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Mark Gillett
Mark Gillett
Mark Gillett
is a British executive and technologist and is a partner, managing director and the senior operating partner at Silver Lake Partners one of the largest global technology investment funds. Gillett's experience spans leading the development of embedded software and devices and large scale cloud services. Much of his experience has focused on organisations undergoing operational, management, or technical change as a result of growth, change, of ownership/strategy or stress. He is best known for the rapid growth in users and value at Skype
Skype
and his work leading and transforming engineering and operations at the company he took as Chief Development and Operations Officer while Skype
Skype
was an independent company,[1] prior to its acquisition by Microsoft
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Operating Partner
An operating partner is a term used by venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) firms to describe a role dedicated to working with privately held companies to increase value. The role was created by large capitalization private equity groups and the importance of driving corporate change in building value increased as sellers became more sophisticated and financial engineering less central to private equity investments in the 2000s.[1] . Firms with such Operating Partners argue that value creation potential is better achieved by a fully dedicated and senior partner than solely relying on external consultants
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Agile Software Development
Agile software development
Agile software development
describes an approach to software development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organizing and cross-functional teams and their customer(s)/end users(s).[1] It advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, and continual improvement, and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change.[2] The term agile (sometimes written Agile)[3] was popularized, in this context, by the Manifesto for Agile
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Special
Special
Special
or specials may refer to:Contents1 Music 2 Film and television 3 Other uses 4 See alsoMusic[edit] Special
Special
(album), a 1992 album by Vesta Williams "Special" (Garbage song), 1998 "Special
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Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft
Corporation (/ˈmaɪkrəˌsɒft/,[2][3] abbreviated as MS) is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft
Microsoft
Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office
suite, and the Internet
Internet
Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox
Xbox
video game consoles and the Microsoft
Microsoft
Surface lineup of touchscreen personal computers
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ITIL
ITIL
ITIL
(Information Technology Infrastructure Library) is a set of detailed practices for IT service management
IT service management
(ITSM) that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business
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Navigon
Navigon
Navigon
GmbH is a Würzburg, Germany-based manufacturer of GPS devices and GPS navigation software. It was privately owned, until in June 2011, it was announced that Navigon
Navigon
was to be acquired by Garmin
Garmin
and become a subsidiary of the company.[1] With effect from October 31, 2011, Navigon
Navigon
has changed its legal entity from corporation (Aktiengesellschaft) to GmbH.[2] Navigon's full portfolio included Navigon
Navigon
branded personal navigation devices as well as OEM software solutions for the navigation, wireless and automotive sectors. Navigon
Navigon
had offices in Asia, North America and Europe, and employed more than 400 people.[3] Navigon
Navigon
AG was purchased and fully acquired by Garmin
Garmin
Ltd
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ISOFT
iSOFT is an international supplier of software applications for the healthcare sector. Its products are used by an estimated 13,000 organisations in 40 countries for managing patient information and healthcare services. Its headquarters was in Sydney, Australia prior to its acquisition by DXC Technology in 2011.[1][2][3] iSOFT was founded in 1996 as a business group within accounting group, KPMG and bought out of the Group in 1999. In 2000, iSOFT had a successful listing on the London Stock Exchange.[citation needed] iSOFT became part of the IBA Health Group following a merger completed in October 2007. The IBA Health Group has since changed its name to iSOFT Group to build on the goodwill associated with one of the world's leading health IT brands, iSOFT. iSOFT announced on 24 March 2011 that trading in its shares would be suspended pending a corporate announcement
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Bankruptcy Of Lehman Brothers
The filing for Chapter 11
Chapter 11
bankruptcy protection by financial services firm Lehman Brothers
Lehman Brothers
on September 15, 2008, remains the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, with Lehman holding over US$600,000,000,000 in assets. The bank had become so deeply involved in mortgage origination that it had effectively become a real estate hedge fund disguised as an investment bank
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Alvarez And Marsal
Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a global professional services firm notable for its work in turnaround management and performance improvement of a number of large, high-profile businesses both in the USA and internationally such as Lehman Brothers, HealthSouth, Tribune Company, Warnaco, Interstate bakeries, Target, Darden Restaurants
Darden Restaurants
and Arthur Andersen.[1]Contents1 History 2 Notable Projects2.1 Lehman Brothers 2.2 HealthSouth3 Competitors 4 Criticism 5 ReferencesHistory[edit] Alvarez & Marsal was founded in 1983 by Tony Alvarez II, former Coopers & Lybrand workout specialist and Bryan Marsal, a former Citibank
Citibank
workout banker, after the two met and worked together at Norton Simon
Norton Simon
Inc
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Private Equity
Private equity
Private equity
typically refers to investment funds organized as limited partnerships that are not publicly traded and whose investors are typically large institutional investors, university endowments, or wealthy individuals. Private equity
Private equity
firms are known for their extensive use of debt financing to purchase companies, which they restructure and attempt to resell for a higher value. Debt
Debt
financing reduces corporate taxation burdens and is one of the principal ways in which private equity firms make business more profitable for investors.[1] Private equity
Private equity
might also create value by overcoming agency costs and better aligning the incentives of corporate managers with those of their shareholders. P.E
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Large-cap
Market capitalization (market cap) is the market value at a point in time of the shares outstanding of a publicly traded company, being equal to the share price at that point of time multiplied by the number of shares outstanding.[2][3] As outstanding stock is bought and sold in public markets, capitalization could be used as an indicator of public opinion of a company's net worth and is a determining factor in some forms of stock valuation. Market capitalization is used by the investment community in ranking the size of companies, as opposed to sales or total asset figures. It is also used in ranking the relative size of stock exchanges, being a measure of the sum of the market capitalizations of all companies listed on each stock exchange
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Performance Improvement
Performance improvement is measuring the output of a particular business process or procedure, then modifying the process or procedure to increase the output, increase efficiency, or increase the effectiveness of the process or procedure. Performance improvement can be applied to either individual performance such as an athlete or organizational performance such as a racing team or a commercial business. In organizational development, performance improvement is organizational change in which the managers and governing body of an organization put into place and manage a program which measures the current level of performance of the organization and then generates ideas for modifying organizational behavior and infrastructure which are put into place to achieve higher output. The primary goals of organizational improvement are to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency to improve the ability of the organization to deliver goods and or services
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Turnaround Management
Turnaround management is a process dedicated to corporate renewal. It uses analysis and planning to save troubled companies and returns them to solvency, and to identify the reasons for failing performance in the market, and rectify them. Turnaround management involves management review, root failure causes analysis, and SWOT analysis to determine why the company is failing. Once gdg analysis is completed, a long term strategic plan and restructuring plan are created. These plans may or may not involve a bankruptcy filing
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Redmond, Washington
Redmond is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located 16 miles (26 km) east of Seattle, within the high-tech enclave of Seattle
Seattle
metropolitan area. The population is 62,458 in 2016, an increase from the 2010 census,[5] up from 45,256 in the 2000 census. Redmond is commonly recognized as the home of Microsoft
Microsoft
and Nintendo of America
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Skype Technologies
Skype Technologies S.A.R.L (also known as Skype Software S.A.R.L, Skype Communications S.A.R.L, Skype Inc. and Skype Limited) is a telecommunications company headquartered in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg and Palo Alto, CA, United States, whose chief business is the manufacturing and marketing of the video chat and instant messaging computer software program Skype, and various Internet telephony services associated with it.[2] Microsoft purchased the company in 2011, and it has since then operated as their wholly owned subsidiary;[3] as of 2016, it is operating as part of Microsoft's Office Product Group. The company is a Société à responsabilité limitée, or SARL, equivalent to an American limited liability company. Skype, a voice over IP (VoIP) service, was first released in 2003 as a way to make free computer-to-computer calls, or reduced-rate calls from a computer to telephones
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