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BPM FTW!

BPM FTW!



Do I Need BPM? In short – yes! I recently read an article written by Bill Goodwin entitled “Why you need to think about BPM in a different way”. In this article he said that “BPM has an unfair reputation as one of the least sexy areas of IT”. He then quotes Thoe Priestly, a chief technology evangelist, who said “The problem is that most organizations regard BPM as an overhead rather than a .
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How To Make Better Business Decisions

How To Make Better Business Decisions



How Can I Make Better Business Decisions? We all have needs. Seeking products and services to fill those needs can be a tricky task. Grab your notepad because it’s story time and wisdom is going to be disclosed! Buying A Vacuum Analogy I recently was in the market for a vacuum.  Rather than go to a warehouse store and buy the latest coupon offering, I actually went to a vacuum dealer to get something .
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Insource or Outsource

Insource or Outsource



What is outsourcing? Having spent much of my career in the business process outsourcing world, I have a “soft spot” for the value of using an “outsourcer”. Outsourcing means a company moves a portion of their business activity to another company. There are many reasons why organizations choose to outsource. The most common driver is to reduce costs, but there are other reasons such as domain or process expertise, or to remove or shift .
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5 Ways A CEO or Business Owner Can Reduce Costs

5 Ways A CEO or Business Owner Can Reduce Costs



5 Ways To Cut Costs and Boost Revenues In this economy, CEOs are looking to accomplish two things: increase revenue and reduce costs. For many, controlling and reducing costs is an afterthought; sometimes a distraction. Costs directly associated with revenue are typically monitored very closely. These include the cost of materials, sales, and labor. However, some costs that are associated with “running the business” such as accounting functions (e.g. payroll, A/P, A/R), human resource .
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Lean and Agile Buzz Words Debunked

Lean and Agile Buzz Words Debunked



What Does Lean And Agile Mean In Business? Are you part of an organization that uses the terms lean, agile, or opportunistic for describing your business, or your processes and methodologies, but those seem more like a cover up for “business as usual”?  Are you a manager that see’s the theoretical value in the concepts of Lean and Agile, but are struggling to turn any of it into a reality for your teams?  Are .
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Business Strategy: A Winning Approach

Business Strategy: A Winning Approach



A good friend of mine Steven J. Stowell, is a Founder and President of the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness, Inc. (CMOE).   His organization collaborates with companies across the globe teaching them how to maximize their effectiveness and helping to create strategic leaders and teams.  Their approach is both fun and insightful.  I recently read a blog post from the CMOE website teaching about strategy. Why Is Business Strategy Important? “Over the years .
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Process Change v. Process Evolution

Process Change v. Process Evolution



Effectively Adapt Business Processes It is almost inevitable that if a business system is in place that sooner or later it will need to change.  The change could be to accommodate a new opportunity, to mitigate a risk, to increase quality, or to mask an organizational deficiency.  Whatever the reason, managing process adaptations can often be a tricky business and without the right approach even skilled leaders can fall victim to an array of pitfalls.  For .
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