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Begin at the End: A Good Lean Strategy Starts with Defining Your Ultimate Goal
You know the statistics—lean can shorten your lead times, reduce inventories, cut operating costs, free up resources, and more. But countless surveys have

lean strategy  the End: A Good Lean Strategy Starts with Defining Your Ultimate Goal Begin at the End: A Good Lean Strategy Starts with Defining Your Ultimate Goal If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Infor is the world's third largest business software company. We develop and acquire proven software products that have rich, built-in functionality. Then we make them better. We invest resources into product innovation and enhancement. We Read More
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A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Typically IT departments employ an IT governance framework to ensure that their PPM...
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Enhancing Lean Practices: Lean Adoption in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Customer churn rates are higher than ever: although businesses say they are devoted to loyalty, their management systems and budgets do not support that claim

lean strategy  eliminate it. Implement basic Lean production techniques Evaluate current bills of material and bills of process. Consider postponing final finishing or assembly instructions until the customer order comes in, then establish a workcell team to perform these specific tasks. Author Profiles Maura Buxton Manufacturing Research Analyst, AberdeenGroup, Inc As an analyst and editor for the Manufacturing Services research area at AberdeenGroup, Maura Buxton is involved in providing analytical insights to Read More
Early Lean Adopters Embrace Technology
Many aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturers are enjoying a competitive advantage because of early adoption of lean manufacturing tools. However, considerable

lean strategy  management engaged with the Lean process is another important strategy followed by A&D manufacturers. In order to get and sustain buy in from top management, it is important to make them realize the short term as well as long term strategic benefits of adopting Lean tools. It becomes a lot easier for any company to address important issues when a decision comes from the top rather than from the grass root level. Commitment from top officials also helps to increase the technology adoption rate for the Read More
Moving Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain
Most lean manufacturing deployments target production operations, but can also be extended to other supply chain processes. To realize the multiplicative

lean strategy  chain Profitably building a lean supply chain network requires that manufacturing operations synchronize with customer demand and produce acceptable quality products as needed. A manufacturing strategy that is based on reduced variability, production to demand, waste elimination, and optimal cycle time will drive over all supply chain success. Manufacturers that cannot control variability will not be able to move toward lean demand driven replenishment strategies cost effectively. Where the Real Value Is Read More
Lean Asset Management--Is Preventive Maintenance Anti-Lean?
How can we determine the right maintenance strategy for a specific asset? To meet the objectives of lean, we need to evaluate the cost of failure in terms of

lean strategy  a role in lean. Lean manufacturing's focus is eliminating waste, for example: Inventory—Inventory must always be minimized. Defect correction—Resources spent on defect correction are waste. Unnecessary processing—All unnecessary activities, particularly non-value-adding ones, are to be avoided. Unnecessary motion—Materials and work in progress (WIP) should follow a minimal path through the factory. Transport—Transport of materials should simply be avoided. Time in transport does not add value. Read More
Is a Two-tier ERP Strategy Right for You?
A two-tier ERP strategy is one where an organization chooses to have more than one enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to support its business needs

lean strategy  a Two-tier ERP Strategy Right for You? A two-tier ERP strategy is one where an organization chooses to have more than one enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to support its business needs. The moniker “two tier” emerged, as one tier will often consist of one tier-one ERP solution—SAP, Oracle, or Microsoft Dynamics AX, along with one or more of tier-two or tier-three solutions. In this post, we’ll look into the reasons why a company might consider a two-tier solution, give an overview of Read More
Getting Lean with Made2Manage Enterprise Software
In times of economic recession, many businesses take the opportunity to look inward and seek ways to streamline their operations. It’s no wonder that lean

lean strategy  Lean with Made2Manage Enterprise Software In times of economic recession, many businesses take the opportunity to look inward and seek ways to streamline their operations. It’s no wonder that lean manufacturing has been such a hot topic across the manufacturing industry. Lean manufacturing helps manufacturers work smarter and more efficiently, and has become a refined version of traditional just-in-time (JIT) and demand flow manufacturing concepts. Read More
Lean Inventory by the Numbers
Getting lean is not a simple task; it requires an aggressive, iterative approach to examine complex tradeoffs. And given the number of variables that

lean strategy  by the Numbers Getting lean is not a simple task; it requires an aggressive, iterative approach to examine complex tradeoffs. And given the number of variables that characterize a distribution center (DC) and its constituent stock keeping units (SKUs), performing this type of analysis without using the right tools can be daunting—if not impossible. Find out how a tool-based approach can make getting lean easier. Read More
Positioning Starts With A Message Strategy
In business-to-business (B2B) software marketing, you'll get little debate about the importance of positioning. Yet few B2B software companies do it well, thus

lean strategy  Starts With A Message Strategy Introduction If positioning is one of the most misunderstood concepts in business-to-business (B2B) software marketing—which it is—part of the problem is that it can seem vague or difficult to develop and apply. Are we talking strategy or tactics? Who can dispute the importance of positioning in a strategic sense—communicating the unique benefit of your software product? In Crossing the Chasm , Geoffrey Moore writes, Positioning is the single largest Read More
Oracle Further Orchestrates Its SOA Forays Part Two: Strategy
Oracle's vision of a complete collaborative e-Business solution requires a database strategy, an application server strategy, and an e-business strategy. Will

lean strategy  Further Orchestrates Its SOA Forays Part Two: Strategy Database Strategy In light of Oracle Corporation 's (NASDAQ: ORCL) recent acquisition of PeopleSoft and its growing appetite for the competition, its easy to see how one might underestimate Oracle's internally-developed, product strategy. However, this California-based (US) company has heeded the calls of its customers and the market by beginning a product strategy that focuses on open and flexible business processes. Ease of integration, the Read More
The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers
While consumer products manufacturers are relatively recent adopters of lean programs, they are already achieving value through a firm commitment to

lean strategy  Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Founded in 1972, SAP has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP currently has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide and is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and NYSE under the symbol SAP. Read More
Five Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean
Lean is not an overnight quick-fix; it is an unending commitment. As lean thinking has evolved and the concepts broadened, lean advocates have come to recognize

lean strategy  Can Help You Implement Lean Lean is not an overnight quick-fix; it is an unending commitment. As lean thinking has evolved and the concepts broadened, lean advocates have come to recognize that enterprise resource planning (ERP) and lean work together very well. In this paper, read about how five lean principles are supported and enhanced by comprehensive information control and the management tools that one end-to-end enterprise software suite delivers. Read More
Trends in IT Needs, Purchasing, and Strategy
Is there a tension between the people authorizing IT spending in your company and those determining the needs? The roles of each C-level position, combined with

lean strategy  in IT Needs, Purchasing, and Strategy Is there a tension between the people authorizing IT spending in your company and those determining the needs? The roles of each C-level position, combined with current approaches to IT, may tell the story of how “strategic” your IT systems really are. More importantly, this tension underscores the involvement IT must have in understanding and participating in determining needs. I recently read this article from Information Age , which covered new Gartner Read More
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 strategy  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
Ten Ways Robots Enhance Lean Manufacturing Environments
Traditionally, robots have not played a prominent role in the implementation of lean strategies. However, due to their repeatability, speed, accuracy, and

lean strategy  Ways Robots Enhance Lean Manufacturing Environments Traditionally, robots have not played a prominent role in the implementation of lean strategies. However, due to their repeatability, speed, accuracy, and flexibility, the role of robots in lean implementations is constantly increasing. Automation equipment, which includes robots, is rapidly becoming a core component to lean manufacturing and the reduction of manufacturing costs. Download this white paper to learn more about the 10 ways large and Read More

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