January 2021: How to raise security awareness for your staff? Various studies show that more than 50% of security breaches are traced back to human error. Insiders can be the biggest security threat facing your organization, intentionally or unintentionally. Mistakes like abusing authorities to allow for externals to access the facility or confidential information and intellectual property, or not abiding by procedures and mandates of the security policy set by the organization, can all lead to leak of information, malicious access and manipulation, or direct attack and loss of service. External attacks can be mitigated by applying proper security measures and tools at entry points, contrary to internally initiated attacks. Staff awareness can be raised by regular updates of security practices they should follow, and providing security awareness and training sessions to all staff as suitable for their positions and corresponding potential threats.
December 2020: What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution? The fourth industrial revolution refers to the invasion of digitalization in all forms of industry. Advanced technologies like IoT (Internet of Things), RPA (Robotic Process Automation), cloud computing, etc. are the main characteristics of this trend. It will be inevitable for companies to adopt such technologies incrementally over time. Advantages of this transformation include but not limited to higher control, less costs, increased productivity, higher throughput, more opportunities for innovation, and increased interaction and integration between all components in the supply chain. Downsides as a result of such changes will include loss of employment opportunities, especially for jobs replaced by machines or robots, and less direct human interaction and face to face relationships, and subsequently reduction in the positive role of humanitarian interactions.
November 2020: How data science can help your business? Data science is concerned with analyzing and understanding data in order to draw conclusions and make decisions based on information and knowledge extracted from data. Correlations, patterns, distributions, probabilities, and trends are all interests of data analysis. Based on understanding of these findings, businesses can take the right decision at the right time according to their targets. Essential to data analysis is to collect sufficient amount of indicative and relevant data, which should be clean and reliable data from credible sources. Incorrect data will be wasteful of time and effort for analysis to eventually lead to wrong understanding of reality and misguided conclusions. Data scientists use analytical tools to help in analyzing large amounts of data with accuracy and flexibility to work with data and the information required to be extracted from them.
October 2020: Do you know your customer needs? Part of market research is understanding the customer segments in the market of your product or service, for determining the target segments you want to market to. Results of this research will direct all marketing activities being done in the organization. In conducting this research, customers are interviewed and surveyed using various tools, including email, phone, written onsite questionnaires, observation in stores, etc. By analyzing data collected from this research an organization can determine what are the preferences of each customer segment they are targeting, so that their product development, pricing, distribution channels, and marketing messages can be tailored correctly to meet the customer expectations and achieve your business goals. This practice is ongoing to cope with changes in market, including competition and customer trends.
September 2020: How to keep your staff motivated? With exception of self-motivated and self-starter persons who will need minimal effort, your staff will need your motivational push from time to time to maintain and improve their performance. Different people are motivated by different stimuli, depending on factors like their personality type, current career stage, their personal and career goals, etc. While bonus or payment raise is considered the most common motivator, public recognition can be motivator for achievement oriented people, receiving more responsibilities can be a motivator for doers, and thinkers are motivated by being listened to and being assured of their vision. Motivation actions need to be taken regularly in a well planned way organization wide, it's the responsibility of leaders at different levels. Caution should be taken not to motivate some team members at the expense of demotivating others, and attention should be paid to balanced actions in this regard.
August 2020: How to understand market demand? A well known economic rule is the balance relationship between demand and supply, since this relationship is influenced by market price. The general rule is that prices increase as demand increases, and decrease as supply increases. The equilibrium point, which defines the market price, is the intersection point between demand and supply. Shift in supply or demand patterns will result in change of the equilibrium point and consequently market price. However, there are exceptions to this general rule in case of special kinds of products and services, which involve a factor of demand and supply elasticity to changes in price. Demand on essential products which have few substitutes usually exhibits low elasticity to changes in price, since the purchase decision of the target segment of customers isn't impacted much by the price, while demand on luxury products exhibits high elasticity to price changes. Supply elasticity on the other hand could be constrained by available resources and capabilities to increase production in order to exploit benefit of higher prices when the market moves.
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