We all cooperate, but not in the same ways. And now, neuroscience shows that at least some of those differences may be based on sex. A study published today (June 7) in Scientific Reports from researchers at Stanford University showed that different parts of men and women´s brains activated when working together on a simple task, suggesting that the two groups cooperate differently.
One question on the minds of many organization is, “How much time will be required from my internal personnel to make our ERP implementation successful?” Answering that question requires an analogy: implementing new ERP software is like changing the engine on an airplane while in flight. Three Levels of Engagement If you’re working with an ERP consultant, they likely will recommend that you secure a certain level of commitment from three particular internal groups in order to augment external resources. Leveraged appropriately, the following groups can facilitate a more effective and results-driven digital transformation: 1. Steering Committee – This group includes executive sponsors such as members of your C-suite and board of directors. The steering committee sets the course of the project by ensuring that project managers understand how the ERP implementation supports the organization’s mission and vision. Throughout the project, they might participate in milestone meetings regarding software recommendations, business readiness assessments or organizational change management. 2. Core Team – These are your “work horses.” Depending on the size of your organization, your core team could range anywhere from 15 members to just a few. At minimum, you need representation from each of your organization’s functional areas because, when you think about it, an ERP implementation is really a business transformation. At key points throughout the project, your core team may need to devote their entire focus to the ERP implementation rather than their day jobs. 3. Subject Matter Experts – These are your “super users,” “change agents” and advocates for your project. Similar to the core team, this group should include representatives from each functional area. Subject matter experts should be particularly involved in requirements gathering, requirements validation and vendor demonstrations. While some department managers may be resistant to lending resources, your steering committee can work with them to ensure the right resources focus on the ERP project when necessary.
Twitter has lost two more of its senior executives as it faces mounting pressure to increase its revenue and grow its user base. The company's chief technology officer, Adam Messinger, and VP of product, Josh McFarland, both announced that they are leaving the company on Tuesday. Messinger has been Twitter's CTO since 2013, and joined the company in 2011 from Oracle. McFarland joined Twitter in 2015 through its $532 million acquisition of his ad tech startup TellApart. Both departures come shortly after longtime Twitter COO Adam Bain abruptly stepped down in early November. Twitter also lost its vice president of ad sales, Richard Alfonsi, to Stripe in early December.
The 50 companies chosen for this year's Change the World list hail from 22 countries. Use our interactive map to see how the corporations doing good by way of big business are spread out across the globe.