The 6 rules to make you stand out from the crowd

“I am sorry for the delay, but I have been very busy lately”. I assume we have all had this excuse from someone missing a deadline. A deadline he or she voluntarily committed to. It can be a client who promised to come back on a certain issue, a...

What is management consulting?

Management consulting indicates both the industry and practice of helping organizations improve their performance primarily through the analysis of existing organizational problems and development of plans for improvement. Consultancies may also provide organizational change management assistance, development of coaching skills, technology implementation, strategy development, or operational improvement services. Management...

Should we rush to the Cloud?

To quote Churchill: "Don't trust statistics that you haven't made yourself" A survey made by a vendor with a vested interest in the outcome, should always be taken with a grant of salt....

Strategy & change: are they related?

I recently came across a statement saying that only around 25% of all companies have a strategy in place.  The statement also referred to statistics saying that 80% of all change efforts failed. The question is: are the two phenomena somehow related?...

Commission only?

– Why it doesn’t work and what you could do instead. I am assisting software companies with internationalisation.  What that comes down to is helping our clients acquire customers in a new market (bootstrapping), building a local presence (bridgehead) and heading for market dominance (scaling) [1]. Before jumping to...

The Cloud – how far away is it?

At the CeBIT in the year 2000 A.D. I was interviewed by several journalists about our expectations to the ASP delivery format.  How fast would it knock out the traditional (old economy?) license models?  What would the pricing policies be? How would we manage the cash flow issues? How...

Why do we need a strategy?

Reading time: 2 minutes You want your business to grow, and you want a (sustainable) solid profit? Why then, don’t we just go out there and get some customers, convince them to purchase our solutions at good prices (to us)? Why are we consultants always asking, “What is your strategy”?...

iPad – I like it.

I got my iPad 4 weeks ago through our office in Germany (not out in Denmark yet). I took it with me on my vacation to Croatia and Italy and am exited about the Ding....

Helly-Hansen and online shopping – a sad experience

I am a passionate skier.  But my ski dress needs to be replaced.  I bought my ski jacket in New Zealand in 1995.  It’s a Columbia and it has served me well.  The ski pants was bought in Århus in Denmark in 1996 and they are Helly Hansen....

Selling software through a channel

Using a channel of independent companies to resell, implement and/or service your customers has a long tradition in the history of the software industry. For some software companies the channel has been a major contributor to global success, but for most software companies making it work is a constant...