The Cost of Not Having a Plan

The Cost of Not Having a Plan

For many businesses, this is the time of year that is taken up with discussions on annual planning. On one end of the spectrum, some companies we have worked with have started their process in July and are wrapping up by the time October comes around. For others, annual planning can bleed into the new year. To some on the edges of the process, it […]

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A Consultant’s Review: The Innovators

A Consultant’s Review: The Innovators

An inspiring and fascinating walk through the history of computing made much more interesting by Isaacson, who adds insight on the pioneers, hackers, inventors, entrepreneurs and their often unique and quirky personalities. Timeline of Advancement The journey starts in the 1830s with Charles Babbage (often credited as the father of the computer) and Ada Lovelace (considered the first computer programmer) and winds through Hollerith’s punch […]

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More Than a Consultant: Lawrence Smith III

More Than a Consultant: Lawrence Smith III

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Concentre is altogether different. Our clients achieve their goals not only because of our business model, but because our team is 100% aligned with the work we set out to do. They are advisors, critical thinkers, problem solvers, strategists and collaborators with our partner companies. Our people do not fit the traditional consultant model and that […]

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A Consultant’s Guide to PowerPoint: 8 Steps to a Successful Presentation

A Consultant’s Guide to PowerPoint: 8 Steps to a Successful Presentation

Everyone has seen a lot of great content on how to best utilize PowerPoint, and some of the “best ways” to make your presentations stand out.  It’s not as common, however, to see content focused on what NOT to do in relation to common pitfalls that a consultant can experience when preparing for a client presentation. We wanted to put together a list of some […]

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Top 10 Fall Getaways

Top 10 Fall Getaways

In Texas, fall is less of a season and more of an idea. After all, the average high temperatures in Dallas during the third week of September (the official beginning of autumn) can soar into the 90s. But whether the micro-season that separates summer from winter in the Lone Star State lasts several weeks or only a weekend, there are still plenty of signs that […]

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Learning From My Daughter & The Big Friendly Giant

Learning From My Daughter & The Big Friendly Giant

Written & Edited by Kevin & Sydney Bonfield (shown above) Lately, I’ve been practicing the art of stacking activities. Unlike multitasking—which divides our attention among several disparate jobs—stacking involves creatively combining tasks in a way that can enhance productivity without compromising focus or quality. Case in point: I enjoy sharing my experiences through posting articles. I also want to spend as much downtime as possible […]

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Ten Must-Read Books for Today’s CIO [Infographic]

Ten Must-Read Books for Today’s CIO [Infographic]

The way we do business is consistently evolving. The primary driver of this evolution has always been advances in technology, and it’s likely to always be the main reason corporations will continue to transform. However, strategies and expectations aren’t the only components forced to adapt alongside changing technology. Our IT organizations are not only working to keep up with the latest and greatest but are […]

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How to Achieve a 3:1 ROI on IT Transformation

How to Achieve a 3:1 ROI on IT Transformation

For any complex organization that relies on technology, digital transformation is a “when” not an “if.” Business leaders are recognizing what can happen when they start looking at IT as a partner, not a vendor. That means the stakes are getting higher. Leaders expect not only to break even on IT transformation, but to generate meaningful results. So, what if your business could not only […]

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Business Leadership: Hiding in Plain Sight

Business Leadership: Hiding in Plain Sight

In recent years, we’ve seen more and more articles on the importance of leading versus managing—or “leading from the front.” While there can be some value in a hierarchical approach, our experience working with IT organizations has shown there are better ways to achieve sustainable success. Identifying Leadership In every organization, there are unrecognized leaders. They may own service lines, manage business functions, or even […]

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IT Leaders Can Learn From Post-Brexit England

IT Leaders Can Learn From Post-Brexit England

Theresa May wasn’t a huge fan of the Brexit. That’s why she might be the ideal Prime Minister to lead it. The current affairs in England and the EU have me thinking about the importance of clarity in any massive transformation. In my experience working with IT organizations, I’ve observed a fundamental relationship between the desire for change and the capability to effectively see it […]

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