In prior columns, we reviewed the basics of Six Sigma – including its definition, methodologies and "martial arts" roles. Now we'll shift gears slightly to examine corporate performance management (CPM).

CPM, not merely the next industry buzzword, is garnering a reputation and respect for finally linking business strategy with targeted metrics, powerful analytics and flexible reporting options to actually deliver improved business results. Rising interest in CPM is also generating increased demand for dashboard development. This month and next, we'll provide an introduction to CPM, including a basic definition, key components and benefits, and look at how CPM and the digital dashboard connect.

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