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Louis Columbus
Works at iBASEt
Attends Webster University, Adjunct Professor Graduate Program
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Enterprise software author, analyst, blogger and speaker, expertise in product management, product marketing and sales, Software-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service; industry analyst and founder of Software Strategies Research, blogger, market researcher & strategist. Frequent speaker at industry events, seminars and webinars.
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  • iBASEt
    Vice President, Marketing, present
  • Plex Systems
  • Cincom Systems
  • AMR Research
  • Ingram Micro
  • Gateway Computers
  • Toshiba America
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My areas of expertise are in the areas of channel management, quoting, sales and product configuration, pricing, contract management, order management, CRM and ERP systems and their use in attaining sales and profit objectives of organizations.  My interests specifically are in the areas of how Web Services and XML are making it possible for companies to attain their selling goals profitably through their channel networks.  

I’m a regular contributor to industry blogs, participate in webinars, and have written several ebooks on my topics of interest in addition to assisting in sales cycles, system architecture, solution and pricing planning discussions.    

I also teach MBA courses in international business, global competitive strategies, international market research, and capstone courses in strategic planning and market research.  I’ve taught at California State University, Fullerton: University of California, Irvine; Marymount University, and Webster University.  As I have a passion to write I am currently completing a book on how collaborative platforms can significantly improve value chain performance with publication scheduled in 2013. A few years ago I founded Software Strategies Research and the results of those studies will be published on Amazon.com, Google Books and on my website, http://softwarestrategiesblog.com/

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  • Webster University, Adjunct Professor Graduate Program
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  • Marymount University, Adjunct Professor Graduate Program
    present
  • Stanford University, Graduate School of Business (Strategic Marketing Management Program)
  • Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Irvine, Instructor
  • California State University, Fullerton Lecturer and Instructor
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Blogged this week on #Industry40   adoption as defined by #BostonConsultingGroup. 
Industry 4.0 is projected to drive productivity gains of 5 to 8% on total manufacturing costs over ten years in Germany, totaling €90B to €150B.
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FBN’s Maria Bartiromo gives a preview of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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Beautiful pic of the Gallery Lafayette Paris, magnificent to see.   #merrychristmas2014  and #HappyNewYear!   
 
Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays! Thanks for being with me all year — and I'm really looking forward to next year with you too! :)
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The #watsonanalytics  beta looks good; I did a quick blog post on my test drive of it today, and you find find it here.  $IBM #Watson   #Analytics   #EnSW  
IBM’s Watson Analytics beta  was made available to the public last week, and shows potential to break down the barriers that hold back analytics adoption in enterprises. 22,000 people signed up for the program since the launch on September 16th giving IBM has a strong base to build on for testing future enhancements. Watson [...]
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I've been fascinated by the potential to streamline #manufacturing  through the use of #analytics   and #bigdata  . The following post summarizes many of the lessons learned from visiting with manufacturers successfully streamlining their operations using advanced analytics and big data.   
http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2014/11/28/ten-ways-big-data-is-revolutionizing-manufacturing/ 
McKinsey & Company recently published How Big Data Can Improve Manufacturing which provides insightful analysis of how big data and advanced analytics can streamline biopharmaceutical, chemical and discrete manufacturing. The article highlights how manufacturers in process-based industries are using advanced analytics to increase yields and reduce costs. Manufacturers have an abundance [...]
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Excellent study from 451 Research in association with Microsoft on #hosting  and #cloudcomputing  trends was published last month. I did a wrap-up of the study and analyzed how quickly the majority of marketing apps will be cloud-based. #EnSW  
47% of marketing departments will have 60% or more of their applications on a cloud platform in two years. ; When asked which Value-Added Reseller (VAR) is most likely to win their enterprises’ business for a significant hosting project, the majority said IBM (18%) followed by Microsoft (11%), Amazon (8%) and Dell [...]
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SCM World completed a fascinating study on the impact of big data analytics, mobile and robotics on digital factories. I've  summarized the study in post this morning.   #BigData   #Analytics  #Mfg
47% of manufacturers expect big data analytics to have a major impact on company performance making it core to the future of digital factories. 36% expect mobile technologies and applications to improve their company’s financial performance today and in the future. 49% expect advanced analytics to reduce operational costs and utilize assets [...]
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Blogged today on PwC's 18th Annual CEO Survey presented at the opening of the Davos World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015. CEOs see #mobile  and #analytics  as being strategically important technologies this year. #EnSW #DAVOS2015 
81% of CEOs see mobile technologies for customer engagement as the most strategically important  in 2015.   80% see data mining and analysis technologies as the most strategically important,  followed by cybersecurity (78%), Internet of Things (IoT) (65%), socially-enabled business processes (61%) and cloud computing (60%). These and many other research [...]
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Provided a list of the top #cloudcomputing  and #enterprisesoftware  predictions for 2015 in the following post.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!  
Whenever this time of the year arrives with its proliferation of predictions, William Gibson’s quote “the future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed” comes to mind. The best predictions provide a glimpse into the future while also providing mile markers to measure the journey. Those are the [...]
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I've used several of these and they are very useful when running cross-functional project teams.  Thanks +Jennifer Manteca , great find!  Merry Christmas!!
 
15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind

In order to be able to see a relationship between various ideas and information, we use mind mapping. This includes gathering thoughts, coming up with new ideas, project planning, and more to solve problems or have novel ideas. http://goo.gl/cAC98F

#creativity   #creatividad  

Follow me on Twitter: @JenniferManteca 
https://twitter.com/JenniferManteca/status/543720308365344768
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Interesting study from BSA The Software Alliance on how analytics is driving greater productivity and economic growth.   #analytics   #EnSW  
56% of enterprise executives say 10% or more of their growth will be related to analytics in 2014.   By 2014, 81% of senior executives see analytics being a major contributor to 10% or more of their companies’ growth. Analytics are also making major contributions to the U.S. and European economies. [...]
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Thanks for the +1s and reshares +W B Walker and +Peter Scharnell , make it a great Thursday!