Interview – A Day in the Life of a “Starr” Citizen

Dmitriy Navichonak is a Senior Analyst at Starr & Associates. He has a deep background in developing business intelligence solutions by leveraging the latest in data management technology. Dmitriy has a wide range of skills from customized visualization of data to database management. He is heavily involved in intelligence solutions innovation and forensic data analysis in order to unlock….

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Competitive Analysis

Assessing the “Intent” in Strategic Intent – Pt. 1

I recently took an executive education course in which I was asked the question, “What is Strategy?”As I listened to a myriad of answers, all of which could have been correct in my opinion, the course instructor put a counter-intuitive spin on the answer. “Strategy” as it pertains to business always seems to give the connotation of plans for future action. Most of us tend to think of “strategy” as…

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Sony’s Silos Prevent Collaboration Across Divisions

In 2001, Apple’s market capitalization was $7 Billion, while Sony’s was $55 Billion.[i] Apple introduced the iPod, a portable digital music player in October 2001 and the iTunes music store eighteen months later. Through these two strategic moves Apple redefined the music industry reinventing itself as a communication and content delivery mobile device company. Signaling its renaissance Apple changed…

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Maximizing Profit through Sales and Service Contract Alignment

Many equipment manufacturers/distributors struggle with the delicate balance of customizing sales and service packages that meet the price sensitivities of their customers while ensuring they are not artificially eroding margin through hidden costs. The ideal circumstance for any dealer would be to sell a customer a 100% reliable unit while at the same time selling an associated maintenance and service…

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Aligning Personnel to Achieve Corporate Objectives

In today’s hyper-competitive business climate, C-level executives want to leverage their most valuable resource—people. People are the key to staying competitive advantage in today’s global market. Products can be quickly duplicated and services cheaply emulated, but people provide the innovation, execution, and knowledge to drive your organization for- ward. This collective talent is your primary…

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