How to Create a Bullet-proof Control Phase-Why Six Sigma Campaigns Lose Steam and What You Can Do about It

Most people recognize that a robust control phase is the key practice separating Six Sigma from other process control methodologies. Unfortunately, many Six Sigma programs do not practice a robust control phase—with the result that old habits take over, and improvements gradually degrade. Worse, nobody even knows it happened! Why would well-intentioned people allow this to happen?

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MRP II and the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

The United States manufacturing industry is more productive than that in many countries, and jobs are growing. But for these trends to continue, U.S. manufacturers will have to keep their edge by investing in technologies that allow them to do what they do better, faster, and more efficiently. One of the key components of enterprise resource planning (ERP) packages is called manufacturing resource planning (MRP-II) or, as it is also known today, sales and operations planning (SOP). Download this... Read More

11 Criteria for Selecting the Best ERP System Replacement

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is your information backbone, reaching into all areas of your business and value chain. That’s why replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner. And since your long-term business strategy will shape your selection, it’s critical that your ERP provider be part of your vision. Read More

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