Torque Management Partners with MatsSoft for Low Code Process DigitisationDublin, 19 January 2016 – Torque Management Ltd. is pleased to announce its partnership with Low Code BPM digitisation platform provider MatsSoft. MATS® (the software product) is a low-code BPM development platform that’s quick to learn and easy to use, allowing organisations to develop and deploy an app in a matter of days or weeks, that previously would have consisted of months or years of development effort. The MATS platform has been defined by Gartner as ‘High-productivity PaaS', and by Forrester as a ‘Low-Code Development Platform’.
The Software Development Life Cycle – Or 5 Things Not to Forget When Using Low Code BPM Applications
With lots of interest in and take up of Low Code/No Code BPM apps opening up the option to all and sundry to develop their own apps, we thought it would be pertinent to take a look at an important part of application development that will continue to exist with or without the need to code! The Software Development Life Cycle or SDLC.
Our 9 Favourite BPM Websites and Blogs for 2015
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M&A activity has been increasing in recent years, reaching a mid-year high in 2014 that hadn't been seen since 2007. In any industry, mergers bring a lot of change - change that creates a new sense of excitement, enthusiasm and improvement, change that is clearly visible and planned for, and changes, challenges and issues that are unexpected, emerge gradually, or even appear somewhere much further down the line but are apparent to have occurred as a result of the M&A process. Or perhaps lack of process!
In a piece on Clay Richardson's Forrester blog in November of last year, he predicted that 2015 would see the BPM industry disrupted by things like low-code vendors, improved dynamic case management, smart process apps and a stronger focus on the customer. While there is a lot to be said for the current, 'traditional' BPMS you have in place and the approaches and strategies you can use to get the full value from it, there are also some exciting elements to new BPM offerings. We take a look at how you can get more from your current BPMS and what to consider if you think it's time for a change.
Adding value to something automatically makes me think time, money and/or an improved product or service. If I have more time and more money and a better end result, job done! But that's just the answer, and if you've even completed high school mathematics, you'll know that focussing on the answer is rarely the way to find it. So let's take a few steps back, into the process.
Michael Needham is the Principal Consultant at MKN Advisory Services Ltd. He previously worked as a lecturer and module coordinator for the MBA modules ‘E-Business’ & 'Supply Chain Management'; and the MSc Business Improvement module ‘Strategic Operations and Quality Excellence’ at Ulster University along with working as a consulting manager at PWc, global procurement manager with Procter & Gamble and supply chain co-ordinator with the Irish Dairy Board. His wealth of hands on, real life experience combined with in-depth research, including papers on the role of knowledge for process improvement and outsourcing, and a Phd that investigated the factors that influence the internal transfer of process improvement knowledge within service organisations led us to wanting to ask him more. All too often people are experts in theory or experts in practice but Needham is one of those insightful individuals who seems to have mastered a balance of both, which has no doubt increased his understanding and abilities in both doing and communicating what he’s doing.
New BPM Approaches for the Challenges of Mergers and Acquisitions in Life Sciences
Five Major Drivers for BPM exist – Compliance; Outsourcing, ITIL and Security; Process Framework/Performance/Standards; Technology Modernisation and Mergers, Acquisitions and Consolidations. In recent years Life Sciences organisations have had to learn to survive and grow through numerous mergers and acquisitions – sometimes even within quick succession of each other.
Computer World UK last week reported IKEA's great success in moving from to a web-based Business Process Management System (BPMS). The move has enabled the company to create internal business cases in less than half the time it previously took them and honestly, we're not surprised considering the array of issues with text or paper based standard operating procedures. (SOPs). Ikea noted that where a business case used to take approximately 24 days to create, it's now done in an average of nine days. That's a whopping difference and a valuable insight to many companies considering a move from paper to digital for processes.
Decreasing Cost and Increasing Benefits for Your ERP Investment
According to ZDNet and Panorama Consulting Solutions, who conduct annual surveys of ERP buyers, 2014 was the year where smaller ERP projects actually had more delays than larger projects. Looking back to the previous year, 2013 saw more and smaller projects than previous years and cost overruns remaining constant at 53-56 per cent between 2011 and 2013. However, the most concerning element of the report was that an increasing number of respondents reported reduced levels of benefit from their ERP investment. Even a 'smaller' ERP project is an huge undertaking in time, effort and adapting to change.
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From inside an organisation, it can be hard to see the wood from the trees. You probably have a 'sense' of whether business processes are well defined or not but it may not be quite as bad as you think. On the other hand, it could be a lot worse.
A Literature Review and Research Agenda by Corinna Grau and Jürgen Moormann
As a Business Process Management consultancy, we see the value in BPM in every type of organization and industry, because we've seen the results. However, in working with various companies, we see one aspect as vitally important time and time again despite the fact that it's often not listed as a 'concrete' element or factor within the various tools or methods that have process management at their core. This secret ingredient also comes up in our conversations with other BPM professionals, indirectly arises as problems or advantages in companies implementing process based changes and one could deduce this element's existence from case studies where changes have successfully taken place also. I would refer to this element as the people element, but it would more appropriately be described as company culture.
Janne Ohtonen’s depressing but diligently documented online credit card application experience.
“Anthony was kind enough to tell me how he had no problems certifying his documents somewhere in Scotland in another bank. I suggested that it's a bit too far to go to Scotland for me to get that done.”
Interview with Daniel T. Jones
Daniel T. Jones is the founder and chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the U.K., a senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, management thought leader, and mentor on applying lean process thinking to every type of business. He's also one of the authors of one of our recommended Business Process Management books, 'Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Organization' written by himself and James P. Womack. We caught up with Jones to ask him about the use of Lean today and how it differs from when he wrote Lean Thinking.
What is FDASIA, Title VII?
Dee Carri looks at what Title VII of FDASIA regulation is, the timeline for its implementation, how it's going to affect Quality Managers, Business Process Managers and IT Managers and offers some strategic advice to stay ahead of the curve and organise for success.