Commentary

Two recent studies look at the use of collaboration technologies in the workplace, including Forrester's “The State Of Workforce Technology Adoption: US Benchmark 2009” and Frost & Sullivan's “Meetings Around the World II: Charting the Course of Advanced Collaboration.” Both reports have great stories to...

What have we learned from the Massachusetts healthcare reform effort? Although costs to the state are running higher than anticipated - a problem in a recession – about 97% of MA residents enjoy some type of healthcare insurance. Considering the national rate is about 18%,...

To cope with this increasing workload at a time of shrinking budgets, legal departments are doing what other areas like sales, finance and human resources did long ago: namely, leveraging technology. Previously they may have relied on service providers offering expensive white-glove service, now they...

Speaking at Metropolitan Archives, a small business in Landover, Maryland, on Wednesday President Barack Obama outlined some of his administrations initiatives that will support more lending to America's small businesses. Among those initiatives is the call to Congress to increase the cap on 7(a)...

Jim Collins has researched and written extensively about the characteristics of successful companies. Recently he has published a short book, “How the Mighty Fall,” describing the characteristics of companies that fail. Collins defines five stages of decline prior to the company’s failure. Thinking...

The latest figures from the National Science Foundation confirm what many people in Wisconsin already knew: the UW-Madison is one of the nation's leading research universities. The numbers also underscore the fact that academic research and development isn't confined to the labs and research offices...

One of the biggest obstacle to marketers in the 21st century? The common penny. Getting consumers to pay “anything” to sample a product or service — even just a penny — is one of the greatest challenges that marketers face, according Chris Anderson, author of Free:...

This week I am attending the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2009 for the 12th consecutive year. It is one of the largest and most important annual gatherings of CIOs and senior IT leaders. There are many influential CIO's & senior-level IT executives with ties to Wisconsin including...

The latest figures from the National Science Foundation confirm what many people in Wisconsin already knew: the UW-Madison is one of the nation's leading research universities. The numbers also underscore the fact that academic research and development isn't confined to the labs and research offices...

Defects are the last of the seven sources of waste aka Muda (Japanese for waste) in lean thinking. Defects in manufacturing are errors, damage, mistakes and other situations that do not confirm to standards and processes. Defects and defect elimination is...