Alumnus examines technology in business

first_imgLloyd Adams, chief operating officer of SAP Americas’ Regulated Industries, spoke Friday at the Mendoza College of Business as part of the “Ten Years Hence Speaker Series: The Future of Energy.”The series aims to “explore issues, ideas and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade,” according to Mendoza’s website description of the series. Adams speech discussed the technological advantage in examining the changing business world.“You really should stop and take pause, and wonder, where you’re going to go from here,” Adams said to begin his lecture.Although he focused on the increasing uses of technological advances in the business world, Adams also emphasized the importance of individual fulfillment in your career. Adams graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in marketing.He said to always stop and ensure that you are happy in that moment and that you are giving everything back you can.Adams began working for SAP 16 years ago. He attributed his continuance with the company to his leading role in the harnessing of big data to boost all spectrums of business.”In the last five years, more data has been created than ever before … which presents huge opportunity if approached right,” he said.“Cloud, big data, and networks are what companies are moving towards.”Analyzing the direction of these companies, Adams said we are “a world of real time engagement moving towards a segment of one.”Adams said SAP’s mission is to help organizations become best-run businesses and their passions are based on teamwork, integrity, accountability and professionalism.“Technology and innovation are driving the four most essential dimensions of business: customers, employees, resources and networks,” Adams said. “The ability to explore new possibilities has changed SAP as a company.”Due to the implementation of technology into the business world, companies are enabled to create previously unimaginable applications and to rethink new ways to run their businesses, Adams said.“Wherever you go, you’re going to have to embrace technology and try to harness your technological ability,” Adams said.He said we should not fear technology, but rather use it to improve our lives.Though his lecture focused on the increasing use of technology in business, Adams made sure to leave his audience with more than just background on what SAP does.“When looking three or five years hence, look to go somewhere where you would be proud to work at and someplace where you can change the game and bring it to the next level,” Adams said.Adams said he would recommend for students to really think about where it is you want to go with your life and career and not settle for the first job they are offered. ”Be deliberate,” Adams said. “Be selfish. Make sure where you’re going is some place you would want to get up on a stage and talk about.”Tags: Mendozalast_img read more


Active real estate managers outperform, study shows

first_imgHe said the average outperformance of 1.9% per year “was not accompanied by increased risk or less diversification”.The research carried out by Cremers and Lizieri, professor of real estate finance at Cambridge University in the UK, looked at 256 funds in IPD’s UK database over the 10 years to the end of 2011.The research compared property holdings by aggregating fund weights by segment and geography in order to compare them to a benchmark. This enabled the researchers to see whether a fund had a higher or lower share of assets managed actively.It then used this adapted active-share measure for property at the segment level in the UK and tested whether higher active-share managers tended to outperform lower active-share managers.Funds in the highest active-share group had 31 properties on average — the lowest number of holdings among all groups — and had an average size of around £200m (€239m).Russell Chaplin, CIO for property at Aberdeen Asset Management, noted that such funds could have been forced to be active because they were too small to enter markets such as prime Central London offices or large shopping centres.He said managers of these types of property portfolios could not track an index and so had to take a bottom-up approach to stock selection to deliver long-term value. “This research is a vindication of that approach and extends principles which have a firm basis in the equity markets to the property sector,” he said.Chaplin added: “This research shows you don’t need to be that big to be able to outperform.”The research also shows that benchmarks are there for measurement purposes and not as construction tools, according to Chaplin.He said it was always tempting for managers to monitor how they were performing relative to an index even if they were not tracking it, which could lead them to change allocations.“This shows you shouldn’t worry about those positions benchmark-related,” he said.“Each manager needs to have the courage of their convictions in the assets they’re selecting and stick with those assets.” Real estate funds are more likely to outperform and generate returns that are less volatile if their sector weightings deviate from the index, according to new research.The study by Aberdeen Asset Management, advised by professors Martijn Cremers and Colin Lizieri, found that funds with the “highest segment active share” — or those with the highest proportion of assets allocated independently of the index — generated an alpha of 1.9% on average per year.The research applied principles to the UK property sector that had previously only been used for equities, to see whether active managers generated outperformance.Cremers, professor of finance at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in the US, said: “Our study confirms that active management in property has benefitted investors.”last_img read more


Goodboy wins second edition of R. Franco’s Game Weekend

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Goodboy, an educational Christmas game for children, was crowned the winner at the second edition of Recreativos Franco’s Game Weekend.Developed by a group of young people aged 23 to 39, Goodboy is a game where children communicate with Santa Claus, who defines the number of sweets they need to unlock each present. A parents’ management application then displays different online sites to buy the present, with each transaction making a certain commission for the business.More than 50 developers, marketing experts and visual artists were tasked with developing a Christmas-related game in just 15 hours at Area 31, the entrepreneurial space at the IE Business School in Madrid. A jury found Goodboy to be the most deserving winner against criteria which included originality, prototype quality, design quality and commercial feasibility.Alejandro Casanova, R. Franco’s New Business Manager and CDO, commented: “We were surprised with participants’ level and the premium quality of projects. We appreciate the excellent acceptance this initiative has had, as well as the help provided by our in-house and external collaborators.”Game Weekend is part of the strategy to transform Recreativos Franco’s digital business by supporting young talent within the entertainment industry. In the last month, officials have been presenting new digital initiatives at universities and business schools, and were pleased to see that the finalist teams included at least one student from Madrid’s Higher School of Design and Universidad Complutense.last_img read more