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Raj Thangavelsamy quoted in TechTarget on digital transformation and the C-Suite

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SSA & Company Vice President Raj Thangavelsamy was quoted in a TechTarget article on Cosabella’s digital marketing transformation. Raj notes that digital transformation should always be led by the C-Suite and not be driven by technology. Technologies, such as AI software, can change how businesses are structured. Raj asserts that companies need to first understand technology’s potential changes and how to adapt and get the most out of them. “Focusing on the business aspect and building out the skill set is very important. Then, the technology part is the easiest part – that’s just finding partners you can rely on.” Read the full article. Raj Thangavelsamy serves as Vice President at SSA & Company.           

John Rodgers quoted in Financial Advisor, “Could Facial Recognition Technology Transform Insurance?”

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SSA & Company Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director, John Rodgers, was quoted in a Financial Advisor Magazine article “Could Facial Recognition Technology Transform Insurance?” He notes that if the technology could increase the accuracy of predictive capabilities then insurance companies will use it. With insurance companies constantly trying to balance risk between consumers and insurance companies, this technology “will reduce the overall risk to the insurance company and transfer all of that risk to the consumer. The balance would be if overall rates would fall for the ‘healthy’ consumers. However, the question is how quickly those rates would fall against the speed [and] accuracy of the facial recognition predictive capability.” Read the full article. John Rodgers is Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at SSA & Company.        

Deb Henretta quoted in BloombergView, “Women Don’t Get to Run Top Board Committees”

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Bloomberg View quoted Deb Henretta, Senior Advisor at G100 Companies, which is part of SSA & Company’s family of businesses. The article, Women Don’t Get to Run Top Board Committees, covered original research into women’s roles and responsibilities on corporate boards. The research uncovered that women hold the most positions amongst corporate responsibility/public policy, human resources, and corporate governance committees. These are usually seen as less prestigious than committees like executive, compensation, and auditing, which are often run by top board directors. Henretta stated, “We don’t think there’s anything intentional going on here; women have to grow into leadership positions. But as we get to a fair share of women on boards, we should be looking to get a fair share of representation across all the committees. We shouldn’t have the male committees and the female committees.” Read the full…

Raj Thangavelsamy quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article, “7 Ways for Anyone to Invest in the Cloud”

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SSA & Company Vice President Raj Thangavelsamy was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article on potential cloud growth and ways to invest in it. Raj cited pros and cons of the three different forms of using clouds for applications: public, private, and hybrid models. He predicts that companies, including banking and health care firms, will end up using hybrid cloud models since it allows access from outside computing services but allows the data to be kept within the company’s own data center firewall. Raj also predicts that software companies will see the most growth in this revolution. “That’s where innovations will come from,” and “That’s where bigger value will be created.” Read the full article. Raj Thangavelsamy serves as Vice President at SSA & Company.            

Regenia Sanders and Alison Ponder quoted in IndustryWeek, “Services Trade: Why it Matters to U.S. Manufacturing”

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SSA & Company’s Regenia Sanders, Vice President, and Alison Ponder, Senior Director, were quoted in a IndustryWeek’s Services Trade: Why it Matters to U.S. Manufacturing, on manufacturing and a new major growth opportunity–services trade. Alison commented on congestion at ports as volumes rise, leading to increased wait times and companies needing to “get more advanced in how they manage their inventory” such as inventory management, logistics, tax services, and market research. On technology and engineering services, Regenia was quoted on the use of big data by manufacturing companies to differentiate themselves. She suggests to look at your product and R&D “to understand what the customers are asking for and that starts a whole trickle-down effect throughout the entire supply chain.” Regenia Sanders serves as a Vice President of SSA & Company. Alison Ponder serves as a Senior Director of SSA & Company. Read…

Jason Meil and Matthew Bedwell’s article “Getting More Value From Performance Evaluations” published on AMA Playbook

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SSA & Company’s Jason Meil and The Miles Group (TMG)’s Matthew Bedwell’s article “Getting More From Value From Performance Evaluations” was featured in AMA’s blog, AMA Playbook last week. This article is similar to “The Art and Science of Evaluation”, which was published in AMA Quarterly’s Winter 2016-2017 edition last month. “Human capital is a company’s greatest asset and likely its largest cost. Yet most companies still apply little rigor to measuring that capital—certainly compared to the way data is used in operational efficiency and customer-facing activities.” In the two articles, Jason and Matt suggest ways in which applying analytics to people operations can bring science and art together and help make talent development programs and organizations more effective. Read Getting More Value From Performance Evaluations here. Jason Meil serves as SSA & Company’s Managing Director, New Products and Innovation.       Matthew Bedwell is…

G100 Network Notebook | February 2017

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What You Don’t Know About CEO Tenure New data from Spencer Stuart reveals an encouraging and overlooked sign in the media coverage of CEO turnover. Tenure for S&P 500 CEOs continues to rise partly because of better board and management alignment around performance: Contrary to common perception that the market has become less patient with public company CEOs, for S&P 500 chief executives, the average total tenure has increased 35%, from 6.79 years in 2004, to 9.20 in 2016. Much of the increase came from boards sticking with their CEOs after the 2008 financial crisis. And tenures have continued to increase, rising 30% since 2010. The research also explains what longer CEO tenure means for recruiting and succession. That helps explain why Warren Buffet is bullish on airlines, reports Business Insider: The 2008 Delta-Northwest merger was an absolute home run. The…

Regenia Sanders quoted in TechTarget, “Mobile logistics technology takes long route to consumer-grade devices”

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SSA & Company’s Regenia Sanders, Vice President of Supply Chain and Business Technology, was quoted in an article in TechTarget on mobile logistics technology. Regenia was cited that wearable and augmented reality technology can increase productivity and reduce error in a supply chain within the warehouse and “offer a significant advantage in data entry.” Regenia offers the example of DHL International’s successful pilot program using Google Glass to improve its picking process—allowing workers to be hands-free, letting them find the fastest routes possible, and eliminating the need to manually key in bar codes. The implementation reduced the time for picking and packing items for shipping by 25%. Read the full article here. Regenia Sanders serves as SSA & Company’s Vice President, Supply Chain and Business Technology. 

SSA & Company Notebook | Winter 2017

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Ideas That Made Us Think Evolving Customer Sentiment Can Unlock Your Supply Chain’s Potential Consumers’ demands to know what’s in their products is putting unprecedented pressure on companies. Supply chains are increasingly fragmented, and “suppliers are often reluctant to share their formulations, buyers balk at higher costs, and in some cases cost-effective safer substitutes simply aren’t available.” According to Bloomberg, companies, including Levi Strauss & Co., are demanding increased accountability and transparency from their suppliers, and the market is starting to respond. Pike Research forecasts hypergrowth for the green chemistry market—from $11 billion to nearly $100 billion by 2020. In order to meet this growing demand, companies can partner with suppliers to understand constraints, collaborate on ways to efficiently use green chemicals, and minimize the costs passed along to consumers. Forward-thinking companies can utilize their supply chains as public differentiators…

Bob Silvers quoted in MarketWatch, “Oil logs weekly drop on concerns over rise in U.S. crude supply and output”

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Bob Silvers, Managing Director of Energy and Life Sciences at SSA & Company, was quoted in a MarketWatch article titled “Oil logs weekly drop on concerns over rise in U.S. crude supply and output”, on the many factors that are driving oil prices right now. Bob was quoted suggesting that a rise in the price of oil will depend on the ability of U.S. companies to increase shale production. Bob Silvers is Managing Director of Energy and Life Sciences at SSA & Company. Read the full article here.