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FREE WEBINAR - Planing Your Data-Driven Success Using a Capability Lens

  • By: pcadmin on 12 Jun 2017

Companies continue to increase their dependency on data and analytics for safely managing infrastructure, providing customer service, pursuing new growth opportunities, generating shareholder value, and maintaining regulatory compliance. New advances in data storage platforms, novel data sources, analytic algorithms, visualization techniques and open source software are causing challenges for companies to understand how everything fits together to create meaningful business results.

A capability-based reference model can help organizations understand how to harness new and evolving analytic concepts in a manner that helps them enhance their business performance and achieve desired results. This webinar introduces a capability framework that describes the building blocks needed to successfully execute a data-driven strategy that aligns new analytic opportunities with key areas of business impact.

Join Procept associate Mark Peco on June 29, 2017 at Noon Eastern time for this 1-hour free webinar as he helps participants to:

  • Identify and categorize areas of business impact used for defining success
  • Describe business, analytic, data and organizational capabilities
  • Understand how these capability areas are related and why understanding their dependencies is important
  • Understand how capability maps are useful for developing a program plan

 

Procept Announces the Hans Aggarwal Memorial Scholarship

  • By: pcadmin on 05 Jun 2017

In honour of the life and contributions of past Procept Associate Hans Aggarwal, Procept announces today the launch of the Hans Aggarwal Memorial Scholarship. This $500 cash award will be issued annually to a Canadian resident who has completed a business analysis certificate program.

For further eligibility details and the full application process, please visit the scholarship's web page.

Congratulations to Prize Winner Nicole Lerat

  • By: pcadmin on 02 Jun 2017

Earlier this week, Procept attended the 2017 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) conference in Ottawa. This year's conference was successful with attendees from across Canada. Procept had a booth at the event, representing our consulting and training offerings to the attendees. Many thanks to our own Enrico Asta, Western Region Sales Lead, for manning the booth and answering lots of questions about our organizations and its offerings.

Nicole Lerat Attendees of the event were able to enter into a draw to win an Amazon Kindle, sponsored by Procept. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the draw is Nicole Lerat, Chief Administrative Officer for Rosthern, Saskatchewan who received the prize at the event. We thank everyone who entered the draw and wish them the best of luck next time.

New Video: Why All the Fuss About Agile?

  • By: pcadmin on 06 May 2017

Join Procept's Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, as he explains why agile approaches are needed, what are the benefits and risks of taking an agile approach, and how to tell if agile may be the right approach for your own project.

This is the latest in a series of short instructional videos released by Procept to showcase our instructors and to give back to the agile community. Subscribe to the Procept YouTube channel to get notified of new videos as they are released.

FREE Webinar: Why all the Fuss about Agile?

  • By: pcadmin on 21 Apr 2017

Kevin AguannoJoin Senior Procept Associate Kevin Aguanno in a free webinar on April 28, 2017 at noon Eastern (Toronto) time, as he explains why agile delivery methods have grown in popularity so quickly, what are the benefits and risk of using them, and how do you know when agile techniques are appropriate for your project.

New Video: Mindfulness - A Key Factor in Leadership Development

  • By: pcadmin on 06 Apr 2017

New associate Prem Selver delivers an interesting look at the role of mindfulness meditation in helping manage stress, remove distractions and provide focus. He discusses this interesting leadership development tool in a new 1-hour video made available for free by Procept Associates Ltd.

This is the latest in a series of short instructional videos released by Procept to highlight the teaching skills of its instructors and to drive interest in Procept's offerings. Subscribe to the Procept YouTube channel to get notified of new videos as they are released.

FREE Webinar - Mindfulness: A Key Factor in Leadership Development

  • By: pcadmin on 17 Mar 2017

Join Procept Associate Prem Selver in a free webinar on April 6, 2017 at noon Eastern (Toronto) time, as he explains the role that mindfulness can play in developing leadership skills. Prem has combined his work experience, his personal use of meditation to achieve focus and awareness, and extensive research in preparing his MBA thesis to uncover how simple meditation techniques can be used to improve our leadership skills in the workplace.

 

Procept Trainer Hans Aggarwal Passes Away

  • By: pcadmin on 03 Mar 2017

Hans AggarwalIt is with very sad hearts we announce that one of our long-time BA instructors, Hans Aggarwal, passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. There is an obituary listing in the Ottawa Citizen. Hans was a very special person, always bringing her uplifting spirit to every conversation. She was an engaging instructor and always was well-loved by her students. She will be truly missed by many.

As one of her final wishes, Hans asked that those who felt touched by her spend time with someone with a mental illness. She felt that they are an under-served population in our society.

Procept will be announcing shortly something else we will do to honour her memory.

Rico Asta Hired as Account Manager

  • By: pcadmin on 15 Feb 2017

Rico AstaThe management team of Procept Associates Ltd. is pleased to announce the hiring of a new salesperson to join our team. Rico Asta, formerly Director of Business Development for 2080 Strategy Execution (a.k.a. ESI International) has now come on board to handle sales to new accounts west of Ontario, plus Quebec and the USA. Accounts in the far North, plus existing corporate and partner accounts will still be handled by their existing salesperson. Rico brings long experience in working with clients to provide training and consulting solutions, particularly in Procept's core areas of project management, business analysis, IT service management, and general management.

"We are excited to have him aboard," says Carlo Barrettara, Procept's president. "His experience and client relationships will help us reach new accounts, expanding the number of organizations that see Procept as their go to partner for training and consulting services. Personally, I am thrilled to have him on our team."

Procept Expands to Sudbury, ON with Laurentian University Partnership

  • By: pcadmin on 01 Feb 2017

"Good things come in threes," people say, and Procept is pleased to announce its third expansion to its university partnerships in the past month. The result of an almost year-long effort, Procept has signed an agreement with Laurentian University to provide its project management courses to the Sudbury, Ontario marketplace.

"For years, Procept has been serving corporate and government clients in Sudbury with private in-house courses. Now we can expand our offerings to the public through our partnership with Laurentian," says Carlo Barrettara, Procept's president. "Sudbury has been under serviced in the availability of public courses. With the new project management course offerings from Laurentian, the Sudbury market finally has access to high-quality, public courses."

The first scheduled courses under the new partnership include an introductory-level and an advanced-level project management course.

Procept's flagship Project Management Essentials course has been offered since the 1990s, with regular updates throughout the years. The base course is highly interactive, based upon case studies taken from real-world projects. Versions are also available tailored for construction, mechanical and electrical contractors, land surveyors, and for planning fundraising, festivals and events. For this first offering through Laurentian, Procept will offer its course in a hybrid of both online and classroom delivery. To help those who have trouble taking three consecutive days off work to attend training, and to reduce travel costs for those coming from afar, the first day of the course will be offered as a self-directed online module that students will complete before the two-day classroom portion of the course begins on March 27 and 28, 2017. This innovative hybrid delivery approach ensures that both experienced and inexperienced students can achieve a minimum knowledge level prior to the classroom courses, ensuring that they get the maximum benefit from their classroom interactions. The Laurentian-Procept partnership expects to offer more hybrid courses in the near future.

Among a series of advanced course offerings, the Project Closeout Best Practices course covers the processes needed to prepare for project closeout, as well as the practices needed to close a project including administrative, legal and financial closure. Special emphasis is put on post-closeout items such as document retention and dealing with ongoing legal matters such as claims and other disputes. The course uses case study examples of multiple project types including construction, information technology, marketing, and business process change initiatives. The variety of project types used helps to make the material relevant for all attendees. The first offering of this course is scheduled for March 29, 2017.

Other basic and advanced-level courses are planned for the new school year starting later in 2017.

Laurentian will host the courses at its new Goodman School of Mines facility in Sudbury. The new facility offers state-of-the-art learning technologies in the classrooms and a relaxing environment offering spaces for student collaboration. The school is providing discounts for Laurentian alumni and staff, as well as local PMI chapter members,

Barrettara concludes: "We are thrilled to welcome Laurentian University to our network of university partners. I am sure that this will be a long and fruitful relationship, bringing Procept's innovative courses and award-winning instructors to the Sudbury public."

 

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