A Data-Driven Approach: Improving Outcomes and Financial Performance

This white paper discusses ways of using a patient data superset strategy of expanded medical data accuracy, comprehensiveness, granularity, and accessibility to drive real improvements in patient care management, use, and financial performance.

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IBM Cognos Insight: Guiding Business Managers to Better Outcomes with Personal Analytics

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Business users need a simple but powerful way to navigate through data and find the insights to make timely, critical business decisions. This paper explores how IBM Cognos® Insight, a breakthrough personal analytics tool, enables business managers to improve performance within their functional areas. It describes the software’s core features and benefits, provides examples of several typical business applications, and explains how Cognos Insight provides a growth path to enterprise analytics. Read More

Application-Aware Network Performance Management for Dummies

Organizations depend on their networks and applications for the success of their business. Traditionally, networks and application performance were monitored separately, but they are increasingly interdependent. When a user experiences network difficulties, it doesn’t matter to the user where the problem lies—it matters only that he or she get the service expected.

Application-aware network performance management (AANPM) is a new, integrated approach to monitoring service. This e-book explores the need for an integrated approach for visibility into your network and the concept of AANPM. You’ll discover the use cases for AANPM and the building blocks for an effective AANPM solution.

With AANPM you’ll improve diagnostics so you can monitor your network proactively and strengthen your physical and virtual infrastructure. With end-to-end visibility, AANPM will help to correlate and analyze performance data across the network to better support business-critical applications. Read More

How is a BPM Project Achieved?

How can business process management (BPM) optimize business outcomes and performance?

BPM efforts have not been adopted as much as expected in the past decade, and process agility for operational excellence is still a distant goal for many enterprises. Extensibility issues and a lack of road maps are issues, as well as a series of economic events and general market instability that have redirected the spotlight to process optimization as the key to a sustainable profit model.

This white paper looks at some best practice approaches and pitfalls to avoid for optimal business results, and provides a framework for choosing “the right BPM project” for organizations. Nine critical challenges in adopting a core BPM approach are discussed, and several steps leading up to a successful BPM rollout for optimized business outputs are also given. The main risks associated with a BPM project implementation are then looked at.

Read this white paper for a concise and clear examination of the place of business process management in today’s competitive business performance landscape, and tips to help with successful implementation and management of BPM projects within organizations from the discovery stage right through to deployment.  Read More

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Optimizing Financial Performance for a Competitive Edge

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Connecting Your Executives to the CRM Effort: Becoming (and Remaining) a Data-driven Organization

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