It is almost my 1 year anniversary with Apex, and it has been one of the best, most interesting years of my life. As we gear up for our annual kickoff meeting I have to think a lot about what has happened while I’ve been here and what’s is coming up in our future. Also, Apex just celebrated it’s 5th anniversary (Happy Birthday to us!). The week or two before the Christmas party was filled with stories of Christmas parties past. Stories of Apex startup which started with weekly meetings at a brewery not to far from our current office. Everyone was so excited about how far we had come in such a short time.
And having only been there for a year, I can attest to how much we’ve moved forward. At first I took time to figure out what Apex was doing, coming into a new company with a marketing and social media background, learning what and how BPM was used was a bit challenging. I tried to learn something new every day. To not be overwhelmed, but to fully comprehend. And for a while, I thought I was doing a good job, until one day I realized that I had been with Apex for 6 months and I was still learning what we were doing.
It’s not that I’m a slow learner. It’s that we do something new every day, every week, every month. We’re constantly growing our products and services. Every day I’m trying to catch up, I’m falling behind on learning what we’re currently making. So I’ve stopped looking into Apex’s past and started to just look at the future, to delve into everything we’re currently working on. To fully wrap my brain around what’s going on.
I’m excited for our kickoff meeting next week. I’m excited to see what our partners and employee’s have to say. And can I mention that I’ve created some killer team building exercises?!
Get ready for some great video’s about our 1.5 features, we’ve been working on them in between projects and they are just about ready to launch.
Looking forward to sharing the New Year with you. We have a bunch of really amazing stuff planned!
erikafulkReflecting on the past – looking towards the future
Every week we have teams working with clients all around North America. Last week we had people in Canada, the US and Mexico. This week we’re not in Mexico, but we have started a few new projects around the country. Check out the map below and see where our consultants are working this week –
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
Below are IBM’s 5 reason’s to attend Impact 2013. Want to know what we think are reason’s 0-4?
In addition to the great content presented at Impact, our Apex experts will be out and about during the conference to show you what we’ve been up to since the last time you’ve checked in with us. We spent a lot of time with customers understanding what they need to make their IBM BPM projects successful, and we’ve been upgrading our products to make sure all of our clients (existing and future) will have access to these new great features. Some of these solutions may be things you never knew you wanted, but I bet when you see them, you won’t want to do another project without them. Check out some of the other great reason’s to meet with us:
0 – A sneak peak at a game changing new product from Apex that enables case management in IBM BPM
1 – Meet 1:1 with an Apex expert to learn more about Apex Coach Views (You can read more about our upgrades to Coach Views before you stop by)
2 – Check out one of our current products that we’ve spent a lot of time revamping, we’ll reveal which one when we see you!
3 – Find out how Apex can accelerate your IBM BPM process improvement project
Apex is pleased to announce that Chris Tuner has joined the Apex team. Chris has over 26 years of professional experience. He comes from an Open Source Content Management industry leader. As Lead Technical Account Manager, he was responsible for helping fortune 500 clients design their high volume, high availability architectures for smooth operations. His clients represented a broad range of industries including entertainment, health care, publishing, retail sales, and hospitality. Prior to this, he was with one of the largest internet and television news and entertainment services in the world. As e-commerce and member services operation lead, he was responsible for dozens of high volume websites. With experience ranging from operating nuclear submarines in the Navy to business intelligence, Agile development, performance tuning and troubleshooting in the information technology sector, Chris is ready to tackle any challenge.
On October 16, 2011, Apex Process Consultants (Apex) employees put down the laptops and put on the running gear to run in the Detroit Free Press Marathon as a part of Team Autism, a group of marathon participants running and walking to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and to raise funds for the Judson Center Autism Connections program. Judson Center runs an incredible program that provides a variety of services for individuals with autism—everything from a job networking club for adults, to cooking classes for teens, to a baseball league for younger children. Moreover, Autism Connections caters to the entire family, offering counseling and educational resources for parents and siblings of autistic children, training for caretakers and assisted living services for autistic adults.
In addition to Apex sponsoring Team Autism this year, four members of Apex and a couple of their family members ran the marathon. Five people ran in the as part of a relay team called “Apex for Autism,” while one hardy soul ran the full marathon (26.2 miles). Apex has an ongoing commitment to using processes and technology to work towards community improvement. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced this past winter that as many as 1 in 90 children born today are affected by ASD – a group of developmental disabilities defined by significant impairments in communication and social interaction.
Families facing those startling statistics often turn to Judson Center’s Autism Connections program. Since 1924, the Judson Center has been a trusted non-profit community resource that creates solutions to improve the lives of individuals and families in southeast Michigan. It provides more than 360,000 personalized support services each year, including comprehensive autism support resources, which often combine new technologies with therapeutic techniques to promote independence and maximize potential for children and adolescents with ASD. Located in seven counties in Michigan, the Autism Connections program finds novel and innovative ways to support individuals with autism. Autism Connections offers a wide range of educational, therapeutic and support services designed to assist individuals with autism, their families and their communities.
apexadminApex Process Consultants run Marathon for Autism