A New Way of Working: Insights from Global Leaders. Sign up for the Videocast on April 14 and hear more at Impact
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(Contributed by Cindy Cheng)
People love lists and ranks. There’s the World’s Billionaires List published by Forbes, America’s Best Colleges by US News & World Report, Top American Hospitals by US News, The World’s Best Brands by Business Week, World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune, and many, many more.
By selecting the best and filtering out the rest, these lists and ranking priorities make it easy for people to grasp and focus on what are the top performers in the category. Many people use this information to make comparisons, decisions, and justifications for their purchases and behaviors. These powerful lists influence what cars and goods to purchase, which bank to stash savings in, what stocks to pick, which company to work for and to do business.
If you follow and read these annually published lists, you may also noticed that the same companies often get listed in different lists, from year to year. BMW, Procter & Gamble, Panasonic, AT&T, Wal-Mart, and yes, IBM, are just a few familiar names that top many charts. Have you ever wondered why and what makes these companies not only the best in their industries, but also stack up well against other key metrics and performance benchmarks?
Perhaps there are some common characteristics that make these companies more successful than their peers, more resilient through turbulent economic times, more efficient with their resources, and more effective as an organization? How is it that while many companies filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the past few years, many more continue to thrive, beat analyst earning forecasts quarter after quarter, and continue to post record profit year after year? To find out, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a research and interviewed more than 275 senior executives worldwide across industries.
"Leading organizations are using Smart Work practices to improve decision making and business results through greater agility and incorporation of collaborative capabilities within business processes. This video cast highlights areas where out performers have realized greater returns by working effectively in an increasingly volatile and complex global business environment." said speaker Manoj Saxena, Vice President & Global Solutions Leader for IBM Global Business Services.
Watch a brief video with the lead researcher, Eric Lesser, who conducted the study and register to receive the full study:
The study reveals distinct differences in priorities, behaviors, gaps, and supporting technologies between organizations that outperform their peers. For one, they have different priorities. Instead of trying to improve operational efficiency, they’re leaping forward and focusing on how to grow the business through introducing new products, services, and expanding in to new markets and geographies.
Furthermore, one of they key enablers that allow outperforming organizations to focus on growth is due to its business agility. This comes from being able to more quickly improve processes and reconfigure skills required to meet changing demand, harnessing the power of their knowledge workers through collaboration, and having accurate, real-time information for making timely critical decisions.
Lastly, these companies are working smarter by adopting technologies that allow them to leverage process, people, and information within the organization to be more dynamic, collaborative, and connected.
Want to learn more? Hear from IBM executives, Nancy Pearson, Eric Lesser and Manoj Saxena as they share research findings during a one hour live videocast on April 14. Find out how organizations are implementing newer, more effective, smarter approaches to work. Learn how BPM, SOA, Collaboration, and other technologies are enabling companies to outperform their peers and be more dynamic, collaborative, and connected. And how these practices contribute to better business performance.
Register for the free live videocast today: http://bit.ly/cOBfFB
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