Hitachi Ltd. President Toshiaki Higashihara said Thursday the company needs to consider joining forces with other players to get its poorly performing nuclear reactor business revived. Hitachi cannot leave its nuclear business floundering, Higashihara told a press conference in Tokyo. "Something like a tie-up with other players should be considered," he said. But he acknowledged that business integration with other domestic makers would not be easy. This is partly because Japan's nuclear reactor manufacturers -- Hitachi, Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. -- have respectively forged ties with foreign makers.
Sometimes when we listen to the news and pundits that interpret reports and statistics, our hope or determination can get clouded. This is also true in business, but especially for small business owners. If we watch the news we could get a sense that everything was going wrong and all businesses are in trouble. Unfortunately, this is true for a lot of the big corporations that we all know well, but is it really the same state for increasing small business revenue? The fact is that for the most part small business is striding forward with sales and revenue, even in our current economy, and a Constant Contact study shows this has been true since last year.
Amazon is targeting the multibillion-pound UK business-to-business market by launching a new service that sells office supplies, industrial tools and laboratory kits to companies. The service, called Amazon Business, is the latest example of the US company's dramatic expansion beyond its traditional consumer retail business. Amazon already offers cloud computing services to businesses through Amazon Web Services. The UK online market for business-to-business sales was valued at £96.5bn for 2015 by the Office for National Statistics. Amazon Business will sell more than 100m products and is targeted at small, medium, and large firms.
Business analytics and business intelligence are two different notions, but only few people understand the difference. Interestingly, even people who have worked in the business industry struggle with this particular topic or have various different answers when someone asks the question'What is the difference between business analytics and business intelligence?' Some people define business analytics as an umbrella term and place intelligence as one of its parts, together with data warehousing, enterprise performance management, risk, compliance and analytic applications. Meanwhile, others use the term business analytics as a level of domain knowledge related to predictive or statistical analytics. Business intelligence can be defined as the necessity to get the most out of a particular information.