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Applied Creativity and Value Discipline: The Innovation Cycle - Part 2

Part 2: A manager's guide for application and implementation of the Innovation Cycle Innovation is currently a hot topic in the executive suite and in business publications. Amid the buzz, managers are uncertain about how to reconcile the seemingly opposing calls for increased innovation and bottom-line productivity. As a result, when challenged to grow their businesses they often default to more familiar options, even if growth through innovation could be the best choice. We propose not only a truce between the creative and analytic sides of business, but also a highly valuable method for collaboration that builds upon the strengths of each to maximize the value of innovation investments.

Increased Business Agility through Service-Oriented Architectures

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a hot topic, but what does it mean for your enterprise? Most SOA discussions have focused on the technical aspects versus the role of technology to support business processes. Business processes can be accelerated by using special process design and analysis tools, but there are often significant gaps when implementing the business processes to support the IT landscape.This white paper illustrates how technical services can be derived from business processes and orchestrated through SOA.

The Pivotal Role of the Business Analyst in a Service-Oriented World

As more organizations incorporate Web Services into their strategic plans, the value of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) continues to grow. The Business Analyst will play a pivotal role in an organization’s success when they transition to SOA projects – a move that can drive significant business advantage. But, the Business Analyst role is one that must be expanded through new SOA skills to ensure that companies realize the results and ROI they expect.

Business vs. IT

This paper focuses on solving the dissociation between business processes and business requirements. While a projects must have good analysis, pragmatic risk assessment, a sound business case and reliable measurement tools if it is to have any hope of succeeding, business processes and business requirements are inextricably linked to a company's vision and the project itself. Closely coupling business processes and the business requirements of a new application are not only desirable, they are inherently critical. Business software applications are tools to aid business processes.

Myths of Methodology

This paper is about why software development methodologies don't work and why they sometimes do, including a few ideas about how to turn around your own methodology efforts. Often, methodologies don't work because managers and IT professionals hold onto beliefs, practices and organizational paradigms that no longer fit the modern software development organization and the processes that help support it.

Implementing Process Change in State Government

DMV - Three letters that can strike fear in any man or woman's heart, a term that all too often brings images of long lines and broken processes and red tape. State Departments of Motor Vehicles typically face many challenges: with lower budgets, staff reductions and increasing numbers of drivers and vehicles being registered. They face the challenge of continuing to provide quality services to the public while meeting increasingly challenging mandates from federal, state and local governments.

Applied Creativity and Value Discipline: The Innovation Cycle - Part 1

Part 1: Why innovation is such a challenge in a corporate setting

What Innovation Is

Howard Smith, Co-author of the landmark book, "Business Process Management: The Third Wave" has penned a definitive white paper on how companies develop operating systems for innovation. This is one paper anyone interested in business innovation cannot miss.

Goal-oriented BPM

Goal-oriented BPM is an approach that makes the development and identification of business processes a more intuitive and natural activity. It uses familiar organizational concepts such as goals, and the steps taken to achieve those goals (sub-goals), provides granular visibility into goal progression, and allows processes to intelligently change course as events unfold. When managed and deployed appropriately, goal-oriented BPM delivers significant benefits, including:

Achieving True Business Agility: Using Service Oriented Architecture to put control back into the hands of the business

The pressure on enterprises to improve operational efficiency and response times to new competitive threats and market opportunities has never been greater.This pressure is forcing businesses to reevaluate the way they operate, the way IT supports their existing operations and the opportunities for current IT systems to be adapted to support longer term business evolution.
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