What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

Written by Richard Adams on Monday, 14 November 2016. Posted in General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been adopted and will become law in May 2018. It will replace all data protection legislation in European Union (EU) member states such as the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) in the UK.

The GDPR includes new and improved privacy rights for individuals within the EU, such as “the right to be forgotten”. The new obligations relate to the collection, use and transfer of consumers’ personal data.

According to the European Commission, "personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address."

The regulation applies if the data controller or processor (organisation) or the data subject (person) is based in the EU. It also applies to organisations based outside the European Union if they process personal data of EU residents.

Meeting the Government Digital Service (GDS) supplier standard

Meeting the Government Digital Service (GDS) supplier standard

Written by Alan Ingram on Wednesday, 07 September 2016. Posted in Company news, Government Digital Service (GDS)

Recently, the Government Digital Service (GDS) announced the ‘supplier standard for digital and technology service providers’.

The standard - drafted by the GDS and announced at the industry trade body techUK - sets the standard on the best way for government organisations to design, build and buy technology.

The supplier standard has six principles which will govern supplier contracts in the future:

  1. User needs first
  2. Data is a public asset
  3. Services built on open standards and reusable components
  4. Simple, clear, fast transactions
  5. Ongoing engagement
  6. Transparent contracting

Announcing the guidelines at the techUK conference, Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer said: “The new supplier standard is just a starting point. We want suppliers, both current and potential, to take note of the key principles and use them to help in the bidding process for government IT and tech projects.”

In the same speech, Mr Gummer also reiterated the Government’s desire for 33% of digital and technology contracts to be awarded to SME’s by 2020.

At ePC, we have always believed the six principals proposed should form the basis of our client partnerships.

BP Logix Process Director selected as KMWorld 2016 Trend-Setting product

BP Logix Process Director selected as KMWorld 2016 Trend-Setting product

Written by Alan Ingram on Wednesday, 31 August 2016. Posted in Business Process Management, Process Director

ePC is pleased to announce Process Director workflow software by our partner BP Logix has been named one of KMWorld's Trend-Setting Products for 2016.

Available on-premise or in the Cloud, Process Director was selected from more than 600 products and hundreds of vendors.

The list of winners, now in its 14th year, will be published in the September issue of KMWorld, a leading publisher and conference organiser in the fields of knowledge management, content management and document management.

We are thrilled to see Process Director highlighted as a trend setting product. It reaffirms our choice of partner and offers well-deserved recognition of their unique product offering, exceptional flexibility and dynamic approach to implementing new technologies and functionality

Alan Ingram, Technical Director, ePC

Process Director is the workflow software behind systems for FTSE listed companies including Rentokil Initial and Millennium Hotels.

Process Director recognised in the Gartner 'Magic Quadrant for iBPMS' for 2016

Process Director recognised in the Gartner 'Magic Quadrant for iBPMS' for 2016

Written by Alan Ingram on Thursday, 18 August 2016. Posted in Process Director, BP Logix, Gartner Magic Quadrant for iBPMS

Process Director by BP Logix has been named in the Gartner 'Magic Quadrant for Intelligent Business Process Management Suites (iBPMS)' for the second year in a row.

According to Gartner, there are a couple of significant changes in the 2016 Magic Quadrant iBPMS category when compared to 2015.

First, there is an increasing focus on using an iBPMS to address more complex work styles that may be less structured or unstructured and require interaction with a wide variety of structured and unstructured content types. iBPMSs have evolved a varying degree of case management solutions — enabling organisations to improve outcomes from a wider variety of process styles. Second, in order to adapt to changing business needs more quickly, there is an even greater focus on making the technologies easier to use so that the citizen developer (business users and business analysts rather than software developers) can author solutions with minimal involvement from IT.

Being recognised by Gartner and added to the Magic Quadrant in 2015 was a great achievement for BP Logix and Process Director. Moving further up and to the right of the quadrant for the second year endorses the progress BP Logix have made with the product and how it continues to fulfil more and more current business requirements

Alan Ingram, Technical Director, ePC
10 reasons why efficient workflow is a critical tool for your business

10 reasons why efficient workflow is a critical tool for your business

Written by Alan Ingram on Tuesday, 09 August 2016. Posted in Business Process Management, Workflow automation

During the course of our partnership with customers, there is usually a point that constitutes the “aha” moment. It is at that time they realise the importance and value of planning and mapping out an optimised workflow.

While few dispute the need for workflow, it usually requires seeing the workflow planned out before people spot and tackle what are minor discussion points at the planning stage, but would be business show-stoppers during production.

Developing your workflow has challenges; it’s like planning the world’s largest reception and taking into consideration every plate, glass, napkin, hors d’oeuvres, beverage and the thousands of other details that must be coordinated beforehand. Planning the reception mandates viewing the event holistically yet acting with singular precision.

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