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Expert Advice for High-Growth Businesses

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Creating Tomorrow’s Enterprise, Today

I had the opportunity to sit down with Juergen Lindner, Vice President, Oracle Cloud Applications Product Marketing at Oracle, and Ashish Mohindroo, Vice...

I had the opportunity to sit down with Juergen Lindner, Vice President, Oracle Cloud Applications Product Marketing at Oracle, and Ashish Mohindroo, Vice President, Oracle Cloud Platform, Cloud Business Unit at Oracle, for the first podcast in our Tomorrow’s Enterprise, Today podcast series, where we are discussing how organizations small and large are embracing cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive rapid and continuous...

Finance

How Can High-Growth Businesses Predict Tomorrow?

There’s been a generational shift in computing, thanks to the cloud. With it, Oracle can deliver a constant stream of innovation to our customers, allowing them...

There’s been a generational shift in computing, thanks to the cloud. With it, Oracle can deliver a constant stream of innovation to our customers, allowing them to take advantage of not just one, but all the major transformational technologies (mobile, analytics, social, big data, the internet of things, machine learning, blockchain, intelligent process automation, autonomous computing, and new human interfaces) and much more In today’s business, too many factors change too...

Growth Corner

SMB CEOs: 5 Steps to Long-Term Growth

Small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) account for more than 99 percent of U.S. employers, yet only half of US companies make it past their fifth year in business....

Small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) account for more than 99 percent of U.S. employers, yet only half of US companies make it past their fifth year in business. For startups looking to beat those odds, we offer strategies for achieving success, compliments of five CEOs. 1. Make Informed Decision-Making Part of the Company Culture Cleveland Brown, cofounder and CEO of payment processing company Payscout, encourages employees to challenge old ways of thinking, base decisions on...

Finance

High-Growth Companies Can Build the Finance Function of the Future

Over the last few years, the vision and role of finance has expanded. Today, it’s not enough even to be the co-pilot. Finance professionals must also be the...

Over the last few years, the vision and role of finance has expanded. Today, it’s not enough even to be the co-pilot. Finance professionals must also be the change agent of the organization—innovating today, predicting tomorrow, and influencing the future. Being a “numbers-keeper” is no longer enough. The single-most important question finance leaders within small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) need to be asking is, “What will tomorrow bring, and how can we prepare for it?” Part...

Growth Corner

Austin Welcomes Oracle’s First US Startup Cloud Accelerator

Oracle recently announced the opening of an Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator in Austin, Texas—the program’s first location in the US and ninth worldwide....

Oracle recently announced the opening of an Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator in Austin, Texas—the program’s first location in the US and ninth worldwide. Started in Bangalore, India, in April 2016, the accelerator program later added locations in Delhi and Mumbai; Bristol, England; Paris; Singapore; Tel Aviv; and São Paulo. The new Austin location gives select startups across Texas access to technical and business mentors; a co-working space in the city’s Capital Factory;...

Customer Experience

Inc. 5000 Names Customer Experience as the Key to Their Growth

Last year, Oracle and Inc. Media joined forces to get inside the heads of the leaders of America’s fastest-growing companies. What we found was interesting―so...

Last year, Oracle and Inc. Media joined forces to get inside the heads of the leaders of America’s fastest-growing companies. What we found was interesting―so interesting, that we decided to revisit with this group of small-to-medium business (SMB) executives to see if anything has changed.  So drumroll, please…. The #1 reason for success came down to one thing―customers. However, it is not just the act of selling to those customers. SMB leaders overwhelmingly chose their...

Emerging Technologies

What Mature SMBs Can Learn from Digital Business

Not all companies are set up with the goal to expand, grow, and dominate a market space. Many small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) on the “smaller” end of the...

Not all companies are set up with the goal to expand, grow, and dominate a market space. Many small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) on the “smaller” end of the spectrum are lifestyle businesses―companies that are set up with the goal of providing a particular level of income for the founders and owners. Now, this does not mean that the lifestyle cannot be large. Many lifestyle SMBs bring in millions in dollars of profits. Scalable businesses are established to move beyond their...

Finance

2 Ways Exponential Growth Affects Finance—As Explained by America’s Fastest-Growing Companies

To land (and stay) on the Inc. 5000, high-growth small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) need to look for ways to expand—more sales, more employees, bigger market...

To land (and stay) on the Inc. 5000, high-growth small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) need to look for ways to expand—more sales, more employees, bigger market share, new markets. But expansion requires money. You know the adage—it takes money to make money. That made us wonder how important finance is to those companies that exemplify high-growth. As you may know, Inc. Media and Oracle revisited a partnership from 2017, where we reached out to past and present Inc. 5000...

Growth Corner

Why Comfort Zones Are Business Killers

A comfort zone is a place that many people spend their entire lives trying to establish and inhabit. They design their comfort zones around material items,...

A comfort zone is a place that many people spend their entire lives trying to establish and inhabit. They design their comfort zones around material items, décor, foods, and people—and once a comfort zone is completed, almost no one ever wants to leave it. For small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), comfort zones can be deadly. The 500+ members of the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs, an organization that helps business owners grow their companies at accelerated rates, are not...

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