A Case Study about Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Annual fund success is definitely a process not an event. When I began work with the Nursery two years prior, I first focused my time and attention on building a strategic development plan and building a professional development team to carry out the plan. Despite internal re-organization, limited fundraising, and hiring a development team, the annual giving program grew 6%.
My second year with the Nursery they embarked on a $3.1 million dollar capital campaign. The development team carried out the strategic plan for building the annual fund along with the Development Committee of the Board. In the midst of a capital campaign, the Nursery’s annual giving program increased by 12% that year. Keep reading…
What’s it like to have America’s greatest investor as your shareholder?
Who wouldn’t love to pick up the phone and ask Warren Buffett for advice? People have spent more than $1 million just to have lunch with the man. He was voted the most admired corporate director in America by Directorship magazine in 2008. Chief executives of companies he has a stake in laud his patience, foresight, and ability to capture the essence of a complex financial situation in just a few words. They also like the fact that he usually leaves them alone as long as they’re getting the job done. Read more…
Summary: A large US winery was seeking a decision support tool to make strategic decisions quickly and efficiently. The company was interested in a model that allowed them to make capacity expansion planning decisions in an optimal and timely manner. The OSI team was able to provide an application that helped the winery realize a capital cost avoidance benefit of over $1 Million.
Business description & background: Wine-making involves a resource intensive process. Expensive resources need to be planned ahead of time to support crush, blending, and bottling operations. The business was looking for a Decision Support Tool to make efficient strategic capital planning decisions as well as for exploiting tactical opportunities presented in the market.
Introduction: A Birmingham manufacturer is facing a bright future despite the crisis currently facing the automotive industry.The company, which employs 20 staff and has an annual turnover of £4 million, is now hoping to capture an extra £1 million worth of orders because of a unique process which puts it ahead of its competitors.
It manufactures heated car windscreens for Pilkington and Ford, with 97 per cent of production being exported.Managing Director Richard Barton said: “Our orders took a dip in October 2007, but we were assured by our customers that they would come back again by February or March this year – and they have and we are now hitting previous levels.
The context: It was for an international corporation and the development was being done by vendors, not an in-house IT team. The organisation was highly bureaucratic and had detailed software development and project management processes. The project has a budget of more than $1 million and it involved a major BPR effort supported by a new website for external agents who do work for the business.
The method: My smal team of analysts worked closely with the manager responsible for the business process and got to understand his business intimately. After several weeks I drafted a one page hybrid use-case/data flow diagram, dummied up an example web page in excel (yep – excel), and provided a list of dot-point non-functional specs. It was all bundled into one six page PowerPoint document… Click here to read more…
Introduction: The challenges of education in Pakistan are immense, both in scale and complexity. About 1 million children remain out-of-school and over one-half of the adult population are illiterate, especially among the female rural population. “The literacy rate of Pakistan is 49 per cent, male 61 per cent and female 37 per cent. Between 1999 and 2002, the total education budget as a percentage of GDP declined from 2.4 to around 2.1 per cent….
Objective: This report is one of 12 country case studies from Africa and South Asia that assess teacher motivation and incentives. The overall objective of the study was to explore the extent to which low teacher motivation is a constraint to the attainment of universal primary education. More specifically the study tried to explore if there is a teacher motivation crisis in Pakistan and form this crisis took…
Further information for Teacher Job Satisfaction and Incentive
“We are currently processing anywhere between 1 million and 3 million sales transaction records, and it takes no more than 10 minutes to get the records into the data warehouse. That rate was not possible before.”
- Eliot Gardener, Data Warehouse Project Manager, Barnes & Noble.
Situation: Barnes & Noble is the largest bookseller in the United States. As of August 2005, the company owned 821 bookstores in 50 states plus the www.bn.com online store. About 80 percent of its stores operate under the Barnes & Noble Booksellers trade name, and the company also owns and operates B. Dalton Bookseller…
Trying to Better Manage a Large Product Database: Barnes & Noble survives in an extremely competitive industry. To grow and compete successfully on a national level, Barnes & Noble needs to convince customers that they will likely find the product they want—and that if the product isn’t available at the moment, it will be very soon.To back up this promise, Barnes & Noble maintains an active list of more than 2.2 million titles. Its complete inventory of products for sale, which includes both its book titles and its other retail offerings, tallies up to more than 7.3 million items…
View more information for Barnes and Noble Inc
“We have been using Red Hat Enterprise Linux for over 10 years and we have always been pleased with the technology and service that we receive. Red Hat’s strong dedication adds tremendous value to the way we work and assures us that we always have the support we need.”
- STEVE HALLIDAY, HEAD OF IT, SOLIHULL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council first started working with Red Hat in 1999 and has been a Red Hat customer ever since. The Council has successfully used enterprise-class open source technology as a critical part of its estate for over 10 years.
Throughout this period, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has served as a solid platform for many critical business applications such as enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), which includes Finance, Procurement, Human Resource Management (HRM), payroll, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and training management for the council. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has seen ongoing, tangible benefits including cost savings – approximately £94,000 a year, more than £1 million since 1999 and valuable support from Red Hat. Click here to find out more for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
The high performance raM Structural System has been used to design some of the most high profile structures in recent years: the las Vegas convention center, coors field, london’s credit Suisse building, and the warsaw trade tower which is the largest building in Poland.behind the headlines, however, raM™ has been quietly revolutionizing the design process for small and mid-sized engineering firms whose contracts are more often for a $1 million office building rather than a $30 million complex. bala consulting, a multi-discipline engineering firm in wynnewood, Pennsylvania is just such an organization. Click here to read more on Bala Consulting Engineers, inc.
Onvia, Inc. is an American government business intelligence company with 180 employees and annual revenue of US $21.1 million. The Detroit Public Schools (DPS) has been under a state-mandated educational reform law (Public Act 10) since March of 1999. The reforms resulted in the selection of a Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kenneth Stephen Burnley, who immediately established four key district goals, one of which included “creating a more effective, efficient organization.”….. To refer this case study click here Onvia