Venture capitalists have increased the attention they are paying to companies involved in the health care technology space, according to Reuters. Their primary goals are to capitalize upon the transition to electronic health records and take advantage of the rising popularity of personal health monitoring tools such as mobile applications, which can be leveraged via smartphone, tablet, wearable technology (smart watches, for instance) and other devices.
As a result of the Great Recession, the frequency of mega-mergers plunged over the past five years amid economic instability and fears of further upheaval. Now, however, it looks like big corporations are finally done holding back – at least if the recent pace of merger and acquisition activity is anything to go by.
Cloud computing has greatly influenced the corporate landscape, becoming a popular technology that delivers a broad range of benefits. CIOs may have once been hesitant to embrace the possibilities of cloud environments in the past, but they should use this opportunity to implement such services to achieve a number of advantages over aging equipment that cannot keep pace with ever-changing industry demands.
Entrepreneurial CEOs believe what they do and the products they create will change the world. By nature, they are agile, creative and comfortable dealing with uncertainty. Their laser-like focus on how to fix a specific problem allows them to clearly see the solution. Charles Handy wrote in his book The New Alchemists, that entrepreneurs also share two key traits – dedication and doggedness. Combined, these qualities allow entrepreneurs to build businesses with huge potential. (more…)
Just a few short years ago, the term "bring your own device" meant little in the corporate landscape. Since then, BYOD has skyrocketed in popularity, and the majority of firms across virtually all industries have integrated the approach into their daily operations in some capacity. What's more, projections from top research organizations suggest this momentum won't slow down anytime soon. On the contrary, BYOD is set to go from strength to strength.
The C-suite is larger than it has ever been. In fact, a Harvard Business School study published last year revealed that executive recruiting is booming and CEOs have double the direct reports today than they did in the 1980s. With so many more people in the equation, is it any wonder that tension has a tendency to crop up from time to time?
Now more than ever, companies are understanding the value of corporate culture in everything from boosting employee morale to engaging in more successful executive search and recruitment. (more…)
Seven in 10 CIOs will be shaking up their firms’ technology and sourcing relationships over the next couple of years, spurred by the desire to be as prepared as possible for a digital future that is coming ever-closer, according to a recent global survey of CIOs by Gartner’s Executive Programs.
For some members of the C-suite, the concept of relying on big data can be unnerving.
Now more than ever, health care organizations in the United States need to reduce operational costs while being able to share patient information with each other. The Affordable Care Act and the regulations set by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the latter of which calls for the implementation of electronic health records and nationwide re-focus toward value-based care, have provided the perfect opportunity for hospitals to use data analytics.
If you thought managing the retail supply chain was a headache, consider the tall task of transporting oil and gas.
What is a leader? A quick Google search brings up pages and pages of quotes, editorials, books and more, all attempting to answer this deceptively simple question, suggesting there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Serving on a corporate board can provide executives with valuable perspective and insight beyond your own company. However, before embarking on a search for a board seat, it is wise to do your homework. (more…)
Cyberattacks are becoming increasingly prevalent, and this trend is only set to continue over the coming months and years. A study from Weil, Gotshal & Manges released last month noted that public directors are responsible for protecting their companies from cybersecurity-related risks.
Cyberattacks are an unfortunate reality of this day and age, and they pose a very real threat to companies across all industries. What’s more, the problem is only getting worse. (more…)
Communication skills are a core part of an executive’s arsenal, but even leaders who excel in this regard can sometimes fall victim to common conversational mistakes – and this is especially the case when tensions are high and the topic of discussion is contentious.
The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important leadership traits, and should be a key component of companies’ executive search and recruitment efforts. That being said, even executives who think they have achieved the perfect balance between listening and exercising the gift of the gab might feel a twinge of uncertainty when it comes to approaching difficult conversations. (more…)
Today’s health care climate is markedly different to 2012′s, and shifts over the next two years are likely to make the situation in 2016 seem similarly removed from the present. In such a fast-paced industry, health care executives who fail to keep up with the rapid rate of cultural, legislative, regulatory and technological change risk losing their grasp on the field altogether.
When corporate leaders are asked who they look to for leadership lessons, they’ll likely answer with the names of other executives from the business world. People like Richard Branson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are inspirational in their own right, but renowned CEOs aren’t the only ones with leadership wisdom to share. Admiral William H. McRaven proved this with his recent commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin.
The bring your own device trend has taken the business world by storm, allowing employees to use their personal mobile devices for work. Within the health care sector, however, entities have hung back with regard to BYOD adoption.
Sony. Global Payment Systems. Zappos. Adobe Systems. Target. Epsilon. Neiman Marcus. Michaels Stores. Yahoo.
If there’s one thing that’s become apparent to the corporate world over the past few years, it’s that no company is too big to fall victim to cybersecurity breaches that compromise its valuable data at the hands of hackers. (more…)
For companies in the manufacturing industry, research and development is tremendously important.
The role of the CIO is in flux, and executives who fail to embrace change risk stagnation and, even worse, irrelevance.
Earlier this year, we reported on the findings of Capgemini Consulting and Penn State University's 18th annual study of the global logistics market, as outlined by FleetOwner. The study predicted the return of manufacturing to the United States in the wake of the outsourcing boom – a phenomenon known as reshoring.
In December of 2012, Forbes contributor Brian O’Connell took a moment to lay out several energy trends that would impact companies, including the price of energy, an increased reliance on renewables, the “greenification” of commercial buildings and the transition from oil to natural gas.