Michael D. Radcliff Named Governance Fellow by National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)


The RADCLIFFgroup® LLC Announced Michael D. Radcliff, Founder and Senior Advisor, is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow. He Has Demonstrated Commitment to Boardroom Excellence by Completing NACD’s Comprehensive Program of Study for Corporate Directors, and Supplementing his Skill Sets Through Ongoing Engagement with the Director Community and Access to Leading Practices.


Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 14, 2012 

The RADCLIFFgroup® LLC announced that Michael D. Radcliff, founder and senior advisor, is named a Governance Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He has demonstrated commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD's comprehensive program of study for corporate directors, and supplementing his skill sets through ongoing engagement with the director community and access to leading practices.

As Senior Advisor for The RADCLIFFgroup® LLC, Mike specializes in guiding organizations through challenging technology-enabled business initiatives, serving as an independent board member or senior advisor to the chief executive officer and senior management team. His thirty years of leadership achievement in senior roles encompasses executive management, strategy development and execution, information technology, finance, business design and start-up, customer operations, supply chain management, and international shared services. Mike has served in the positions of chairman, director, CEO, senior VP, chief technology officer, CIO, and sector president.

Mike is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Fisher College of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Systems Professional, and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and National Association of Corporate Directors.

About The RADCLIFFgroup® LLC: 
Founded in 2000 to provide proactive business advisors for companies seeking to deploy breakaway business models, develop and apply innovative technology, and forge new business relationships to accelerate growth and profitability. The group is an allied network of thought-leading practitioners in strategy, business models, information technology, organizational change, and human capital development. Engaged by innovative clients seeking to achieve top-tier growth rates and return on investment through improved business design, technology investment, and organizational execution.

The RADCLIFFgroup® LLC provides independent executive advisory services to small and mid-cap companies facing challenging new projects, problems and opportunities. Senior management advisors: information technology, global business services, new business models, transformational initiatives and organization performance management. Venture development: strategy, capital formation, active executive leadership and management. Independent board members: public, private and advisory.

About The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD): 
NACD's mission is to advance exemplary board leadership -for directors, by directors. We deliver the knowledge and insight that board members need to confidently navigate complex business challenges and enhance shareowner value. We amplify the collective voice of directors in setting a substantive policy agenda.

NACD was founded in 1977 as the only national membership organization created for and by directors. Today, more than 13,000 directors and key executives from public, private, and non-profit companies rely on us for: Board Development, Resources, Education, and Connections.

NACD's Leading the Way initiative provides essential resources that help directors strengthen board leadership. The NACD Key Agreed Principles document a consensus among directors, executives, and shareowners on benchmarks for leading practices. Through initiatives such as these, NACD empowers directors to anticipate, influence, and meet boardroom challenges while effectively leading their organizations.




RADCLIFFgroup LLC Receives 2010 U.S. Commerce Association’s Business Consulting Award for 2nd Consectutive Year


NEW YORK, NY, May 17, 2010 --  Radcliff Group LLC has been selected for the 2010 Best of  Lake Norman Award in the Business Consulting category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2010 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties. 

From Baselinemag.com
This cascading nature "provides a line of sight between each individual, what they're working on, the unit they support, and how that impacts the strategy of the whole enterprise," says Michael Radcliff, CTO of Ingersoll-Rand, which recently worked with Gold to set up an IT scorecard.

Owens Corning: Mike Radcliff, CIO, says: 

"Our staff has to be able to work with incredible ambiguity, be self-confident, simplify and trust others, because we have an absolute interdependency with other departments.Most of all we have to embrace 'good enough' reengineering, good enough that we can progress ... not necessarily what we'd do in the ideal world." 

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CIO MICHAEL RADCLIFF leaves software development to his vendors. 

Michael Radcliff, CIO of Ingersoll Rand, global industrial manufacturing company.

Radcliff says he lets vendors deal with software development.Instead of customizing software in-house or allocating staff to develop programs, he gets his vendors to do the development and customization work on applications as often as possible.That way, the cost of development is not borne by him, and there's an immediate ROI, Radcliff says."It keeps the capital investment on the vendor's balance sheet.And if we're not spending money on development, we can put those funds toward deployment."

Radcliff is rolling out a new finance initiative that will add options for customers who want to lease, rent or buy items such as golf carts, air compressors or construction equipment from Ingersoll Rand business units.When he bought the software from a vendor (he declines to say which one), he gave its representatives a list of customization requirements and let them do the development."We don't have a lot of discretionary spending, so we have to be very, very careful where our money goes," Radcliff says. 

Hunt Down Waste and Kill It Some of the hidden costs of IT are not exactly IT-related.  But that doesn't mean you can't find savings there.


Shortly after Owens Corning implemented SAP R/3 for its core domestic operations late last year, its IT organization moved from being mainly a back-office group to one involved in a broader range of core business activities, says Michael Radcliff, former CIO and now VP of Owens Corning's new System Thinking Information Group.  Within the new group, IT has become the linkage point with all our customers and suppliers, he says.

System Thinking is more than just a name for a corporate organization-it's a trademarked name for how Owens Corning does business.Instead of separately selling shingles and various roofing vents, for example, it now sells products, processes, services, and technical support for complete roofing systems.We're at a point where business and IT goals are the same, Radcliff says.

Among the post-ERP technologies Owens Corning is putting in place is a data warehouse that analyzes the wealth of new data generated by its SAP system.The warehouse provides valuable information on customer profitability, product-line profitability, sales performance, and supply-chain activities.

Radcliff is also looking at warehouse automation and tighter ERP integration with shop-floor process control.


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"This alliance integrates the expertise of technology, skill and experience of two leading providers of legal support services," said Mike Radcliff, president of INTEGREX."By working together, each company will now be better positioned to serve as a single source for a wider range of services to our clients in both law firms and corporate legal departments." 

"The two alliances that we've formed this year with Interim Legal Services and Merrill Document Management Services, will allow our company and our alliance partners' companies to meet our clients' needs with speed and flexibility," states Radcliff."We are now an organization that is aligned with industry leaders to offer the best people and the best technology to meet our clients' requirements." 


Strategic Outsourcing: It's your move...

All the moves we've made could be classified as tactical, and they sound that way when I describe them, says Mike Radcliff, vice president and CIO.But they have been central in letting us move forward the strategy of Owens Corning, the business.These are alliances with companies that have enabled us to enter new markets and new geography, introduce new products, and jump ahead of the competition in service..

Just how did Radcliff achieve this goal.For starters, his outsourcing arrangement costs less than supporting his ancient systems.Those savings, he says, have allowed him to adopt new technology, which provides new capabilities, faster.Another piece comes from the variable cost structure he negotiated for his legacy systems.There, the less he used the old systems, the less he paid for them.And finally, by outsourcing the maintenance and distribution for every PC, server, and network in 180 locations, he replaced Owens Corning's infrastructure in less than one year, speeding up the adoption of SAP.That's a clear example of cycle time with direct productivity benefits, says Radcliff.

If I had any advice, my first suggestion would be to keep the time frames smaller, preferably in the three to five year range, he says.I've also learned over the years that it's important to clearly articulate the basic principles so that both parties can win.You won't have a successful or friendly agreement if one party thinks it's losing or can win only at the other's expense, Radcliff says.

Or to paraphrase Hamlet: The relationship's the thing. Forget about that, and you might find yourself and your company in deep jeopardy.



 PRESS RELEASE:  Affiliated Computer services

ACS' reputation in the BPO and IT marketplace for quality service and technical expertise were two of the reasons we selected them," said Mike Radcliff, Ingersoll-Rand's Chief Technology Officer."In addition, the ACS business plan and company culture support Ingersoll-Rand's outsourcing strategy." 

Ingersoll-Rand expects to realize savings of approximately $70 million over the course of the seven-year contract.


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Mike Radcliff, president of Integrex (www.integrexventures.com), said HOMExperts is just one aspect of a corporate strategy by Owens Corning through Integrex to redefine the boundaries of how a traditional manufacturing company can generate growth with a portfolio of services not found in any other single source.




"Perfectionism isn't allowed."


 Mike Radcliff...


"Our staff has to be able to work with incredible ambiguity, be self confident, simplify, and trust others. Most of all we have to embrace 'good enough' reengineering... 'good enough' that we can progress..."


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From... Fortune

"Mike Radcliff took a huge gamble: He bet his job - and almost the company - on his group's ability to install powerful and notoriously complex enterprise information-management software."

"What made it work? Radcliff defined success in business terms...and insisted that half the project staff come from the business. As a result, no matter how messy things got, the debate was... how do I achieve the outcome?, and nothing else."

Back From the Dead




From... A Study of 20 Companies

Lessons learned... Mike Radcliff's top-ten list


  • Benchmark - find out what is world-class.
  • Focus on quantifiable business outcomes.
  • Reengineer for implementation.
  • Design around enterprise customer/supply-chain model.
  • Insist on full-time and diverse teams - getting the right people will be the biggest hurdle.
  • Anticipate and address change impact early. You will underestimate training requirements.
  • Start small. Implement early. Learn by doing.
  • Compress the schedule. Don't allow time to admire problems. Force decisions and forward momentum.
  • Unwavering commitment of top management is essential.
  • Attitude wins!
The RADCLIFFgroup LLC Receives 2009 Best in Business Consulting Award
   WASHINGTON D.C. June 8, 2009 - The RADCLIFFgroup LLC has been selected for the 2009 Best in the Business Consulting by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

U.S. Commerce Association Honors the Achievement
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. 
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association