How Is Paper Still a Thing?

Mary Driscoll's picture

It’s almost 2017. The accounts payable (AP) manager has an abundance of technology innovations from which to choose to make the process run faster, better, and cheaper. For example, there are workflow automation solutions that help to reduce duplicate payments, late payments, strengthen internal controls, and support audit efficiency.

Heads up! Supply Chain Disruptors Coming Your Way

Joe Tillman's picture

There is a lot of disruption headed your way!  Big data. Robotics. Analytics. Drones. 3D Printing. Collaboration with a purpose. IoT. And the list grows daily.

This we know - the supply chain will change. But how is a harder question to answer.  However, two groups are working to better understand how it will change.

Port of Houston: Do You Know Its Value to Global Supply Chains?

Andrea Stroud's picture

Many of us never consider where the items we purchase everyday come from and the journey those items make to get to us. Everyday shipments of everything from petroleum and consumer goods to steel and automobiles come through U.S. ports from all over the world. Shipping goods by sea tends to be significantly cheaper than flying cargo and there is more flexibility regarding shipping regulations for organizations.  More than ever before, organizations realize that sea freight is indispensable to the U.S. economy and ports connect American manufacturers to the global marketplace.

Surprise! Women and Men Have Different Workplace Preferences

Rachele Collins's picture

In my not so recent past, I was a divorced single mother, working full-time, and going part-time to a local state university for my Ph.D. That was hard. The word that I used for my life during those days was satisficing – It generally means you do the minimum on all fronts to get by.

5 Biggest Benchmark Problems and How To Fix Them

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

As you may have heard from us a few times, benchmarking is a top tool used by leadership teams to support decision making. So, to dig into that topic, APQC surveyed over 300 professionals—across functional boundaries—to understand their common benchmarking practices and the value derived from benchmarking. What we found is that benchmarking does indeed play a vital role in many organizations.

APQC's New Voice of Supply Chain

Andrea Stroud's picture

APQC has a new supply chain management research principal lead, Joe Tillman, and I had the pleasure of recently speaking with him. In his new role, Joe will be the voice for supply chain research, benchmarking, and process improvement.

APQC takes on KMWorld 2016!

Cindy Hubert's picture

Countdown is on! I will be attending KMWorld 2016 November 14-17in Washington DC, and I’m bringing along 4 of my APQC colleagues – Darcy, Lauren, Zakiya, and Jennifer. Jane Dysart and her group put on a wonderful week and we get to be part of that in a big way!

Why Digital Transformation and Process Is So Challenging

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

APQC spoke to Andrew Spanyi about digital transformation, why it’s so challenging and how organizations can do it well. Andrew Spanyi was a keynote speaker at APQC’s 2017 Process Conference. He coaches process owners and provides guidance on centers of excellence (CoE). Andrew’s contribution to process management is recognized internationally.

The Finance Mission—A Good Time for Reflection

Mary Driscoll's picture

As we head into the last quarter of the business year, financial analysts are surely keen to see how useful their forays into data analytics will look when the final buzzer goes off. Have these efforts to buoy business performance paid off? What are CFOs planning to do to balance investments in new analytical strength with the imperative to control the finance budget? These are just two examples of the professional soul-searching now underway among finance leaders.