The Lean Front End: A Breakthrough Opportunity

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A company’s best opportunity to gain major margin improvement is in its front end—the sales, customer service, and processes needed to transform inquiries into orders. And one of the best strategies is to apply lean thinking to the front end. Read about an integrated solution that addresses the unique requirements of your sales processes to help dramatically reduce cycle times, eradicate waste, and increase your margins.

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5 Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean

Lean delivers what companies need in today's competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and better customer service. Lean advocates have come to recognize that enterprise resource planning and lean work well together: the five lean principles are supported and enhanced by the information control and management tools delivered by end-to-end enterprise software suites. Read More

An Assessment Breakthrough that Will Change the Way You Think about Your Workforce: Identifying Organizational Culture Can Drive Business Performance

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What if you could give your organization, as a whole, a personal assessment? What if your organization could gain the same insight into its culture that we can gain from a personal assessment?

The IBM Kenexa Cultural Indicator assesses an organization’s internal culture—helping leadership drive performance and align employees, managers, departments, and locations with the overall company strategy. It can help an organization transform its values and strengths into specific strategies to... Read More

Hosted Contact Center Solutions Comparison Guide

Hosted contact centers are viable options for small to midsize businesses wanting enterprise functionality, lower up-front costs, and ease of use.

This comparison guide lists the top 10 providers and highlights key features to look for when considering a hosted solution for your business call center. Read More

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Begin at the End: A Good Lean Strategy Starts with Defining Your Ultimate Goal

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You know the statistics—lean can shorten your lead times, reduce inventories, cut operating costs, free up resources, and more. But countless surveys have confirmed that most lean initiatives fail to deliver expected and needed results. Why? Are successes confined to a restricted list of industry sectors? Are only "lean experts" capable of leading an organization through a successful implementation? Read More

The Next R(E)volution of Lean

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By seeing a business as a "value system" for customers, companies can shift lean strategic priorities towards growth-oriented targets instead of cost-cutting. Instead of squeezing additional margins to boost the bottom line, lean philosophy can increase demand response and sales, while maintaining and lowering cost per unit—thus enabling lower prices, a competitive edge, and more business. Read More

Streamlining for Success: The Lean Supply Chain

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When flexibility and speed are requisites for success, it’s the lean organization that leads the race. World-class manufacturing organizations know the value of focusing on the lean fundamentals: eliminating waste, simplifying processes, and continuously improving. By pursuing lean strategies—optimizing inventory and streamlining manufacturing processes—they can reduce inefficiencies and costs in their production processes, and improve customer responsiveness. Read More
 
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