David Graham Closing of the JSE

I was present the day they closed the Johannesburg Stock Exchange trading floor for the last time. It was a sad day indeed and the end of an era. IPOs were a spectacle to behold on the trading floor with frenetic activity often resulting in bloodied noses for some. Trading is now conducted online by traders at a different location.

David Graham
Deloitte Consulting
http://deloittesa.wordpress.com
Posted: 17 March 2011 at 06:14

Simon Middleton Last peel for intermediaries

Ubiquitous access to nano-speed information is one of the great revolutions in history as it facilitates disintermediation in commercial relationships. Maybe we will refer to it as the "Age of Disintermediation", just as we had the "Age of Enlightenment". What happens on Wall Street will be mirrored in another, and perhaps, even more important realm - namely that of the Organisation. The current coercive nature of Organisation is facilitated through privileged access to information by key players in the system. This has, so far, served to legitimise the hierarchy. Information access will now act as a powerful agent of disintermediation in the current "hierarchy driven" organisation. The age of the top down, positional authority of leadership will be disintermediated for something that has yet to emerge. There will be a re-shaping of our experience and understanding of authority that occurs. The word "manager" will disappear from our Business lexicon. Leadership will rest with those who are "story-tellers" - the ones who excel in the capacity to synthesise, pattern and make sense for others. Communication, the softest of skills and behaviour, will become the prized resource.
Posted: 17 March 2011 at 22:57

Doug Vining Computers beat the market

Here's another story about how sophisticated computer programs not only can, but have been, outperforming traders on the stock market.

Applied Quantitative Research is one of the world’s leading quantitative-investment, or ‘quant’ fund companies in the world. Using high-speed computers and financial models of extraordinary complexity, Quants have consistently beat the market over the last decade.

This adds more weight to the argument that Wall Street has lost touch with its fundamental business imperative, and faces the sort of scenario outlined in this MindBullet.
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Computers beat the market") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=29254491-754e-49ca-bd80-c9995600d2fc
Posted: 14 April 2011 at 07:26

Anton Musgrave Will your business survive the next ten years?

John a chambers of Cisco challenges business of today leaders to think about their survival prospects. Can his predictions be real? Well even if he is half right it means millions of businesses will not survive the next decade! Scary but possible prospect.
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Will your business survive the next ten years?") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=264aacb5-cd1e-4f4b-9863-8a5c680988b2
Posted: 9 June 2015 at 22:20
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