The Unification of Activity Based Cost Management and Business Process Management

the Knowledge neXusTM

Innovation and Transformation enhancing Business Performance

Prior to the neXus there has not been either an information system, or a single human that could answer questions about how a business operates to produce net income.  Knowledge of how your business operates is distributed across the minds of many individuals in several different disciplines including operations, human resources, information technology, facilities, accounting and finance. 

Operational knowledge is the starting point for changing how your business operates.  Today innovation and transformation programs gather and synthesize knowledge on an ad hoc basis as required by their objectives.  The neXus provides a corporate memory to retain and share the knowledge that is acquired by change programs.  Today that knowledge slips back into the organization or out with consultants. 

Innovation and transformation are common denominators of the types of programs listed to the right.  They are all seeking innovations and transformations of a particular sort. 

The neXus provides the first tools for modeling the operational dynamics of businesses in the context of their customers and suppliers.  It it the first product that enables analysis of business operations, and supports change programs.  It provides the first system view of an operating enterprise. 

The neXus provides enterprise modeling and knowledge management capabilities to support Business  Analysis and Change programs.  

The neXus provides connections (through operational knowledge) between organizations and their business transformation activities. It supports and promotes alignment of the organizations carrying out transformation programs.  The neXus tool suite combined with Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and Visio comprise a solution set of standard tools for business transformation programs and projects.  

 

 

Typical Change Programs

Cost Management

Business Process Engineering

Supply Chain Management

Knowledge Management 

Learning Systems Development

Customer Relationship Management

Enterprise Application Integration

Technology Acquisition

Technology Development

Downsizing

Mergers and Acquisitions

supported by the neXus

Joining Forces for Innovation and  Transformation

neXus Benefits

The introduction of Internet technologies and the globalization of commerce are driving businesses around the world to change the way they operate.  Supply chains are being integrated, Web based management of customer relationships is becoming the norm, and internal business processes are being integrated and automated.

The way businesses change is changing.  The breadth of change is expanding from departmental change to enterprise wide change.  Transformation programs must deal not only with information technology, but also with human capital, operational processes, and facilities.    This is a new form of change requiring new processes, methods and tools.  

Forces Driving Transformation

 

 

Changes in Change

 

Business Transformation Process Overview

Business transformation is the process of introducing changes in the enterprise that move it from a beginning ("as is") way of doing business to a new "to be" way of doing business.  The "as is" business with people, information technology, facilities and machines performing processes that produce products and deliver services is shown on the left side of the figure below.  Business transformation activities are shown between it and the business "to be" shown on the right.  

The neXus provides capabilities to model the enterprise ("as is" and "to be"), and it provides modeling capabilities to support the analysis of the four components of the enterprise system (people, IT, facilities, and machines).  The neXus further provides capabilities to manage the knowledge that is required by teams carry out the transformation process.  

Business transformation requires a multi-functional team including:

  • Operational organizations changing processes

  • an IT organization providing technology

  • a Human Resource organization providing competent people

  • and a Facilities organization providing plant and equipment

In some cases not all of these organizations are required.  In all cases, however,  transformation programs require collaboration across traditional organizational boundaries.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transformation Processes

 

 

 

 

Enterprise Modeling

Businesses around the world are accelerating the pace of change in order to maintain and enhance their competitive posture in their market spaces.  Technology and globalization are primary drivers of these changes.  Competition is becoming fierce and only the adaptive will survive and thrive.  Those with the greatest capacity to change will be the winners.

The neXus provides methods and tools for businesses to begin to remember how they operate.  Each time a transformation program takes place, intelligent organizations will remember and make explicit the knowledge they have gained.  No longer will it be necessary to reacquire that knowledge to begin the next program.  The neXus provides tools and vocabulary for change to:

  • maintain the corporate memory of how the business operates

  • analyze change to increase bottom line performance

The neXus in combination with Microsoft's Office products provide businesses with  innovative methods, and tools to increase their capacity to change and to thrive in their rapidly changing market domains.  

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