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Blogs

The Product Line Blog

A compendium of everyday examples of things gone right and things gone wrong in the wonderful world of products and services. From coffee to cupcakes, weather to the NFL, we pause to ponder the big question of “how did it get that way?”

The Modern Fund Office Blog

A blog for fund administrators and technology teams that support multiemployer and public fund operations. Posts are written by the consultants at MIDIOR and reflect our perspectives on platforms, systems, process and people that operate in today’s perfect storm of risk, compliance and regulatory overload.

Research

2014 Benchmark Study Product Development Management Practices

MIDIOR 2014 Benchmark Study of Product Development and Management Practices

Market Analysis and Customer Insight appear to be on the minds of product executives in large global companies. Among other topics, this research study identifies gaps in priority and competency levels in product management and development activities and highlights key areas for improvement.

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MIDIOR 2013 Benchmark Study of Product Development and Management Practices

Market Analysis and Customer Insight appear to be on the minds of product executives in large global companies. Among other topics, this research study identifies gaps in priority and competency levels in product management and development activities and highlights key areas for improvement.

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MIDIOR 2012 Benchmark Study of Product Development and Management Practices

Market Analysis and Customer Insight appear to be on the minds of product executives in large global companies. Among other topics, this research study identifies gaps in priority and competency levels in product management and development activities and highlights key areas for improvement.

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MIDIOR 2011 Benchmark Study of Product Development and Management Practices

Market Analysis and Customer Insight appear to be on the minds of product executives in large global companies. Among other topics, this research study identifies gaps in priority and competency levels in product management and development activities and highlights key areas for improvement.

MIDIOR 2010 Study of Product Development and Management Practices

In a challenging economy, MIDIOR’s annual research takes a snapshot of how large companies are practicing the discipline of product development and management, tracks year-to-year changes in specific areas and identifies opportunities to fine-tune the product organization.

MIDIOR 2009 Study of Product Management in Financial Services

This research study was initiated by MIDIOR to better understand how financial services firms perform product development and management in their organizations. Banks, insurance companies, technology providers and asset managers and servicers were included.

Study of IT Management Practices

MIDIOR contacted 200 senior executives responsible for management of information technology in their companies to understand the current state of IT management and identify those practices, processes and tools that are having the greatest impact on the bottom line.

Articles

Changing Roles in the Modern Fund Office

A shift toward consolidation and changing member expectations are among the trends modern fund offices must respond to. New technology can be part of the answer, but fund offices also may need to consider new organizational structures.

By Susan Loconto Penta

Managing the Transition in the Post Go Live Environment

The fund office has gone live with a new information technology system. In this final installment of a three-part series on choosing and implementing a new technology platform, the author discusses how to keep the system running smoothly.

By Michael J. Goldberger

Successful System Implementation: A Fund Administrator’s Guide to Getting It Right

A perspective about the key aspects of the implementation process that needs to be in place before you push the “go-live” button.

By Michael J. Goldberger

Selecting System Vendors: What to Consider

A key to success in selecting the right technology partner is pregame preparation by the fund office and trustees.

By Michael J. Goldberger

20 Ways to Know Your Product Managers are Doing the Right Thing

Successful product managers share a common list of attributes that apply across industries and market sectors. This list will help you identify the characteristics of the “A” team product managers in your organization and what to look for when you hire.

By Michael J. Goldberger and James J. Hynes

Organization Model Health Check: 41 Questions to Assess How Well You Are Doing

Take a hard look at your Product Development and Management (PD&M) organization model versus your business objectives and identify where to make changes to optimize and fine-tune the structure and plan for the future.

State Street Bank Embarks on a Revolution in Product Development

In a tough economic environment, a financial services leader embarks on a revolution in product development to maintain market share and earnings growth.

Innovation: The Driver of Growth

Successful innovation is much more than the creative spark of invention. Successful innovators are able to consistently capture those sparks and translate them into profitable businesses.

MIDIOR Mailbox

Hit the Mark for Requirements: Begin at the Beginning: Establish Context First

Many product teams jump into defining requirements without establishing context first. Learn how to avoid this pitfall and make sure you cover all of the right steps in the right order.

Hit the Mark for Requirements: Get into Your Customers World

Use this step-by-step approach to develop a true understanding of your customer’s world. Ask the right questions, understand customers’ belief systems and gather insights to elicit requirements.

Using the Data: Themes and Patterns to Define Requirements

Apply MIDIOR’s a structured approach to analyze structured and free-form data gathered from your dialogue with customers; profile on multiple dimensions and gain the insights to drive requirements.

Design-in Rapid Market Adoption - Part One

“Time to market” for a new product is often the focus. At MIDIOR, we see “time to revenue” as the critical metric. Understand the four critical barriers to product adoption and how your product team can overcome them as part of the development process.

Design-in Rapid Market Adoption - Part Two

When the sales and implementation process cuts across organizational boundaries, the sales cycle typically becomes more complicated. And if your new product or service demands that users change their behavior you have significant barriers to overcome.

Where are the Great Product Managers?

Finding great product managers is never easy. Learn where to look and what characteristics are essential for a product manager to succeed.

Tuning Your Product Organization

We are often asked if there is a best practice model for the product management organization. A good place to start is to separate the people from the functions. Then take the next steps to define the roles, pick your players, and play the positions.

Market Research or Market Opportunity?

To identify the next great opportunity for a product line you need to understand where to invest, how much and what the expected return should be. Here’s how to get started in finding the fact-based answers that will make your case.

White Papers

Designing Products for Sellability and Maximum ROI

Product life cycles are increasingly short and time-to-revenue is critical across all industries. This article examines the leverage points to get a product or service “right” on the first release.