According to a survey of 500+ executives published by Accenture in 2013, 93% of businesses ranked innovation among the top 10 of their strategic priorities, 18% putting it at the top of the priority pile, and only 1% considering it not important. Interestingly, only 18% believe that innovation is resulting in competitive advantage.
Before the start of every year, trend predictions are all the rage – whether that be in areas like IT, fashion, content marketing, social media, software development. You name it, there’s likely a list of to-watch-out-for trends attached to it.
A project manager may be easily compared to an actor playing several roles in a same performance. He or she is a planner, a decision maker, a coordinator, and an auditor within the same project. So when all that roles are played right, a project meets deadlines and a team is effective. But when a project fails, is it a PM’s fault or a long list of problems and misfortunes? It’s better to have an unbiased answer.
71% of respondents admit that their work is interrupted, at least from time to time according to audits that are aimed at gaining more visibility into daily operations. Those audits, mostly aimed at finding and preventing inner company risks are purely the product of poor visibility of the work environment. At the same time, it is quite possible to avoid those audits and thus work interruptions when you have enough visibility into what is going on. For example, such risk as unauthorized budget spending is almost impossible to take place when you have all of your expenses and budgets in one system, along with their approval processes. The system is always up-to-date if it is an online business process management solution which provides holistic real-time control over departmental work.
Actually, everything is tracked via documents – company budget, purchase requests, customer orders, etc. And today every document is an electronic document – it is created on a PC and stored as a file or as a record in a database. Paper-only documents are almost obsolete (thank God).
Let’s create a scenario.
You’re the CEO of a mid-sized company that’s continually expanding, therefore, with considerable staffing requirements. For every position that opens, around 20 candidates become interested. From the pool of 20, some submit every required paper work while others need to be reminded several times to remember. From those who are offered a job contract, some turn down the offer without batting an eyelash while others need time to think things through.
25% of CIOs claim they see a significant gap in employees’ skills related to the Business Process Management area, which eventually leads to negative impact on businesses. Is it possible to fix this problem without pouring huge investment into the training employees? The solution probably lies in the area of simpler adaptive business process management systems, which do not require excessive learning before an average user can start working in the new online environment.
If you use your smartphone to chat with family and friends, chances are you already have a chat app such as WhatsApp downloaded on your phone. If you’re the type who enjoys sharing files and documents with colleagues, you probably find Dropbox extremely helpful.
My fellow-programmers started a new project. They rented a small office, stuffed it with computers and started development with a team of 10 people. This was 6 years ago, now it’s a medium-size company with their own clients and thousands of supporters in social media.
When your hard drive nears its capacity limit, computer processing slows down, or worse, functionality ceases to exist. An overloaded car, even when well-maintained, becomes a potential safety hazard, consumes more gas, brakes slower and have more chances of breaking down in the middle of nowhere.
The above examples have a common denominator: the need to unload stuff to become more functional, faster, safer and more efficient.