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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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focus of advanced lean products  In this article, we''ll focus on one often-overlooked tool for facilitating front-office lean—business modeler software that is tightly integrated with an enterprise application. Business modeler software can help to identify non-value-added steps in a front office process, but by using it to automate processes it can—in and of itself—eliminate non-value added steps. Hidden waste There is a hidden waste that many executives do not discuss or may not even know about. This is the waste that comes from Read More

Streamlining for Success: The Lean Supply Chain


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focus of advanced lean products  a constant challenge. The focus is on avoiding batch and queue between different steps in the process flow. There are many Lean Manufacturing methodologies and tools available for creating Flow, such as Single Minute Exchange of Dies to reduce changeover time, Poka-yoke and 5S. The end target is to enable Single-Piece Flow, meaning producing and delivering only one product at a time, to reduce Work-In-Process materials. Empirical studies show that creating Flow has the added benefits of improved quality Read More

The Next R(E)volution of Lean


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focus of advanced lean products  root causes there is more focus on speed of execution than there is on planning or results. Value-Stream Mapping (VSM) It''s important to note that value stream mapping is a relatively recent addition to the slate of Lean tools. A value stream is defined as all activities and events (both value-added and non-value added) that a product or service passes through on its way from supplier to customer. In a manufacturing facility these activities include shipping, waiting (in inventory, in a queue to be proces Read More

The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers


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focus of advanced lean products  to Lean requires a focus on change, the identification of areas of improvement across the enterprise and a commitment to monitor continuously. The real challenge to Lean, however, requires this first change, a shift in the culture. Consumer products manufacturers are early on in their Lean journey compared to companies across industry, with 56% less than a year to 3 years into it. By leveraging external expertise and taking small steps in their Lean programs, these manufacturers are setting their sights o Read More

The Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena


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Measuring the Success of Lean: Selecting the Best Mileposts for the Never-ending Journey


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focus of advanced lean products  emphasizes the need to focus on strategy deployment. Read More

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The Future of the SAP Economy—A Book Review of SAP Nation


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