Romaine Lettuce Recall: A Case for Blockchain?

Marisa Brown's picture

With recent food safety crises such as the pre-Thanksgiving U.S. recall on romaine lettuce due to an E. coli outbreak, I have heard people calling for increased traceability of food and a greater ability to track products back to their origins. Thankfully, a few days ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) narrowed the lettuce warning to romaine grown in certain California regions only.

Smart Contracts: Has Blockchain's Killer App Finally Become a Reality?

Marisa Brown's picture

“As the [blockchain] technology pushes the globe towards new economic models, we will only demand more from smart contracts,” Forbes, July 2018.

Why Try to Improve What You Can Eliminate in Finance?

Rachele Collins's picture

APQC is engaged in current and ongoing research on planning, budgeting, and forecasting through our Open Standards Benchmarking Survey on Planning and Management Accounting.

Why and How to Measure Your Knowledge Management Program’s Performance

Lauren Trees's picture

Measurement has always been a divisive topic in KM. Some knowledge managers insist that anecdotal evidence is more powerful than data and that the energy involved in calculating KM’s business impact would be better spent improving the organization’s KM offerings. This attitude is understandable. It takes a lot of energy to prove KM’s worth, the exercise does not in itself generate any value for the organization, and executives who are skeptical of KM may rationalize away even the most carefully constructed metrics.

How to Build Trust and Engagement with Virtual Teams

Mercy Harper's picture

Virtual teams have become the new normal. But with so many organizations currently engaged in digital transformations, the virtual teams of tomorrow are going to be different from those of today. The transition to a more digital workplace will bring new tools, new priorities, and new ways of working that are certain to impact how organizations approach virtual teaming. To learn more about what to expect, I spoke with APQC’s Lauren Trees, principal research lead for knowledge management, and Cindy Hubert, executive director of client solutions.

4 Reasons Not to Fear Robotic Process Automation

Lochlyn Morgan's picture

Robotic process automation (RPA) has quickly become inevitable. In March of 2018, APQC interviewed Tilak Banerjee, a director at Dell-EMC, on RPA: “When we started in 2015, RPA was more or less a new concept in the shared services industry,” said Banerjee.

How These 6 Technologies Can Advance Your Sales & Operations Planning

Marisa Brown's picture

During APQC’s recent study on sales and operations planning (S&OP), we found that certain technologies are driving more capable and efficient S&OP processes. Specific industries are adopting technology such as AI and data analytics to address planning challenges, which indicates a critical competitive shift other organizations will soon be compelled to follow.

Technologies Improving S&OP Processes

Why It’s So Hard to Engage Senior Leaders in KM—And What to Do About It

Lauren Trees's picture

Executives are very busy people. They can also be skeptical when it comes to new initiatives, especially when they can’t immediately see how an investment will translate to the bottom line. That’s a big factor in why it’s so hard for knowledge management teams to get leaders on their side, much less convince them to become active participants in KM platforms and approaches.

The Benefits of Automating your Invoicing and Accounts Receivable Processes

Rachele Collins's picture

Invoicing and accounts receivable (AR) are core finance transactional processes that lie at the heart of an organization’s liquidity and working capital management. These two processes are flip sides of the same coin, with invoicing encompassing the activities involved in billing customers for goods and services received, and AR including the activities for processing and applying customer remittances and associated policies and accounting.

People Engagement and Digital Savvy to Deliver Value in Your Process Management

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

In October, process and performance management professionals from around the globe came together in Houston for APQC’s Annual Process and Performance Management Conference. This year’s event—titled Evolving for the Digital Age—was a recognition of the shifts in leaderships’ expectations and business environments are transforming process management’s role.