Alliance Networks and Ecosystems

Alliance value networks organized in ecosystems are the way all  organizations will be designed and structured in the future.  The following podcast was carried out to discuss and explore how collaborative business models are being used to grow revenues and capabilities today.  Please click on the link below to listen.  Enjoy!

http://www.simoons.com/2014/01/cbp9-alliance-networks-ecosystems-troy-gautier/

 

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Did you use Bitcoin to buy your Christmas presents this year?

During a dinner party over the holidays one of our guests asked the question:  “Did anyone use Bitcoin to buy Christmas presents this year?”

Most of the people at the table thought it was a silly question but the more we discussed the digital currency, the more we discovered how interesting it was.  Everyone had heard of Bitcoin but no one really knew much about it, and no one in our group had ever owned any Bitcoin or ever made any transactions with it.

What is Bitcoin, where did it come from and where is it going?

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Biopharma conference confirms partnering trends

At a recent BioPharma conference organized by the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (A.S.A.P.) in Boston, impressive examples of strategic alliances and advanced partnering solutions were put forth and discussed by professionals in the industry.

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Humanist Values Trump All Others

Humanist values are universal and trump all others as an overriding principal of conduct in business relations.

As a strategic alliance expert who makes his living designing and optimizing international ecosystems, I often come across the issue of “cultural differences.”  How do we achieve maximum efficiency and optimal team work across vast areas of beliefs, education, behaviors and organizational structures? [Read more…]

Business Partnering to Improve Performance

Business partnering is the development of formal strategic relationships between independent companies to achieve better results than one could reach on its own.  The most common goal is to grow revenues and go-to-market capabilities.  Business partnering can also enable cost savings by pooling fixed and variable costs.

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MDG Success Event 23 Sept 2013

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Success Event this Monday will review and renew the progress being made towards the eight international development goals agreed to by all 189 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations.

MDG Success Event: 23 September, 2013

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Is the apprenticeship model still relevant?

Apprenticeship is a model of training passed down from one generation to the next.  The explicit goal is to pass along a specific competency, a basic set of skills, in a structured manner.  Most of the training is on-the-job working/learning within the framework of a formal agreement.

Is the apprenticeship model still relevant? [Read more…]

Collaborative Sales through Strategic Alliances

Collaborative sales have become the standard way of doing business and generating revenue growth for many companies.  Collaborative sales through strategic alliances are more elaborate strategies to find new channels to market, augment capabilities and grow revenues. [Read more…]

Big Data is a Big Deal

Big data is more than just the latest IT trend, more than just a consultant buzz word, more than another technology improvement.  Big data is a big deal.  [Read more…]

Governance as a Service

Governance as a Service is a concept which is catching on quickly in the corporate world as a separate process from the traditional leadership and decision-making processes. [Read more…]

Ecosystems to grow your revenues and capabilities

Ecosystems to grow your revenues and capabilities is an intelligent option for many professional services firms.

Ecosystems, within a context of business development, are communities of common interest, partnerships, groups of experts which come together to provide services to their clients.  The growth strategy through ecosystem development involves business partnerships outside one’s own firm and often outside one’s traditional channels to market.

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Smart Cities and Ecosystems

What if cities could talk?  What would they say about the way energy is managed?  Water?  Parking?  Traffic?  Public transportation?  What would the city tell us about its health care systems?  Educational institutions?  Municipal government?

What would the city tell us about its infrastructure?  Buildings?  Roads?  Bridges?  Electrical Grids?  Sewage systems?  Pollution?  Public safety? Parks? Connectivity and communications?

What about soft indicators such as human urban dweller well-being?  Quality of life?  Tolerance?  Diversity?  Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

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What makes a strategic alliance ‘strategic’?

What makes a strategic alliance ‘strategic’?

In a business context, partnerships and alliances are formal relationships in which two or more distinct companies decide to collaborate.  Why are some of these relationships deemed strategic alliances while others are simply conventional alliances or indirect sales channels? [Read more…]

Strategic alliances and open innovation

Strategic alliances and open innovation are topics of growing interest.  Innovation has always been a top concern for high performing organizations.  Innovation is often considered as the royal path to growth.  Open innovation is the wave of the future for all organizations, large and small, public and private enterprises.

What is open innovation and how does it link to strategic alliance development?

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Strategic Alliances and Tactical Partnerships

Strategic alliances and tactical partnerships are both good frameworks for collaboration.  But what do we mean by the terms ‘strategic alliances’ and ‘tactical partnerships’?  How are they similar and how are they different?

Semantics aside, usage really depends on the specific markets, what part of the world you are in and which organizations are doing the defining.

‘Strategic alliances’ is an often overused term to describe any and all forms of partnerships.  A strategy at its origin is a military term from the Greek language meaning generalship.  Today the common understanding of the term ‘strategy’ is a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty, over a period of time. [Read more…]

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