Every so often when I’m at tee-ball game or a recital for one of my kids, a fellow parent asks me what I do for living. When this happens I take a deep breath. This seldom turns out right. My response regresses into a string of acronyms and tech jargon. After rambling for about a minute, the person usually stares back at me with eyes glazed over and mutters something like, “Uh, that’s neat.”
In this age of social media and sound bites, people want a headline.
So, what do I do for a living?
If I had only one-hundred and forty characters to get my message out, a la Twitter, it would go something like this:
I help companies set up systems to monitor and report on how the company is performing so people can more effectively run the business.
The key objective: Turn insights into action.
Yeah, I could talk about key metrics, business intelligence, profitable execution… blah, blah, blah. But really, it’s rather simple. I work with organizations to engineer systems and processes to collect, report, and analyze information so that the company can find ways to be more profitable. EPM asks three fundamental questions:
- Where are we as an organization?
- How did we get what we got?
- What’s next?
That’s Enterprise Performance Management. EPM.
Want to know more? Contact me.