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Green Lamp

Green Lamp

As the weather begins to change and winter gives way to spring, I am compelled to face the reality that winter is often full of unnecessary accumulation and disorganization.  This entropy occurs without effort.  One way to overcome disorder is spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning is the great annual ritual of cleaning a house from top to bottom, and it’s typically performed after a long winter.  From a state and federal public sector perspective, a decade long winter is coming to an end, and it’s time to engage in the great tradition of spring cleaning.

Tableau in Practice

Tableau in Practice

Most of CGN’s projects require extensive data analytics. Integrating analytics into business operations is described easier in concept/logic than achieved in practice. Tableau was one Business Intelligence software available that promised to bridge this gap between concept and implementation in a short time. Data visualization (Reports-View Transformation) is equally essential as data analysis (Visual Structures-Visual Logics) and views or presentations are an end user interface. As the famous quote says “A picture is worth 1000 words” for example a simple graph can be used to explain a complex analysis.

How China Is Impacting the Global Auto Industry

How China Is Impacting the Global Auto Industry

While the United States has long been regarded as the king of the automobile industry due to the proliferation of vehicles from major brands such as General Motors and Ford, other countries have recently come to rival the U.S. Take, for example, China which surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest automobile market in 2009 just as the U.S. market collapsed. There is every indication that China will retain the number one position for years to come.

Adversity or Opportunity? Pt. 1 of 3

Adversity or Opportunity? Pt. 1 of 3

Reductions in revenue, debt access limitations, and employee retirements are all factors in our current public sector economic environment that have come together to create a perfect storm.  Some refer to this as “synchronized sinking.”  This is Part 1 of a three-part series discussing the effect of our current environment on public sector organizations.  In this series, we will discuss how these factors, which individually are manageable, will quickly become problematic as a trio.  We will discuss specific mitigation strategies to assist in navigating this perfect storm.

Predictive Analytics and the Future

Predictive Analytics and the Future

The economic recession has changed how many supply chains operate. In an effort to save money, businesses around the world are globalizing, forging partners with new manufacturers and suppliers to facilitate this goal. As a result, global supply chains are growing more complex and difficult to manage. The quickening pace of business and fluctuating consumer demand for commodities only makes supply chain management and procurement more challenging.

So how does a supply chain manage these new found obstacles without jeopardizing profitability?

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