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A Tale of Two Cultures – How MI and BI Come Together

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July 23, 2013
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Remember the last great manufacturing systems war? The giant ERP project dominated all IT activity and many of its advocates claimed the ERP system could run all corporate functions. Manufacturing and Operations management were told they didn’t need a MOM system because ERP modules could handle those tasks also.

The counter argument was that they were very different systems and served different – but complementary – roles.

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3 Steps to Operational Enlightenment – Evolution from Data to Wisdom

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June 3, 2013
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Recently, Dr. Lloyd Colegrove, Director of Fundamental Problem Solving, Dow Chemical, joined us for a web-based discussion, “Maximizing the Value of Process Data – How Dow Implemented EMI”. During our conversation he outlined the three evolutionary steps he observed as Dow developed more sophistication using process based analytics:

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You Are What You Measure

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April 12, 2013
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If you run a manufacturing company blind you will run it into the ground. Successful management requires good measures of performance, and that leads to how to identify the critical metrics and get the right data. On April 18, John Jackiw will discuss these topics in the online conversation, Metrics, KPIs, and Process Insights – Implementing High Performance Manufacturing Intelligence.

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Collaboration Fundamentals

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January 28, 2013
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Collaboration is in the air.

The recent industry magazine site featured the article, Are “Black Swans” Colliding with your Global Supply Chain? which stated:

 “Effective collaboration remains the cornerstone of successful relationships, especially in today’s global and outsourced environment. …It also means engaging suppliers who are willing to share information about the product on-demand, to support efficiencies and effectiveness across the product lifecycle.”

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The Evolution from Clipboard to Manufacturing Intelligence

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December 3, 2012
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Today’s marketplace competitive? Only in the most Darwinian sense of red in tooth and claw. Customer demands continue to escalate and competitors become more aggressive. How does operational management adapt to meet competition while laying the foundations for continued performance improvement?

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A Tale of Two Cultures

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September 28, 2012
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Manufacturing and supply chain management needs all the help it can get to keep an edge in today’s competitive market. A few percentage points difference in performance makes a huge difference in market share and profitability.

While it is often easy enough to review current best practices in manufacturing intelligence systems and choose the options that will make the difference in corporate performance, getting project sign off and budget approval from management can be an entirely different matter.

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Supply Chain is Not Just Logistics Anymore

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August 29, 2012
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Like any other corporate process, supply chain management needs to incorporate more than its core operational functions to deliver world class results. Superior performers also integrate continuous improvement into their supply chain implementations to deliver the critical difference in performance.

The secret to dependable, long-term supply chain performance is to implement a sustainable improvement program, also known as Supply Chain Physics.

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