Business Strategy for Software Executives
November 10, 2008
The Trials of Today’s CEO
As CEOs look to effectively manage their companies in a challenging economic climate, their need for independent advice is greater than ever.
By Ken Ross, ExpertCEO
CEOs know: It is lonely at the top. The challenges of running a company, meeting investor expectations, managing employees, and communicating effectively with the board is no small task – even in the best of times. Today’s global financial crisis and domestic recession don’t make things easier.
Our new poll shows that, indeed, CEOs are struggling as they guide their company’s through an unstable economy. The constant flow of business challenges greatly enhances the need for CEOs to get independent advice from peers and other experts outside their companies.
IT Spending: 2009 Under the Knife
The latest Goldman Sachs survey confirms a big contraction in technology expenditures for the fourth quarter and 2009. But analyst Sarah Friar says that the U.S. downturn won’t be extremely sharp and that software will hold up better than some segments. Read the topline findings in this post to the SandHill.com Blog, Voice of the Customer.
What IT Can Learn from Presidential Politics
Looking back on the record-breaking 2008 presidential campaign, Jake Sorofman of rPath takes a look at what vendors and customers can learn from the campaigns about embracing change in this post to the SandHill.com Blog, New Era, New Thinking.
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A Fine-Grained View of the Sources of Growth
The authors of The Granularity of Growth explain why the best strategies begin with a precise understanding of market and product opportunities. Watch the interview in this feature from The McKinsey Quarterly.
News Update: Yes IT Can
Obama's open-source approach sets a new stage for tech in America; plus SOA struggles, Symantec's whitelist, and hi-tech theft. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: How’s Your Life?
Sure, CEOs have it tough today but what about you? Compared to the rest of your career, how challenging is your job today?
Last week, speculated on the degree to which their marketing organizations suffer from a relentless pursuit of perfection.
More at SandHill.com:
Silicon Valley startups are weathering the financial storm.
Internal risk-assesment software maker Memento received $10 million.
Microsoft says it won’t bid again for Yahoo.
Siemens IT Solutions and Services named John E. Evers Jr. as president and CEO.
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