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QuickStart Bundle for Office 365(PR Web)
Leading Cloud Vendors Launch QuickStart Bundle for Office 365. Bringing Business Processes and Workflows to the Cloud

Today at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) leading cloud vendors Insightly, Smartsheet, Xero, Skykick and Bettercloud announced the QuickStart Bundle.
An offering comprised of the five third-party business apps, which are all integrated with Office 365. The QuickStart Bundle is designed to be a turnkey solution of best-of-breed cloud solutions that make it simpler for business users to adopt and use cloud services.
The products from each company will be bundled together as a single SKU

"Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh** out of option B."
Sheryl Sandberg

Scorekeeper or Business Partner ?(CGMA)
Finance is no longer just about recording and reporting. It’s about partnering the whole organisation.

Finance leaders must venture beyond the once-siloed scope of their department to become business partners critical to the success of the broader organisation. A deep understanding of the relationship between financial analytics, risk analytics, and strategy is an important part of being able to grow value in any organisation. And as analytics spreads to new parts of any business, finance will play a bigger role in influencing decisions throughout the organisation.

Richard Branson: 'Just Do It'(Inc.)
Dickie talks about starting an empire in his early 20s and learning to take calculated risks.

“Most young people with good ideas … will find that 99 percent of people will give them every reason why their idea’s been done before or why it’s not a good idea or why they’re going to fall flat on their face,” “In the end, you have to say, ‘Screw it. Just do it.’”
At the age of 15, Branson dropped out of high school to start his first business.
Today, the Virgin Group is a well-regarded global conglomerate of about 350 companies.

"Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art."
Andy Warhol

5 Reasons Why 'The Customer Is Always Right' is Wrong(Huffington Post)
The phrase "The customer is always right" was originally coined in 1909 by Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of Selfridge's department store.

One woman who frequently flew on Southwest was constantly disappointed with every aspect of the company's operation. In fact, she became known as the "Pen Pal" because after every flight she wrote in with a complaint. She didn't like the fact that the company didn't assign seats; she didn't like the absence of a first-class section; she didn't like not having a meal in flight; she didn't like Southwest's boarding procedure; she didn't like the flight attendants' sporty uniforms and the casual atmosphere. Her last letter, reciting a litany of complaints, momentarily stumped Southwest's customer relations people. They bumped it up to Herb's [Kelleher, CEO of Southwest at the time] desk, with a note: 'This one's yours.' In sixty seconds Kelleher wrote back and said, 'Dear Mrs. Crabapple, We will miss you. Love, Herb.'"

Coach or Manager ?(Business Insider / Harvard Business Review)
Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse had a unique opportunity to examine Ferguson's management approach and developed an HBS case study around it.

Ferguson's approach can be broken down into eight leadership principles:

Start with the foundation
Dare to rebuild your team
Set high standards - and hold everyone to them
Never, ever cede control
Match the message to the moment
Prepare to win
TRely on the power of observation
Never stop adapting

"Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while."
Jack Welch

Still in the Dark Ages About Cyber Security?(CS[ID])
Nearly half of small businesses in the UK aren't taking preventative measures against cyber crime

Many small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are not taking measures to protect against security risks, and cyber criminals are starting to take notice. In fact, the number of attacks against SMBs nearly doubled from 18 percent in 2011 to 31 percent in 2013. Why the increased attention on smaller sized businesses? According to CSID’s 2014 SMB survey, 31 percent of small businesses are not taking any active measures to protect against security threats.

Microsoft & Nokia - a marriage made in hell?(BBC)
The deal now looks like a disaster for all concerned. Jobs lost; INvestment written off

With hindsight, it looks like a phenomenal error - but even today Microsoft isn't prepared to accept that it was a bad idea. It might have been more sensible to tie up with Blackberry, the ailing Canadian firm still has a strong reputation. It is hard to see the likes of Samsung and HTC rushing to make Windows Phone handsets, however great their concerns about their reliance on Android.