By Nina Trentmann WSJ Mon., April 1, 2019 When Simon Dingemans took over as chief financial officer at GlaxoSmithKline PLC eight years ago, the pharmaceuticals giant didn’t have a unified information technology system or standardized financial processes. The British company was running 37 separate SAP SE software systems in Europe alone, alongside numerous other applications and programs in other parts of the world. The systems didn’t talk to each other, and data collection was often manual. “It was completely unmaintainable,” Mr. Dingemans told CFO Journal in an interview. “The company was still very much a federation of local operating companies and we didn’t really have any centralized systems.” Since Mr. Dingemans came aboard, the pharmaceuticals giant’s finance organization is now much improved, operating on a single enterprise resource management system that ties together a wide range of business processes in a … [Read more...] about GSK Finance Chief Hands Baton to Successor as Centralization Efforts Bear Fruit
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Thomas Colson, provided by Published 4:52 am CDT, Monday, March 18, 2019 Reuters Theresa May could pull a planned third vote on her Brexit deal because she is likely to lose it. Downing Street could delay a third meaningful vote, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, until after a key summit of European Union leaders on Thursday. The prime minister could then ask EU leaders for a long Article 50 extension and threaten Conservative MPs with a choice between a significant Brexit delay or backing her deal. LONDON — Theresa May could scrap plans to hold a vote on her Brexit deal this week, according to two of her ministers, a move which would set up a dramatic showdown with her pro-Leave colleagues as European leaders decide whether to let the United Kingdom delay its departure. Chancellor Philip Hammond said on Sunday that a fresh vote on the deal, which had been scheduled for Tuesday evening, would only happen if the UK government was "confident" it could win the … [Read more...] about Theresa May could cancel plans to hold a third vote on her Brexit deal this week
NEW DELHI: Ahmed Ali from Assam's Karimganj district , while pulling his cycle rickshaw one day in the late 1970s, felt miserable at the realization that like him his soon-to-be-born child too will remain illiterate and may have to pull a rickshaw for a living. Hailing from Madhurband village, when Ali, now 82, moved to Karimganj town, about 300 km from Guwahati, he often saw children attending school and getting educated, and sometimes even ferried them to and from their homes to their schools in his rickshaw. The thought of his child not getting proper education hit him so hard that he decided he should do something about it so that poor children of the coming generation, including his own, do not suffer in privation like him. Since then, Ali has gone on to build nine schools and, because of his singular effort, he even found a mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme. "I feel it was Allah's wish and blessings from locals that I could achieve … [Read more...] about How an illiterate rickshaw-puller from Assam became a mascot for education
The Granite Building might be the most majestic structure in Larimer Square. Built at the southeast corner of 15th and Larimer streets in 1882, the striking red and beige stone building is a four-story welcome mat for the city’s first and most celebrated historic district. It sits on the same plot where Denver founder Gen. William Larimer built his log cabin home in 1858. In 1882, it was home to a dry goods store. Today, its tenants include the Comedy Works comedy club, and, allegedly, a ghost. At a distance, the Granite Building looks good for its age, crowned with an ornate cornice, its slender windows wreathed in stonework. Upon closer inspection though, pieces of the building are beginning to crumble under the weight of its 136 years. It’s hardly the only building on Larimer Square beginning to show its age. Because of that wear, and how Larimer Square’s private owner is seeking to fix it, the block faces an uncertain future in 2019 despite a pair of … [Read more...] about Plans to change Larimer Square, Denver’s most historic block, entering next chapter
Mary Hanbury, provided by Published 8:07 am CST, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Business Insider/Mary Hanbury Peloton is making plans to go public this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The company has revolutionized home fitness with its high-tech indoor bike, which enables users to stream live classes from home. It is now reportedly valued at about $4 billion. One of its main rivals, indoor cycling brand SoulCycle, which launched in 2006 and now has more than 90 studios across the United States and Canada, also filed to go public in 2015 but eventually pulled these plans. We compared the experience of taking a class with each brand, and there was a clear winner. Indoor cycling is becoming the most competitive space in the fitness market. Until 2012, SoulCycle seemed to be invincible with its cult following of fans who were prepared to pay as much as $36 a class. Then Peloton came along. The high-tech fitness company, which launched in … [Read more...] about Peloton is reportedly exploring plans to go public. Here’s how this high-tech fitness company compares to SoulCycle.