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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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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.

lean products  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 driven replenishment strategies cost effectively. Where the Real Value Is 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.

lean products  2: Top Drivers of Lean Source: AberdeenGroup, March 2006 The second most important driver cited by 62% of IM&C respondents, customers demanding shorter order cycle times , is particularly common for those companies whose products ultimately serve the consumer. Mahindra & Mahindra is the leading provider of tractors to Indian farmers. Its leadership position was threatened when new international competitors entered its domestic market. As a result, the company leaned out both its manufacturing facilities Read More

Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


A supply chain management system (SCM) is a critical success factor for implementing lean manufacturing. The SCM system helps define product structure, costing information, financial information and reports and is a useful tool in the decision-making process.

lean products  environments. In contrast, the lean approaches do not generally apply to products with the opposite characteristics, such as low certainty of demand, erratic demand patterns, low usage rates, long lead time components, and dynamically changing product structures. The traditional SCM approaches tend to work better for products with these opposite characteristics. Vendor-managed inventory may also be considered for low-cost high-usage components such as nuts and bolts. Lean manufacturing approaches have Read More

Case Study: Martin’s Wood Products


Martin’s Wood Products, producers of solid wood furniture for over 20 years, is a family-run business that has aimed to keep pace with the enterprise resource planning (ERP) advances of the 21st century. To bring costing under control, and to automatically place accurate and consistent work orders on the shop floor, the company uses an ERP and product configurator solution. Learn more about how the solutions help the company.

lean products  journey, and helped us lean all shop floor operations from work order generation to shipping out the door. James Martin General Manager Martin''s Wood Products The success MWP has realized since acquiring their Global Shop system can give hope to custom manufacturers across the nation. With strong ties to their local community, enduring customer-oriented business philosophy, plus their use of cutting-edge ERP technology, MWP is an ideal realization of manufacturing success. That MWP sees their use of 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.

lean products  relatively recent adoption of Lean means consumer products manufacturers still face the challenges of adapting to cultural changes, with 91% citing this as their top challenge to Lean (Figure 1). Surprisingly though only 34% report that getting top management engaged as an issue, versus 42% of companies across industry, perhaps an indication that the blush has not yet faded from the early excitement generated by the possibilities available from Leaning out processes and inventory. Yet, interestingly Read More

TEC Certified Products: 2010 Vendor Wrap-up


With 2010 almost behind us, the Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) research analyst team takes a brief look at some of the newest software products to join its roster. MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy 9 Plex Systems, Plex Online Sage, Sage ABRA HRMS  SmartOrg, Portfolio Navigator Vormittag Associates, Inc. (VAI), S2K EnterpriseBusiness Intelligence (BI) Solutions—Jorge García

lean products  Certified Products: 2010 Vendor Wrap-up With 2010 almost behind us, the Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) research analyst team takes a brief look at some of the newest software products to join its roster. MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy 9 Plex Systems, Plex Online Sage, Sage ABRA HRMS   SmartOrg, Portfolio Navigator Vormittag Associates, Inc. (VAI), S2K Enterprise Business Intelligence (BI) Solutions—Jorge García MicroStrategy was founded in 1989 as a BI consulting service and has evolved into a Read More

Modeling Complex Products


Mapping out component dependencies and the relationships among components is a great way to conceptualize how selecting one option affects the rest of the product configuration. Once you know exactly how the product components are related, you can quickly create options and option groups and define rules governing the product configuration, making it easier for salespeople to quote complex products.

lean products  Complex Products Mapping out component dependencies and the relationships among components is a great way to conceptualize how selecting one option affects the rest of the product configuration. Once you know exactly how the product components are related, you can quickly create options and option groups and define rules governing the product configuration, making it easier for salespeople to quote complex products. Read More

Workforce and Expense Management Supports Lean Manufacturing Initiatives: Applying Lean Manufacturin


Lean manufacturing initiatives and strategies can also be effectively applied toward a business’s largest controllable expense: its workforce. This paper examines lean manufacturing workforce management initiatives, the opportunities and benefits they provide, and the enterprise applications available to manage and support them.

lean products  and Expense Management Supports Lean Manufacturing Initiatives: Applying Lean Manufacturin Lean manufacturing initiatives and strategies can also be effectively applied toward a business’s largest controllable expense: its workforce. This paper examines lean manufacturing workforce management initiatives, the opportunities and benefits they provide, and the enterprise applications available to manage and support them. Read More

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Case Study: Rich Products Corporation


Rich’s legacy IT systems could not interoperate with platforms and applications among departments, preventing a single, centralized view of the product development process and limiting collaboration. The company decided it needed a new product lifecycle management (PLM) system to integrate and accelerate PLM processes. Rich’s new system supports research and development (R&D), formula management, and more.

lean products  Study: Rich Products Corporation Infor PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) helps your business maximize profit by optimizing every stage of your product''s life, from bids or project request to portfolio management, to product development, to scale up, to ongoing maintenance and retirement. Source: Infor Resources Related to Case Study: Rich Products Corporation : Rich Products Corporation (Wikipedia) Product Lifecycle Management (Wikipedia) Case Study: Rich Products Corporation Product Lifecycle Read More

ITO: Application Related Services, Software Products and Associated Services


Softtek's information technology outsourcing (ITO) services consist of two areas: application related services, and software products and associated services. Under the rubric of application related services, Softtek offers application maintenance and support, application development, application modernization, and quality assurance (QA) and testing. Its software products and associated services include integration and deployment of enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship planning (CRM), and business intelligence (BI). Application related services are those that cover the entire application lifecycle, including the designing, building, testing, implementation, and support of custom and packaged applications. Softtek's clients benefit from process efficiency, lean cost structures, rigorous service-level commitments, and global reach. In additon to development, maintenance and support, and modernization, Softtek also offers data integration services, and ERP services for SAP and Oracle applications. For Latin American markets, Softtek offers packaged software product solutions and associated services, such as training and first level support. Softtek is a value-added reseller (VAR) for some of the world’s most renowned software solutions, including: ERP, data integration, and BI. Softtek is a VAR of products from SAP, Informatica, Cognos, and Business Objects. The company also offers post-sales support and education services.  

lean products  benefit from process efficiency, lean cost structures, rigorous service-level commitments, and global reach. In additon to development, maintenance and support, and modernization, Softtek also offers data integration services, and ERP services for SAP and Oracle applications. For Latin American markets, Softtek offers packaged software product solutions and associated services, such as training and first level support. Softtek is a value-added reseller (VAR) for some of the world’s most renowned Read More

A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX


Lean manufacturing constructs have been incorporated into the Microsoft Dynamics AX package, enabling firms to support lean and traditional manufacturing practices in a single system. This primer covers the constructs for supporting many of the variations in lean practices.

lean products  Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX New functionality within Microsoft Dynamics AX incorporates lean manufacturing constructs, thereby providing a single system that supports lean and traditional manufacturing practices. This primer focuses on constructs that support basic variations in lean practices and briefly touches on more complex variations. The lean manufacturing application supplements the existing version of Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 , which has been described in the book 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.

lean products  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

Best Practices in Aerospace Lean Manufacturing: The Migration to a Lean Enterprise


Tackling the transformation to lean production is high-priority in the aerospace industry. After all, lean manufacturing eliminates waste from essential manufacturing processes and helps you measure up to your competitors. But how can you attain true lean transformation—and what specific steps does your company need to take? Take a self-rating test and see where your company really stands.

lean products  Practices in Aerospace Lean Manufacturing: The Migration to a Lean Enterprise Tackling the transformation to lean production is high-priority in the aerospace industry. After all, lean manufacturing eliminates waste from essential manufacturing processes and helps you measure up to your competitors. But how can you attain true lean transformation—and what specific steps does your company need to take? Take a self-rating test and see where your company really stands. Read More

Chemical Products


Globalization, regulation, the shape of the macroeconomic landscape, and the high cost of labor and raw materials are just a few of the major challenges that companies from the chemical products industry have to face. Chemical product manufacturing is also an energy-intensive process, making it difficult for companies in this industry to "go green" and remain compliant with environmental regulations. To stay competitive, companies in the chemical products industry must find innovative ways to reduce their dependence on energy resources, and conduct ongoing research and development (R&D) to improve existing products and bring new products to market ahead of the competition.

lean products  Products Globalization, regulation, the shape of the macroeconomic landscape, and the high cost of labor and raw materials are just a few of the major challenges that companies from the chemical products industry have to face. Chemical product manufacturing is also an energy-intensive process, making it difficult for companies in this industry to go green and remain compliant with environmental regulations. To stay competitive, companies in the chemical products industry must find innovative Read More