The April 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review has an excellent article on the three rules for making a truly great company. Deloitte consultants Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed analyzed extensive financial and operational data on more than 25,000 publically traded companies over a 45-year period and identified only 170 companies that qualified as a “Miracle Worker”. These companies were in the top 10% in Return on Assets (income divided by book value of assets) for a long enough period of time (either 16+ years for companies with 45 years of data or all 10 years for companies with just 10 years of data) to be more than just a random result.
After looking at the strategic choices over decades of success made by the “Miracle Workers” the analysts boiled down the choices to three elementary rules: Read more »
Earlier this month I/O Data Centers opened their latest modular data center facility at the former site of the New York Times printing plant in Edison, NJ. Apparently printing plants and paper mills have many characteristics that are desired for mega-sized data centers being constructed around the world. How ironic.
The New York Times Co. originally opened the state-of-the-art printing plant in 1992, less than one year after Tim Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project he had been working on at CERN. Noted Berners-Lee in his post, “The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system.”
Fast forward 16 years and the publisher announced it was shutting down the facility, reducing the size of the paper by one and a half inches and consolidating production operations at its College Point facility in Queens New York. Read more »
You’ll see an interesting announcement today from Xerox about a new toner set for the iGen4 EXP. They’re calling it “Matte Dry Ink” and to show its impact Xerox sent samples to industry analysts in advance of the announcement. Today’s video blog (see below) will give you a good look at the three samples but if you prefer to read the text account that follows, it covers the same ground. The samples are:
An unfolded sheet of the Wild Africa brochure that Xerox used at Graph Expo to highlight the 26” print length capability of the new iGen4 EXP