Slow down, life sciences: why the industry’s not ready for consumer technologies in clinical settings

Frank Traina

Frank Traina

The life sciences industry is changing at a remarkable rate. While many companies specializing in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical products and devices have embraced consumer technologies, others stand uncertainly at the gate, weighing the price of entry. As my colleague Sameer noted, the opportunities are numerous, including improved patient care, lower TCO, greater productivity, and compliance with regulatory and consumer demands. But as many companies are learning the hard way, there are also significant barriers to adopting consumer technologies in clinical settings. Read more of this post

Self-service headcount analytics using Microsoft BI: payroll analysis

Dan Bassett

Dan Bassett

As a CFO, you are responsible for budgeting and forecasting. Your organization’s ability to accurately budget and forecast helps drive investor and stakeholder confidence. In theory, one of the more basic costs to budget should be your employees and payroll, right?

You know how many employees you have, their relative cost, and how many employees you plan to hire. You also probably know how frustrating it can be to review monthly headcount cost reports (budget vs. actual) that contain large unexplainable variances throughout the year. Read more of this post

Self-service headcount analytics using Microsoft BI: cost-benefit analysis

Veronica Butler Slalom Consulting

Veronica Butler

An attractive employee benefits package that is affordable to a company can assist in recruitment and retention, reduce employee out-of-pocket expenses, and increase employee morale and loyalty. To keep employees healthy and provide a good work-life balance, executives review the standard components of healthcare options, retirement plans, and other incentives annually. Read more of this post

The rock n’ roll of project management: don’t build castles made of sand

Slalom Consultant Carl Manello

Carl Manello

I’ve had enough of the way things have been done
Every man on a razors edge
Someone has used us to kill with the same gun
Killing each other by driving a wedge.
  – Pete Townshend

I’ve long been a fan of Pete Townshend—from his days with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Who, through his solo career and even his time as an author. While I’m sure he never formally managed a project, his lyrics resonate for me on effective delivery and the need for change. Read more of this post

Key takeaways from HIMSS 2014

Emily Borlik

Emily Borlik, National Healthcare Practice Area Director

Over 30 of us from across 5 of Slalom’s markets recently attended the annual Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in Orlando, FL. HIMSS is the premier professional society for health IT, and its annual conference is host to nearly 40,000 industry experts. HIMSS has grown in size and relevance over the past decade as the healthcare industry has focused its attention on EHR implementation, data collection, and predictive analytics, in large part due to legislation and the Affordable Care Act. Read more of this post

Self-service headcount analytics using Microsoft BI: succession planning

Jason Drucker

Jason Drucker

Many of today’s executives are concerned about the balance of resources across their company. Ideally, they would like a proper blend of experienced veterans and cost-efficient junior resources to fill out the roster, but currently have no simple insight into employee tenure and experience. As executives begin to think about this relatively unchartered territory of talent analytics, many questions are being asked, such as: Read more of this post

Self-service headcount analytics using Microsoft BI: spans & layers analysis

Brian Ringley

Brian Ringley

Spans & Layers is an organizational design methodology that is predicated on the fact that increasing managers’ “spans” (i.e., number of direct reports) and reducing the number of supervisory “layers” within an organization results in better communication throughout the company and a more efficient management process. The Spans & Layers analysis dashboard in our self-service headcount analytics solution helps companies quickly analyze their org. structures to understand and optimize the ratio of staff to manager to executives. Performing this exercise helps companies build a solid foundation for future innovation and growth. Read more of this post

Self-service headcount analytics using Microsoft BI: introduction

Brian Ringley

Brian Ringley

Slalom Chicago’s Information Management & Analytics practice recently implemented a self-service business intelligence (BI) headcount analytics solution for one of the largest retail real estate investment trust (REIT) companies in the United States. The client realized that it needed to be organized and adaptable in order to stay on top of an ever-changing business environment and to stay competitive within the market. To do this, the organization needed to shift to a people-focused model.

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Take control of your Tableau analytics with data governance and content management

Brian Franklin

Brian Franklin

Chaos is the natural state

On a recent trip I visited the Hoover Dam, and it occurred to me that the Colorado River and its system of dams are analogous to the large amounts of data organizations and the data governance programs put in place to maintain and control that mass of data. Without the dam, generating electricity from the river would be inconsistent and unreliable. Similarly, a data governance program and content management bring order and security to large amounts of data. Read more of this post

Demystifying predictive analytics: visualize your data

Saken Kulkarni

Saken Kulkarni

There is little doubt that designers of tablets or smartphones and personal applications, like Twitter, Mint.com, or Instagram, have put a great deal of emphasis on creating an elegant and personal user experience. These companies have devoted entire departments to understanding human behavior, optimizing design, and learning how consumers interact with applications to maximize satisfaction. Read more of this post

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