Product Lifecycle Management using Lean BPM

Josh Yeager gives his thoughts on using Lean BPM to manage Product Lifecycle Management processes. PLM is close to Josh's heart: as HighGear's Chief Operating Officer, he has led and built the HighGear Product Development team, using HighGear's Lean BPM capabilities to manage its own development. Product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process that manages the inception, planning, design, construction, marketing, delivery, and customer service for a product. Each of these elements is its own...

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Rotten Apple or Overreaching FBI Intrusion?

Today, we had a spirited internal debate on the FBI request for a backdoor into an iPhone owned by one of the killers in the San Bernardino terrorist incident. Apple contend this case is about the Right to Privacy, not of a terrorist's but of all of us, while the FBI insists this is a matter of National Security. Privacy versus Security - we want them both, but where is the fine line to be drawn? UPDATE: since writing, a Federal judge has issued a ruling on this matter in favor of Apple. Here...

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Orchestration and Workflow Management Software

Workflow defines a series of activities that are necessary to complete a task. Workflow Management Software (WMS) is a system of tools that is designed to automate business processes. Basically, the software is used to streamline tasks that are data driven. Also known as orchestration, WMS enables personnel to coordinate several administrative tasks and user interactions on a single platform. How Does It Work? The primary purpose of such software is to help businesses define, administer and...

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Essential Skills for Business Process Management Success

One of the most effective ways for managing your business is by managing its processes. This is where business process management (BPM) can help. Through a mix of methods, policies, practices and tools, your organization’s activities and procedures will grow optimized and capable of achieving the goals set by upper management. However, to ensure the success of your efforts, your business process directors and senior IT managers should possess a set of crucial skills aside from obvious ones...

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Developing Responsive Business Architecture

Contrary to popular belief, effective and successful business architecture isn’t the product of comprehensive or properly organized maps and diagrams. It’s the result of thoroughly understanding business needs, following a path to discovery and working to achieve a positive outcome. One of today’s needs is keeping up with the ever-changing business environment. Therefore, your business architecture needs to provide you with agile tools, techniques and information that allow you to make...

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The Benefits of Enterprise Task Management Software

A growing number of businesses are now using online task management software to transform how they operate. Organizations can grow as a whole if they become better at project management and increase key performance metrics. Enterprise task management software solutions make this possible. Here are a few benefits: Time is Money The age old adage holds true for business success. The faster corporations process tasks the faster they grow and the more successful they are. One of the most obvious...

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Applying Decision Management for Smarter Systems

Business decision management is an approach and technology that aims to automate and improve business decisions. The approach aspect focuses on the high volume, operational decisions which organizations make daily whereas the technology aspect entails business rules and their management systems, analytics, predictive analytic workbenches and optimization technology. Together, both sides of business decision management manage risks, reduce the chances of fraud and improve customer engagement...

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Compliance and Risk Management using Business Process Management (BPM)

Karl Hindle is Director of Marketing for HighGear, and a former auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. and Pannell Kerr Forster (UK). No matter which compliance regime you are operating under, you must establish visibility into the business processes operating at the heart of your compliance and risk management efforts. If you are unable to gain visibility into who does what and when (and by when), then you are running blind and will be unable to effectively establish appropriate controls and...

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On-Premises BPM versus a SaaS Cloud Solution

Karl Hindle is the Marketing Director for HighGear. We frequently encounter the SaaS-versus-On-Premises question when dealing with prospective customers, and the ultimate selection is fairly evenly split when it comes to deployment. For those clients operating in highly-regulated industries, or where the data is exceptionally sensitive, the choice veers strongly towards going with the On-Premises offering. Even so, we’re seeing an increase in the number of these clients who are seriously...

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The Application of BPM to Law Firm Management

Law firms are increasingly turning to the power of Business Process Management (BPM) to improve efficiency and performance, speed up firm growth and enhance and improve the quality of service delivered. For those who have made the leap, the bottom line improvement speaks for itself, however it is the flexibility to change processes and operations on a dime that is delivering competitive advantage to firms practicing in this most competitive of environments. At last, law firms can now quickly...

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