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Serving The Right Brain and Left Brain of IT

I recently ran across an interesting article by PwC's Chris Curran on CIO Dashboard about "Bimodal" or "Two-Speed" IT organizations. To quote Chris: "Bimodal IT is the idea of creating two faces of the IT department: operational… View More


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CapEx Increases in 2016 Will Put Pressure on Inefficient Financial Systems

CFO.com recently announced that CFOs will be increasing capital spending in 2016 despite speculation that the Fed may soon increase interest rates. However, CFOs are also expressing concern over serious inefficiencies within finance operations due to outdated systems and manual processes. This sets up a potentially disastrous situation for financial… View More


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Workflow Automation Flows Through U.S. Pipe

Often customers come to us with a very specific pain point to resolve. Sometimes it's improving a finance process like expense reimbursement requests or a marketing process like managing marketing collateral change approvals, but it's usually fairly specific. Once that pain is solved, however, word tends to get out internally about workflow automation and new processes start to get the automation… View More


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The Hiring Process Examined

A typical hiring process can be fraught with inefficiencies. From the moment a manager or supervisor decides they need to make a hire to the moment that hire is productively integrated into the organization can take several months. Depending on the size of the organization and the complexity of the hiring process (for instance if external recruiters are involved) it can take even longer. Like most internal business processes, the… View More


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Should Your Internal Process Be More Transparent?

Corporate transparency has been a hot topic for a while now, with some companies completely embracing the idea of sharing all things all the time and others simply trying to find ways to be more open internally and externally. On the internal front, some companies believe there is tremendous value in breaking… View More


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PCI Pharma Services Takes Their Workflow Mobile with Integrify

What do you do when your company is growing fast and spreading across the world but you need to make sure you have the proper approval controls in place? If you're Ken Richardson, Vice President of Engineering at PCI Pharma Services, you find a workflow management platform that works as well in the office as it does on phones and tablets. “We operate a global business and it was challenging… View More


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Contract Abuse at Chicago Public Schools Sobering Reminder

Yesterday the former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was indicted for allegedly steering no-bid contracts worth more than $23 million to former colleagues. Coincidentally, I had just posted… View More


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Workflow Management Use Case: Vendor and Contract Approvals

Vendor and contract approvals, where recommended vendors are vetted and approved to work for an organization, can be a painstaking process for companies with multiple locations and external contractors. Bidding process and compliance checks slow down an already complex interplay between vendors and internal management and departmental layers. The Contract… View More


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Managing CapEx Requests in a Distributed Organization

The Approver is out of the office. Now what?

  In a small company, getting a approval for a capital expenditure (CapEx) request is pretty straightforward. You put together your request, walk over to the President or owner of the company and ask if you can spend the money. In a mid-sized company, things get a little more complex. There may be a few different people you have to talk to or email with to get… View More


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10 Things HR Departments Can Automate with Workflow Management

While Human Resources has evolved beyond being simply an administrative/policy enforcement department, HR pros still regularly manage requests through emails, forms and phone calls each day. To the average employee it may seem that "shooting over a simple email request to HR" is a pretty simple thing, but if  they were to multiply their request by the number of… View More


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