It’s About Process (or The Ability to Be Responsive)

Because business processes are often communicated in an ad hoc and unregulated manner, it can be difficult to standardize processes across organizations, particularly larger ones. TEC analyst PJ Jakovljevic takes you on a guided tour through workflow automation—or business process management (BPM)—and shows how these solutions can help ensure standardized adoption of processes, with highlights on several key BPM vendors.

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Extending BI’s Reach: Anticipate Outcomes, Forecast Results, and Respond Proactively

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Business intelligence (BI) and predictive analytics use different means but can be applied together to improve the decision process at all levels of an organization. By increasing the ability to monitor and analyze data and generate predictions, BI and predictive analytics can help an organization gain proactive control of its business. TEC analyst JorgeGarcía explains how. Read More

Using ERP for Process Manufacturing Quality Management

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Today, process manufacturing executives need to think about more than core batch and recipe management capabilities when considering software solutions like enterprise resource planning (ERP). Due to both regulatory and market factors, quality management and documentation of the quality and content of goods produced is essential. Advancing environmental awareness and the ability to handle recalls both factor into this increased focus on quality.

Customers have high expectations of manufacturers... Read More

The Guide to Google Apps Training Part Four: Advanced Security Configuration and Compliance

Google offers protection of your information with its sophisticated data and encryption centers. But now that you’ve become comfortable with the tools and basic security settings for Google Apps, you can get more in-depth and establish other security settings on your own. This next level of control allows you to review the settings for the core of Google Apps and gives you even better protection over your data with the ability to configure security parameters for associated apps.

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