The organization itself has to be organized. It sounds cryptic, but we're referring to the activities and resources needed to support and improve the organization or company. We could call this the organization's overhead and management. We're talking about coordination by, for example, procedures and guidelines, Human Capital Management, process management, information management, ICT, finance - basically everything that isn't part of a company's core activities. That includes management layers and steering on strategy.
SAS software has been operational since 1976, and they are very successful. Year-over-year, their revenue shows growth. Founder and CEO Dr. Jim Goodnight has been recognized as a Great American Business Leader by Harvard Business School, and he still writes SAS programs and develops statistical models. It’s my third time attending the SAS Analysts Relations conference. Every time I wonder at the way SAS people behave and interact with each other and their customers: a flat organization, helpful to each other, creativity and innovation first, and customer-oriented. The company is an example to many other companies and it has quite a few of the characteristics of an intelligent organization.
Fast as lighting, when we consume (new) information we run through existing structures and connections in our minds, so that new knowledge and information can be connected to what we already know. We are, as it were, trying to fit this new information into our brain, which either happens comparatively easily or with a considerable amount of effort. During the internalization process, people should ideally be aware of which fixed beliefs and assumptions they, unknowingly or in fact knowingly, use. Unfortunately, various studies show that we tend to see what we want to see, and that our brain is extremely lazy and prejudiced. "We like to think that our judgements, beliefs, and opinions are based on solid reasoning. But we may have to think again."
In line with our research into the success factors of High Performing Organizations (HPOs), a 2-day and a 4-day workshop has been developed for Higher Education Institutions. These workshops will help the leadership feel confident transforming their institution in High Performing Higher Education Institutions (HPHEI). Our approach is evidence-based. Both workshops are focusing on: achieving better results in education
Currently, our company is working on several research projects. Independent research is one of the cornerstones of our company. It is the foundation for product innovation, our masterclasses, and our Business Intelligence consulting practice. Since 2004, we've been examining all the major reporting tools and dashboard tools available on the market. A list of 103 evaluation criteria was used to score the different reporting tools. All the findings of this research are included in our BI Tools Survey, an in-depth guide for selecting the right reporting tool for your situation. This spring, we decided to investigate three new areas: