Mobility in Finance

Irene Ngan's picture

How can (and should) the finance function think about integrating mobile technology into its business practice? According to the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, there were almost 6 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions by the end of 2011—that's a global penetration of 86 percent.* However, nearly 70 percent of organizations acknowledge the increasing importance of mobile technologies, yet only 24 percent have any mobile-enabled processes and 30 percent are still completely reliant on paper.**

5 Skills Every Lean Manager Needs

Abigail Heller's picture

What does it take to be a Lean leader? This article, courtesy of the Process Excellence Network (PEX), suggests five different traits.

How to Differentiate on Fees Without Lowering Your Rates

Jess Scheer's picture

The rise in sophistication among buyers of consulting services isn’t just changing what they’ll buy or what they prioritize when forming and narrowing down short lists (as we’ve reported in this blog the last two months). Today’s clients are radically changing how they expect to pay for consulting services.

Smart HR

Elissa Tucker's picture

Learn how your HR function can work smarter by more formally managing HR knowledge.

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the shortage of technical skills plaguing organizations in the aerospace, energy, engineering, and many other industries. But, there is another skills shortage that I want to call attention to: an HR skills shortage.

In its latest survey of Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs), Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) found:

To Offshore or Reshore?

Becky Partida's picture

Has your organization looked closely at whether offshoring manufacturing is the best choice? During a recent Webinar, Harry Moser of the Reshoring Initiative discussed how organizations can calculate the total cost of ownership for offshoring manufacturing. The Webinar was hosted by APQC and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Benchmarking Community of Practice (CoP).

Reduce General Accounting Costs

Irene Ngan's picture

Contrary to popular belief, large, corporate accounting functions have unwittingly retained a lot of waste and inefficiencies in their processes. Despite a decade of cost reduction and process optimization, CFOs and controllers are still not leveraging the cost-reduction power of shared services centers.

Using SharePoint for Information Governance

Lauren TREES's picture

People are always begging me for more SharePoint content, so I’m happy to announce that APQC has published a new SharePoint case study. It focuses on Chevron’s Procurement and Supply Chain Management function, which is building a SharePoint system to house reference information, working documents, and communities of practice.

Cut the Clutter of Random Acts of Improvement

Jeff Varney's picture

When discussing process management and improvement, I often talk about the concept of “random acts of improvement.” People, with good intentions, are off trying to make their part of the organization better, more efficient, simpler. But often these changes are done locally, in silos, without considering the end-to-end impact of the change – how that change might have a positive or negative effect elsewhere in the organization.

Tool: Quickly Set Your Technical Talent Priorities

Elissa Tucker's picture

How prepared is your organization to attract, develop, and retain technically skilled workers?  APQC’s new Technical Talent Management Assessment* tool can help you answer this question.

 * Open to nonmembers for the month of July.

An Update on Supply Chain and Product Development Content

Becky Partida's picture

Did you know that APQC has created or updated 87 pieces of supply chain management and product development content since the beginning of 2012? Find out what’s new in the presentation Now in the Knowledge Base: Supply Chain Management.