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Question: When is Six Sigma not Six Sigma? Answer: When it's the Six Sigma Metric!!©
Six Sigma Quality is a popular approach to process improvement, particularly among technology driven companies such as Allied Signal, General Electric, Kodak

failure kodak  approach is taken in Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) where improvement priorities are set based on a combination of frequency of occurrence, severity and detectability of candidate failure modes. I understand that the TI flavor of 6s does include this type of logic. Where should the weightings come from? The customer of the process, of course (but, more about this in a future installment in this series, if there's sufficient interest). Current practice usually leaves the choice of what Read More

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GXS Acquires HAHT Commerce for More Synchronized Retail B2B Data Part Three: Market Impact
There is renewed interest to provide GXS' trading services from other surviving Internet exchange providers to leverage GXS' huge expertise and investment in a

failure kodak  also contributed to their failure. Conversely, GXS has tackled many tenets of Internet exchanges' success—scalable and secure infrastructure, integration capabilities, process management, and policies (inherited from stringent process competence practices at GE, such as Six Sigma, International Standards Organization [ISO], and NATO certification, and high levels of security), trading partner reach, experience, and financial viability. For example, as for the infrastructure provision, GXS boasts three Read More
Use a Computerized Maintenance Management System to Improve Predictive Maintenance Performance
Companies that have moved from a highly reactive environment to a more planned one notice significant improvement. A computer maintenance management or

failure kodak  root cause of maintenance-related failure or quality problems so that the frequency of maintenance can be reduced through prevention (such as the training of operators) or condition monitoring (such as a vibration analysis). This is critical to the success of any maintenance program. Begin with Criticality Analysis Moving too quickly to either end of the reactive/preventive/predictive continuum can be a costly exercise. For example, monitoring the condition of each and every light bulb in your facility Read More
10 Ways in Which Knowing Your Clients Will Increase Your Sales
What are the common reasons for the failure of the majority of Web sites? Web development companies should focus more on the strategy behind the Web site, and

failure kodak  common reasons for the failure of the majority of Web sites? Web development companies should focus more on the strategy behind the Web site, and on how to attract more clients and improve internal operational efficiencies through the Web. Find out tips on how you can change your Web marketing strategy to achieve high return on investment (ROI) from your Web site, with minimal effort. Read More
Taking Measures for True Success: How to Choose Software That Meets Your Needs
A failed software implementation can cost companies millions in wasted time and money. To ensure your software selection project isn’t a sorry statistic, use

failure kodak  Software Selection (and Implementation) Failure You've probably read about recent large-scale software implementation failures and their costs to companies: More than $33 million lost, as a project goes over budget and time. In excess of $54 million spent, and the project cancelled before completion. Revenue loss of $100 million, as the new software fails to successfully integrate with the old. These are just some examples global averages are often difficult to accurately determine due to companies' Read More
Application Software Outsourcing: Six Experiences to Consider When Choosing the Best Provider
When there is an outsourcing failure in the application software area, “poor partner performance” is a reason that frequently appears in the post-mortem report.

failure kodak  there is an outsourcing failure in the application software area, “poor partner performance” is a reason that frequently appears in the post-mortem report. But, who is responsible for choosing the outsourcing provider? Instead of blaming the lousy job that you’ve received, it is more helpful to investigate how you have ended up with this incapable partner if you don’t want to fall into the same trap again. You can never be too careful when choosing outsourcing partners and you should look through Read More
Applying Lessons Learned in CRM Projects
The road to implementing customer relationship management (CRM) systems is fraught with risk and littered with failure. Paradoxically, reams have been written

failure kodak  risk and littered with failure. Paradoxically, reams have been written by industry practitioners explaining why CRM projects fail, yet the same patterns and mistakes are repeated—over and over again. While there is no magic bullet, following some simple guidelines can help assure CRM success for your organization. Read More
Datasheet: Understanding Pillar Axiom Data Protection Options
Can your company data survive double drive failure? How about multiple drive failure? Download this datasheet for an overview of the Pillar Data Systems Axiom

failure kodak  data survive double drive failure? How about multiple drive failure? Download this datasheet for an overview of the Pillar Data Systems Axiom RAID protection schemas. Read More
Managing Product Innovation
Inadequacies at the front end of the product development process is one of the leading causes of product failure for consumer products companies. Many companies

failure kodak  leading causes of product failure for consumer products companies. Nonstandardized processes and corporate structures inhibit the exchange of information between departments and across functions, geographies, and process stages. The result is inadequate up-front concept assessment. With a lack of visibility into the pipeline and suboptimal gate controls, new product concepts are analyzed with minimal cross-functional input, and development projects are evaluated with an insufficient understanding of Read More
The Two Faces of Risk: Cultivating Risk Intelligence for Competitive Advantage
You needn’t be a seer or sage to perceive risk@it’s as predictable and devastating as a Florida hurricane and as far-reaching as a corporate scandal. But you do

failure kodak  across the country. The Failure Taboo If your executive suite is like most, you’ll hear little talk of failure around the boardroom table. Failure is simply taboo. Only “negative thinkers” and “naysayers” raise the specter of something going wrong, usually at their own peril. Instead, discussion usually centers on the positive aspects of the company’s strategy and the need to rally around said strategy, with scant consideration of the downside possibilities. But at some point, you’ve got to Read More
Managing Global Supply Chain
As international competition becomes more intense and as national barriers for trade gradually reduce, the era of global business is here to stay. Increasingly

failure kodak  difference between success and failure in the global marketplace will be determined not by the sophistication of product technology or marketing communication, but by the way in which the global supply chain is controlled and managed.A global supply chain has to be agile and flexible enough to cope with differences in customer requirements and yet should be able to reap the benefits of focused manufacturing in terms of economies of scale. Read More
Avoiding Cultural Misunderstandings
Outsourcing is a marriage of two companies. Like marriage, both parties have differences that will affect the growth of the relationship—in this case, the

failure kodak  between the success and failure of the partnership. Learn how differences in the viewpoint of outsourcing clients and the vendors can lead to project failures, and what your company can do about it. Read More
Should Your Software Selection Process Have a Proof of Concept? Part Two: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Conclusion
A proof of concept (POC) should be completed as part of the selection process when the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by

failure kodak  the risk of project failure is comparatively high. Risk can be measured by two key variables. These variables are complexity of requirements and level of expertise within the selection and implementation team. The more complex the system requirements, the greater the benefit obtained from a POC. Complexity can be gauged by the number and nature of the modules implemented, amount of customization, number of interfaces, and the amount and quality of the data to be converted. The number of modules to be Read More
How to Cut Costs in the Cloud
The success or failure of spend and savings initiatives depends largely on the purchasing processes and technology platforms that support them. To ensure

failure kodak  Cloud The success or failure of spend and savings initiatives depends largely on the purchasing processes and technology platforms that support them. To ensure success, organizations need to build a flexible foundation that can adapt to savings measures as needed. Discover five best practices for spend management, inspired by innovations in cloud computing, and learn how they can help your company save money. Read More
Asset Data for Accurate Lifecycle Management
Among the areas where modern enterprise asset management (EAM) systems provide substantial benefits is the driving out of inefficiencies in business processes

failure kodak  from how it manages failure modes, not from the level of efficiency that it is executed with. The original reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) studies revealed that many routine tasks could actually contribute to failure, or to lower cost-effectiveness, by having limited or no impact on the performance of the asset (in effect wasting the maintenance budget). Executing these tasks with greater efficiency would have either have no impact at all on effectiveness, or would possibly even magnify the Read More

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