The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business began its Master of Business Analytics program this fall with 30 students. About 50 to 60 students are expected to enroll in the $47,000 program next year, the school said.
The program was the brainchild of Marshall’s corporate advisory board-executives at blue-chip firms like General Electric Co. , Boeing Co. and Walt Disney Co. who say they need more hires with analytics talent, said James Ellis, the school’s dean. The board also recommended that undergraduate students at Marshall be required to take a course in the subject.
I tell companies to plan on multiple releases of their innovation – because competitive advantage is fleeting and they better be thinking of next wave.
Proof positive of that comes from this gallery – several cars for under $ 20,000 now boast technology which till a couple of years ago was only available in $ 50,000+ cars
They include the enhanced iPhone integration via Siri Eyes Free, on-screen navigation functionality via a $50 smartphone app, and GM's OnStar telematics system in its Chevy Spark (pictuerd), Around View Monitor in the Nissan Versa, Honda's Lane Watch blind-spot camera, HondaLink apps, and a swipe-enabled touch screen in its Civic.
These days books have their own microsites, Amazon feedback loops, Twitter hashtags, LinkedIn groups, Facebook pages, even their own apps and related tracking metrics and social analytics. My books had had most of these.
For The New Polymath, my fellow author friend Peter Fingar created an animato.
For The Digital Enterprise, Jon Reed and Fred Zimmerman used ‘anthropomorphism-friendly textbots’ at Fred’s startup PageKicker to create a tag cloud.
For SAP Nation, Dennis Howlett has invited me to try CrowdChat. CrowdChat is a free community platform started by our friend, John Furrier that works across Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN to allow users to discuss a topic using a specific hashtag.
Join Dennis and me Monday morning – details here. There you can see a 'sign' icon at the top right and can use LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter credentials to come into the chat. You'll have the option to post whatever you say out to Twitter etc as well.
We will be giving out 3 free Kindle copies of the book – one based on just showing up (so long we see your Twitter handle or other identifier), one based on the smartest question during the session, and one based on a write up or review which mentions that chat. Dennis will be judge and jury for all 3 awards – so you better be nice to him for the next few days.
Novelis, the world’s largest aluminum recycler, showed Ford how it could afford the switch to higher-priced aluminum (adding about $750 per truck) by using recycled scrap instead of buying virgin aluminum mined from bauxite. Together they created an innovative supply chain that allows Ford to recover a big chunk of its aluminum costs by selling the scrap back to its suppliers and reusing it.
Phil Martens, a former Ford executive who is now chief executive of Atlanta-based Novelis, says the virtuous circle is a clever example of risk management. “Give us your scrap and that will turn into your product.”
Tomorrow, Amazon will release the eBook version of SAP Nation. So, you can read it on your Kindle, or the app on your PC, iPad or other mobile device.
The book had more pre-orders on Amazon than any of my previous books and those readers came from its .com, co.uk, .ca, .de, .fr and .com.au sites. I have priced them even more competitively for the .in and .br sites so expect an even broader global audience.
In a couple of weeks, a soft cover, print on demand version should also be available. In January, hardbacks will ship to those who have ordered bulk (25+) copies.
I expect many more reviews and comments as the first wave of readers gets their copies
I will also be excerpting about 10% of the book on the Deal Architect blog over the next few months.
Thanks to so many who helped with the research, production and promotion of the book. It truly takes a village. In particular, I want to recognize Michele and Ronda at 1106Design for taking humble Word docs and turning them into easy on the eye mobi files and stunning covers.
Final note to European readers: Amazon tells me that starting January 1, several EU countries will collect VAT on digital content including eBooks. That could be as high as 22% in some markets. If you plan to buy SAP Nation, please consider doing so as part of your Christmas shopping.
In 2009, Williams developed a racing flywheel mechanism called a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, capable of capturing energy generated by Formula One cars during high-speed braking, storing it, then delivering it back to the wheels when drivers needed an extra kick of acceleration.
Starting this month, Williams will begin installing huge versions of its energy system at wind turbines around the islands. The units will store excess juice and channel it back to residents, stabilizing the power grid and eliminating the need for the generators, as well as limiting blackouts.
Docker kicked off the container boom 18 months ago, when it released its technology (also called Docker) under a free-of-charge open-source license. The software sparked the kind of rapid uptake generally reserved for consumer gewgaws like FarmVille, clocking 43 million downloads as of early October. Users include Google Inc., International Business Machines Corp. , Spotify, Yelp Inc. —and, yes, Microsoft—as well as nontech companies like the BBC and a handful of big banks, according to people familiar with the financial institutions’ operations.
“The interest level is off the charts,” says Dave Bartoletti, an analyst with technology research firm Forrester Research Inc.
New international route business models – courtesy of Time
La Compagnie, Yvelin’s new carrier (in photo below) runs 74-seat, all-business-class 757s between New York City and Paris, charging about $2,000 round-trip vs. $5,000 to $11,000 for the same seat on a larger carrier.
WOW recently launched four-times-a- week service from Baltimore and Boston to Reykjavík for as little as $400 round-trip, with continuing service to 18 other European cities. Unlike some long-haul carriers, WOW uses narrow-body Airbus A320s for the five-to-six-hour trip. Using smaller jets means you need fewer passengers to fill them, so there’s less capacity risk; charging 400 bucks round-trip almost guarantees you’ll get all the passengers you need. The WOW approach is the opposite of another Scandinavian carrier, the rapidly growing Norwegian Air Shuttle, although both are devotees of the ULCC model. Already a power in Europe’s short-haul market, Norwegian has taken advantage of global deregulation to take on long-haul, point-to-point service. The company is flying wide-body, 294-seat 787 Dreamliners to London from New York City and Los Angeles as well as Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company is also running from Oakland, Calif., to Oslo and Copenhagen. With 11 Dreamliners on the way, including the newest, longer-range 787-9s, Norwegian has big plans. “Everybody thinks that long-haul, low-cost is a different ball game,” says CEO Bjørn Kjos. “What drives cost is utilization and how you operate.”