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Cracking the Value Code: How Successful Businesses are Creating Wealth in the New Economy
Cracking the Value Code: How Successful Businesses are Creating Wealth in the New Economy
von Richard Boulton
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Oversimplified, 5. Juli 2000
The core concept the authors are trying to drive home is that while conventional accounting practices list only the tangible assets in the balance sheet, it is important to recognize and leverage on the intangible assets that are largely ignored.Data collected from over 10000 companies, empirical evidence shows the progressive decrease in the ratio of book value to market value of companies. It is also shown that for companies that created most of the wealth in a very short span, this ratio is the lowest; as low as 0.03 in some. This is attributed to the recognition of intangible assets of the new economy companies that are not reported in the balance sheet but recognized by the stock market.
It is then argued that in order to add value and create wealth , companies need to adopt a strategy to optimize the use of all their assets - Physical, Financial, Organizational, Customer and Employee & Customer assets. The book defines each of these assets and a small case study is presented as to how a particular company succeeded in creating value using each of these assets. An analogy is drawn to the understanding of DNA on the basis of four amino acids. These five assets seem to be those with which the authors want to crack the code of creating value and wealth and these assets are the "business genome". The framework that evolves is termed as "Value Dynamics".
I was keenly looking forward for a methodology that would enable a quantitative analysis. Maybe I can find it in the next edition!
The use of Information Technology to measure and report what needs to be measured appears as a summary in the last chapter.
Albert Einstein as quoted in this book had rightly said "Sometimes what counts can't be counted and what can be counted doesn't count".


Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
von Spencer Johnson
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Preis: EUR 17,13

4.0 von 5 Sternen It is not chance but change that matters., 3. Juli 2000
This is a short story. I recommend that one reads it very slowly or if need be twice, since the moral of the story as applicable to the reader might take some time to reflect.
It may be appropriate to relate this story not just to individuals but also to companies that need new direction in view of what is happening in the market place- more relevant in the digital economy. The longer the company has been in a particular business and more successful it has been in the old economy, this story needs to be read by all employees of that company. That will set the thinking to seek "new cheese" that is necessary for survival. Employees also will prepare to change their mindset to acquire skills, change attitudes and look at new opportunities. After all the focus is on long term employability and not long term employment.
The case that comes to my mind is the large number of "sick" companies in India, particularly those owned by the Government. There was a time when a job in these companies was considered secure and comfortable with the assurance of the pay check every month. These companies sustained on subsidies and financial support from the Government that over a period of time assured cheese to all employees as their "entitlement". But now that the supply of cheese has run out, thanks to the new economic policies driven by market forces, what we see in most of the employees is a feeling of anger and frustration - " I want my cheese back!"
Read this book - and " Say Cheese ! "


Digital Transformation: The Essentials of E-Business Leadership
Digital Transformation: The Essentials of E-Business Leadership
von Keyur Patel
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Short and sweet !, 26. Juni 2000
This book is a brief description of the impact of the Internet on Businesses of all kind. It starts with b2b e-business success stories like Cisco, FedEx and Ingram Micro whose business volumes on the web is several hundred fold greater than more popular b2c companies like Amazon.Com and Yahoo !. The most important factor to succeed in e-business starts with the right vision of the top management and the book provides a simple and effective framework that integrates business and technology drivers with the e-business strategy.
"Digital Transformation" as defined by KPMG is not just the conversion of text, images, voice and video into digital form but also involves the changes in the business processes associated with them. Once the vision and strategy are in place it is important to move fast and get the "first mover advantage" since in the new economy it is the first movers who walk away with all the marbles.
One chapter each is devoted to b2b and b2c challenges and in each case the business model is brought out well.
The authors then borrow the concept of " disruptive technology" - the term coined by Prof Clayton Christensen in his book " The innovators dilemma". The web as a disruptive technology and what this means to diverse industries - Travel, Broking, Automobiles is quite interesting. In fact I have started reading " Innovator's Dilemma" once again.
The final chapter is devoted to future trends ( and threats !).
An excellent summary of what it means to be transformed- Digitally, in just about 120 pages.


The New, New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
The New, New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
von Michael Lewis
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Taken for a ride..on a computerized boat, 12. Juni 2000
Michael Lewis opens the story on the sophisticated sailboat that many of us would not dare to travel in despite the offer of lucrative stock options in Jim Clark's latest venture. It so happens that on completion of the trans-atlantic voyage the people on board discover that they had become richer several folds. Humor apart, this is one of the well-narrated stories about the mind and vision of one of foremost Silicon Valley architects.
We have scores of success stories of business leaders who have built multi-billion dollar businesses ground up in a short duration. But in this case we have a person who quickly moves from one success to another and in each case an unrelated one. The common thread is Computing and Internet.
The men from the India-Pawan, Kittu and Shankar receive due credit and people in this part of the world would be eager to have a glimpse at "Hyperion" if she makes a voyage across the Indian Ocean !
Happy sailing !


Amazon.com: Get Big Fast
Amazon.com: Get Big Fast
von Robert Spector
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I am biased�, 22. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Amazon.com: Get Big Fast (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I am writing this review is because I am willing to spare my time to interact with other customers of Amazon.com. I may not bother to do so on a site that is not as good. Robert Spector has done an excellent job of narrating the story of the company that I admire most. I may be biased in writing this review to the extent Amazon.com has constantly met and exceeded my browsing and shopping expectations .
Jeff Bezos certainly gets a lot of credit for building the great organization but a detailed account of scores of others who have shared his vision and worked hard to make it a reality is also brought out well.
Two points that deserve more attention :
1. Details on technology that powers this massive site.
2. Customers like me who visit this site almost everyday but do most of the actual purchases from local stores since we are physically far away from USA.
( Jeff Bezos - Welcome to India !)


aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads, and Made Millions in the War for the Web
aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads, and Made Millions in the War for the Web
von Kara Swisher
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5.0 von 5 Sternen On Line Entertainment !, 15. Mai 2000
I read this book soon after the announcement of the mega merger of AOL and Time Warner. Having gone through the well narrated story, I am amazed by the vision and the resilience of Steve Case who has guided the company through turbulent times.
The trend towards convergence of technologies, content and delivery, exponential growth of online users, bandwidth and processing constraints, the fierce fight for survival are all here in one book.
I look forward to one more book from Kara Swisher ( from where she has left) to tell us what is happening since then.


Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
von James C. Collins
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lived happily ever after�.., 9. Mai 2000
I read this book for the second time after my first reading two years ago. This time my focus was to see if the principles guiding "visionary companies" (most of them old economy models) will hold well in the new economy. I am convinced that most of the visionary companies would succeed in any kind of transformation in the marketplace. It is these companies that set "BHAGs", have excellent cultures, care for their image and emerge as stars in the final analysis. Good management principles cannot be discarded for the sake of temporary gain. And that is precisely why these companies have survived in turbulent times in their making . This is not to say that all 18 companies would repeat their performance for the next 50 years; but if they continue to be guided by the same fundamental principles on which they are built , they will certainly last forever.
Dot coms may kindly note....


Making the Cisco Connection: The Story Behind the Real Internet Superpower
Making the Cisco Connection: The Story Behind the Real Internet Superpower
von David Bunnell
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Preis: EUR 38,61

5.0 von 5 Sternen Cisco is the network�, 2. Mai 2000
There is no free lunch but there could be free voice; and if "Voice of the people is the voice of God", Cisco will soon be handling the bulk of it. John Chambers is working and waiting for this to happen !.
The book begins with an excellent foreword from Karen Southwick and when David Bunnell starts with the main story he is at his best.
It is amazing to see Cisco's ability to acquire and integrate dozens of companies to its fold, grow at blazing speed and still maintain the core values and retain its people.
The chapters of the book are sequenced well and details on technology are explained in a manner that readers not familiar with networking are able to understand and appreciate the business strategy of Cisco.
If one believes that the internet is going to change the way we live, read about the company that has contributed so much to make this happen.


Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy
Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy
von Philip Evans
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Preis: EUR 22,64

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Big Bang�.., 28. April 2000
Yes, this is not a book for light reading. It presents powerful concepts that will soon be recognized on par with those that have shaped our economies till date. More important, this is for the future and not a thesis based on historical research.
Traditional economic theories have largely been successful at a time when assumptions were made - due to lack of information in the market place. Students in Business Schools are still taught "Economic value of perfect information". Remove the constraint on the availability of information ; Traditional Business models instantly collapse and give way to the new economic model that is driven by connectivity and standards.
The book focuses on two basic forces that shatter traditional business structures- 1. The separation of the economics of information from the economics of things. 2. The blowup of the tradeoff between richness and reach of information. The result is "Deconstruction".
The authors explain each of these concepts with excellent illustrations and cases and then go on to provide a framework for competing in the new economy.
This book is written in such a manner that the concepts could be used by managers in diverse industries - If they are keen that their traditional businesses (and their jobs) are NOT "Blown to bits".
Excellent !


High Noon: The Inside Story of Scott McNealy and the Rise of Sun Microsystems
High Noon: The Inside Story of Scott McNealy and the Rise of Sun Microsystems
von Karen Southwick
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Preis: EUR 42,43

3.0 von 5 Sternen The SUN never sets...., 26. April 2000
This is more of a business biography about the company and its present CEO. The age old feud against Microsoft and SUN's active role to bring the big brother to book have been narrated like a novel. Technology takes the back seat when dramatics take over. The concepts of "Network is the computer", Java, "Openness" and the paradigm shift in the world of computing that has taken place during the last two decades, the major players and the not so ethical ways of competing do get some attention.
The dot in the dot com deserves a much better book that can bring out its real strengths and contribution to the world of cyberspace.The SUN never sets over this small planet !


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