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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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Integrated Talent Management: An Overview of Compensation Management
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WHITE PAPER: This resource explores some of the most recent developments in compensation management and examines 3 key criteria that HR buyers consider when making a decision that best meets their organizational needs. Access now to learn about an integrated approach to talent management and get tips on how to optimize compensation management capabilities.
Posted: 15 Aug 2016 | Published: 31 May 2016


Understanding the Business Benefits of Leveraging S/4 HANA
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WHITE PAPER: To thrive and stay relevant, it's time to rethink business models, processes, and how people work. In this S/4HANA roadmap, discover in-memory business strategies that bridge the gap between transactional and decision-making systems by better understanding workforce engagement, the IoT and big data, customer experience, and suppliers and networks.
Posted: 08 Sep 2016 | Published: 08 Sep 2016


Next Gen IT and the Cloud
sponsored by ServiceNow
WHITE PAPER: This valuable resource examines how IT is losing control over the enterprise and the need for change in the world of IT, and explores how cloud-driven technology can help you more successfully manage IT services.
Posted: 24 Jul 2013 | Published: 24 Jul 2013


Improve Your Web Infrastructure with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you will discover how to power your web infrastructure with open source software solutions. Inside, learn how to fulfill business requirements for a more reliable and scalable web infrastructure.
Posted: 10 Dec 2013 | Published: 10 Dec 2013

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SAP HANA Profitability Analysis Rapid-Deployment Solution
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: Companies need to evaluate market segments to better support internal accounting and decision-making. Learn how SAP ERP Profitability Analysis provides that data for you, and how you can enhance our reporting and analytics with SAP HANA CO-PA.
Posted: 09 Aug 2013 | Published: 09 Aug 2013

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Ovum Decision Matrix for Enterprise Performance Management
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Posted: 02 Aug 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2014


Best Practices: Six ways to dial in your talent strategy
sponsored by SuccessFactors
WHITE PAPER: This report explains how talent constraints impact growth and counts down six best practices to help you dial in your talent strategy.
Posted: 27 Feb 2014 | Published: 27 Feb 2014


Mobile Field Service: Better Collaboration with the Back Office
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Posted: 05 Nov 2013 | Published: 31 Jul 2013

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Employee engagement: How common-sense principles drive uncommon business benefits
sponsored by SuccessFactors
WHITE PAPER: This resource describes the benefits of improved employee engagement and offers recommendations to help you get there.
Posted: 04 Mar 2014 | Published: 04 Mar 2014


2016 State of Crowdsourced Innovation
sponsored by Spigit
WHITE PAPER: Read this report to discover the 2016 landscape of crowdsourced innovation, highlighting essential best practices for running sustainable innovation programs. Download now to learn why enterprises are tapping crowdsourcing as a way to innovate, and what returns you should expect.
Posted: 22 Jun 2016 | Published: 22 Jun 2016

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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