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The Next R(E)volution of Lean
By seeing a business as a

lean initiative and lean program  how people start a Lean initiative is critical to the success of the first Lean project. If the first project isn't successful, there is a good chance that there won't even be a second effort, and the first project won't be successful if there is no measurable impact to the bottom line or to strategic objectives. Unfortunately, most Lean efforts begin with a tactical approach, rather than a strategic one. This is a key factor in the high percentage of failed Lean programs. Ironically, a tactical approach Read More
Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems
Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming...
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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide
While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers

lean initiative and lean program  But the truth is, lean is only a small part of the green initiative (see figure 1). How is green really measured? Is there one process, tool, or system that can do this, or is it a combination of the above? Before we can assess this, we need to know what to measure. Remember, what gets measured gets managed. Green Metrics: The Lean Assessment Tool As a manufacturer, being green is no easy feat. The reason: the concept of green is not so black and white in fact it's very gray. We know that lean is all Read More
Advanced Front Office Lean with Business Modeler Software
When part of an enterprise software environment, business modeler software can reduce training costs, prevent errors, and minimize non-value added work. And if

lean initiative and lean program  platform from which further lean initiatives can be launched. When an initiative comes down from senior management to reduce cost, for instance, the existing business model can be evaluated to determine where cost is coming from and how processes need to be revised to meet cost-cutting goals. Business modeler software also enhances your lean improvement efforts by allowing you to benchmark your lean process improvements. In the software, you will have static as is models as well as dynamic to be Read More
Front-office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor
Lean manufacturing practices are employed to some degree on almost every manufacturing floor, but many companies aren't realizing the real benefits of lean by

lean initiative and lean program  office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor Originally published - June 25, 2007 It would be hard to find a successful manufacturer anywhere in the world that is not using some elements of lean manufacturing to streamline its operation. Some companies have formal lean programs, employing individuals with black belts in Six Sigma (a system of practices for measuring defects and improving quality, and a methodology to reduce defect levels, with Black Belts being the professionals who Read More
Quote-to-order: One Big, Lean Machine Adds High Tech to Its Mix
BigMachines differentiates itself in the quote-to-order (Q2O) sphere due to its solutions’ lean end-to-end, inquiry-to-order focus. Although there are other

lean initiative and lean program  from many directions. The lean front-end (LFE) moniker is meant to indicate that BigMachines is leaner than its old-school competitors, particularly those with much broader enterprise suites, because Its solution is solely focused on managing the full end-to-end inquiry-to-order process (quoting, configuration, and proposals) executed by customers' sales teams and channels, whereas most competitors stop short of truly empowering sales with one generalist solution that tries, suboptimally, to manage all Read More
LeadTime Technology (LTT) and Lean Operations
Production lines and distribution centers have optimum target levels for leanness, but reaching these levels can be difficult. By implementing LeadTime

lean initiative and lean program  Technology (LTT) and Lean Operations Production lines and distribution centers have optimum target levels for leanness, but reaching these levels can be difficult. By implementing LeadTime Technology (LTT), manufacturers benefit from leaner inventories, greater customer service levels, and increased economic profit. Find out what the five most important points on LLT and lean operations are and how applying these tools can work to your advantage. Read More
Why Selecting an ERP System Is Like a 12-Step Recovery Program
So, I was looking over this article, and it suddenly occurred to me that there are uncanny similarities between AA’s 12-step program and the ERP selection

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Integrating Lean Practices and ERP
Many organizations are undertaking some form of lean initiative, but if one were to ask one hundred different people, one would probably different explanations

lean initiative and lean program  Lean Practices and ERP Many organizations are undertaking some form of lean initiative, but if one were to ask one hundred different people, one would probably different explanations from each person. With a variety of methods, techniques, and terms bandied about, many are forced to use the same definition that the late Justice Potter Stewart used for pornography: “I know it when I see it.” Shop floor practices that move inventory to the point of consumption, like kanban, are also Read More
Intentia Presents: An Action Plan for Building a Lean Supply Chain in the Apparel Industry
Lean supply chain management and lean sourcing strategies are relatively new to the apparel industry, generating more talk than broad implementation to date. In

lean initiative and lean program  Plan for Building a Lean Supply Chain in the Apparel Industry Lean supply chain management and lean sourcing strategies are relatively new to the apparel industry, generating more talk than broad implementation to date. In this the final paper of our “Lean Is Fashionable” thought leadership series, we define a lean supply chain action plan with five concrete steps for building a collaborative infrastructure between your company and other members of your supply network. These represent an eleven year Read More
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development -- Part 2: Dassault Systèmes
Part 1 of this blog post series discussed in general the relationship between product lifecycle management (PLM) and lean product development (LPD), and pointed

lean initiative and lean program  (Vendors) and Lean Product Development -- Part 2: Dassault Systèmes Part 1 of this blog post series discussed in general the relationship between product lifecycle management (PLM) and lean product development (LPD), and pointed out that various PLM vendors may have different interpretations of PLM functionality, as well as different levels of support for users’ LPD initiatives. In this and a few future blog posts, I will choose some PLM vendors and talk about the relationship between each vendor’s Read More
Executive Guide to Lean Manufacturing: Making Lean Work for You
Yet few people have a complete picture of lean manufacturing, or know how to truly make it work. but now you can get a clear, concise explanation o...

lean initiative and lean program  Guide to Lean Manufacturing: Making Lean Work for You Lean manufacturing has become legendary for the shop floor efficiencies and company profits it can deliver. Yet few people have a complete picture of lean manufacturing, or know how to truly make it work But now you can get a clear, concise explanation of exactly what lean manufacturing is, the principles behind it, and how your company can enjoy the bottom-line benefits , in Lean Operational Improvements that Last . In this informative Read More
Pull vs Push: a Discussion of Lean, JIT, Flow, and Traditional MRP Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
While lean/flow leverages practices to stay ahead of actual demand, traditional approaches better coordinate secondary, back-office systems like accounting and

lean initiative and lean program  assembly manufacturing, and to lean manufacturing, which is suitable for build-to-demand pull for finished and component items. Namely, most companies will still use MRP to ascertain longer-term dependent demand (i.e., based on forecasts), but replenishment will be based on independent demand (i.e., actual customer orders), with closely managed inventory buffers. Customer demand cannot be predicted months ahead, since nothing is that certain. Thus, many ERP systems are employing heuristics, algorithms, Read More
BPMonline Launches Americas Partner Program
The process-based customer relationship management (CRM) provider BPMonline has announced its new Americas Partner Program, which includes three types of

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3 Key Areas to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques
Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to

lean initiative and lean program  to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to customer. Naturally, any process that impedes the smooth flow of product is a source of additional cost to the company. Download this white paper now and learn about 3 key areas to reduce costs and improve product flow from quote to cash. Read More
Building an ROI Model to Evaluate Your B2B E-commerce Initiative
B2B companies everywhere are under heavy pressure to offer their customers and employees robust e-commerce capabilities that rival best-of-breed consumer

lean initiative and lean program  an ROI Model to Evaluate Your B2B E-commerce Initiative B2B companies everywhere are under heavy pressure to offer their customers and employees robust e-commerce capabilities that rival best-of-breed consumer-focused companies. B2B companies that fall short of customer expectations risk losing them to competitors who have stepped up their game. This paper provides a framework for building an ROI model that can be used to demonstrate the advantages of a new e-commerce implementation to senior Read More

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