Tom Ferry Disccusses How To Take Your Business To The Next Level

Take your business to the next level! Do you know where your business is at in the cycle? There are five stages most businesses go through and knowing where your business stands is crucial for continued growth and success.

In this week’s Tom Ferry Show you’ll learn:

  • Which of the stages of business you are in
  • The ideal schedule for dominating your market
  • Why you have to go ALL IN to win

Remember your strategy matters, and now more than ever, self-awareness about what cycle you are in and the actions you take absolutely rules!

Survey: Tech Professionals Cite Privacy and Security as Biggest Concerns About the Business Use of Drones

As drones reshape enterprise, new guidance helps prepare organizations for their use

Rolling Meadows, IL – March 02, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE) From package delivery to props in major sporting events, drones continue to play major roles in everyday life. But are enterprises prepared for “The Rise of the Drones” in their operations? That’s the focus of a new white paper and global survey available now from global technology association ISACA.

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The Rise of the Drones” outlines some of the potential uses of drone technology in a commercial environment, including business implications and risk considerations, as well as critical questions an enterprise must consider prior to implementing a drone program:

  • What factors must management consider prior to signing off on the acquisition and implementation of a corporate drone program?
  • What questions must be asked and answers obtained to enable management to assess the far-ranging risks associated with the use of drones as a strategic business tool?
  • What policies and procedures must be in place before the organization deploys its first corporate drone?

This white paper addresses these questions and more, with the intent of preparing management for the inevitable. If an organization wishes to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace, it will eventually look to drones (and their related technologies) as a competitive tool and embrace all that drone technologies have to offer.

Along with the paper, ISACA polled its global membership to gauge the use of and planning for drones in their respective organizations. Among the findings of that survey:

  • 75 percent say security or privacy are their biggest concern about the business use of drones.
  • 65 percent say most organizations that would benefit from the use of drones are unprepared to address the necessary security and privacy requirements.
  • 63 percent do not believe their existing staff has sufficient expertise to evaluate the security of drones.
  • Just 25 percent believe the benefits of drones outweigh the security and privacy risks—but an additional 48 percent say the benefits will outweigh the risks in the future, when those concerns are addressed more thoroughly.

“Rushing to implement drone technology without first being properly prepared can result in both a legal and financial disaster. An uncontrolled drone program can also cause significant damage to the organization’s reputation,” said Albert Marcella, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, author of the ISACA paper. “However, with the right controls, policies and procedures in place, a drone program can offer significant technical and competitive advantage.”

The white paper and a related checklist for organizations can be downloaded free of charge at www.isaca.org/drones.

About ISACA

ISACA® (isaca.org) helps professionals around the globe realize the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organizations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT framework, which helps organizations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), ISACA helps organizations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers.

Contacts

ISACA
John Julitz
(847) 660-5769
communications@isaca.org

Kristen Kessinger
(847) 660-5512
communications@isaca.org

Redfin Launches Mortgage Business

Dallas, TX – January 26, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE) Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage, has formed Redfin Mortgage to loan money to Redfin customers buying homes. By integrating a lending operation with Redfin’s existing brokerage and title businesses, the company’s ultimate goal is an entirely digital process, with better service, a faster closing and lower fees. Redfin Mortgage plans to begin issuing loans in the first half of 2017, initially serving customers in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio markets.

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“Redfin Mortgage will put the customer first through a combination of technology and personal service,” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. “This approach to mortgage is the same that has made us successful serving more than 75,000 customers buying and selling homes. We’ll meet customers through digital channels to lower customer acquisition costs. We’ll hire our own mortgage advisers with incentives that reward service, not just sales, so customers get advice they can trust. We’ll track every aspect of the closing in a single system used by mortgage advisers, real estate agents, title experts and the customer so everyone works together on an on-time closing.”

Redfin has hired Jason Bateman, formerly executive vice president of mortgage operations at BBVA Compass, to lead the effort. Mr. Bateman has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry. He will run Redfin’s mortgage operation out of a new Dallas-based office. The software engineers supporting the mortgage business are based in Seattle.

“When your real estate agent, title professional and lender work together, you win,” said Bateman. “Lenders should spend their time determining which loan is right for a customer, not looking for new customers. If an appraisal comes in low or an inspection turns up a problem, everyone should learn about it at the same time, without relying on telephone calls and email messages hours after the fact. Automating tasks that were once performed manually should not only lower costs, but reduce the possibility of errors that create lending risk. Our vision is the way I’d always imagined home lending should be.”

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Redfin’s real estate agents will continue our partnerships with lenders of all stripes, encouraging customers to work with the lender that offers the best combination of service and rates. There will be no incentives for Redfin real estate agents to recommend a Redfin loan. Because Redfin’s mortgage service depends on integration with its brokerage operation, the company does not initially plan to support refinancings or loans to consumers who buy a home without using a Redfin agent.

About Redfin

Redfin (www.redfin.com) is the next-generation real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer’s favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country’s #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry’s lowest published error rate. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $40 billion in home sales through 2016.

For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com. To learn about housing market trends and download data, visit the Redfin Data Center.

Contacts

Redfin Journalist Services
Ali Kramer
(206) 588-6863
press@redfin.com