On November 11, 2018, just days before a planned IPO, SAP announced its acquisition of Qualtrics International, the cloud analytics and customer experience company. Strategically, Qualtrics appears to be the right fit for SAP, which has committed $8 billion to the takeover. Qualtrics will remain a separate entity and Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith will maintain his position as the leader of the company. The acquisition has some interesting qualities to it, some of which we analyze a bit further below:

Earlier this month, I came across an article which challenged the status quo within organizations. It stated that the way we envision our business should be aligned with the technologies contained within it. The article brings digital transformation (referred to as “DX”) to the forefront of office culture by first defining it, then bringing to light its purpose and advantages that it can have when implemented in the workplace.

Digital Transformation is defined as:

"…the reworking of the products, processes and strategies within an organization by leveraging current technologies."

In this sense, we can find many potential advantages to using this framework, but wewill focus on three key ones to start.

When the word “quark” comes up in everyday conversation, it often elicits a kind of self- conscious chuckle. Who really knows what a quark is, after all, but a particle physicist? As a word, it more or less symbolizes the unknowably complex.

In fact, I challenge you to think of a time when it wasn’t being used to explain a highly complicated concept - except perhaps as a way to make fun of someone for being a nerd (I speak from experience as the nerd in question). The deeper you dig into the nature of quarks, the more unfamiliar things get: hadrons, baryons, leptons, mesons, and more sci-fi sounding but very real words - try Googling them if you don’t believe me.

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