The Market Burden

Today's post is actually only a short sound bite for further conversations to be developed in the future: The real burden of the open and free market is the fact that it does not always behave and act in the way the market participants anticipated. [In other words, the market might be open and free … Continue reading The Market Burden

Behavioural Consequences – The UK Bond Market Rigging Scandal

Thoughts on over regulation and disincentives

A Disconnected World – The Information Age Irony

As economic beings we are extremely ‘short-sighted’ by nature. We don’t fully appreciate the differences and interactions between the short-, medium- and long-term. It was Burns & Mitchell (1946) who tried to measure the economic cycles. Today there are four broad classifications of business cycles as follows: Kitchin cycle (3 – 5 years) – The … Continue reading A Disconnected World – The Information Age Irony

A new Commercial Reality under Austerity

How to compete fairly and openly.  [Part of our ‘The Trouble with Innovation series 1,2,3,4,5 – Part 6]Doing business anywhere, anytime is never easy! That is a stark commercial reality, that most business people will accept as a given.  But how? now? does is work in a climate of AUSTERITY??? (Apologies for the blatant confusion and … Continue reading A new Commercial Reality under Austerity

Our Lessons from 2011

  We decided to summarise our learning from 2011 into two brief thoughts:   The pains and strains of the economic sovereign debt melt-down in 2011, should stand us in good stead to deal with even more debt and sovereign strain in 2012, as More and Bigger Europe continue to miss the point; this being … Continue reading Our Lessons from 2011

Peak Debt – What Peak Debt?

Peak Debt is in essence the point at which a sovereign nation reaches its maximum indebtedness and cannot afford to service the debt anymore, thus prompting a reduction in the debt (principal). So, Europe proved yesterday with the uplift of the EFSF (European Financial Stability Fund) from its current base of €440bn to €1tr (boosting … Continue reading Peak Debt – What Peak Debt?

In the Cloud, Structure is everything!

We have been having several conversations with colleagues and practitioners in both the Enterprise Strategy and Architecture space around both Cloud Computing and the Integrated Service IT delivery space. Our brief conclusion is that Organisational Structure is everything. We believe that you cannot effectively move IT Service delivery into the ‘Cloud’ and / or integrate … Continue reading In the Cloud, Structure is everything!

US Treasuries – An FX or a market call?

So it has finally happened. After threatening for months that a credit rating down grade was probable for the USA, Standard & Poor's finally took the 'big step' on Friday 5 August, after the major markets closed. So what next? In our article 'US Treasuries - Are the markets really that bothered?' published on 30 July 2011, … Continue reading US Treasuries – An FX or a market call?

A sigh of relief?

Some say that in life timing is everything... And so too it is with economics.  We don’t yet have a fully developed and ‘mature’ [in terms of life-cycle] grasp of the impact of timing with leads and lags in the economy in general. Yes, we have very sophisticated and advance models, analytics, knowledge management, quantitative … Continue reading A sigh of relief?

Risk Management Ideas

Risk has as one of its essential elements TRUST as a foundation. Trust on the other hand has many other factors that interplay and interact on it. Markets are created when there are needs that are not immediately met from you local environment and therefore scarcity exists.  Market participants step in to fill this 'needs' … Continue reading Risk Management Ideas

The Trouble with Innovation – Part 5

As CeBIT 2010 ended this series of articles will move forward from the baseline discussed do far. In the last article Part 4 we alluded to Risk and the positive Risk Management strategy of Value Based Principles.  In order to conclude the next two steps into Value Creation Chain, we need to focus on ‘Value Management’ and … Continue reading The Trouble with Innovation – Part 5

What do you do?

One of the comments we picked up on during the CeBIT 2010 fair was this:   At around 80% of the exhibitor booths it is very difficult to figure out what the company does or sells.   Now we might split hairs over the accuracy of the 80% estimate, but we want to focus on … Continue reading What do you do?