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Business Process Automation and Digital Transformation

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Did you break out of your MS-DOS shell, graduate to spreadsheets, and transition to QuickBooks? Does that transition mean you are keeping up with the challenges of digital transformation? How can digital technology transform your business process? True, the production end of your business no longer relies on typewriters, copy machines, and calculators. Also, the hybrid combination of computer applications, networked office… View More


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Ideas and Approaches for Better Problem Solving

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  Problem-solving likely consumes much of your time both personally and professionally. In fact, it's not unusual to get stuck just trying to decide how to approach a problem. Should you employ a "Pros and Cons" list? Should you solicit feedback from a variety of people with experience? Is it just a matter of the best ROI? While it's true that solutions can arise from the most unlikely places, those… View More


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Digital Transformation or Digital Shift?

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It's hard to check a business-related Twitter feed or LinkedIn stream without running across the phrase "digital transformation." While the concept isn't new, it seems to be accelerating. Many definitions exist for digital transformation. Here's one from InfoWorld that's as good as any: "Digital transformation is the application of digital technologies to fundamentally impact all aspects of business and… View More


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The Less-Sexy Side of Digital Transformation

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While much of the digital transformation discussion rightly focuses on the customer experience and becoming customer-centric, there is another, less sexy focus of the movement, which is on the internal operation of a business. Naturally, the ultimate goal of any business is customer value but getting to the last customer mile often requires significant improvements in how businesses operate behind the scenes, even when the impact on customers… View More


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How to Plan Your Day to be More Productive

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Improved productivity doesn't just happen overnight. It's a detailed, sometimes painstaking process to lead a better life. However, the more diligently you incorporate these tips, the more likely it is you'll start to see the results you want. Most people want to figure out ways to get more done in a day, but this type of generic goal will never spur anyone to action. Couple the vagueness with the mixed results everyone gets when… View More


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Sleep (and Dream) Your Way to Productivity

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Getting enough quality sleep every night can be a challenge for busy people, but doing so can have a marked increase on productivity at work. Many working Americans aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis. When trying to balance work and personal/family commitments, it can seem like there simply are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. If sacrificing sleep is something you do regularly in order to meet daily… View More


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Establish, then Automate your Standard Operating Procedures

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Improve operational efficiency by standardizing and automating operating procedures.   What are Standard Operating Procedures? Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), first adopted by the railroad industry in an effort to… View More


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Why Automate Your Capital Expenditure Process?

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As companies across several industries look to reduce and maximize capital spending, many are beginning to realize the waste and risk involved in their current methods for handling requests for capital expenses. Here are some of the drivers for CapEx automation. Speed/Pace of Business/productivity A traditional, manual approach to CapEx presents serious challenges. Especially in larger, more complex organizations, the CapEx… View More


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Boost Process Visibility to Improve Operational Responsiveness

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If you ponder technological advances over the last 50 years, you will see how much of the benefit is really about increased visibility.   Improved resolution in medical imaging allows earlier intervention into disease processes. Manufacturing processes benefit from real time visibility into product quality and the proper operation of shop-floor machinery. Modern home security systems send alerts and… View More


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How to Solve the Biggest Problems of Internal Communication

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Poor communication is often at the heart of business failures. From a lack of resources to effectively cover a promotion to product recalls when something has gone wrong, better communication and a more effective feedback loop can avert companies from disasters that damage their reputations and their bottom lines. Communication Matters: The Basics Internal communication… View More


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