Latest B2B News: Actifio, Shoprunner, Gardaworld consolidation

B2B News: Mergers and Acquisitions Report for December 4, 2020 Google has acquired Actifio. Actifio is a developer of data backup and disaster recovery (DR). Virtual copies of data in their original format can be managed scenarios like development and testing. The purchase is a demonstration of Google Cloud’s plan to assist enterprises in protecting […]

Crabbier coworkers during the pandemic? Here are some experts’ solutions.

Work-Based Conflict during Covid-19:  Two Experts Weigh in on the Causes and the Solutions   In 2020 even workplace conflict has gone remote. Connecting to our workplaces from our home offices has done nothing to reduce workplace conflict. As a result conflict resolution and mediation consultants are seeing an uptick in the number of enterprises […]

B2B News for December 3: Salesforce + Slack, Intelsat; MiddleGround Capital

Salesforce will acquire Slack for $27.7 billion. Slack shareholders will be paid $26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each of their shares. This represents an enterprise value of approximately $27.7 billion in consideration of Salesforce’s common stock price at closing on November 30, 2020. Media report: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/01/technology/salesforce-slack-deal.html Salesforce press release: […]

The Toll of Emotional Labour at Work during COVID-19

Coffee, Tea or Exhausted Me? By Kate Baggott Feeling more exhausted during the pandemic? It’s probably the extra emotional labour you’ve been doing. What is emotional labour? Over the past several weeks, much has been said and written about the increased load on women as they carry the greater demands of household labour and home […]

Devolving from Recession to She-cession: Part 3: What are businesses doing to help?

  Read part one: Devolving from Recession to She-cession Read part two: Devolving from Recession to She-cession: Part 2: What is happening to business right now?   How are businesses helping their employees deal with additional responsibilities during COVID-19? That depends on how you look at the additional burdens being placed on those working from home. […]

Part 2: Devolving from Recession to She-cession: What is happening to business right now?

(This is part 2 in a three part series. For part one please start here.) Women are understandably reluctant to talk about the toll of pandemic stress. Representatives from employers are hauntingly silent. It is impossible to believe that industries will not suffer if up to 1/3 of their employees feel they have will have […]

Many women are reluctant to talk about the new difficulties of combining work and motherhood during COVID-19. The emerging picture suggests the stress and worry over being able to go to work is not limited to nurses. The experience goes far beyond health care.

UPDATED: The Shecession Pandemic: Covid-19 is worse for women and the economy

Read part 2: Devolving from She-cession to Recession Read part 3: What is happening to business right now?   Adrienne lives in fear of another school closure. The 35 year-old Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) is a single mother of two school-age children. She works in an urban hospital in Southern Ontario. “I’ve been job-sharing throughout the […]

Do You Want to Become an Influencer?

You can identify influencers because their thoughts, rather than their photographs, are everywhere. They author the inspirational quotes in your email signature, their are RT’d by the thousands and their books are described as “must reads.” A thought leader and celebrity rolled into one, the term “influencer” is a description conferred on business and social luminaries […]

What every B2B exec needs to know about intellectual capital management

It’s not just about patents, copyright and intellectual property. What your people know, your unique business practices and products, your company culture, your brand status and corporate reputation are all part of your B2B firm’s intellectual capital. According to a growing number of business academics and consultants, the definition, inventory, and auditing of intellectual capital […]

The pros and cons of workshifting

Workshifting has gone from being a promise to being a lifestyle. The practice, enabled by mobile technologies, promised us the flexibility of being able to work any time, anywhere. Workshifting has given us the freedom to set up a home office, a dream further sweetened by knowing the farthest we’ll need to transit is from the bed to […]

The B2BNN Primer on Messaging Architecture

Shared values, shared business goals and shared communications goals are the trinity of corporate culture. They turn co-workers into teams, businesses into brands and notions into values. And, like all idealized attributes, they are easier to envision than to realize. It can all leave clients and prospective clients confused. That’s where messaging architecture comes in. […]

B2B Idea Bytes: Romancing the niche

Let’s call it the match maker’s response to extreme nichification. Romancing the niche is what generalists are doing for martech to create greater business viability within the sector. Ever since Scott Brinker’s 2016 Martech Landscape Supergraphic was released in March, it’s been clear that vendors would have to work across multiple categories for new tool […]