Reveals the proprietary framework used by an exclusive community of top money managers and value investors in their never-ending quest for untapped investment ideas Considered an indispensable source of cutting-edge research and ideas among the world's top investment firms and money managers, the journal The Manual of Ideas boasts a subscribers list that reads like a Who's Who of high finance. Written by that publication’s managing editor and inspired by its mission to serve as an «idea funnel» for the world's top money managers, this book introduces you to a proven, proprietary framework for finding, researching, analyzing, and implementing the best value investing opportunities. The next best thing to taking a peek under the hoods of some of the most prodigious brains in the business, it gives you uniquely direct access to the thought processes and investment strategies of such super value investors as Warren Buffett, Seth Klarman, Glenn Greenberg, Guy Spier and Joel Greenblatt. Written by the team behind one of the most read and talked-about sources of research and value investing ideas Reviews more than twenty pre-qualified investment ideas and provides an original ranking methodology to help you zero-in on the three to five most compelling investments Delivers a finely-tuned, proprietary investment framework, previously available only to an elite group of TMI subscribers Step-by-step, it walks you through a proven, rigorous approach to finding, researching, analyzing, and implementing worthy ideas
Value Engineering has proven to be an effective methodology for improving the value of large infrastructure projects, among others, through the optimization of life cycle costs. It is, however, a resource and time demanding methodology that requires careful implementation strategies. Finding the best timing for Value Engineering studies in your project life cycle will help you attain the necessary function reliability at the lowest overall cost.
Praise for IT Portfolio Management Step-by-Step «Bryan Maizlish and Robert Handler bring their deep experience in IT 'value realization' to one of the most absent of all IT management practices–portfolio management. They capture the essence of universally proven investment practices and apply them to the most difficult of challenges–returning high strategic and dollar payoffs from an enterprise's IT department. The reader will find many new and rewarding insights to making their IT investments finally return market leading results.» –John C. Reece, Chairman and CEO, John C. Reece & Associates, LLC Former deputy commissioner for modernization and CIO of the IRS «IT Portfolio Management describes in great detail the critical aspects, know-how, practical examples, key insights, and best practices to improve operational efficiency, corporate agility, and business competitiveness. It eloquently illustrates the methods of building and integrating a portfolio of IT investments to ensure the realization of maximum value and benefit, and to fully leverage the value of all IT assets. Whether you are getting started or building on your initial success in IT portfolio management, this book will provide you information on how to build and implement an effective IT portfolio management strategy.» –David Mitchell, President and CEO, webMethods, Inc. «I found IT Portfolio Management very easy to read, and it highlights many of the seminal aspects and best practices from financial portfolio management. It is an important book for executive, business, and IT managers.» –Michael J. Montgomery, President, Montgomery & Co. «IT Portfolio Management details a comprehensive framework and process showing how to align business and IT for superior value. Maizlish and Handler have the depth of experience, knowledge, and insight needed to tackle the challenges and opportunities companies face in optimizing their IT investment portfolios. This is an exceptionally important book for executive leadership and IT business managers, especially those wanting to build a process-managed enterprise.» –Peter Fingar, Executive Partner Greystone Group, coauthor of The Real-Time Enterprise and Business Process Management (BPM): The Third Wave «A must-read for the non-IT manager who needs to understand the complexity and challenges of managing an IT portfolio. The portfolio management techniques, analysis tools, and planning can be applied to any project or function.» –Richard «Max» Maksimoski, Senior Director R&D, The Scotts Company «This book provides an excellent framework and real-world based approach for implementing IT portfolio management. It is a must-read for every CIO staff considering how to strategically and operationally impact their company's bottom line.» –Donavan R. Hardenbrook, New Product Development Professional, Intel Corporation
How much IT-(Security) is enough? Many valuation methods have been developed, which try to define the value of IT and IT security investments. As criteria like Return on Investment (ROI) can be seen as a concept with a set of methods, tools, activities, and ideas, there is still no guide on how to apply, and combine those methods in order to invest in the right level of IT-(security). This work aims to reduce the gap between IT and IT security investments in order to improve the 1) Estimation of input values for IT security investments, 2) Alignment of IT security investments to the organization''s objectives, 3) Valuation of IT investment alternatives considering the appropriate level of IT security investments. This is performed by the evaluation of differences between IT and IT security investments, resulting in a framework, which includes those advantages. This framework is shown in action by means of a case study. It shows how 1) Valuation methods can be appropriately applied 2) The advantages resulting of a process based valuation for IT security investments with Multi Objective Decision Support.
A value management framework designed specifically for banking and insurance The Value Management Handbook is a comprehensive, practical reference written specifically for bank and insurance valuation and value management. Spelling out how the finance and risk functions add value in their respective spheres, this book presents a framework for measuring – and more importantly, influencing – the value of the firm from the position of the CFO and CRO. Case studies illustrating value-enhancing initiatives are designed to help Heads of Strategy offer CEOs concrete ideas toward creating more value, and discussion of «hard» and «soft» skills put CFOs and CROs in a position to better influence strategy and operations. The challenge of financial services valuation is addressed in terms of the roles of risk and capital, and business-specific «value trees» demonstrate the source of successful value enhancement initiatives. While most value management resources fail to adequately address the unique role of risk and capital in banks, insurance, and asset management, this book fills the gap by providing concrete, business-specific information that connects management actions and value creation, helping readers to: Measure value accurately for more productive value-based management initiatives and evaluation of growth opportunities Apply a quantitative, risk-adjusted value management framework reconciled with the way financial services shares are valued by the market Develop a value set specific to the industry to inspire initiatives that increase the firm's value Study the quantitative and qualitative management frameworks that move CFOs and CROs from measurement to management The roles of CFO and CRO in financial firms have changed dramatically over the past decade, requiring business savvy and the ability to challenge the CEO. The Value Management Handbook provides the expert guidance that leads CFOs and CROs toward better information, better insight, and better decisions.
The first installment in a new series offering straightforward, practical wisdom from a top business guru John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Effective Management is the first in a new series of titles from the noted business expert. Focused on concise, practical, and straightforward business wisdom, the series offers the kind of real-world insight that business leaders thrive on. Short, punchy, and packed with real solutions, this book provides 100 proven and effective ideas for business managers, whether they manage a few people or a few hundred, and whether they work for a small firm or a Fortune 100 giant. Proven, practical business wisdom for managers The first in a new series from renowned business authority John Adair Quick bites of business wisdom for everyday management success For real management wisdom from a proven expert, John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Effective Management offers everything you need to be your brilliant best.
The final instalment in a new series offering straightforward, practical wisdom from a top business guru John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Amazing Creativity is the second title in a new series of titles from the noted business expert. Focused on concise, practical, and straightforward business wisdom, the series offers the kind of real-world insight that business leaders thrive on. Short, punchy, and packed with real solutions, this book provides 100 proven and effective ideas for businesspeople in need of fresh new ideas, whether they work for a small firm or a Fortune 100 giant. Proven, practical business wisdom for anyone who must create to succeed The second book in a new series from renowned business authority John Adair Quick bites of business wisdom for everyday business success For effective tips on creative thinking from a proven expert, John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Amazing Creativity offers everything you need to invent your own success in business.
In The Little Book That Builds Wealth, author Pat Dorsey—the Director of Equity Research for leading independent investment research provider Morningstar, Inc.—reveals why competitive advantages, or economic moats, are such strong indicators of great long-term investments and examines four of their most common sources: intangible assets, cost advantages, customer-switching costs, and network economics. Along the way, he skillfully outlines this proven approach and reveals how you can effectively apply it to your own investment endeavors.
The book discusses the conceptual basis of reproduction of human capital in the innovation economy. The authors prove that the quality of human capital characteristics do not depend much on the value of investments made in its reproduction, but on the content of the institutional framework within which the reproduction of it. The book is intended for researchers, teachers, graduate students, as well as for the general reader interested in the problems of economic theory.
A guide to getting the crucial business case right?every time Showing professionals how to calculate the value of typical budgeting and funding requests quickly and easily, Making Technology Investments Profitable, Second Edition applies the «Value Realization» process, using proven strategies that maximize the business payoff from IT projects. Filled with case studies, this innovative book enables managers to confidently quantify, in a matter of minutes, the true business value of funding a desired project. New edition explains how to proactively manage the conversion of a business case's value promise to its value realization Includes dozens of new case studies on realizing maximum value from IT enabled investments from various industries and around the world New checklists and tables A dedicated Web site containing additional material, case studies, chat rooms, and blogs on the value-realization process The Second Edition provides senior executives, project managers, and technical staff with new insights on how to get the crucial business case right, while also explaining how to proactively manage the conversion of the business case's value promise into the value reality of a completed project.
A blueprint to successful value investing Successful value investors have an ingrained mental framework through which all investments decisions are made. This framework, which stems from the father of value investing, Benjamin Graham-who believed that investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike-can put you in a better position to improve the overall performance of your portfolio. Written by Sham Gad-founder of the Gad Partners Funds, a value-focused investment partnership inspired by the 1950s Buffett Partnerships-The Business of Value Investing effectively examines the fundamental tenants of this approach and skillfully illustrates the six essential elements of the entire process. Opening with some informative discussions of how value investing focuses more on buying a piece of a business, and less on buying a company's stock, this reliable resource quickly moves on to detail exactly what it takes to become a successful value investor. Outlines the six essential elements required for a successful risk averse value investment approach Contains case studies that illustrate how to approach investing in an intelligent, businesslike fashion Walks you through the pitfalls that most investors initially fall into With The Business of Value Investing as your guide, you'll quickly become familiar with one of the most effective investment strategies ever created.
In Gimme!, advertising research expert John Hallward shows you how the most effective advertising campaigns tap into our most basic, primal emotions to convince consumers to buy. For marketers and advertisers, this book looks at the human nature of consumers and presents the proven tactics, techniques, and arguments that best motivate the human animal to buy.
THE FRAMEWORK EVERY LEADER CAN USE TO CREATE GREATER VALUE FOR AN ORGANIZATION "The Art of Strategic Leadership is a practical look at strategy, which at times can be overcomplicated, or viewed as an abstract concept, by even the best leaders. This book
Optimizing (maximizing or minimizing) is a basic need of human being. There are many real life problems that need the process of optimization; one of it is the problem of finding a maximum value flow in a single commodity network. A maximum value flow in a pure network can be calculated by different methods with different computational complexity. One of the earliest methods is the Ford-Fulkerson Algorithm with limited practical use. Hence, among the different methods this book emphasized on Dinic''s method for getting a maximum value flow in pure network (single commodity flow) with very best running time. The method is applied after constructing an auxiliary network (layered network) with respect to the present flow vector in a given network. This process identifies and includes those paths which are important for maximizing the flow amount in the network. To get the maximum value flow, the construction step of the layered network would be carried out repeatedly. The book clearly shows how to use the Dinic''s method appropriately and contains clear examples for elaborating the means to get a maximum value flow by the aforementioned method.