We all know a software workaround when we see one. But do we truly understand their significance to a company’s productivity and finances? According to one survey, their impact can run in the tens of millions of dollars. Like many constant irritations, workarounds are something we get used to – and become blind to how destructive they really are.
Big Data, aka the biggest challenge facing organizations everywhere, isn’t going away anytime soon. According to IBM, every day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. To give you an idea of what that may look like, one terabyte alone is the equivalent of 4.5 million books — overwhelming to think about, especially for healthcare providers.
From medical charts and prescriptions to financial and insurance information, patients generate a lot of data throughout their lifetimes. Some of that data is structured. However, even within sophisticated healthcare organizations, most of it — paper documents, ad hoc emails, data created through monitoring devices, for example — is not. As healthcare moves toward more of an evidence based model, data will play more of an instrumental role. Now more than ever, it’s important for healthcare providers to realize organizational success has less to do with how much data they gather and more to do with how data is utilized.
Planning Makes Perfect
To improve patient outcomes, healthcare providers must plan appropriately and develop a comprehensive strategy for gathering and utilizing data. For starters, everyone — including the care team and senior executives — should reflect on how they would respond to the following questions regarding data management:
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The financial services sector is rallying in more ways than purely economic these days. With many firms using older CRM technology, productivity is still an issue and many FS organizations are investigating ways to upgrade their technology to better serve both customers and employees.
"In every line of business there's some kind of metric that someone uses to gauge how they're performing and whether to judge success or failure," says Jing Suk, VP/director of strategy and analysis at Digitas and an adjunct professor at Rutgers Business School.
In today’s competitive marketplace, improved business practices can be the difference between success and failure, and measurement of them is key. It’s imperative to have a 360 degree view of every department at all times. One key area is financial reporting.
Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are ideal for the manufacturing shop floor, enabling companies to make the best possible production decisions based on a complete set of real-time shop floor data. Using MES system capabilities like triggers and events to identify potential issues in the production cycle, to help with root cause analysis, and to aid in improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) gives manufacturers the power at their fingertips to make the necessary adjustments to production and processes in real time.
Without an MES solution, companies are left evaluating questionable manually collected data after the fact and engaging in post-mortem discussions which can’t improve the past. Real-time key performance indicators (KPIs), triggers and alerts based on undesirable conditions allow for action to be taken to correct issues as they happen, turning a potentially bad production shift into a better shift.
Factory MES is one example of an MES product focused on ensuring shop floor and production optimization. Manufacturers can use MES along with other production capabilities, like ERP, or in standalone fashion, giving them a flexible and versatile capability for measuring and taking action.
We’re back from Edge! There were plenty of reasons to head to Edge this year: the expo floor, the presentations, the plentiful opportunities for networking and, of course, the gala. But, the biggest draw was the general session talks from our executive team and a few special guests.
The opening session on Tuesday is where comedian Jake Johannsen set the tone and theme for the entire conference, in many cases with a wacky flourish. He gave a glimpse into the event—the 1200 attendees, 200+ sessions, and fabulous networking—and unveiled numerous highlights throughout the week. This year’s event was all about the customer—Your Success. Our Passion.—and it carried throughout the event.
Customizations and software extensions often require complex code changes, software redeployment and other challenges that inhibit rapid and frequent deployment of these extensions. Aptean recently changed the framework in which customizations and extensions can be leveraged in our Compiere product line. By deploying a new SOAP framework, Compiere release 3.8.1 has decoupled the create/read/update/delete transactions between external applications and Compiere, enabling rapid deployment and alleviating code changes to make it happen.
Last night marked the first annual Aptean Edge Awards & Gala, taking place in Las Vegas during Aptean Edge, the largest gathering of Aptean solution users in North America. The Aptean Award honors organizations that have achieved exceptional results with Aptean technology.