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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
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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: 322
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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 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
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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.

Process Improvement with Electronic Health Records

Process Improvement with Electronic Health Records

A Stepwise Approach to Workflow and Process Management

  • Author: Margret Amatayakul
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1439872333
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 279
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Although physicians and hospitals are receiving incentives to use electronic health records (EHRs), there is little emphasis on workflow and process improvement by providers or vendors. As a result, many healthcare organizations end up with incomplete product specifications and poor adoption rates. Process Improvement with Electronic Health Records: A Stepwise Approach to Workflow and Process Management walks you through a ten-step approach for applying workflow and process management principles regardless of what stage your organization is in its EHR journey. Introducing workflow and process mapping as essential elements in healthcare improvement, it includes detailed guidance, helpful tools, and case studies in each chapter. It also: Compares EHR workflow and process management to other continuous quality improvement methodologies Highlights the processes that need to be addressed in EHR workflow and process redesign Describes the level of detail necessary for workflow and process mapping to be effective Explains how to create change agents and offers time-tested change management tools The book describes the process for getting stakeholders to create, document, and validate new workflows and processes. Using case studies to illustrate the unique requirements of health information technology (HIT) and EHR acquisition, this reference provides you with simple yet powerful tools—along with step-by-step guidance—for the effective use of workflow and process mapping within healthcare.

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: 280
  • View: 4899
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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.

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: 8323
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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"

Decision Management Systems

Decision Management Systems

A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics

  • Author: James Taylor
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780132884389
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 284
  • View: 470
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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

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: 4732
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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.

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: 8057
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An easily-digestible and fully updated view of CMMI for practitioners as well as executives, managers and the simply curious.

Evidence-based Productivity Improvement

Evidence-based Productivity Improvement

A Practical Guide to the Productivity Measurement and Enhancement System (ProMES)

  • Author: Robert D. Pritchard,Sallie J. Weaver,Elissa L. Ashwood
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1848729677
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 316
  • View: 1493
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This new book explains the Productivity Measurement and Enhancement system (ProMES) and how it meets the criteria for an optimal measurement and feedback system. It summarizes all the research that has been done on productivity, mentioning other measurement systems, and gives detailed information on how to implement this one in organizations. This book will be of interest to behavioral science researchers and professionals who wish to learn more about the practical methods of measuring and improving organizational productivity.

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: 6158
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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.

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
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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.

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
  • View: 5197
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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
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Business Process Management

Business Process Management

Practical Guidelines to Successful Implementations

  • Author: John Jeston,Johan Nelis
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • ISBN: 0750669217
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 437
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This book "provides organizational leadership with an understanding of Business Process Management and its benefits to an organization. This book also gives Business Process Management practitioners a framework and set of tools and techniques that provide a practical guide to successfully implementing Business Process Management projects. It can be used as a reference book for organizations completing Business Process Management projects and provides a holistic approach and the necessary details to deliver a Business Process Mangement project." -- back cover.

A Practical Approach to Software Quality

A Practical Approach to Software Quality

  • Author: Gerard O'Regan
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9780387953212
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 289
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A brief but comprehensive introduction to the field and pragmatic guidance on the implementation of a sound quality system in the organization. It provides an enhanced knowledge of software inspections, metrics, process involvement, assessment of organization, problem solving, customer satisfaction surveys, the CMM, SPICE, and formal methods. Sample material on software inspections, metrics, and customer satisfaction can be adapted by readers to their respective organizations. In addition, readers will gain a detailed understanding of the principles of software quality management and software process improvement. Concepts can then be readily applied to assist improvement programs within organizations.

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: 1085
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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.

Strategic Planning: A Practical Guide to Strategy Formulation and Execution

Strategic Planning: A Practical Guide to Strategy Formulation and Execution

A Practical Guide to Strategy Formulation and Execution

  • Author: B. Keith Simerson
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 0313384819
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 282
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In this book, an expert in business strategy shows how to create and evaluate a strategic plan and execute that plan successfully. • Concrete examples and case studies • Templates and samples of materials used in various public- and private-sector strategic planning efforts • A bibliography of resource materials about strategic thinking, strategy formulation, strategic planning, and strategy execution

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.

Lean Six Sigma For Leaders

Lean Six Sigma For Leaders

A Practical Guide for Leaders to Transform the Way They Run Their Organization

  • Author: Martin Brenig-Jones,Jo Dowdall
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 111937474X
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 320
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A refreshingly practical guide to real-world continuous improvement Lean Six Sigma for Leaders presents a no-frills approach to adopting a continuous improvement framework. Practical, down-to-earth and jargon-free, this book outlines the basic principles and key points of the Lean Six Sigma approach to help you quickly determine the best course for your company. Real-world case studies illustrate implementation at various organisations to show you what went right, what went wrong, what they learned and what they would have done differently, giving you the distilled wisdom of hundreds of implementations with which to steer your own organisation. Written from a leader's perspective, this quick and easy read presents the real information you need to make informed strategic decisions. While many organisations have implemented either Lean or Six Sigma, there is a growing interest in a combined approach; by implementing the most effective aspects of each, you end up with a more potent, adaptable system that benefits a wider range of organisations. This book shows you how it works, and how to tailor it to your organisation's needs. Understand the basic principles and key aspects of Lean Six Sigma Examine case studies of organisations that have implemented the framework Build on the lessons learned by other leaders to shape your own path Achieve continuous improvement by creating the right environment for success In theory, every organisation would like to attain continuous improvement — but what does that look like in day-to-day practice? How is it structured? What practices are in place? How can you implement this new approach with minimal disruption to daily operations? Lean Six Sigma for Leaders answers these questions and more, for a clear, actionable guide to real-world implementation.