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Press Release at Enterprise Data World - 2011

At the Enterprise Data World Conference held in Chicago in April 2011, Information By Design (IBD), IYCON, and Knowledge Consultants, Inc. (KCI) announced a teaming agreement to provide QPR Software Solutions to the U.S. markets.

Business PartnersFrom left to right, they are:

  • Frank Kowalkowski, President of KCI,
  • Jude Chagas Pereira, Director-IYCON,
  • Gil Laware, President of IBD


Gil and Frank presented a session at the conference on Scorecard for Data Management: A Managerial Approach and Discipline. They showed various data governance scorecard metrics based upon DAMA Management International's - Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK) to a large group of attendees.

Gil Laware, President of IBD commented that “IBD provides Chief Information Officer (CIO), training, and other consultative services. Our management and project management experiences include various industries that include: banking, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics to name a few. As the U.S. Business Partner of QPR, our focus is to improve our client’s business performance using QPR’s suite of products.” “Our focus is the vast mid-market for performance management, process management and process analytic solutions” said Frank Kowalkowski, President of KCI. “The QPR offerings perfectly complement our existing business analytic product Afterspyre - the Business Analyst, and at launch of this product suite, we have already achieved integration between QPR and Afterspyre - the Business Analyst.”

IYCON is a QPR Strategic Value-added Reseller and a QPR Global Implementation Partner for the last 10 years. “After successfully addressing the Middle East, Asian sub-continent and Australian markets, IYCON is now expanding its reach to the U.S. markets through this strategic alliance”, commented Jude Chagas Pereira, Director-IYCON. “We believe that the success of any solution lies in its implementation and IYCON has a proven rapid implementation methodology for QPR solutions which is now available to QPR customers in the U.S.”

Together, IBD, KCI and IYCON provide complementary services that help organizations plan, implement, and install successful business performance solutions.

About QPR Software

QPR-Quality-Processes-Results Software Plc offers the best services and software for developing business processes and enterprise architecture. QPR has more than 1,600 private and public sector customers across the globe in more than 50 countries. QPR’s shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.

Why Information Management is critical to your Business’ Success

Jim Collins, in his best-selling 2001 book, “Good To Great", makes the case that companies who make the transformation from a “Good” company to a “Great” company share many of the following characteristics. They include:

  • the CEO came from within the company;
  • executive compensation did not drive success;
  • strategic planning was evidenced;
  • technology accelerated but did not cause the transformation;
  • companies focused on what not to do and stopped doing it;
  • mergers and acquisitions did not impact their success;
  • they produced revolutionary leaps in results with continuous improvement; and
  • great success was driven by a conscientious choice.

Companies manage assets to be successful. Those assets include money (capital), machines, facilities, technology, and human resources. These assets managed in synchronization with a shared company mission, vision, goals and objectives enable companies to grow successfully.

All too often, however, one asset is overlooked in this discussion! It is the organization’s data. They capture it, store it, transform it, and group it to analyze how the business runs. The management and quality of that data has a significant impact on the company’s ability to make choices that will drive the company from good to great. While Jim Collins makes many good observations, several need elaboration in light of data management.

Technology Accelerates Transformation -- It is not the technology per se that causes success, but it is the application of carefully selected technologies that enhance the companies’ growth. In most cases, the data–to-information-to-knowledge cycle associated with these technologies causes this to occur. Managing “shared” data across the organization allows up-to-date, real time information to transform the decision-making model within the organization. Business Process Change (What not to do and stop doing it) – You can’t make this change without brutally evaluating the facts (data) about how your business runs. It takes discipline to understand exactly what actions are taking place (how) in your business by whom, when, and where. Most certifications (ISO 9000, 9001, etc.) document why and what actions take place in your business by whom, when, and where. You must have auditable data to achieve certification. So, having the facts (data) that document what is happening provide you the insight to assess “what not to do and to stop doing it” in your business processes. Focus on Continuous Improvement -- Collect good facts (data) to drive good business decisions. Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s principles support the global success of Toyota, Proctor & Gamble, Ritz Carlton, Harley-Davidson, and many other leading organizations. A central tenet of Dr. Deming’s work is that a company must continuously improve its business processes (work that is done) to produce a “quality” product or service. Data capture, analysis and synthesis of the facts about your business process allow your team to assess and improve their work activities. Collecting facts (data) about the process and analyzing those facts provide insight into ways that help you improve your business’ product or service. Techniques associated with business process modeling, monitoring, and automation (see referenced business processing web sites:, or, ) allow you to gather those facts that provide the foundation for the continuous improvements required to meet your business goals and objectives.

Moving your business from good to great is in part driven by the data–to-information-to-knowledge cycle. Manage your data as an asset of your organization. The defining, capturing, storing, transforming, securing, and grouping of it produces “quality” reliable decision-making information, an asset that every company needs today!

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