SOLYP-Blog

4th SOLYP3 Best Practice Meeting on 16 November 2017 in Munich: The Strategic Process at Giesecke+Devrient

on November 30, 2017

Once more, on November 16th, 2017, strategists gathered in Munich: SOLYP GmbH had invited them to gain exclusive insights into the Giesecke+Devrient’s strategic process at the fourth SOLYP3 Best Practice Meeting. Kevin Niekrawietz, Corporate Development and Strategy at Giesecke+Devrient, presented the factors for success of corporate strategic planning in a fascinating report and provided insight into the work with the strategic intelligence software SOLYP3.

Digital Data Management: The Cloud as the Model of the Future?

on October 27, 2017

“The Cloud” has become much more than just an external memory extension. It is the solution that organizations need in the age of digitalization: Big Data, the Internet of Things, the increasing mobile use of the web and the blockchain technology require flexible IT infrastructures. So all roads lead towards the cloud, don’t they? But what need companies to take into account when implementing a cloud solution?

Trend Monitor 2017: The Most Important Technology Trends

on February 24, 2017

Attention strategists and chief executives! We have searched the web and found the most important tech trends of the year so that you are fully prepared for the range of services and product worlds of the future.

From Competition to Collaboration - Strategic Partnerships Between Fintechs and Established Financial Service Providers on the Rise

on August 16, 2016

Wisdom says, "If you cannot defeat your enemy, become his friend." According to some recent studies, traditional financial service providers should take this advice to heart when it comes to dealing with fintechs. Fintechs, that is start-ups and more-established companies that create better, faster, and cheaper financial services using modern technologies have been a threat to classical banks and insurance companies with their complex, inflexible, and cost intensive structures for quite some time already...

Shareholder Activism Worldwide on the Rise: Strategic Challenge or Opportunity for Companies?

on May 30, 2016

Powerful and influential activist investors like Carl Icahn, Bill Ackman, Nelson Peltz, Edward Bramson, or Daniel Loeb are becoming the worst nightmare of senior executives around the world. They buy a stake of 5% or more of a company and then put the management under massive pressure to rethink business strategy and make changes that will increase shareholder value. In order to achieve their primary goal of shareholder value maximization, all means are justified. They often insist on splitting up the company, introducing cost reduction programs, repurchasing shares, paying cash dividends to shareholders, cutting management bonuses, or replacing the management all together.

Follow-up on the 5th SOLYP Strategy Circle in Frankfurt am Main

on April 21, 2016

For the fifth time already, strategy professionals from different industries met at the SOLYP Strategy Circle in Frankfurt am Main last Thursday to network and share their knowledge, experience, and ideas in a small and familiar setting. As keynote speakers, Janina Kaiser of K+S Group and Mirko Rajs and Marcus Schueler of the consulting firm MHP offered valuable insights into the strategy work of their organizations sparking fruitful discussions among the participants.

Trends to Watch out for in 2016

on January 11, 2016

What will the year 2016 bring from a strategic point of view? Which new technological and social trends will emerge and which old ones will prevail? How will customer expectations and behavior change? Here are some key developments which business leaders and strategists should keep an eye on in the coming twelve months and beyond.

Doing Good and Deriving Benefit: How to Gain Competitive Advantages Through Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility

on October 12, 2012

The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer considered as wishful thinking of left-wing activists and philanthropically inclined entrepreneurs. Media, consumers, citizens’ initiatives, trade unions, and employees but also investors and governments put increasing pressure on businesses to take responsibility for the social and ecological consequences of their economic activities. Today, businesses have little choice but to succumb to the pressure of the society if they want to succeed in the marketplace in the long-term. CSR has become an important factor for a businesses’ ability to compete (Hansen & Schrader, 2005).

Strategic Technology Trends 2013

on January 08, 2013

One of the key success factors in strategic planning is the ongoing monitoring and analysis of the external business environment. In addition to economic and societal developments, technological trends need to be constantly watched out for and explored regarding their potential impact on the company's strategy. That’s why today we would like to look into strategic technology trends that will likely demand our attention this year. In a recent report, the world leading IT market research firm Gartner has already ventured a prediction for 2013 and beyond.

The SOLYP-Blog is Back Form its Summer Break with New Strategy Book Recommendations

on September 01, 2015

Summer is slowly coming to an end and fall right around the corner! A perfect season to make yourself comfortable on the couch, put up your feet, and enjoy a good book. We have selected some brand new strategy and management books for you that are not only very informative, but entertaining, even inspiring. Just take some time to read through some of them. Enjoy!

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