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3 Reasons Why Every Business Needs BPM

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Sep 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM

3 Reasons Why Every Business Needs BPM

Overview

Business Process Management enables organizations to identify and improve the coordination of processes. When outdated and inefficient manual processes are replaced with automated processes, staff productivity increases, and, as a staff is freed from routinized daily tasks, they have more time to innovate. This is important because innovation in products and services is central to business success. 

Organizations that implement process management and improvement are better positioned to make quick responses to challenges and opportunities, and their business leaders are more likely to make the right decisions for overall company growth. Today, in order to sustain an advantageous position in the global market, companies should focus on adopting innovative approaches together with lean and agile principles.

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Topics: Business Process Management

How to Improve Business Operations with Technology

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Jul 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM

How to Improve Business Operations with Technology

From small businesses to large, the right technology can make all the difference in the efficiency and effectiveness of your business operations.  The technology you employ in your business affects its culture, efficiency and relationships.  Technology drives the security of confidential information and the details of government compliance.  With technology having such important effects on business operations, it’s important to ensure that you have the right technology at the right time to do the job you need to do.

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Topics: Business Process Management, Artificial Intellingence, Technology

How People & Processes Work Together for Better Business Outcomes

Posted by Diane Mitol on Jul 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

How People & Processes Work Together for Better Business Outcomes

If you’re a business owner, you and your staff have developed certain activities and tasks that are designed to accomplish your business goals.  These business processes can be visualized as a flow chart of steps and are often included in daily activity details of internal job descriptions. 

 All businesses have business processes, whether they are documented or not.  Some business processes are industry specific, but many business processes are applicable regardless of the industry.  For instance, a manufacturing assembly process is likely to be specific to a product (attach widget A to widget B before tightening screw C), while accounts payable processes are similar across all industries (match the invoice with the appropriate PO, secure authorization, cut the check).

In theory, business processes sound simple – a series of steps that results in a specified outcome.  But in practice, it’s not always that easy.  However, there are challenges...

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Topics: Business Processes, Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement

Are You Confused about Business Processes?

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Jun 25, 2019 11:08:00 AM

Are You Confused about Business Processes?

Introduction

There’s a lot of talk today about business processes.  We throw around terms like Business Process Improvement; Business Process Outsourcing; Business Process Management; Business Process Optimization; Business Process Automation, just to name a few.  But, just what are we talking about when we refer to business processes? While a “process” is defined as a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a goal, the definition of a business process is a bit more refined.

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Topics: Business Processes, Business Process Outsource (BPO), Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement

Why Even Small Businesses Need Business Process Improvement

Posted by Mike Paperalt on May 15, 2019 8:12:00 AM

Why Even Small Businesses Need Business Process Improvement | 2 Minute Read

Is your small business missing out on opportunities to improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs and improve overall efficiency?  Since there are  more sole proprietors and pass-through companies than there are corporations in the United States, this is an important question. 

Small business owners wear a lot of hats -- they're constantly busy and nearly always mindful of expenses.  These may be  important reasons why they often postpone implementing new technologies that could help them serve more customers better at lower costs.  At the end of the day, it takes a lot of time and energy to implement solutions when old methods still work.

In a recent survey, a little more than 37 percent said they're not adopting any new technology because they don't need anything else, and more than 22 percent said it's simply easier to do things the way they're currently done than to invest in new technology. Additionally, nearly 19 percent said that, when it comes to adding more tech into daily business, "the hassle of buying and implementing it isn't worth it."

It's generally thought that price and lack of tech support are the two primary barriers to tech adoption among the small business set. Yet, according to IDC, 62% of businesses believe slow, manual processes are limiting their revenue.  So, while small businesses are particularly prone to retaining old systems in the mistaken belief that it's too costly to upgrade and improve, this very prudence may be preventing their companies from growing. 

We've found that Business Process Management (BPM), which was once considered a luxury that only large organizations could afford, is now considered a critical part of business operations -- regardless of business size.  In fact, BPM may be even more important for small to medium size organizations if they want to stay competitive. 

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Topics: Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Services

Go Beyond Document Management to Business Process Management

Posted by Diane Mitol on Nov 6, 2018 11:05:00 AM

Go Beyond Document Management to Business Processes Management

Many paper-based processes, while at their core essential to a business’s operation, can be improved when transformed into digital processes.  That’s why it’s important to go beyond your old document management system (or outdated paper system), and look at your business processes to see how they can be better managed using today's AI and automation technologies.  The benefits are amazing!

Document management, whether digital or paper-based, refers to the organization and storage of documents,  in a predetermined system that enables users to find, share and edit documents. Electronic document management systems commonly provide storage, versioning, metadata, security, indexing and retrieval capabilities.  Paper document management systems commonly provide...file cabinets.  

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Topics: Document Management, Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Automation

BPA:  Automating Manual Processes

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Jul 18, 2018 3:03:56 PM

“As companies seek to do more with fewer resources, technology investments can be a valuable way to make existing staff more productive.”

– Rebecca Wetteman, Vice President, Nucleus Research

BPA: Automating Manual Processes

Just how much would your business grow if you could help customers with process automation? Business Process Automation (BPA) is the umbrella term for software applications that help organizations streamline business processes. BPA leverages imaging and workflow applications, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Automation (IA) to automate manual tasks. RPA utilizes software robots to do standard routine tasks and IA leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) to handle more complex tasks. Curious what these terms mean and how they apply to the technology you sell? Read on as we dive into detail.

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Topics: Business Processes, Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Automation

How to Manage Your Business Processes Better

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Nov 20, 2017 5:46:36 PM

How to Manage Your Business Processes Better

How many file folders are sitting on your desk?  How many post-it notes are stuck on your computer monitor?  How many spreadsheets does it take for you to get through the day?

Too many businesses are still conducting business “on the fly.” 

“Ad-hoc decision making and figuring out processes as we go keeps us agile,” says one small business manager, who worries that his competition is gaining on him.  “We’d fall further behind if we had to stop and figure out formal processes.”

Ad-hoc solutions may provide immediate customer response when you’re a small business with a few customers and a few employees.  But if you haven’t thought ahead to how you’ll scale your business processes as you grow, you’ll soon be like our friend above – working over-time to “figure out things as you go” and falling further behind. 

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Topics: Business Process Management

Are Your Business Processes Stuck?  Infographic Offers Solution

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Nov 2, 2017 5:41:52 PM
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Topics: Business Processes, Business Process Outsource (BPO), Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Services

Business Process Solutions and Services

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Sep 30, 2017 5:46:33 PM

 

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Topics: Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Services

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