May 25th that consumer confidence had reached its highest [...]

By | June 10th, 2010|

U.S. Growth in 4th Quarter Revised Slightly Lower

4th Quarter GDP growth in the United States has been revised slightly lower From NYTIMES.COM Economic growth in the last quarter of 2009 was slightly less robust than previously thought, the government said on Friday. But corporate profit in the quarter rose significantly, providing hope that businesses might begin hiring again. […]

By | March 29th, 2010|

The Top 10 IT Focus Points for 2010

What are your priorities for 2010? Reducing IT costs? Complying with the growing number of regulatory requirements? Improving availability and performance of critical business services? If your IT organization is like many, these may be your top three priorities for the year ahead. At least that’s what was reported in the 2009 IT Market Survey [...]

By | March 4th, 2010|