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DEFINITION: The critical path method (CPM) is a step-by-step technique for process planning that defines critical and non-critical tasks with the goal of preventing time-frame problems and process bottlenecks. The CPM is ideally suited to projects consisting of numerous activities that interact in a complex manner.In applying the CPM, there are several steps that can be summarized as follows:Define the required  … 
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Using SIPOC to Define ITILĀ® Processes
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes a technique for defining processes called SIPOC (Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, and Customers). SIPOC provides a structured way to define the key elements of any process. SIPOC can be used as a means of defining any of the service management processes presented in ITILĀ® best practices.
Posted: 30 Jun 2015 | Published: 30 Jun 2015

Global Knowledge

Embracing Error: Forecast Errors for Better Performance Management
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Not all errors are bad. As a matter of fact, some can be quite beneficial. In the following white paper, learn why embracing error forecasts can actually improve your organization's performance.
Posted: 09 Feb 2015 | Published: 09 Feb 2015


Maximize asset productivity and operational performance - Business analytics solutions for predictive maintenance
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: The following white paper addresses the benefits to using predictive analysis when it comes to boosting your assets' productivity and operational performance.
Posted: 30 Oct 2013 | Published: 30 Oct 2013


IT Transformation Consulting Services: Align your technology direction
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: This brief resource introduces an IT transformation consulting service as a means of achieving effective, value-driven change. Read on now to learn how you can ensure business and IT alignment, spur business growth, and more.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 | Published: 31 May 2012

Hewlett-Packard Company

Breakthrough Business Intelligence and Performance Management for Workgroups and Midsize Organizations
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper introduces an integrated business intelligence and performance management solution that gives users self-service access to the tools and data they need to make timely, accurate decisions.
Posted: 24 Feb 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2013


Pay, Performance, and Productivity
sponsored by SuccessFactors
WHITE PAPER: This resource describes how you can use compensation to encourage high performance and ensure talent retention. Read on to learn how to design an effective compensation strategy, uncover the top five myths of compensation management, and more.
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 | Published: 28 Feb 2014


Considerations of Hybrid Cloud Deployments
sponsored by IIS Technology
WHITE PAPER: This resource sheds light on the challenges of cloud implementation and management, and counts down three considerations that help drive deployment success. Read on to learn more today.
Posted: 11 Nov 2013 | Published: 11 Nov 2013

IIS Technology

Business Intelligence. It's Better Here: Why the WebFOCUS BI Platform Beats the Competition
sponsored by Information Builders
WHITE PAPER: This resource offers guidance to help you navigate the business intelligence (BI) marketplace, and introduces a BI platform that can help meet your business needs. Also inside, find eight key motivators you should consider when choosing a BI tool.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

Information Builders

Core HR: The Foundation for Business Alignment
sponsored by SuccessFactors
WHITE PAPER: This research brief examines the challenges facing HR, and details how to lay the technology foundation to support successful core HR service delivery.
Posted: 25 Feb 2014 | Published: 30 Jun 2013


Mobile Field Service: Better Collaboration with the Back Office
sponsored by Epicor Software Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This resource introduces an enterprise mobile field service strategy that gives you the power to receive and process work orders in the field, allowing you to be more responsive to customer needs and drive success.
Posted: 05 Nov 2013 | Published: 31 Jul 2013

Epicor Software Corporation
CPM DEFINITION (continued): …  tasks and put them down in an ordered (sequenced) list.Create a flowchart or other diagram showing each task in relation to the others.Identify the critical and non-critical relationships (paths) among tasks.Determine the expected completion or execution time for each task.Locate or devise alternatives (backups) for the most critical paths.The CPM was developed in the 1950s by DuPont, and was first used in missile-defense construction projects. Since that time, the CPM has been adapted to other fields including hardware and software product research and development. Various computer programs are … 
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