Balancing Shrinking Revenues with Increasing Staffing Needs in Nursing Homes

As Financial Manager for a growing provider of nursing home facilities, Jennifer has been asked by her CEO to be prepared for budget cutbacks. After speaking with managers in other departments and piecing together what the issues in HR management are in the company, Jennifer realizes that her company needs to upgrade its HR/payroll system in order to be able to manage the necessary cuts and steer the company in the right direction. Find out through Jennifer's situation what the important questions to ask when reviewing your payroll/HR system are, and how an integrated scheduling and payroll system might help your company better manage its workforce and finances.

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The Cincinnati Zoo, a nonprofit 100-acre facility featuring more than 500 animals, needed to reduce its cost and increase revenues from sources such as admissions, memberships, and food and merchandise purchases. The problem was data. The zoo chose IBM Cognos BI analytics to create a more satisfying customer experience—while cutting marketing costs, increasing new visits, boosting concession revenues, and much more. Read More

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Counting the Cost of Network Efficiency

It is hard to quantify the costs of poor network or application management, but they include lost productivity due to time spent fixing problems and increased capital and operating expenses. But when creating IT budgets, organizations need to consider the impact of investment in network and application management on overall revenues. IT efficiency should be a priority item for any corporate agenda, and executives need to understand that the network is not only a core part of what their organization does, but plays a key role in achieving business goals.

There is actually a direct correlation between network performance and application performance. There is of course intrinsic value in network hardware and software, but more importantly many people in the organization rely on the applications that the network supports—so if the network is running slowly, users’ applications will slow down too. Hence a budget priority should be where changes in the network are needed to avoid problems arising or improve application performance and hence overall productivity.

This white paper makes a case for the organizational need for solutions and tools which provide network performance information and help identify problems and their causes and areas where improvements should be made, making it possible for budgetary decisions to be based on performance data. It looks at questions the IT team needs to ask to get to the heart of network problems and find the best solution, as well as three categories of network improvements, and also details how an AANPM, or application aware network performance management solution, takes an application-centric approach to network issues and can lead to faster problem solving, reducing downtime, increasing productivity, and saving troubleshooting time.  Read More

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