APMP Professional Certification Program – Association of Proposal Management Professionals #proposal


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Become APMP Certified

APMP offers the world’s first, best and only industry-recognized certification program for professionals working in a bid and proposal environment. APMP certification is the global standard for developing and demonstrating proposal management competency. Achieving APMP certification:

  • Demonstrates a personal commitment to a career and profession.
  • Improves business development capabilities.
  • Creates a focus on best team practices.
  • Gains the respect and credibility of peers, clients and organizational leaders and, in some cases, additional compensation.
  • Reinforces bid/proposal management as an important role within an organization and not as an ad hoc function that anyone can perform.

Your APMP Certification Plan

See which level of APMP Certification you can achieve, based on your industry experience. Each level builds on the prior level, and everyone must start at Foundation before advancing to Practitioner and Professional.

You Should Have

Proposal professionals with 1 to 3 years’ experience

Demonstrates an extensive knowledge and understanding of best practices.

Proposal professionals with 3 to 7 years’ experience

Pract itioner Certification

Demonstrates a mastery of how to apply best practices and lead others in their use.

Proposal professionals with 7 or more year s’ experience

Demonstrates significant contributions to an organization and/or the profession, as well as proven leadership and communications skills.

APMP Certification Levels, Exam Types and Costs

Each level is assessed in a different way, requires a minimum level of experience, and uses a process of examination and competency-based assessment, which is consistent and measured against worldwide best practice standards 1, 2 .

Type of Assessment

* As of June 2016

Register for APMP Certification

Click here to register and pay for the APMP-Foundation™ Level Examination.
Click here to register and pay for the APMP-Practitioner™ Level Assessment.
Click here to register and pay for the APMP-Professional™ Level Assessment.

1 The 2002 APMP Benchmark Study and the Business Development–Capability Maturity Model (BD-CMM) are the basis for the international Bid/Proposal Manager competency standards. Capability Maturity Model and CMM are registered trademarks of the Carnegie Melon Software Engineering Institute

2 The APMP Certification program is administered by The APM Group Ltd. for APMP. The APM Group is a leading Accreditation, Certification and Qualification organization recognized internationally by government agencies.

Additional General Certification Information


12/10/2017

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Dashboard Software #dashboards, #excel #dashboards,dashboard #software,dataviz,excel #dashboards #software #excel #dashboard, #access


InfoCaptor Business Intelligence Super easy data discoveryDrag and drop visual analyticsBest Dashboard DesignerCreate Dashboard MockupsD3js based visualizationsFully web basedEnterprise ReadyScalable from department to 1000s of usersSuper AffordableGoogle AnalyticsSalesforceCSV FilesPackaged Data warehouse

InfoCaptor is an extremely competent product, capable of addressing many BI, data visualisation and analytics needs at a very modest price. Deployment can either be in-house or on the web, and in either case the interface is browser based. This is a pragmatic, ‘get-the-job-done’ solution without the surface gloss and high prices charged by other suppliers.
Martin Butler. Butler Analytics

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Projects and user groups for collaborative work. Embed dashboard or individual widgets LIVE on any web page. Integrate executive dashboards straight into your sharepoint portal or your website for live interactions

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Wow, This tool has amazing capabilities!

This tool has amazing capabilities and can analyze from simple spreadsheets to complex data sources with ease and that too in your browser. I can stitch several spreadsheets with ease by just copy pasting the required elements and analyze further.Visualizations are amazing. Great product for non enterprise users too! Parag Khadye – BI Manager at Accenture

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26/09/2017

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Online Marketing System and Internet Marketing Tips #online #marketing #system, #lead


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Create Unlimited Ad Co-ops!
The founder of MyiSystem.com has been putting together company specific lead generation campaigns for years. Now you have the exact tools and knowledge to run your very own co-ops. Create as many different co-ops as you want. Each with it’s own participant list. This is how heavy hitters earn big checks quickly. Are you ready to step up and start organizing these co-ops so you can be a heavy hitter too?

Your Ad Co-op System includes:

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07/09/2017

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Gartner Publishes Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services, Worldwide 2013 #gartner,


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By Allie Philpin

Gartner, Inc. has just released their latest update of their Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services, Worldwide 2013 and the top 10 MPS providers worldwide remain the same, including last year’s new entry, Kyocera!

Gartner defines Managed Print Services (MPS) as a service provided to ‘optimise or manage a company’s document output to meet certain objectives’. Those objects could be cost efficiency, increase productivity, or to lessen the load on IT support. MPS is primarily implemented by corporate companies with over 500 users, although smaller enterprises are discovering the benefits of investing in an MPS solution, particularly those that have several locations worldwide. But for this report, Gartner limited it to providers that are single source across a minimum of two regions.

MPS covers a range of services including scanning, document capture, copy centres, telecommuters, workflow optimisation including restructuring of document workflows, document security, reducing print volumes and automating paper-intensive document processes, enterprise content management services and MFPs (multifunction products).

MPS is one of the fastest growing service markets with the top 10 providers of MPS services massing $8.9 billion in direct revenue, demonstrating a worldwide growth of 10%, with SMEs showing the quickest growth overall. Developing regions, such as Asia/Pacific which shows growth at 19%, are also taking up MPS exponentially. As trends continue towards mobility, cloud computing, handling of large amounts of data and analytics, as well as social media, organisations are required to adapt. As workers become more mobile yet demand better access to applications and the sharing of documents, there is a need for automating imaging and print services towards the paperless office.

Criteria for inclusion in the Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services, Worldwide report is strict and only vendors that meet all the criteria are included. Their evaluation criteria are based on two areas: the Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. Ability to Execute examines the providers’ level of success in delivering results, both currently and in the future, and incorporates the quality and efficacy of their processes, methods, systems or procedures to enable competitive performance that is efficient, effective, and affects revenue in a positive way, retention and reputation.

Gartner identified 10 MPS providers that they considered to be market leaders in the field of Managed Print Services, Worldwide, as follows:

1. The largest MPS provider in 2012 was Xerox, and by quite a margin at $2.75 billion in revenue. Xerox work in partnership with Fuji Xerox to support the Asia/Pacific region; and their Enterprise Print Services (EPS) and Xerox Partner Print Services plans are the most popular.
2. Second largest in 2012 is Ricoh, bringing in $2.09 billion in revenue, utilising their wide range of A3 MFPs. In 2009, they launched their Managed Document Services and a single service plan that offers a range of options and variations that can be adapted to meet a customer’s requirements.
3. HP was the third largest in 2012 with revenue of $1.52 billion, but with more customers than other MPS providers. Again, their offering is single source but it is adaptable with additions that can be tailored to a company’s needs. HP also works with Canon and other partners to ensure that what they offer is what the customer requires.
4. Fourth largest was Lexmark who brought in revenue in 2012 of $958 million, and who specialise in organisations that carry out a large amount of process-driven printing, for example, the banking, retail and securities, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing and the public sector.
5. HP partners, Canon, are the fifth largest MPS provider and enjoyed revenue of $810 million in 2012. Canon’s MPS business is built upon their massive MFP sales and service organisations, and is based around their Managed Document Services (MDS) A3-centric product.
6. Sixth largest is Konica Minolta, totalling $391 in MPS revenue in 2012 worldwide and also registers one of the highest growth rates at 48%, principally in Western Europe and North America. Konica Minolta’s Optimised Print Services (OPS) offering has been particularly successful within Europe.
7. Toshiba came in seventh posting MPS revenue of $163 million. Their Toshiba Encompass incorporates MPS and they are also a big supplier of A3-style MFPs, which are often placed in MPS programs.
8. Pitney Bowes is the eighth largest MPS provider and registered MPS revenue of $154 million (according to Gartner’s estimate). Having sold off their UK and Ireland operations, their business is mainly concentrated in North America.
9. Ninth in the list is ARC Document Solutions, with revenue of $72 million. ARC, a large MPS provider, is not an equipment manufacturer and it isn’t closely linked with a single manufacturer.
10. Last in the top 10 of MPS providers is Kyocera. Having improved and up-scaled their MPS program – Managed Document Services (MDS) – recently, it first qualified for inclusion in the Magic Quadrant report last year and whilst their biggest market is North America, their MPS program is more widely known in Western Europe.

If you’re a medium to large organisation looking to evaluate and identify suitable MPS providers, then Gartner’s report is a good starting point; but remember, just because Managed Print Services is the buzzword (or buzzwords!) doesn’t mean that it is right for your organisation. So assess and evaluate based upon your specific needs as a business.

To read the full report, download here .


28/08/2017

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Lessons Learned – guidance from Knoco Ltd #lessons #learned, #lesson #learned,


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Knowledge Management Reference

Lesson Learning

The lessons learned process is a key part of KM – where new knowledge and new learnings are identified through activity and review, and incorporated into future work practices. It seems a simple concept, yet many of our clients are unhappy with their Lessons Learned process. Maybe they have a lessons database, but no lessons are coming in. Or they have a lessons database, and it s full of rubbish. Or they have a lessons database full of good quality lessons, and yet nothing ever seems to change, and the same mistakes are made over and over in the business. So why does Lessons Learned seem so difficult to get right?

The answer, it seems, is linked to another of our observations – organisations in which KM sticks and consistently delivers business value tend to be characterised by the ability to execute with discipline and rigour.

We are beginning to come to the view that a lesson is not an end in itself. A lesson is a temporary step along the way to a process, or to a process improvement. Therefore a lessons database needs to be replaced by a Lessons Management System – something that forms a temporary home in a workflow, rather than a permanent repository.

Think about a lesson coming out of a Retrospect. What have you learned? Generally you have either learned how to do something for the first time, or you have learned a better way to do something (or of course, if the project was a disaster, you have learned a new way NOT to do something). So the lesson points to one of two actions

  • 1. Document the way of doing something – ie write a process or procedure, or
  • 2. Document the better way of doing something, i.e. write a process or procedure improvement, which can then be evaluated and implemented.

This second point – process improvement – is implicit in the third question of the After Action Review – why was there a difference between what we expected, and what actually happened . The team followed the process, there was a difference from expectations, and therefore changes need to be made to the process. If there are no differences, then the process works perfectly, and we need to make no changes. You can generalise this by concluding that Learning has to lead to change . If there is no change, there has been no learning. A lessons learned system needs to feed through into process change, as shown in the figure below. If this cycle is going to work, then we need, as part of our Knowledge Management Framework. the following things.

  • – Activity review needs to identify not just lessons, but actions (and the actions have to be executed – see point 5). We see this in the learning system at BP Alaska, where each lesson is accompanied by an action, and by the identification of the document (manual, procedure, guidelines) which needs to be updated. There also needs to be quality control of this step.
  • – The lessons management system drives an automated workflow, so that new learnings and process improvement suggestions and actions are forwarded to the relevant process owner. The process owner can also validate the lessons, and make sure they are real learnings, not one person s opinion.
  • – There needs to be ownership for each key process, and these process owners need to be held accountable for reviewing all lessons and updating the processes that they own. This is built into the system used by the UK Ministry of Defence Procurement, and process owners who don t update their process are given a nudge by a high ranking officer. This ensures follow-through on learning.
  • – Once the process or procedure is updated, the lesson can be removed from the Lessons Management System and archived as part of the paper trail that tracks why changes were made. The active lessons database then only contains pending lessons, which aren t yet incorporated into practices and guidelines, while closed lessons are archived.
  • Lessons Management System, to ensure that the process improvement suggestions that arise from lessons are reviewed, and are closed out.

People seeking knowledge now need to look in only two places for knowledge – the corporate guidelines, procedures and best practices, and the pending lessons. There s no need to wade through hundreds of past lessons, because all the good ideas are already incorporated into the guidelines. Excellence in following through to turn lessons into actionable process improvement is therefore a defining characteristic of learning organisations, and in these organisations we seldom if ever hear the claim Lessons Learned doesn t work .


16/08/2017

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Scanning Software – for imaging, document management OCR and form processing


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Automate data entry from hand-filled applications, surveys, forms and other paper documents. Integration with mobile and online forms available.

Automate data entry from any type of machine print document. Entry level solutions require the data to be in the same place on each page. Advanced data capture solutions are able to locate common data elements on each page automatically.

Automate data entry from accounts payable invoices using pre-configured templates designed to capture key invoice data like vendor, invoice number, amount, addresses and even line item data. Invoice Capture Case Study

These systems take unsorted documents and automatically identify them using intelligent layout recognition and/or keyword analysis. Once identified, they can be sent to the appropriate recipients or workflow.

Systems to securely store and manage electronic documents. Document management software gives you the tools to find and view documents, share them online, ensure regulatory compliance and improve document workflow.

Desktop OCR Software
Convert scanned images to editable text in MS Word, Excel, HTML or searchable PDF files.

For high-volume, server-based OCR that anyone in the company can use.

Service Bureau OCR

Service bureaus and corporate scanning departments can integrate OCR into a multi-user scanning process.

Improve legibility & OCR accuracy with image processing software, which will automatically adjust the brightness and contrast to create the cleanest, smallest black & white images possible.

Affordable alternatives to Adobe Acrobat for scanning or converting documents to PDF.

Keep your software and support contracts up-to-date here.

Find optional components and features for your document imaging software.


21/07/2017

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