Alliance Enterprises, Inc. (Alliance) is pleased to announce that performance management expert, Gary Cokins, has joined the MyObjectives Gamification Advisors Program. The MyObjectives Gamification Advisors Program features accomplished gamification and performance management professionals who collaborate with Alliance Enterprises, and the MyObjectives user community, to advance the concepts of Management by Gaming. Alliance’s CEO, Chris M. Pieper, commented that, “Our growing community of organizations participating in the MyObjectives beta program is thrilled to have Gary on-board as an advisor and coach.”
In a career spanning over 40 years, Gary has held senior positions at FMC Corporation, Deloitte, KPMG, EDS, BetterManagment.com and SAS. Regarding his career, Gary noted, “I was fortunate to have been involved with Harvard Business School Professor Robert S. Kaplan and Dr. David Norton in the 1980s with the inception of balanced scorecards, dashboards, key performance indicators and activity-based cost management for cost and profitability analysis.”
Pieper also commented, “Having an international expert in enterprise performance management on the team will ensure that we leverage the experience and wisdom of the past while introducing exciting new gaming mechanics into current best practices.”
Reflecting on the surging interest in business gamification, Cokins noted, “There are many flavors on leadership and hundreds of books about the topic. My flavor has been thought leadership of managerial methods for organizational improvement and transformation. The gamification of management will profoundly change leadership from an art to a science. Neuroscience and brain chemicals will merge with management best practices to compel employee teams to engage and become active participants in the game of management. I’m very optimistic about the future and excited to join fellow experts in performance management and gamification, as we help blaze new trails and usher in the era of Management by Gaming.”
Gary has a rich and unique history in software, sports and game mechanics, having written a baseball game simulation, with his Cornell fraternity brother Pete Watzka, which is recognized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the oldest computer baseball game on record.
About MyObjectives – The MyObjectives scorecarding and goals management software has been used internally at Alliance for more than seven years and is currently open to qualifying organizations to participate in an open pre-release beta program. During the open beta program, qualifying organizations enjoy free use of the MyObjectives software, receive free Management by Gaming training and consultation and will have the opportunity to influence the final feature set prior to general availability, currently scheduled for the summer of 2015.
Organizations interested in learning more about Management by Gaming, or in registering for the MyObjectives open beta program, can find details at www.MyObjectives.com.
About Alliance Enterprises – Founded in 1981, Alliance has a rich history of providing business leaders and innovators with market leading enterprise case management and performance management software solutions. Alliance’s Aware Case Management solution currently serves over 10,000 users nationwide, while the company’s new Summit line of performance management solutions is breaking new ground by integrating proven management best practices with modern-day business gamification mechanics.
About Gary Cokins – Gary Cokins is the founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC, an advisory firm located in Cary, North Carolina. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker and author of 13 books covering enterprise performance management, business intelligence, management best practices and data analytics. Gary received a BS degree with honors (Tau Beta Pi; Alpha Pi Mu) in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Cornell University in 1971. He received his MBA with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1974.