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 focus of lean products

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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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Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management


For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be successful, manufacturers must look toward adopting a lean mentality. While lean techniques are more easily applied to some manufacturing styles than others, new software tools are now able to deliver the benefits of lean to both high-mix and low-volume operations.

focus of lean products  Software and Lean The focus of lean manufacturing is execution''the actual transformation of materials into a product that is valued by customers. Lean thinking is now spreading into other areas of the enterprise. Order taking, product lifecycle management, production planning, payment, and other business processes are also candidates for re-design using the lean methodology. Companies can dramatically reduce non value-added administrative processes to achieve benefits similar to those achieved from the Read More

The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers


While consumer products manufacturers are relatively recent adopters of lean programs, they are already achieving value through a firm commitment to understanding how lean will affect their business processes. Those who are eager to begin the lean journey, however, must learn how to prioritize the metrics that matter, and frequently measure them in order to monitor the effectiveness of the program. Discover why it works.

focus of 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 Read More

Moving Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain


Most lean manufacturing deployments target production operations, but can also be extended to other supply chain processes. To realize the multiplicative benefits of real time information and reduced inventory, companies must assess their production environment and supply chain activities.

focus of lean products  the supply chain network Focus on material flow across the entire supply chain Profitably building a lean supply chain network requires that manufacturing operations synchronize with customer demand and produce acceptable quality products as needed. A manufacturing strategy that is based on reduced variability, production to demand, waste elimination, and optimal cycle time will drive over all supply chain success. Manufacturers that cannot control variability will not be able to move toward lean demand Read More

Enhancing Lean Practices: Lean Adoption in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry


Customer churn rates are higher than ever: although businesses say they are devoted to loyalty, their management systems and budgets do not support that claim. But in a landscape of similar products, cutting down on defection—or churn—is vital. There are in fact four steps to improving loyalty and retention which, if focused on the appropriate customers, will improve profitability.

focus of lean products  of IM&C companies should focus around continuous evaluation of visible processes, including those surrounding product flow, inventory reductions and quality. Line/Work Cell Manufacturing Cellular manufacturing typically comprises a small group of operators performing all the work necessary to make a part, component, or assembly; the place where they work is called a work cell. One company achieved tremendous savings as a direct result of establishing work cells throughout the shop floor: tripling Read More

Reflections on Lean Philosophy and the Theory of Constraints


The theory of constraints (TOC) is similar to, yet different from, the lean philosophy. TOC focuses on optimizing production through critical bottlenecks in order to meet market demand.

focus of lean products  various accounts, the primary focus of TOC accounting is on aggressively exploiting constraints to make more money for the firm. Similarly, TOC''s goal is to maximize throughput on the bottleneck, which is equal to the profit, since, according to Goldratt et al ''s 1984 blockbuster business novel, The Goal , an hour lost on the bottleneck is lost forever and an hour saved on a non-bottleneck is a mirage. TOC Implementation In practice, TOC is implemented by following the subsequent five straightforward Read More

The Dollars and Sense of Web Identity Management: How SaaS Cuts the High Costs of Web Access and SSO by 75 Percent


IT infrastructure software has a well-established track record for experiencing frequent cost overruns and missed deadlines. Expensive software and extensive customization are the key contributors to increasing identity management costs to four or five times more than the price of the initial identity software license. Learn how software as a service (SaaS) can reduce the cost and complexity of IT infrastructure.

focus of lean products  Dollars and Sense of Web Identity Management: How SaaS Cuts the High Costs of Web Access and SSO by 75 Percent IT infrastructure software has a well-established track record for experiencing frequent cost overruns and missed deadlines. Expensive software and extensive customization are the key contributors to increasing identity management costs to four or five times more than the price of the initial identity software license. Learn how software as a service (SaaS) can reduce the cost and complexity Read More

Achieving Lean Success-A Holistic Approach


A common question that comes up in most discussions about lean is whether it’s the tools and processes, or the people that make lean work. In reality it is both. Applying lean tools, new technology, and new business processes to a traditional silo-oriented culture will not work. Lean, at its core, is a cultural and people-oriented initiative.

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Software-as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership


This IDC white paper looks at the growing applicability of software as a service (SaaS) for enterprise-level business applications, and analyzes the adoption rate and total cost of ownership (TCO) of this technological approach. Download this white paper to find out how a hosted option can drive significant cost savings, reduce initial implementation times, and bring new functionality with relative ease and convenience.

focus of lean products  as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership This IDC white paper looks at the growing applicability of software as a service (SaaS) for enterprise-level business applications, and analyzes the adoption rate and total cost of ownership (TCO) of this technological approach. Download this white paper to find out how a hosted option can drive significant cost savings, reduce initial implementation times, and bring new functionality with relative ease and Read More

Combining the Flexibility of Public-Cloud Apps with the Security of Private-Cloud Data


Cloud applications are a priority for every business—the technology is flexible, easy-to-use, and offers compelling economic benefits. The challenge is that cloud applications increase the potential for corporate data to leak, raising compliance and security concerns for IT. A primary security concern facing organizations moving to the cloud is how to secure and control access to data saved in cloud applications.

focus of lean products  the Flexibility of Public-Cloud Apps with the Security of Private-Cloud Data Cloud applications are a priority for every business—the technology is flexible, easy-to-use, and offers compelling economic benefits. The challenge is that cloud applications increase the potential for corporate data to leak, raising compliance and security concerns for IT. A primary security concern facing organizations moving to the cloud is how to secure and control access to data saved in cloud applications. Read More

Beyond the Shop Floor—Efficient Organizations Have Lean Offices


Lean is not only for the shop floor—the principles are also well suited to driving improvement in the office. Although some of the concepts can seem alien to office workers, the right technology and educational support can help your administrative teams realize significant savings in time and effort.

focus of lean products  the Shop Floor—Efficient Organizations Have Lean Offices Lean is not only for the shop floor—the principles are also well suited to driving improvement in the office. Although some of the concepts can seem alien to office workers, the right technology and educational support can help your administrative teams realize significant savings in time and effort. Read More

Types of Project Management Communication: Part One of a Three-part Series


As with almost every business activity, the importance of communication cannot be overstated when managing projects. Examining the various phases of project management, it’s easy to see the importance of all types of communication at each phase. By taking a closer look at the main phases of project management listed below, we will discuss strategies to obtain both internal and

focus of lean products  project. Part three will focus on the tools that support project management communication. In the interim, please consult TEC’s homepage at http://www.technicalevaluation.com/ , where you can read about project management tools and vendors that offer project portfolio management (PPM) software solutions. Read More

Best-of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On


The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches.

focus of lean products  of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches. Read More

Trade Promotion Optimization in the Consumer Products Industry


Retailers expect promotions by consumer products companies to drive revenue, volume, profitability, and category growth. To achieve these goals, consumer products companies must present comprehensive promotional programs that are tightly integrated with consumer marketing campaigns and tailored to the specific needs of the retailer and its customers or target consumers. They must also forecast accurately, provide marketing support, and ensure inventory availability. Sales managers and trade marketers must collaborate extensively with cross-functional teams for brand marketing, supply chain management, and finance to achieve these goals. Specialized software programs can help, as this white paper explains.

focus of lean products  Promotion Optimization in the Consumer Products Industry Retailers expect promotions by consumer products companies to drive revenue, volume, profitability, and category growth. To achieve these goals, consumer products companies must present comprehensive promotional programs that are tightly integrated with consumer marketing campaigns and tailored to the specific needs of the retailer and its customers or target consumers. They must also forecast accurately, provide marketing support, and ensure Read More

Bank of America


Bank of America is a multinational banking and financial services company. It has a retail banking footprint that covers approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population and serves approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships at 5,600 banking centers and 16,200 automated teller machines (ATMs).

focus of lean products  of America Bank of America is a multinational banking and financial services company. It has a retail banking footprint that covers approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population and serves approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships at 5,600 banking centers and 16,200 automated teller machines (ATMs). Read More

The Integration Factor: The Inherent Value of Best-of-Class Enterprise Solutions


Monolithic ERP systems have proved inflexible in a period of change. The cost of maintenance and modifications are often prohibitively expensive. Yet most best-of-class applications generally lack strong integration tools. As a result, many companies cannot support change effectively. See how you can supplement the capabilities of your legacy ERP solutions with a flexible, innovative financial management system-and thrive during change.

focus of lean products  Integration Factor: The Inherent Value of Best-of-Class Enterprise Solutions Monolithic ERP systems have proved inflexible in a period of change. The cost of maintenance and modifications are often prohibitively expensive. Yet most best-of-class applications generally lack strong integration tools. As a result, many companies cannot support change effectively. See how you can supplement the capabilities of your legacy ERP solutions with a flexible, innovative financial management system-and thrive Read More