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Room At The Top

Loyal Chief Executive readers will remember my “Millennium Masterclass” column earlier this year, which surveyed CEO computer users. In May, we saw a sneak preview of some of the results, but now all of the replies are in, and we can proceed with the final analysis.Perhaps Bill Gates being named 1994 Chief Executive of the Year for selling more computer ...

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The Last Frontier

Most computer applications seem to be aimed at reducing costs. At least, that’s what you read on the capital-expenditure applications. The promised savings are as breathtaking in their ambition as they are underwhelming in their realization. But I wonder, how often have you looked at a proposal to use the computer for increasing revenues?By now, few people have not heard ...

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Praise Be To Codd

Kevin: Bob, cancel all your appointments. I simply have to tell you about a wondrous event that has just changed the IT world forever.Bob: One of your computer projects came in on time and within budget?Kevin: No, not quite as radical as that. Ted Codd’s just published his new “Twelve Commandments”! Codd’s the ultimate IS guru. In 1985 he redefined ...

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Things Fall Apart

Bob: Elaine, guys, have a marvelous Thanksgiving and Christmas break.Olaf: Have you given any thought yet to 1993? Any New Year’s Resolutions?Bob: Olaf, I leave that sort of thinking to you planners. Judging by all the conferences you went to this year, I’m sure you’ve got something to recommend to us.Olaf: Well, at our Washington session in September we heard ...

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Global Villager

 THE TWILIGHT OF SOVEREIGNTYBy Walter B. VVriston, Charles Scribner & Sons, 208 pp., $25.Is it fair even to hope for originality in yet another book about the Information Revolution? In “The Twilight of Sovereignty” Walter Wriston embarks on ground well-trodden by other authors. Whether technophile or technophobe, we notch a significant victory if we manage to suppress that yawn of ...

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20/20 Vision Indecision

Bob: So it’s agreed then. We’ll give them 24 hours to get over their Labor Day hangover, then on September 9, 1992, we’ll hit them with it. It’ll be a red letter day for Intergroup Holdings; the day we broadcast our corporate mission statement. A new sense of direction for all our people!Elaine: Well, as Intergroup’s marketing VP, I think ...

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No Man Friday Is An Island

Friday: B’wana, come quick, som’ting strange all washed up on de reef.Crusoe: Man Friday, how many times do I have to remind you that utterances of that nature predate Uncle Tom’s Cabin and are deeply offensive to many of our dermatologically disadvantaged readers?Friday: Oh, ummm, frightfully sorry Mr. Crusoe, keep forgetting sir. What I wanted to tell you was that ...

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Hot Dogma

Bob: Well, gentlemen, now that we have dispensed with the planning for the Christmas party, let’s proceed to item three on the board agenda: this month’s financial report. As you know from your own copies, there are 45 pages of it, so I’d like to call on Harry Junkbond, our chief financial officer, to take us through the highlights.Harry: Bob, ...

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Hierarchical Pipedram

Bob: Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 1992 Strategic Executive Retreat of Intergroup Holdings Unlimited. It’s my particular pleasure as chairman and CEO to start off our proceedings today, in the historic surroundings of Wellfleet Conference Centre, Cape Cod, a mere stone’s throw from the landing of the pilgrims and their fortuitous discovery of Indian corn to last them ...

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Mission Implausible

“And on Thursday at 2:00 p.m., sir, you have your annual checkup in the CVRC.”“What’s that new place for, Mary? Presumably something fairly pointless, since as far as I can see, all the young hotshots in this company seem to spend most of their working week there.”“The CVRC, sir? That’s the corporate virtual reality clinic that we had installed next ...

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