Technical Project Management

Do Project Managers Need to Be Technical? The theory is that once you become a trained project manager, you can manage any project, regardless of the industry. Using the skills acquired in becoming a proficient project manager, it’s assumed that you can be successful in meeting deadlines, assigning tasks, managing stakeholders, communicating with stakeholders, etc. However, in today’s increasingly technical world, it’s becoming more critical to also have some technical background to be effective. A technical project manager does more than the typical project manager; one who is PMI-certified and manages projects related to a variety of functions and outcomes.
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Cloud Computing Trends – Now and in the Future

We published a blog a few months ago on How Cloud Computing Has Changed the Business World. Well, cloud computing continues to reign in that aspect, impacting the way data is stored or secured. More and more smart businesses are recognizing the benefits of cloud technology in their business operations. The cloud computing concept has been around for a little over two decades, and its use is not slowing down. Its cost-saving, scalable advantages make it a great option for businesses. The continued innovation from cloud computing is projected for the future in many ways. We’ve listed some trends here.
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8 Benefits of Automating Your Business Processes

Business process automation (BPA) can optimize your workflow, make it more efficient, and lead to higher profits. BPA manages information, data and processes, with the ultimate goal of reducing costs, resources and investment. It increases productivity by automating key business processes through technology. Of course, the initial cost of automating your processes can be a considerable investment; however, the long-term benefits make it worthwhile. Here are some of the many benefits of automating your business processes. 1.     Increased Productivity Workflow and business process automation reduces the amount of time needed to complete a task. This can result in higher productivity
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Spring 2018 Release

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a suite of powerful tools that that provide enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions to businesses through a network of reselling partners. The software has been a great solution for many industries, especially those that rely on great customer service to succeed in business. Microsoft Dynamics has recently released a major update to its suite of applications. This release will introduce many new features to its applications to improve its capabilities and effectiveness. Below are some insights from Microsoft and other experts, explaining how these updates will benefit those who use it.
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4 Tips on Hiring a Technology Consultant

Why Hire a Consultant? Like individual people, businesses may have an idea of their own current status, their skills and vulnerabilities, but by definition, they aren’t able to see themselves as others see them to define the optimal digital strategy. That’s why hiring an outside consultant can benefit businesses. You get the professional and knowledgeable perspective from an expert who can see things from an aspect that you cannot because you’re too close to the situation. But before you hire a consultant to analyze your situation and requirements and provide you with recommendations for improvement, it’s wise to do some
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5 Types of Manufacturing Processing and How They’re Different

Most manufacturing environments fit into one of five general categories. Repetitive, Discrete, Job Shop, Process (batch), and Process (continuous). 1.     Repetitive Processing Repetitive processing has dedicated production lines that produce the same or similar items consistently without change. It requires minimal setup or changeover, so it can be accelerated, slowed down, or another production line added. 2.     Discrete Processing Discrete processing is also an assembly or production line process, but it is highly diverse, with a wide variation of setups and changeover frequencies. The variation is based on whether the products being produced are alike or very disparate. If the
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Lead Generation – Your Number 1 Marketing Goal

In marketing, lead generation is the initiation of consumer interest or inquiry into the products or services of a business. Getting leads from your target market is a crucial first step in your success. Of course, what you do with those leads matters as well. Some things you can use them for are building your customer base, email and newsletter mailing lists and to close the actual sales. This article concentrates specifically on lead generation strategies that you can use for your business. 4 Simple Lead Generation Strategies Lead generation activities don’t have to be complex, at least to start.
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How Marketing Automation Impacts Your Business

Marketing your business is mandatory for success. You may offer the best product or service in the world, but if no one knows about it or buys it, you’re doomed for failure. But how do you and your skeletal marketing team (if you even have one) does all the things necessary to market your business effectively? One great way to get on top of your marketing efforts is to implement marketing automation into your business. Putting automated tools and processes in place will go a long way in getting your brand name out there and generating leads. What Is Marketing
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Choosing the ERP System that’s Right for Your Manufacturing Business

Manufacturing companies have many options when it comes to ERP solutions. Many don’t realize the type of manufacturing requires different ERP software capabilities. It’s important to choose the ERP software system that fits with the type of manufacturing you do. There are basically two types of manufacturing: discrete and process. Discrete Manufacturing Discrete manufacturing refers to production or assembly line manufacturing. Examples would be the assembly of automobiles, computers, or the like. They consist of separate parts and components that can be put together or taken apart. If one part is missing, the final product cannot be completed. This type
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Why Business Process Improvement Efforts Fail

Improving your business is a critical factor in keeping up with emerging technology and your competitors. Using a proven business process improvement strategy is an effective way of establishing continuous improvement efforts. Business Process Improvement (BPI) is a methodology that identifies operations and employee skills where improvements will streamline procedures, make workflow more efficient and result in overall growth and increased profitability. However, even with the numerous benefits that can be derived from BPI, they are not always successful. Here are five reasons why BPI efforts fail 1.    Lack of Support for BPI Lack of support for the BPI effort,
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