Intellectual capital valuation

Billions in Bits (from my Borland blog)  January 30, 2012 – 10:25 am
Making Sense of Intellectual As Borland’s SDO vision evolves, one of our stated areas of interest and investment is how to unlock the value of the business information embedded in our integrated ALM solution. Clearly this will involve features and functions of, and integration to, the emerging world of enterprise governance solutions such as Mercury ITG, Niku and others. Seeing this trend as the “next big thing” is perhaps bittersweet for thinkers like Paul Strassman whom have been highlighting the need for such approaches since the late 80’s. I have to admit I am a big fan of Strassman – and in this posting highlight some pointers to his work on this topic from the late 90’s. His multi-decade quest has been how to value the entrusted information capital that resides in our organizations.
o illustrate the massive impact of information capital to an organization’s value, look at the value of Google. Just shy of $3 billion in assets, it has a market capitalization of over $60 billion. In financial reporting, the gap between these two numbers is never formally recognized unless the assets are sold. Upon sale, the gap between asset value and sales price would be stuck into the accounting catch-all of “goodwill”. Though intangible, these assets hold real — and obviously significant

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