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New Media on Ulitzer A recent study run by online business networking service www.MeettheBoss.com shows that executives are spending an extra 11 hours a month online sharing their professional experiences and learning from their peers. The survey asked its executive users what direct value they gained from spending time running blogs, writing tweets and connecting with other executives on sites such as LinkedIn, Xing, MeettheBoss, Ryze, Facebook, Ulitzer and Twitter. The answers revealed that executives proficient with online activities are spending an average of 11 hours more per month online than this time last year – and over 90% of respondents said they felt their time online was ‘very valuable’ to their daily role. Professionals are rushing to the Web for immediate answers to their most pressing questions. “I find online business networking very useful,” says M... (more)

CMO ‘Very Concerned’ About Obama’s Healthcare Reform Agenda

In an interview for MeettheBoss.com, Spiegel was asked about the impact of President Obama’s stated aim of increased access to ‘generic’ medicines on the pharmaceutical industry. “Fixing the healthcare system in America is a very complex issue and I am not an expert on all aspects,” says Spiegel, “the collaboration that has existed to date between academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry and the bio tech industry has been extremely productive … we’re very concerned that changes to the healthcare system and its reimbursement could easily shift this delicate balance that ... (more)

Confessions of a Ulitzer Addict

John Funnel on Ulitzer Earlier this year one of my staff attended a SYS-CON event and returned to the office a different person. Revitalised and motivated. I asked her what happened at the event to warrant such a transformation? What was her secret? Was it the New York Shopping experience? A business Romance or was it Devine intervention? She simply advised me to ‘check out Ulitzer. – Everyone who is anyone is on it’. She was not the first to introduce me to the innovation. Many of my peers had gone through such noticeable changes, It was like a weight had been lifted from the... (more)

Cloud Committee Concludes

Leading names within the telecoms industry met last week in Latin America to discuss the future of the Cloud, and its effects for the continent. Representatives from Cablevision - Federico Juarez Valdez, CIO, Telefonica Media Networks SA - Pedro Luis Planas, CTO LA, Grupo GTD - Cristian Eyzaguirre, CIO, Telefonica Media Networks Latin America - Javier Izquierdo, COO and COFETEL (Federal Telecommunications Commission) - Rodrigo Gutierrez Sandez, CIO - General Coordinator of Organisation and IT among others met in Mexico to discuss the advantages of moving to the cloud and how best ... (more)

Are You Just a Bean Counter or Do You Try to Grow Beans?

For generations the Finance profession has been deemed to be the most boring of things - mere ‘bean-counters' valuing, counting and confirming quantities throughout the world of commerce. If this remains your perception of your role then you are in danger of being passed to the realms of extinction! No longer can we continue with this age old adage of our profession, we must all migrate to the 21stCentury and ensure we accept our new role within business. That of accountants embracing change and adding value through their role - ‘growing beans instead of counting them'. We all n... (more)