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A Practical Guide to Information Systems Process Improvement

A Practical Guide to Information Systems Process Improvement

  • Author: Anita Cassidy,Keith Guggenberger
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1420025678
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 286
  • View: 8450
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When you invest in expensive technology and systems, you want to get the most out of them. Process improvement has been used for years as an effective strategy to reduce costs, shorten cycle times, improve quality, and increase user satisfaction in other areas of business such as Quality, Manufacturing, and Engineering. While there are many books available on process improvement and process re-engineering, few of them address the unique processes within information systems as clearly and succinctly as A Practical Guide to Information Systems Improvement. Process Improvement for IS Tailored specifically for IS processes, A Practical Guide to Information Systems Process Improvement provides a step-by-step method for creating a world class Information System organization. The authors introduce process management and highlight its application to information systems. The book outlines a practical, complete, and easy-to-understand method for improving or re-engineering the processes within the Information Systems organization — simplifying process improvement so that you can begin to use it immediately. Avoid common pitfalls and mistakes The evolving business environment puts new demands on your Information Systems. E-commerce, changing technology, ERP, and globalization are just a few of the areas that will benefit from process improvement. This easy-to-follow guide includes a corresponding process model for each step that serves as a starting point for process improvement effort. It provides a checklist to ensure your new process meets all the requirements for its particular purpose and identifies pitfalls and mistakes to avoid.

A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning

A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning

  • Author: Anita Cassidy
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 9781420048605
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 304
  • View: 5129
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Today's technological advances are directly affecting the success of business tomorrow. With recent-- and continual--improvements in technology, many organizations are finding their information systems obsolete, and are having to take a close look at their current Information Systems and answer some tough questions, including: How well are our current Information Systems applications meeting the business needs today? How well can they meet the needs of our business tomorrow? Are we obtaining true value from the investments made in Information Systems? Are we integrating the Information Systems projects that provide the most value to business? What Information Systems mission, objectives, and strategies are necessary to successfully meet the business challenges of the future? A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning helps take the "guess work" out of evaluating current and future Information Systems, and provides the necessary tools for maximizing the investment made in new technology. This invaluable guide shows readers how to take advantage of the latest technology available in Information Systems planning, and how to develop a solid Information Systems plan that is directly linked to their business' goals. In an easy-to-follow, hands-on format, this complete reference describes a process for facilitating communication between business management and the Information Systems functions. Both Information Systems Executives and general business executives will find the information they need to develop a successful, value-added Information Systems plan. Readers will find a step-by-step approach to the process of developing an Information Systems plan that helps them gain a competitive edge well into the future.

A Practical Guide to Managing Information Security

A Practical Guide to Managing Information Security

  • Author: Steve Purser
  • Publisher: Artech House
  • ISBN: 9781580537032
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 259
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This groundbreaking book helps you master the management of information security, concentrating on the recognition and resolution of the practical issues of developing and implementing IT security for the enterprise. Drawing upon the authors' wealth of valuable experience in high-risk commercial environments, the work focuses on the need to align the information security process as a whole with the requirements of the modern enterprise, which involves empowering business managers to manage information security-related risk. Throughout, the book places emphasis on the use of simple, pragmatic risk management as a tool for decision-making. The first book to cover the strategic issues of IT security, it helps you to: understand the difference between more theoretical treatments of information security and operational reality; learn how information security risk can be measured and subsequently managed; define and execute an information security strategy design and implement a security architecture; and ensure that limited resources are used optimally. Illustrated by practical examples, this topical volume reveals the current problem areas in IT security deployment and management. Moreover, it offers guidelines for writing scalable and flexible procedures for developing an IT security strategy and monitoring its implementation. You discover an approach for reducing complexity and risk, and find tips for building a successful team and managing communications issues within the organization. This essential resource provides practical insight into contradictions in the current approach to securing enterprise-wide IT infrastructures, recognizes the need to continually challenge dated concepts, demonstrates the necessity of using appropriate risk management techniques, and evaluates whether or not a given risk is acceptable in pursuit of future business opportunities.

A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs

A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs

  • Author: Anita Cassidy,Dan Cassidy
  • Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
  • ISBN: 1604270330
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 288
  • View: 3757
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This text provides a toolkit of innovative ideas to assess and decrease costs in an organization. It outlines a compilation of practical advice based on interviews and comments from more than 60 CIOs and IT leaders and includes many other proven ideas that will successfully reduce IT costs.

A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning, Second Edition

A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning, Second Edition

  • Author: Anita Cassidy
  • Publisher: Auerbach Publications
  • ISBN: 9780849350733
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 400
  • View: 4432
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The foundation of a successful information systems strategic plan is the recognition that business direction and requirements must drive the IS strategy and computing architecture. A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning, Second Edition outlines a systematic approach to guide you through the development of an effective IS plan that is formulated from your company's business plan. This volume outlines a quick and easy approach with concepts, techniques, and templates for analyzing, organizing, communicating, and implementing an IS strategy. This approach unites an organization in a collaborative effort resulting in a solid direction that has the support of the entire organization. Establishing this direction cultivates the support of management, enabling necessary strategic IS investments. With a new look at the role of IS governance in strategic planning, this second edition reflects advances in technology and provides an improved and thorough planning methodology. The strategic planning process outlined in this book has been supplemented by lessons learned from applying the process in numerous companies, cultures, and environments.

CMMII Distilled

CMMII Distilled

A Practical Introduction to Integrated Process Improvement

  • Author: Dennis M. Ahern,Aaron Clouse,Richard Turner
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 9780132702393
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 288
  • View: 6845
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CMMI® (Capability Maturity Model® Integration) is an integrated, extensible framework for improving process capability and quality across an organization. It has become a cornerstone in the implementation of continuous improvement for both industry and governments around the world. Rich in both detail and guidance for a wide set of organizational domains, the CMMI Product Suite continues to evolve and expand. Updated for CMMI Version 1.2, this third edition of CMMI® Distilled again provides a concise and readable introduction to the model, as well as straightforward, no-nonsense information on integrated, continuous process improvement. The book now also includes practical advice on how to use CMMI in tandem with other approaches, including Six Sigma and Lean, as well as new and expanded guidance on preparing for, managing, and using appraisals. Written so that readers unfamiliar with model-based process improvement will understand how to get started with CMMI, the book offers insights for those more experienced as well. It can help battle-scarred process improvement veterans, and experienced suppliers and acquirers of both systems and services, perform more effectively. CMMI® Distilled is especially appropriate for executives and managers who need to understand why continuous improvement is valuable, why CMMI is a tool of choice, and how to maximize the return on their efforts and investments. Engineers of all kinds (systems, hardware, software, and quality, as well as acquisition personnel and service providers) will find ideas on how to perform better. The three authors, all involved with CMMI since its inception, bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to this book. They highlight the pitfalls and shortcuts that are all too often learned by costly experience, and they provide a context for understanding why the use of CMMI continues to grow around the world.

A Practical Guide to Business Process Re-engineering

A Practical Guide to Business Process Re-engineering

  • Author: Mike Robson,Philip Ullah
  • Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 9780566075773
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 159
  • View: 7937
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Most managers will by now have some understanding of Business Process Re-Engineering and the immense benefits it is capable of bringing. Here at last is a detailed guide to realizing those benefits. The authors begin with a warning to think carefully about whether the BPR approach is suitable for your particular organization. They go on to show how it can be planned and implemented in a systematic way. With the aid of examples and illustrations they take the reader through the various stages involved, introducing both the principles and the techniques that apply. Finally they explain how to ensure sustained improvement by managing the changes achieved.

Decision Management Systems

Decision Management Systems

A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics

  • Author: James Taylor
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • ISBN: 0132884445
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 320
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"A very rich book sprinkled with real-life examples as well as battle-tested advice.” —Pierre Haren, VP ILOG, IBM "James does a thorough job of explaining Decision Management Systems as enablers of a formidable business transformation.” —Deepak Advani, Vice President, Business Analytics Products and SPSS, IBM Build Systems That Work Actively to Help You Maximize Growth and Profits Most companies rely on operational systems that are largely passive. But what if you could make your systems active participants in optimizing your business? What if your systems could act intelligently on their own? Learn, not just report? Empower users to take action instead of simply escalating their problems? Evolve without massive IT investments? Decision Management Systems can do all that and more. In this book, the field’s leading expert demonstrates how to use them to drive unprecedented levels of business value. James Taylor shows how to integrate operational and analytic technologies to create systems that are more agile, more analytic, and more adaptive. Through actual case studies, you’ll learn how to combine technologies such as predictive analytics, optimization, and business rules—improving customer service, reducing fraud, managing risk, increasing agility, and driving growth. Both a practical how-to guide and a framework for planning, Decision Management Systems focuses on mainstream business challenges. Coverage includes Understanding how Decision Management Systems can transform your business Planning your systems “with the decision in mind” Identifying, modeling, and prioritizing the decisions you need to optimize Designing and implementing robust decision services Monitoring your ongoing decision-making and learning how to improve it Proven enablers of effective Decision Management Systems: people, process, and technology Identifying and overcoming obstacles that can derail your Decision Management Systems initiative

CMMI Distilled

CMMI Distilled

A Practical Introduction to Integrated Process Improvement

  • Author: Dennis M. Ahern,Aaron Clouse,Richard Turner
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 9780321461087
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 263
  • View: 635
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An easily-digestible and fully updated view of CMMI for practitioners as well as executives, managers and the simply curious.

Process Management

Process Management

A Multi-disciplinary Guide to Theory, Modeling, and Methodology

  • Author: Nadja Damij,Talib Damij
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 3642366392
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 213
  • View: 1042
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Process management affects the functioning of every organization and consequently affects each of us. This book focuses on the multi-disciplinary nature of process management by explaining its theoretical foundations in relation to other areas such as process analysis, knowledge management, and simulation. A crucial linkage between theory and concrete methodology of Tabular Application Development (TAD) is presented as a practical approach consisting of five phases that deal with process identification and modeling, process improvement, development of a process management system and finally - monitoring and maintenance. This book is important for researchers and students of business and management information systems, especially those dealing with courses on process management or related fields. Managers and professionals in process management will also find this book to be useful for their everyday business.

Aeration Control System Design

Aeration Control System Design

A Practical Guide to Energy and Process Optimization

  • Author: Thomas E. Jenkins
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118777689
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 514
  • View: 2292
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Learn how to design and implement successful aeration control systems Combining principles and practices from mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering, this book enables you to analyze, design, implement, and test automatic wastewater aeration control systems and processes. It brings together all the process requirements, mechanical equipment operations, instrumentation and controls, carefully explaining how all of these elements are integrated into successful aeration control systems. Moreover, Aeration Control System Design features a host of practical, state-of-the-technology tools for determining energy and process improvements, payback calculations, system commissioning, and more. Author Thomas E. Jenkins has three decades of hands-on experience in every phase of aeration control systems design and implementation. He presents not only the most current theory and technology, but also practical tips and techniques that can only be gained by many years of experience. Inside the book, readers will find: Full integration of process, mechanical, and electrical engineering considerations Alternate control strategies and algorithms that provide better performance than conventional proportional-integral-derivative control Practical considerations and analytical techniques for system evaluation and design New feedforward control technologies and advanced process monitoring systems Throughout the book, example problems based on field experience illustrate how the principles and techniques discussed in the book are used to create successful aeration control systems. Moreover, there are plenty of equations, charts, figures, and diagrams to support readers at every stage of the design and implementation process. In summary, Aeration Control System Design makes it possible for engineering students and professionals to design systems that meet all mechanical, electrical, and process requirements in order to ensure effective and efficient operations.

Test Process Improvement

Test Process Improvement

A Practical Step-by-step Guide to Structured Testing

  • Author: Tim Koomen,Martin Pol
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 9780201596243
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 215
  • View: 3531
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Software Engineering / Testing Test Process Improvement A practical step-by-step guide to structured testing Tim Koomen Martin Pol If competitiveness is an issue in your market, IT will be vital, and this book will help you to deal with the problems it will bring along. Henk W Broeders, Executive Board, CAP Gemini I was introduced to TPI and suddenly the penny dropped...This was quite a revelation... I recommend that you try the ideas suggested in this book... use the TPI method to improve your test process. Stephen K Allott, Senior Consultant, ImagoQA Ltd The application of TPI enables us to raise our global testing organization to the next professional level. I am absolutely convinced that everybody using TPI in a similar way will experience the same added value. Dr Hans Voorthuyzen, Global Manager Product Testing Group, Baan Software testing is an essential part of software development but many organizations regard it as an uncontrollable part of the process and find it difficult to take steps to improve it. In Test Process Improvement, Tim Koomen and Martin Pol give practical suggestions for improving the testing process in a gradual and controlled manner, with realistic goals in terms of quality, lead time and costs. The book describes and explains the Test Process Improvement (TPI) model, tried and tested by numerous professional testers, which provides a structured framework to be used either for improving an existing test process or for developing a new process from scratch. The authors use their in-depth knowledge and extensive experience to provide practical guidance and a framework that enables the reader to adapt the model for use in his/her organization. If you are involved in testing software systems and are aiming to implement a successful and structured process, you will find this book an invaluable resource. About the authors Tim Koomen is a professional tester for IQUIP Informatica B.V. in the Netherlands, where he is a member of the R&D team covering issues such as automated testing and testfactories. He is currently advising organizations on how to improve their testing processes using the TPI model. He regularly presents at conferences and training sessions throughout Europe. Martin Pol has over 25 years of experience in structured testing, currently working as an R&D manager with responsibility for development and innovation of testing methods for IQUIP Informatica B.V. and GiTek Software N.V. in Belgium. He was involved in the development of the structured testing approach, TMap, and the creation of TPI. He is a highly regarded speaker at conferences and training courses throughout Europe and the USA, having twice chaired EuroSTAR. He recently received the European Testing Excellence Award for his contribution to the field of testing. [barcode box] Visit us on the World Wide Web at: http: //www.awl-he.com/computing http: //www.awl.com/cseng Back of Jacket"

Implementing Quality

Implementing Quality

A Practical Guide to Tools and Techniques : Enabling the Power of Operational Excellence

  • Author: Ron Basu
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
  • ISBN: 9781844800575
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 311
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Implementing Quality provides readers with the basics of how to manage for consistently high quality and gives good coverage of both simple tools and advanced techniques which can be used in all businesses. Most books on managing quality focus on concepts and strategy rather than how to make it happen, but this text gives guidance on how to use these tools for different situations such as new start-up companies, stalled projects and the constant achievement of high quality in well-established quality regimes. Implementing Quality also covers Six Sigma, a measure of quality that strives for near perfection, in detail. This comprehensive, user-friendly and hands on book is a single source of reference of tools and techniques for all practitioners and students of operational excellence. Implementing Quality provides readers with the basics of how to manage for consistently high quality and gives good coverage of both simple tools and advanced techniques which can be used in all businesses. Most books on managing quality focus on concepts and strategy rather than how to make it happen, but this text gives guidance on how to use these tools for different situations such as new start-up companies, stalled projects and the constant achievement of high quality in well-established quality regimes. Implementing Quality also covers Six Sigma, a measure of quality that strives for near perfection, in detail. This comprehensive, user-friendly and hands on book is a single source of reference of tools and techniques for all practitioners and students of operational excellence.

A practical guide to statistical quality improvement

A practical guide to statistical quality improvement

opening up the statistical toolbox

  • Author: Michael R. Beauregard,Raymond J. Mikulak,Bárbara A. Olson
  • Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 469
  • View: 3165
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The Toyota Kaizen Continuum

The Toyota Kaizen Continuum

A Practical Guide to Implementing Lean

  • Author: John Stewart
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1439846049
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 218
  • View: 8738
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Written by a recognized leader in the manufacturing industry with nearly two decades of experience working for Toyota, this book supplies a firsthand account of the realities behind implementing the Toyota Production System (TPS). The Toyota Kaizen Continuum: A Practical Guide to Implementing Lean presents authoritative insight on how to use the TPS to drive operational value and improvement across all segments of an organization. Highlighting valuable lessons learned directly from the TPS masters at the Toyota factories in Japan, John Stewart provides a time-tested approach for implementing a process of continuous improvement. Delving into his wide-ranging experience—that includes time as a team member on the assembly line and managing the vehicle assembly division for Toyota’s largest European operation in the United Kingdom—he explains how to get the process started, how to get senior management excited about the possibilities, and details a process for implementing the TPS in your organization. Written by an industry veteran named one of the Top 10 Automotive Executives by Automotive News in 2007 Unveils the methods used within the walls of the world’s premier manufacturing organization Illustrates valuable lessons learned with real-world examples of TPS implementations Describes five simple steps for executing change in any organization The book includes case studies that illustrate real-life successes and failures behind the walls of the world’s largest automobile manufacturing organization. Detailing a five-step process for executing improvement initiatives, it supplies you with the tools and understanding of the core principles of the TPS needed to implement and sustain a culture of continuous improvement in your organization.

Redesigning Healthcare Delivery

Redesigning Healthcare Delivery

A Practical Guide to Reengineering, Restructuring, and Renewal

  • Author: Peter Boland
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • ISBN: 9780965271714
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 926
  • View: 7349
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One of the greatest challenges in health care is reaorganizing its core processes. These reorganization initiatives are most often pursued under pressure from empoyers, consumers, advances in medical technologies, and changes in payer policy. Redesigning Healthcare Delivery teaches practitioners, managers, and executives proven new ways to predict and manage the needs of patient populations, improve customer service, and refocus their organizations on administrative and clinical tasks to ensure future success.

Systematic Process Improvement Using ISO 9001:2000 and CMMI

Systematic Process Improvement Using ISO 9001:2000 and CMMI

  • Author: Boris Mutafelija,Harvey Stromberg
  • Publisher: Artech House
  • ISBN: 1580534872
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 300
  • View: 8574
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ISO 9001 is known throughout the world as the gold standard for quality management and process improvement, but lately quality assurance professionals are discovering the power of CMMISM ? the latest process improvement model from the Software Engineering Institute. This book explores how your organization can use these two frameworks in tandem to improve process quality by quantum leaps.

Six Sigma

Six Sigma

Continual Improvement for Business : a Practical Guide

  • Author: William T. Truscott,William G. Truscott
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0750657650
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 250
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Practical guidance is given in the setting up, operating and developing the project by project approach across an organisation. The book also covers how to equip a critical mass of members in an organization with the core workforce competencies required to get the desired results.

Managing Information in Organizations

Managing Information in Organizations

A Practical Guide to Implementing an Information Management Strategy

  • Author: Sharon A. Cox
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1137316683
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 436
  • View: 6030
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New core text for Managing Information modules examining the issue of information management from both a business and an IT perspective. Grounded in the theory, it takes a practical, problem-solving approach that provides students with tools and insights to understand how to formulate and implement information management strategies.

A Practical Guide to Security Assessments

A Practical Guide to Security Assessments

  • Author: Sudhanshu Kairab
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 9780203507230
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 520
  • View: 1456
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The modern dependence upon information technology and the corresponding information security regulations and requirements force companies to evaluate the security of their core business processes, mission critical data, and supporting IT environment. Combine this with a slowdown in IT spending resulting in justifications of every purchase, and security professionals are forced to scramble to find comprehensive and effective ways to assess their environment in order to discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, and to develop cost-effective solutions that show benefit to the business. A Practical Guide to Security Assessments is a process-focused approach that presents a structured methodology for conducting assessments. The key element of the methodology is an understanding of business goals and processes, and how security measures are aligned with business risks. The guide also emphasizes that resulting security recommendations should be cost-effective and commensurate with the security risk. The methodology described serves as a foundation for building and maintaining an information security program. In addition to the methodology, the book includes an Appendix that contains questionnaires that can be modified and used to conduct security assessments. This guide is for security professionals who can immediately apply the methodology on the job, and also benefits management who can use the methodology to better understand information security and identify areas for improvement.