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Financial Services in Africa

Icon Written by niel.wiid on February 21, 2011 – 12:24 am

The world is scrambling to recolonise Africa, this time wooing the continent with huge investments and promises of infrastructure upgrades.  There is a real anticipation that the African economy will provide a more than ample replacement for the losses incurred as a result of the recent international financial meltdown.  I have no doubt that Africa [...]

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The power of relationships and how information can lead to action

Icon Written by rory.moore on February 15, 2011 – 1:34 am

In an effort to explain the power of relationships and how information can lead to action, Malcolm Gladwell uses the example of Paul Revere in his much acclaimed book The Tipping Point (2003). As a real connector, Paul Revere managed to rally American colonists along the route to Lexington via the towns west of Boston [...]

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The lingering smell of New Year resolutions in the air

Icon Written by jeanine.norden on January 31, 2011 – 5:04 am

“10…………3….2…1 – Happy New Year!”  Usually, this is the way that the majority of people enter every New Year – the way that the majority of people entered 2011!  It appears that people embrace the arrival of each New Year and celebrate the start of new beginnings in a grand style. So often in business [...]

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Bench Strength for every Scenario

Icon Written by chris.king on January 7, 2011 – 3:16 am

I recently had the rare pleasure of watching a rugby game from one of the major SA banks’ hospitality suites.  The privilege afforded me the opportunity to view the game from a quieter and slightly more removed and strategic perspective.  The most profound thoughts were around the importance of the impact players and the timing [...]

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Innovation starts with you!

Icon Written by rory.moore on December 15, 2010 – 4:01 am

In the modern economy where products and concepts can be copied easily and businesses will do almost anything to be better than their competitors, the question needs to be asked – what is it that gives a company a sustainable competitive advantage? The answer is deceptively simple: Culture with a capital C. It’s difficult to [...]

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Looking ahead into 2011 where do we see ourselves?

Icon Written by jayvanzyl on December 8, 2010 – 7:00 am

I have dedicated much of my thinking to what I perceive is happening in the landscape around me. Ideas of innovation seem to meet me at every street corner these days, so how do I make sense of what it truly means to innovate in a world where the term itself has become generic and [...]

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System rationalisation and legacy migration is an impossible mission in banking, where is the silver lining?

Icon Written by jayvanzyl on November 29, 2010 – 1:56 am

If you have a business process that has been developed over many years, the people using the process and the people defining the process all get integrated into the technology that automates parts of it. Interfaces into the technology platforms are defined and developed based on business processes that require automated flow of information and [...]

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Micro(waved) Fiche and Chips

Icon Written by gill.wiid on November 8, 2010 – 2:39 am

Members of the Baby Boomer generation have experienced many types of technology from where the “Man IN the Moon” became the ‘Man ON the Moon” and when documents were duplicated using mimeograph machines (and stencils) to the present day where just a few clicks of a mouse produces as many copies as one wants, in [...]

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Who do you share your ideas with?

Icon Written by rory.moore on October 25, 2010 – 6:24 am

SystemicLogic is in the process of finalising the 2010 annual innovation study. One interesting question that we ask our respondents is “Who do you share your ideas with?” The answers themselves are not earth shattering and are probably what you would expect; and that is that we primarily share our ideas with our: • Managers [...]

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Pondering Formal Structure in Business

Icon Written by jayvanzyl on October 11, 2010 – 6:46 am

The formal structure, in the business innovation sense and at its most basic level, pertains to the formal systems of hierarchy set in place within a company. The man in the cubicle reports to the man in the white walled office, who answers to the man upstairs, who in turn falls at the feet of [...]

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