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What’s Next for HR Shared Services?

June 13, 2022

For more than 10 years, ScottMadden and APQC have gathered benchmarks and trends specific to HR Shared Services through a custom benchmarking study focused exclusively on the shared services delivery model.

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Protected: Build Your Own Texas: What Does it Really Take to Replace Natural Gas?

June 6, 2022

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Three Key Considerations for HCM Technology Implementation

May 19, 2022

As leaders in Human Capital Management (HCM), we help clients with every part of the HCM technology journey. We partner with organizations that are exploring the implementation of an HCM technology solution and with those who are redesigning processes and operations years after implementing a new system. Through our engagements, we hear variations of the following three themes:

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Design Thinking: A Focus on User Experience (UX)

May 9, 2022

The Customer Experience: Setting up the Problem

In the past two decades, technology disruptions have dramatically shifted customer expectations in the marketplace. Thanks to interactions with best-in-class customer-centric products, services, and applications, consumers are more empowered than ever before—they expect a cohesive and positive experience through every point of engagement. However, oftentimes companies develop their processes with service delivery in mind rather than the user experience (UX). Whether services are being delivered to vendors, internal clientele, or external customers, a poor user experience exposes the need for a UX process redesign to remove complex and cumbersome experiences for the customer.

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Coal’s Accelerated Burn: Drivers for Coal Plant Closures

April 1, 2022


A second wave of coal plant closures is projected across the United States in the next five to ten years. The first wave began in the early 2000s and was driven solely by economic considerations. The coming second wave will be driven by similar economic considerations but will be buoyed by socio-political factors. Net-zero, renewable portfolio standards, and other clean energy emission goals and mandates, coupled with a new emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives, will accelerate the timing of coal plant retirements. ScottMadden projects the end of coal as an electric generation source in the United States sometime within this century.

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How to Diagnose and Fix Problems with Your Procure-to-Pay Model

February 10, 2022

Procure-to-pay (P2P) is a value chain with many moving parts that span procurement as well as finance—which means that there are plenty of challenges that can occur as the process is executed. Oftentimes, challenges related to P2P come from a lack of clarity about roles and responsibilities for parts of the process, confusion from customers who feel the process is too complex, or an inability to focus on strategic and value-added work in the midst of daily transaction processing.

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Governing Procure-to-Pay As An End-to-End Process

February 10, 2022

End-to-end processes like procure-to-pay (P2P) transcend business silos and functional boundaries. To coordinate the work of separate functions across the entire value chain, leading organizations centralize governance of the end-to-end process in a single process owner. This governance structure helps ensure that activities like measurement, process standardization, and process improvements all work in service of the larger end-to-end process.

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How To Design and Implement A New Procurement Model

February 10, 2022

Designing and implementing a new service delivery model for procurement is no small feat. This form of procurement transformation requires sophisticated project management, substantive changes to policies and processes, new designs for organizational structure, robust change management, enabling technologies, and more. Coordinating all of these activities can quickly become messy and overwhelming if it is not carefully planned and orchestrated.

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Driving Effective Transformation in Procurement

February 10, 2022

Beginning in the mid- to late-2000s, many procurement organizations evolved from a largely decentralized model to one that is more centralized and focused on strategic procurement activities. As a result, organizations today are looking for improvements through new areas of focus like automation, strategic sourcing, and category management. However, challenges including unclear roles, ineffective uses of technology, and poor customer service continue to plague procurement and the procure-to-pay (P2P) process in many organizations.

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Build Your Own Texas: Where (and When) the Wind Blows and the Sun Shines

January 18, 2022

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It has now been a year since discussions of the Texas Electricity Grid grabbed headlines as Winter Storm Uri bore down on Texas. In our debut episode, we introduced the interactive Texas Generation Model, which allows users to choose the generation mix for the state of Texas and determines how
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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

December 15, 2021

On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA was passed. This act allows funds to be authorized to highways, highway safety programs, as well as other transit programs. Along with these areas of focus are ones that are a big interest in energy and utilities including grid resilience and smart grid capabilities, cybersecurity, energy storage, and more.

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Embedding NERC Compliance into Operations

December 8, 2021

Utilities need an organized, dynamic system for conducting NERC compliance activities to ensure that they meet evolving requirements. An organized and strategic compliance program can ensure that self-reports are made in a timely manner, corporate-wide processes supporting compliance activities are in place and are effective, standards development activities are coordinated, and compliance work and expertise are not duplicated throughout the organization.

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