Tech industry slips into a surprising slump
After a remarkable six-year boom set off by the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007, tech companies of all shapes and sizes are finding growth slowing, and even contracting in some cases. Though there are still bright spots among companies that help manage data or provide cybersecurity, many of the industry's biggest companies are struggling to figure out the changes in the way businesses and consumers are buying and using technology. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
How to create an amazing, kill-the-competition value proposition
People will buy from you over the competition only when perceived benefits outweigh the perceived costs. Price only matters in the absence of value. Toba Beta, a novelist with a degree in economics said it best, “Value is more expensive than price.” Read Ron Stein's full column.
Entrepreneurs, university form partnership
An employee edge at CTI
The defense contracting firm bids on contracts to provide personnel support for the military and federal government. As part of the bidding process, the firm has to recruit employees to fulfill the contract, providing names and resumes before CTI even knows if it has won.
Entrepreneurs’ Organization South Florida has launched a new relationship with Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship to foster entrepreneurial inspiration and success for students and the business community. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Tips on taming the email monster
With social media, email, mobile phones, text and the regular old telephone, keeping track of all the ways information pours in can be overwhelming to every manager and most employees. Email in particular seems to eat more time than any other method of communication. Read Jerry Osteryoung's full column.
The 9 commandments of being customer-centric
Most likely, you’ve heard some salespeople, their managers or seemingly progressive business owners and CEOs proudly proclaim: “It’s not about us. It’s about them, the customer!” But that's easier said than done. More at the South Florida Business-Journal.