Apex Process Consultants Receives 2017 Best of Southfield Award
Southfield Award Program Honors the Achievement
SOUTHFIELD June 1, 2017 — Apex Process Consultants has been selected for the 2017 Best of Southfield Award in the Consultants category by the Southfield Award Program.
Each year, the Southfield Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Southfield area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Southfield Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Southfield Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Southfield Award Program
The Southfield Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Southfield area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Southfield Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Southfield Award Program
Southfield Award Program
erikafulkApex Process Consultants Receives 2017 Best of Southfield Award
Providing access to business processes from mobile devices is critical in today’s fast-paced corporate world. In fact, many companies are moving toward a “mobile first” strategy when building applications. The traditional approach to meeting the mobile need has been to develop mobile applications using platform-specific native code. This leads to inefficient development practices entailing duplication of effort to support a variety of devices and platforms, as well as cultivating skill in multiple programming languages. Apache Cordova is an open source mobile development framework that streamlines and simplifies building of mobile applications that target multiple platforms.
Hybrid mobile applications are more versatile than native apps in that they are cross-platform. Mobile apps have two advantages over mobile web apps: they can access device APIs, and they are usable when the device is offline. One limitation of hybrid apps as compared to native apps is that their graphics performance won’t be as fast since the app runs in a container, but this is not a substantial consideration for the majority of business applications.
Apache Cordova development can be performed using IDEs such as Eclipse and Xcode. Use of the Cordova framework has also been integrated into IDEs from major companies. IBM adopted the use of Cordova in their Worklight product which makes use of Cordova to build hybrid mobile applications. Microsoft announced on May 12, 2014 at their TechEd conference that they’re planning to add support for Apache Cordova to Visual Studio. Telerik’s AppBuilder solution also makes use of Cordova.
Apache Cordova applications are your company’s best option for supporting multiple mobile platforms and leveraging web skills while maintaining a single code base with easy update distribution.
The Apex Firebase Integration Toolkit is one of the newest products in the suite of Apex tools. This toolkit contains a set of coach views and services that allow you to quickly integrate with Firebase and have access to real-time data within your application. As amazing as this product is, you might be thinking, what in the world would I do with it? Let’s walk through three scenarios where you might find it helpful to use within your IBM BPM application.
#1 – Real Time Collaboration – Collaboration on a task is common in the business world; however, with workers scattered around the globe, it’s not always easy to make happen online. In traditional database ways, on-screen data can quickly become stale or require a manual “refresh” to display current data; having real time information to make business decisions is often a critical success factor for an application. Using the coach views within the Firebase Integration toolkit, you’ll be able to open a connection to Firebase from your coach and any updates to the data (from any user) will be reflected on screen within seconds.
#2 – Proof of Concept – In a world where a “quick win pilot” is often the path to more funding for your project, you want to be up and running quickly with access to real data. Screen mock-ups are good, but a running application with real-time data is better. Firebase is a full backend, so you won’t need to install database servers or write SQL code to create and access your data. Using coach views and services from the toolkit, you’ll be able to quickly connect your application to Firebase and have data stored and synced within minutes!
#3 – Build Consolidated Views of Data – Finding the most relevant data to display to your user doesn’t always come in a pretty package; often it’s dispersed across multiple tables, databases, and even systems. Sometimes it’s necessary to bring all this data together into a single view, which can easily be set-up with Firebase. Displaying task data and business data for a single entity can often be an impressive and helpful view to a business user wanting to see all the activity that has transpired for the entity.
These are three common scenarios where the Apex Firebase Integration toolkit will help you take your IBM BPM application to the next level. As illustrated, the capabilities within Firebase combined with Apex Coach Views will help you present rich mash-ups of data to your user to help them work in a very collaborative way.
We can’t wait to see what you’ll build with it!
erikafulkApex Firebase Integration Toolkit – Why You Should Use It
By now you’ve watched us take you through how to build an app using Apex Coach Views (you can see the series from the beginning here). Here is a 3 minute condensed version of the App in 60 minutes process. Check out the process and let us know if you’d like to demo Apex Coach Views! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Don’t miss your chance to meet Apex’s own David Knapp at #IBMImpact!
How to Build a Better User Experience with IBM Coach Views – SPD-3304
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Tue, Apr 29,2014: Marcello 4503
The IBM Coach Framework is a key element of the IBM Business Process Management (BPM) product suite. With the IBM Coach Framework, process authors can create and maintain custom web-based user interfaces that are embedded within their business process solutions.Hear the authors of the IBM Redbook ‘Leveraging the IBM BPM Coach Framework in Your Organization’discuss how to take advantage of reusable coach views in your BPM deployment. They also provide practical tips for refactoring existing coaches from earlier versions of IBM BPM.
And then once again Tuesday night from 6:45-7:00pm for the IBM Redbook Signing. We were delighted to have a chapter in the IBM Redbook “Leveraging the IBM BPM Coach Framework in Your Organization”
This Redbook has just been published on April 16 – which means it has been live for just 1# days now. To date it has been downloaded 2,132 times! If you want to talk more with David about how Apex Coach Views and IBM can help shoot him an email at email@example.com and he’ll make time for you during the rest of #IBMImpact
Every December we have our holiday party. We all get together reflect a little on the past year. Mostly we just catch up with the people who live out of state or who have just been traveling and we don’t see very often.
Every January we start focusing on what’s up-and-coming in the technology world.
Every February we have our Annual Kickoff Meeting. We all get together to talk about the business side of things. In December it’s all fun and games, but February is all business. We discuss what we did in the past year. And we talk about what goals we want to accomplish in the next 30, 60 and 90 days. We plan out how to make the current year more successful for us and our clients. We figure out how to use new technology in what we’re doing. The rest of February is spent implementing and planning the rest of the year, as well as working on all the client projects we have going on.
Since January we’ve been upgrading old products and adding new products and toolkits that will knock your socks off, and also streamline your business.
Have you seen our Apex Repository page? There isn’t much there right now, but in the next few weeks we’ll be unveiling our new Apex Repository, with so many cool new features you’ll do anything to get it!
We’re also working on an amazing new product that we can’t tell you much about, yet… But we’ll be launching this new toolkit before IBM Impact. We’ll be at Impact in case you want to stop by and chat with us about this or any of our products/toolkits.
Apex is pleased to announce general availability of Apex Coach Views Release 1.5 that includes new capabilities described below. This release contains 11 new views enhancing our data binding, layout and grid functionality. Additionally, many views have been updated to support responsive mobile design and to improve page performance. Check them out!
A new Binding Coach View has been added to the toolkit to make it easier to work with server-side variables on the client. Additionally, the @binding and @options capabilities make it easier to perform client-side logic when server-side variables change.
A set of coach views has been introduced to enable client-side editing of data in a grid presentation. These views include Dynamic Table, Row, and Cell. In prior versions of ACV, editing data in a grid format was accomplished by using a combination of Dynamic Section and field views. The Dynamic Table and it’s related views simplify your design and allow you to implement this interface faster.
Client-side Data Manipulation on Lists
The Grid Row Section extends the library of Grid views by introducing a new interface for viewing additional details and editing an item within a Grid Row. Multiple rows of data can be edited at a time with Grid Row Section and since the interface is inline, you won’t lose access to any data on your screen.
The Grid Complex Row increases the amount of data that you can show in a Grid by allowing multiple lines of data per grid item. By putting Grid Row views into a Grid Complex Row, you can expand the attributes shown for a single item and conditionally display Grid Rows making Grids more effective in narrow layouts.
Several layout views have been updated to allow the section to be collapsible. The Vertical, Horizontal, and Table Sections have all been enhanced to allow the contents of those sections to be collapsed or expanded on page load, and then be collapsed or expanded by the user clicking an icon. Of course, the regular way of having the section always visible is still available too!
Making corporate applications operate on mobile devices is increasingly a requirement for application developers. In this release, certain coach views have been updated to enable better usability on mobile devices. These include:
Horizontal Section – Introducing a “Wrap” config option, which dynamically adjusts the content of the section to fit a smaller mobile device.
Dynamic Section – Introducing an “Orientation” config option, which will allow the repeating section to repeat vertically or horizontally.
Tabs – Introducing a new layout option, “Accordion,” which will present your tabs in collapsible content panes.
Grid – Introducing a “Minimum Width” config option on columns, which allows you to specify the minimum width of the column before it is hidden on the grid. Columns hide from right to left as the screen is made smaller.
We’ll be releasing video updates on these new features in the coming weeks, make sure to stay up-to-date with all of Apex’s new features!
Here are some other interesting presentations at Impact next week:
TBU-3079 : Case Study: The State of Alaska Unified Permit Project Speakers: Scott McEwen, State of Alaska Dept of Natural Resources; Zoya Ponomareva, State of Alaska Dept of Natural Resources Abstract: The State of Alaska had a backlog of permit applications from entities wishing to use state resources. It needed a solution that would enable it to streamline its processes and eliminate the backlog. The state engaged IBM to create an agile BPM environment using a 14-week Quick Win Project and IBM Blueworks Live and IBM Business Process Manager Advanced software. The solution provides greater visibility into processes along with greater consistency, helping speed the application process. Plus, the platform can be extended to deliver even greater ROI. When: Wed, 1/May, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Where: Venetian – Delfino 4005
TBU-1775 : Case Study: Grupo Nacional Provincial Enables Business Decisions in Real Time Speaker: Pablo Vidales, Grupo Nacional Provincial Abstract: With IBM Operational Decision Management and IBM BPM, GNP deployed a central business rules repository to adapt business behavior to strategy in real time. By automating the health policy underwriting and issuing processes, GNP gained the following benefits: increased efficiency and agility, the ability to dynamically distribute workloads based on process exceptions, better customer service, lower costs, and a self-service solution that allows customers to participate in the process end-to-end. In the future, GNP will extend the solution and benefits to its main business lines: car insurance, life insurance, procurement, HR, and more. When: Tue, 30/Apr, 05:15 PM – 06:15 PM Where: Venetian – Delfino 4005
You can find these sessions and add them to your agenda here.
Apex has played a key role in three projects to implement IBM BPM at Delphi. The first project was with their purchasing process centers, which was highlighted in a presentation last year at Impact. We also worked with Delphi to build an engineering change process and are now helping them to complete a process for new business acquisition.
Next week at Impact, I will present with Richard Rossio from Delphi Automotive, discussing our approach to the new business acquisition process and lessons learned from engineering change. You can find the session to add it to your agenda here.
Abstract: Delphi Automotive implemented a system to improve the efficiency and standardization of their quoting process using IBM BPM. This presentation will illustrate how they delivered a process application quickly to provide early value, then continued to work toward providing additional value through iterative releases. The presentation will include a discussion of assembling the right team and how the diversity of the team’s capabilities was important. It will also look at the complexity and challenges that the team faced. These included integration with several systems and the need to build advanced user interfaces to view and edit complex data, both easily and quickly, within IBM BPM. When: Thursday, 2 May, 08:45 AM – 09:45 AM Where: Venetian – Delfino 4101A
If you would like to set up a meeting with us to discuss the project or the cool new products from Apex, please contact us.
jvolpeApex Presenting with Delphi Automotive at #IBMImpact