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DEFINITION: A business process is a set of coordinated tasks and activities, conducted by both people and equipment, that will lead to accomplishing a specific organizational goal. Business process management (BPM) is a systematic approach to improving those processes. The Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI), a non-profit organization, exists to promote the standardization of common business processes,  … 
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The Deloitte Global CPO Survey 2016
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RESEARCH CONTENT: Deloitte's research shows an increase in digital technology spend as chief procurement officers (CPOs) look at innovative systems to improve their business process.
Posted: 06 Apr 2016 | Published: 06 Apr 2016

The Art of IT Management
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BOOK: What makes a good manager? Robina Chatham offers some pointers in this extract from her book, The Art of IT Management.
Posted: 25 Jan 2016 | Published: 25 Jan 2016

Beyond Nine to Five
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BOOK: In this extract from his book, Ade McCormack offers guidance to enable you to move forward in your career with the minimum of anxiety as digital technology fundamentally changes the nature of work.
Posted: 17 Aug 2015 | Published: 17 Aug 2015

The BPO profession in 2015
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ANALYST REPORT: Business process outsourcing (BPO) services are becoming a crucial element of a hybrid operating environment that frequently involves in-house shared services, offshore in-house centres, and other service provider delivery teams in adjacent areas, this analyst report from HfS Research reveals.
Posted: 13 Aug 2015 | Published: 13 Aug 2015

How to Gain Control Over Big Data Projects
sponsored by Information Builders
EGUIDE: Learn why businesses are turning to big data to yield the most effective insights into their business processes. Discover how you can take advantage of the power of big data despite its inherent challenges with integration and management.
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 | Published: 02 Apr 2015

Information Builders

Solutions & Strategies for Supply Chain Assurance & Collaboration: A Retailer’s Quest for a Unified Buying Cycle
sponsored by GT Nexus
WHITE PAPER: In this informative white paper get solutions and strategies for supply chain assurance and collaboration, and learn more about how you can realize your need for a unified buying cycle.
Posted: 19 Feb 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

GT Nexus

The New Era of the Agile Supply Chain
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WHITE PAPER: In this valuable white paper learn more about how you can move forward by looking backward by creating an agile supply chian with end-to-end visibility.
Posted: 19 Feb 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

GT Nexus

Case Study: Achieve Unprecedented Visibility of B2B Processes
sponsored by TIBCO Software Inc.
CASE STUDY: eBuilder, a company that helps organizations streamline their business processes, needed to enable their clients to quickly analyze large amounts of information and make critical decisions. This case study reveals the strategy that allowed the company's clients to achieve greater visibility of B2B processes, boost efficiency, and reduce costs.
Posted: 06 Apr 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

TIBCO Software Inc.

Improve Business Agility by Adopting these 10 Attributes
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EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, learn 10 attributes that set agile organizations apart. Also explore the essential aspects of stand-up meetings and the substantial results they can provide.
Posted: 11 Feb 2016 | Published: 08 Feb 2016

Kofax from Lexmark

How to Make Better Business Decisions in Less Time
sponsored by IBM
VIDEO: This brief video demonstrates how you can use mobile-accessible business analytics to capture fleeting opportunities, address risk, and get better business outcomes. Learn how you can boost performance management so your enterprise can be more agile, profitable, and innovative.
Posted: 17 Dec 2015 | Premiered: 30 Mar 2015


Information, Technology and Innovation in Business Management, Part 1: Schumpeter's Gale
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WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, learn about the role and impact of information technology on management to date, and which of these recent developments will combine to have a transformative impact in the near future. Additionally, learn what to keep in mind when selecting a business analytics software option.
Posted: 16 Dec 2015 | Published: 30 Sep 2014


Improve Business Agility by Adopting These 10 Attributes
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EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, you'll discover the 10 attributes of a successful business agility strategy, as well as how business executives (not just CIOs) are using Agile-based stand-up meetings to foster a productive and collaborative business culture.
Posted: 03 Dec 2014 | Published: 03 Dec 2014


Best Practices: Maximizing IT Efficiency Through Service Automation
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WHITE PAPER: Access this Enterprise Management Associates white paper to learn about the 6 best practices for maximizing IT efficiency through service automation.
Posted: 06 Nov 2014 | Published: 31 Oct 2014

FrontRange Solutions Inc.

E-guide: BPM Best Practices
sponsored by OpenText
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, learn from examples why some believe BPM has no place in legacy modernization efforts while others champion the approach. Additionally, discover how picking the right BPM certification program can build up critical skills and know-how for your IT team.
Posted: 30 Oct 2014 | Published: 30 Oct 2014


Behavior- Driven Development and BRMS
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WHITE PAPER: Inside this white paper, learn how to deliver the right product to the market faster with business rules management and behavior-driven development (BDD).
Posted: 02 Oct 2014 | Published: 31 Jul 2013

Red Hat

Use Dynamic Case Management to Achieve Dramatic Business Results
sponsored by IBM
EGUIDE: Unsure if dynamic case management (DCM) is the right strategy for your organization?  In this e-guide, Neil Ward-Duton, co founder and research director of MWD Advisors answers top DCM questions and reveals its key benefits to business success.
Posted: 18 Sep 2014 | Published: 18 Sep 2014


Decision Management: Reaping the Rewards, Skirting the Pitfalls
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EBOOK: In this expert handbook, learn why combining business rules and predictive analytics to create decision management systems is becoming common, according to Mike Gualtieri, a principal analyst at Forrester Research Inc. Discover the critical first step of decision management, what it involves, and how it can benefit your organization.
Posted: 09 Sep 2014 | Published: 08 Sep 2014


How real-time intelligence is driving BPM
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EGUIDE: This e-guide explores what capabilities "intelligent business process management suites" (iBPMS) will feature, and discusses in an extensive Q&A how businesses can benefit from implementing these new technologies.
Posted: 19 Aug 2014 | Published: 19 Aug 2014


Change Management and BPMS
sponsored by IBM
EGUIDE: In this two-part, expert interview with Forrester Research's Connie Moore, learn how to incorporate change management into BPM initiatives, and gain insight and advice from Moore on how to minimize the impact of change in BPM projects.
Posted: 12 Aug 2014 | Published: 12 Aug 2014


Reinvigorate BPM Strategies For Continuous Efficiencies
sponsored by Red Hat
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, experts address how to realign existing BPM strategies to enforce quality employee performance. In addition, discover key tips on how to leverage the power of open source BPM.
Posted: 22 Jul 2014 | Published: 22 Jul 2014

Red Hat

How to Align Enterprise BPM with Goals, Not Personalities
sponsored by MicroPact
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide provides tips and best practices for aligning enterprise BPM with the goals of the organization instead of the personalities.
Posted: 17 Jun 2014 | Published: 17 Jun 2014


Grow Revenue with NGA and SAP SuccessFactors
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WHITE PAPER: This info sheet highlights an HR service provider that offers a full range of consulting, payroll, and business process optimization (BPO) services to help your business get the most out of a cloud-based HR system.
Posted: 12 Jun 2014 | Published: 12 Jun 2014

NGA Human Resources

Making Business Processes Smarter in the Age of the Customer
sponsored by RXP Services
WHITE PAPER: Customers expect your operations to be instant, seamless and insightful so that each interaction is fast and effective. Access this fascinating white paper today to learn about expert solutions for improving business operations so as to effectively cater to customer interactions.
Posted: 12 Jun 2014 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

RXP Services

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
sponsored by Insight and HP
CASE STUDY: Access this case study of Cancer Treatment Centers of America as they turned to a managed print services (MPS) system to deliver a reliable print infrastructure to support its exemplary patient care.
Posted: 28 May 2014 | Published: 31 Jul 2013

Insight and HP

Operational Decision Management for Dummies
sponsored by IBM
EBOOK: Many organizations struggle with business rules that are hidden inside applications and processes, making them difficult to change. In this e-book from the "For Dummies" series, learn how Operational Decision Management (ODM) provides a set of tools and methods to automate your business decisions for increased accuracy and effectiveness.
Posted: 16 May 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

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BUSINESS PROCESSES DEFINITION (continued): … A business process is a set of coordinated tasks and activities, conducted by both people and equipment, that will lead to accomplishing a specific organizational goal. Business process management (BPM) is a systematic approach to improving those processes. The Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI), a non-profit organization, exists to promote the standardization of common business processes, as a means of furthering e-business and business-to-business (B2B) development. To this end, the organization has developed the Business Process Modeling Language (BPML), an Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based metalanguage for modeling business processes.
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