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Carol Wester: How to Master Business Intelligence


Big Data and Business Intelligence have been hot topics for many years and there have been significant advances in these areas. But many businesses don’t realize that constant changes in people, processes, systems, and data can introduce significant errors in reporting, including implementations and data sets that were previously accurate. ...


Casey Hall: EOS and IT Part Two - Getting Started


As mentioned in my first blog post on EOS and IT, I am encountering more businesses utilizing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) to improve their results. EOS has six components that ultimately work together to drive company success. My prior blog describes how IT leaders can benefit when their company adopts EOS. ...


Casey Hall: EOS & IT - Gaining More Traction for Your Business


Over the past year, I have encountered more businesses utilizing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) to improve their results. Described in the book Traction by Gino Wickman, EOS provides tools and disciplines for managing a business to higher success.  ...


S. Michelle Cox, PhD: Deliver Better Products and Services to Customers Through Process Improvement


Pat English, of Credit Human, in San Antonio, Texas asked me to speak at the Credit Professionals International conference. Pat has seen examples of the work that Aventine Hill Partners (AHP) offers through our Process Improvement Practice in which I have led engagements as Senior Consultant. Our team of experienced professionals offers training, coaching, and project management or execution. ...


Tim Geppert: Small Businesses Can Compete for Bonded Construction Projects


Having spent a career in and around the construction business, a strategy many small business owners consider is whether to bid on bonded projects. Government construction contracts typically require surety bonds so there is a large market opportunity. The good news here in the San Antonio area is that Bexar County and the U.S. Department of Transportation offer a free Bonding Education Program (BEP) to provide small and disadvantaged businesses the tools and resources required to compete for projects requiring a surety bond. The USDOT course covers many topics over the eight weeks, one night per week. ...


Beth Hair: The State of Executive Search in San Antonio


The San Antonio Business Journal (SABJ) reached out to a number of San Antonio-based staffing and executive search firms, including Aventine Hill, to better understand the state of the industry and its evolution. Their article is available at this link for paid subscribers. ...


Casey Hall: Business Turnaround Lessons Learned from Greg Brenneman


Recently, I attended the Tri-Cities NACD breakfast with Greg Brenneman of CCMP Capital as a one man panel and Bill Chiles of Pelican Energy Partners as the moderator. Greg shared his lessons learned from a career of leading turnarounds as a consultant, executive, board member, and private equity investor. It was about as well-rounded of a perspective as one person could give. An excellent session! ...


John Trampe: The business value of internal controls in banking


In recent news, there have been stories about large banks committing fraudulent activities. Credit cards were issued without the customer’s consent. Accounts were set up that customers would learn about only after they were charged fees. Fake email accounts were set up to sign up customers for online banking. ...


Casey Hall: Leveraging IT for the Middle Market (Video)


Texas Business Radio (TBR) is a great resource for entrepreneurs around the state to learn from other business leaders. I was invited to be a guest on the show to talk about IT. The segment aired the weekend of October 8th in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. In the below video, TBR host Matt Register and I discuss: ...


Casey Hall: SIM Houston Gartner Update - Welcoming Our Digital Overlords?


I attended the SIM Houston monthly meeting on September 20th. The speaker, Mark Bartram of Gartner, provided an update on strategic trends with the subtitle: “The Future is a Digital Thing.” ...


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