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An Introduction to Process Automation

June 5, 2017

An Introduction to Process Automation An earlier blog questioned why the structure of the traditional management system has changed little in the past 30 years, if at all. However, the recent revisions to the ISO standards for quality and the environment have forced a re-think on document repositories and how these are presented to users;…

Integrating Business Process Management (BPM) with Business Management Systems (BMS)

April 19, 2017

Integrating Business Process Management (BPM) with Business Management Systems The structure of the standard management system has changed little in the past 30 years. However recent revisions to the ISO standards for quality and the environment have forced a re-think on the structure of the document repository, leading to a paradigm shift in thinking towards…

What is Continuous Process Improvement?

March 18, 2017

Many managers who find themselves in positions that require an understanding of the phrase “Continuous Process Improvement” shrink at the thought of becoming involved in a world inhabited by a “brain the size of a planet” scientist type analyst whose very tool-set is disturbingly strange. Rest easy if a small lightbulb was switched on there;…

The Process Based Management System is the Future of Compliance and Efficiency

February 22, 2017

From Legacy Management Systems to Process Based Management System The structure of the traditional business management system invariably consists of many text-based procedures . . . so many, in fact, that it’s not unknown for the workforce to ignore them wherever possible! Part of this reluctance to use them is perhaps a function of their…

The Swim Lane Diagram for Process Improvement: Key Benefits

February 13, 2017

You have business processes in place. You know they exist, else you would get little done. But you want to get a higher level understanding of your processes. You may wonder if your process are as smooth as they can be, as efficient as they can be and if they are helping or hindering overall…

Three Essentials for the modern Quality, QHSE, ISO or Process Improvement Professional

November 14, 2016

With experience of creating Process-based Management Systems with organisations such as Siemens, Babcock International, Interserve, Centrica and Total to name a few, I have realised that there are three key fundamental facts that should be considered by all Quality, QHSE, ISO Compliance or Process Improvement Professionals who are embarking on this journey. Recognise this…? Are…

Managing Resistance to Change: Delivering an Integrated Management System to your Workforce

September 16, 2016

As the ISO standards for QHSE will eventually be structured in a similar way (Annex SL) and are to be process-based,  this is an excellent opportunity for organisations to simplify the complexity of managing  multiple standards by creating a process based integrated management system. While this idea is practical, realistic and cost effective, it involves…

Agility Workflow – April 2016

April 6, 2016

We are pleased to announce our partnership with ExcelPoint who specialise in automated workflow and have clients in industries such as Healthcare, Water Treatment and Utilities. We are currently integrating their BPM engine into the Agility System and have been hugely impressed by the increase in functionality available. Agility Automated Workflow Termed the Agility Workflow,…

Management Systems: Forget Back to the Future, it’s Back to the Past!

October 26, 2015

It was 30 years ago last week (21st October 1985 to be exact) that in the movie Back to the Future, Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travelled forward in time to the 21st October 2015 to prevent Marty McFly’s future son from being imprisoned. If you accompanied Doc in his DeLorean car as it journeyed…

Agility Systems – Integrated QHSE Management Systems and Standards

September 16, 2015

Integrated QHSE Management Systems and Standards Most companies nowadays have some sort of Management System; the most common of which will probably be a Quality Management System to meet the requirements of ISO 9001. You may also have a Health and Safety System to ensure compliance with legislation and OHSAS 18001 in addition to an…

Staff Cutbacks Can Impact Your Business Processes & Increase Your Risks

September 2, 2015

We have all read about the ongoing cutbacks over the past months; with the most notable cutback being staffing levels.  These volatile situations put pressure on organisations and their management to perform more profitably. Many organisations have cut back on contractors and staff levels by up to 10% or even more.  The biggest impact of this…

Agility – The Engine at the Heart of Operational Excellence

August 27, 2015

Definition of Operational Excellence Operational Excellence is defined as the effective management of operations, process safety, personal health & safety, asset integrity, plant reliability and costs in a manner commensurate with achieving and maintaining world-class performance on a sustainable basis. Key Elements in the Drive for Operational Excellence The framework for achieving Operational Excellence is…

Integrated Management Can Simplify The Complex

August 27, 2015

The volumes of procedures produced for QHSE, together with other disciplines, (Production, Operations, Asset Management, Finance, Supply Chain, etc) has grown exponentially over recent years as compliance requirements increase. To combat the overload of text-based documents, we designed a process-driven software system that simplifies the complexity of traditional procedures to meet the requirements of ISO…

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ISO 14001: 2015 – The Changes and How They Affect You

August 27, 2015

I am quite sure that you have heard that ISO 14001 has an updated version, available now.  So after 11 years (yes it’s been that long!) of getting used to the present requirements it’s all change again. As I said in a previous blog most of us don’t like change so I am sure many…

ISO 9001: 2015 – Don’t panic it’s not as bad as you thought!

August 27, 2015

I am quite sure that you have heard that ISO 9001 has an updated version, available now.  So after 7 years of getting used to the present requirements it’s all change again. Most of us don’t like change so I am sure many people will be asking lots of questions starting with when, what and…

Big ISO Standards for Big Organisations: change on the horizon

August 17, 2015

I know this might sounds like an oxymoron, but the world of ISO standards for QHSE is about to get interesting. You may ask: really? For most of my working life I’ve witnessed the mental shutters come down at the mere mention of words like ISO, quality and safety (though recently less so for the environment, as we’re…

ISO 45001: 2016 – The Changes and How They Affect You

August 17, 2015

I am quite sure that you have heard that OHSAS 18001 is changing into ISO 45001 in late 2016. So far there has been an initial draft copy issued. I thought I would use this blog to discuss some of the planned changes. Since its initial release in 2000, there has only been one update…

ISO Changes: 9001, 14001 and 45001 – What You Need to Know

August 17, 2015

​I know this might sound like an oxymoron, but the world of ISO standards for QHSE is about to get interesting. You may ask: really?  For most of my working life I’ve witnessed the mental shutters come down at the mere mention of words like ISO change, quality and safety (though recently less so for the environment, as we’re…

ISO 9001: 2015 Updates Session

June 17, 2015

If you work in Quality Assurance or Business Management Improvement you are probably aware of the ISO 9001: 2015 revision, released in September 2015. A number of experts have stated that this is the biggest change in ISO 9001 standard in the last 20 years. There are many questions that people have but the common ones…

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ISO 14001: 2015 Updates Session

June 17, 2015

​If you work in Environmental Management of Business Management you are probably aware of the ISO 14001: 2015 revision, available now.  A number of experts have stated that this is the biggest change in ISO 14001 standard since its introduction. There are many questions that people have but the common ones would be: Do we know…

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Maximising organisational efficiency

February 5, 2015

Most industries have incurred a catalyst to change and refine their business models.  Now is the period of change that the Oil and Gas majors and service companies are being forced into, starting the process of lowering their operational cost model by reducing headcount, re-negotiating supply chain rates and postponing projects that are now not…