Dear Readers,

It is not so important what happens to you in life but rather what you make out of it - such sayings may be true in a way, but are often difficult to put into practice. Therefore, we are sharing some concrete tips for more peace of mind in times of crisis. Letting go may be also a virtue of IT teams: They should not stick too strictly to agile standard methods. However, it's not recommended to be too casual when it comes to IT security, as we illustrate with the example of usb flash media.

We wish you a relaxing summer!
The Grosse-Hornke team
 
Positiv denken
It can be very stressful for employees when their company goes through a difficult time. But not everyone reacts to problems in the same way. How can you overcome such a phase of uncertainty as relaxed as possible?More
 
 
Data Leakage Prevention USB-Sticks
In a surprisingly large number of companies, employees can use USB flash drives without restrictions. Thus, confidential data can easily fall into the wrong hands. What is the best way to deal with the tiny storage devices? More
 
 
Herausforderungen Agilität
If agile methods don’t work as expected, this may be due to smaller or bigger construction errors. There is usually no standard solution.More
 
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Dear Readers,

There is one sentence that we often hear when established processes are challenged: "We've always done it this way," followed by supposedly compelling reasons. In this newsletter you can learn how companies overcome the power of habit. Questioning one's own routines is also important in IT management - for example when it is about getting a new service provider on track or prioritizing projects. These are further topics in this issue.

We wish you a lovely springtime!
The Grosse-Hornke team
 
Mindset Shift
It is difficult to change everyday behavior – attitudes and habits cannot be altered overnight. How can organizations change the way their employees think? Six tips from our change practice.More
 
 
IT Provider Transition
Companies are purchasing more and more IT services from external providers – or they change providers in order to reduce costs or source additional competencies. However, expectations and results are sometimes far apart if important details have not been clarified from the start.More
 
 
IT Porfolio Management
Companies invest a lot of money in their IT, in the best case only in the most useful projects: IT Portfolio Managers prioritize projects according to defined criteria. But how often do you put this ranking to the test? Not just once a year but several times, according to supporters of agile methods.More
 
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Dear Readers,
 
Agility has been a relevant management topic for several years now. However, agile methods and structures are only gradually taking shape in day-to-day business. In this newsletter we present examples from practice and research. And we take an excursion into the polar region  where agile, self-organizing teams meet their limits.

We wish you a successful new year!
Your Grosse-Hornke Team

 
 
Husky-Tour
In December Silke Grosse-Hornke went on a husky tour in the Finnish wilderness. To reach your destination safely out there, you need an experienced guide who gives clear instructions. Here is Silke’s personal travel report.More
 
 
Student award
For his master's thesis, Niels Gerhard took a closer look at the procurement function of a chemical company: How agile is the organization – and is there any room for improvement? He delivered an excellent analysis, which we honored with our Student Award Business Chemistry 2018 in cooperation with the University of Münster. More
 
 
Toolchain
IT Development and Operations are growing together in many companies. This principle is called DevOps, and it has to be reflected in the technical tools: Shared software enables a seamless cooperation. Our practical example illustrates how companies can put together an optimal tool chain. More
 
 
The German magazine FOCUS-Business and the employer review platform Kununu evaluated 750,000 companies and selected the 2,800 top employers (SMEs) in 2019. Grosse-Hornke is one of them – with a strong ranking among the best 200 consulting firms. More
Top employer
 
CSR
Good business relationships are not just about economic results but also about the social responsibility of all parties involved. We recently had ourselves evaluated by the CSR specialist EcoVadis: Grosse-Hornke was awarded a silver medal and is thus one of the top 30 percent of the companies evaluated. Read more about our CSR activities here.
 
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Dear readers,
 
Keeping control of your resources and getting the best out of them – this is as much of a challenge in management as it is in private life. In this newsletter, we focus on how companies can use data and cloud solutions efficiently and profitably. Also, we are directing our attention away from business into the inside because our mental resources need to be nurtured as well.

We wish you a strong finale to your business year!

The Grosse-Hornke Team
 
Almost every company is using cloud services. But the question is whether an external cloud solution is always better than a local system ("on premise"). Moreover, employees have to follow certain rules when using cloud services. How can companies get the best out of the market while retaining control? Read more
Cloud safety
 
Today, companies possess a mass of data that analysts could only dream of years ago. However, this resource is rarely used in an optimal manner. Managing data as an asset is a fundamental shift for many companies. We show a pragmatic way to turn zeros and ones into gold.Read more
 
Mindful hiking
For many managers, work life is a mental marathon. Stress can hardly be avoided. Silke Grosse-Hornke knows this all too well. This summer, she put on her hiking boots in order to find a balance. Here she shares her experiences on the Scottish West Highland Way. Read more
 
 
CSR
Grosse-Hornke is committed to the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact. As a signatory, we pledge to protect human rights and maintain high standards for occupational safety and environmental protection. Find out more about our social engagement here.
 
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Dear readers,
 
The digital age has two sides. One that makes headlines: with radical tech innovation allowing companies to work more efficiently and opening up new business areas. The other side leads a rather shadowy existence: It is the digital systems that we use every day and that no company could do without. At Grosse-Hornke, we are at home in both hemispheres of the digital world. We know the trends – and at the same time we are at the spot where complex IT systems and processes need to be renovated, cleared out and improved. In this newsletter you will find examples from our practice.
 
Enjoy reading!
The Grosse-Hornke Team
 
IT Service Management
When it takes longer to fix a software problem or to deliver new hardware, this is usually due to over-complex IT processes. Our practical example shows how companies can improve and accelerate their IT Service Management.Read more
 
 
Windows 10
Approximately 40 percent of all desktops and laptops worldwide are still running Windows 7, but Microsoft's extended support for this operating system will expire in early 2020. It’s time to switch to Windows 10. Our example illustrates how companies can manage this change smoothly. Read more
 
 
Digital ABCs
Deep learning, quantum computing, superintelligencedigital transformation comes along with a long list of specific terms. In our ABCs we collect interesting expressions from the world of computing and explain what’s behind the tech-speak. Read more
 
 
More articles on digital topics from our news archive:
Smart machines are changing industrial production, communicating wireless, via local networks and secure internet connections. Intelligent manufacturing is an essential part of Industry 4.0. What does this trend mean for companies? Read more
Industry 4.0
 
IT Outsourcing
Since the nineties, IT outsourcing has significantly increased and continues as a long-term global trend. It is now getting an additional boost – mainly from the cloud. In this newsletter, we are giving you an overview of what companies can expect in the next few years. Read more
Mission 2020
 
Agile with DevOps
Within IT, agile development is in vogue. One philosophy which is becoming ever more popular is DevOp. It unites development and operations. Employees need enough time and support to make sure that agile teamwork does not remain a mere theory. Read more
DevOps
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Dear readers,

For some it sounds fantastic, others are rather skeptical: agile working promises more personal responsibility and faster success. However, for many people it also questions rules which have been valid for their whole professional lives. In our newsletter, we take a closer look at the chances and risks that come along with agile change. The idea is big, its implementation a giant step.

We wish you a breath of fresh air as we move into spring!

Your Grosse-Hornke Private Consult Team
 
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Agility
A formula for success coming from the tech-sector could possibly change the economy: Agile working promises better products in less time and thus greater market opportunities. However, for traditional companies the way to establish an agile organization may be a strenuous effort. We show you how to succeed. More
 
 
Agile with DevOps
Within IT, agile development is in vogue. One philosophy that more and more companies dedicate themselves to is DevOps – which unites development and operation. For employees, this means a big change. Time and support is needed to make sure that agile teamwork does not remain a mere theory. More
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Book Recommendation
For all of us who have to handle complex projects it is crucial to prioritize tasks. There are many guidebooks related to this topic. We have an all-time favorite: “The ONE Thing”. According to the authors, you should focus on one single priority whenever you manage a major venture. More
 
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Dear readers,
 
It is a bad professional habit that unfortunately persists: sticking to well-known, risk-free procedures; looking for the one to blame in case of failure or even covering up mistakes. Such attitudes have been proven to prevent innovation. In order to compete in today’s digitalized world, companies must constantly deliver new products and better services. They have to speed up, and when things go fast, things can also go wrong. We should see this as a chance; only through trial and error can we achieve real innovation.

We wish you a powerful start in 2018!

The Grosse-Hornke Private Consult Team
 
Open article industry 4.0
Industry 4.0
They understand each other without words. They work in a team and make their own decisions. Smart machines are changing industrial production, communicating wireless, via local networks and secure internet connections. Intelligent manufacturing is an essential part of Industry 4.0. What does this trend mean for companies? More
 
Failure Culture
Don't Hide – Show off!
Failure feels terrible for most humans. At work, many people prefer to play safe, as they fear to be blamed for mistakes. For companies, this behavior can have fatal consequences because errors are inevitable for innovation. How can we put an end to the horror of failure? We recommend an unusual ritual: the failure party. At this event, failures are not hidden – they are celebrated. More
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Open article graduate award
Graduate Award Business Chemistry
Data Insight Helps to Create New Markets
For her Master’s thesis Christina Mrosek went on a journey. Her destination: new applications for glass ceramics. The business chemistry student screened thousands of academic articles, using a monitoring method that might be of interest to many companies in the chemical industry. For her excellent work, Christina Mrosek was recently rewarded with the Münster Graduate Award in Business Chemistry. More
 
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Dear readers,
 
Let’s make it uncomfortable – yes, you read correctly. In this newsletter, we will address situations which force us to leave our comfort zone. Let’s take the merger of two companies, the current upheaval in the IT services industry or the moment when you seriously ask yourself during your presentation why no one is listening. These are by no means comfortable situations; however, they can bring things into motion. People who embrace a challenge will feel more prepared and comfortable with the future.

We wish you a breezy start to autumn!
Your Grosse-Hornke Private Consult team

 
 
Go to article Cultural Integration
Cultural Integration
It takes courage to create something new. Mergers and acquisitions are such ventures. Apart from standard economic criteria, there is one soft factor that carries authority: corporate culture. Mergers often fail when cultures are thrown together, rather than integrated. In her article, Silke Grosse-Hornke will explain how to create a successful combination. More
 
IT Outsourcing
Mission 2020: Ready for It?
Since the nineties, IT outsourcing has significantly increased and continues as a long-term global trend. It is now getting an additional boost – mainly from the cloud. In this newsletter, we are giving you an overview of what companies can expect in the next few years. More
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Go to article Presentation Tips
Tips from speaking coach Peter Hopwood
Some speeches you will simply never forget. Pitches so convincing you just can’t resist the deal. Presentations that quickly get everyone on board with an idea. In daily business, at some stage we all have our showtime moment, small or big. Decisions are often taken in just a few minutes. Do we get the maximum out of the time we have? Presence and speaking coach Peter Hopwood suggests in most cases we could do even better. This is what he clearly showed us during our Grosse-Hornke Team Day in July. We spoke to Peter as he shared his pro tips that everyone can easily apply. More
 
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