Manufacturing firms are always looking for ways to improve productivity, eliminate waste, improve quality and shave costs. One area that often gets less attention than more tangible, easy to measure factors such as the cost of raw materials or equipment, is the value of front line employees, both workers and supervisors. While many companies might say that their people are their greatest asset, it’s surprising how many organizations do a less than ideal job of effectively hiring the right people for the job. One reason is that many manufacturing organizations see the hourly employee as an interchangeable and easily replaced cog in a much bigger machine. This article talks about why that shouldn’t be the case and how top manufacturers significantly impact their bottom lines through effective employee selection.
The monolithic corporation we grew up with is being replaced by ecosystems of more specialized business entities, sometimes called "extended enterprises." With this evolution has come a need for closer inter-enterprise collaboration and information flow – but with it also comes increased security and compliance risks. In the form of a Q&A with expert IDC analysts, this white paper explores what tools and technologies are being adopted to facilitate Extended Enterprise Collaboration (such as cloud-based solutions) – as well as strategies for empowering business users while still holding sensitive information secure.
The Quality Toolkit will help you identify an approach that optimizes continuous improvement initiatives. The toolkit contains insight gained over 100 years of combined experience from current and former executives, quality directors, industrial statisticians and engineers who understand the challenges of getting product out the door on-time without cutting corners. The free guide will help you simplify your job and quickly identify methods that keep your manufacturing processes in control
To consistently drive top-line growth, leaders must commit to a disciplined and creative focus on meeting today’s market challenges while strengthening capabilities for future competitive mastery. You must keep your core business running optimally without losing sight of what’s on the horizon. Effective innovation strategies must go beyond sustaining and improving current forms of value. Download this white paper to learn more.
In today's highly mobile work environment, your company's intellectual property (IP), whether that's patents, trade secrets or just employee know-how, may be more valuable than its physical assets and more vulnerable than you realize. Sending IP outside your firewall can invite a data breach that could be extremely costly. This informative white paper describes 4 file sharing and productivity challenges and outlines essential tips for success. See how you can facilitate a more efficient and secure work environment by reading on now.
Inside the manufacturing enterprise, the biggest obstacle to file sharing is often the company's understanding of this enterprise technology. Here's how supporters of IntraLinks Courier are getting to “yes” with their CIOs
These days, an ERP system is a necessity—not a luxury. You need a system that helps you operate and manage your business. But what else do you need it to do?
IDC Manufacturing Insights' latest research, conducted on behalf of Infor, indicates that the manufacturing sector continues to struggle with the impact of overly complex market conditions, business operations and IT infrastructures. Understand why modernizing IT architectures and business applications to better support new customer driven models has become a necessity across the entire manufacturing sector.
Managers try to increase productivity by squeezing more outputs from the same inputs (employees). But it’s not effective. If you want to sustain productivity gains for your company, look in the mirror and figure out what you can do to help your people be the best they can be. Coach instead of command; four management principles will help you reach this goal.
This white paper provides high level definitions, opportunity identification, and future potentials for: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Anytime, Anywhere Availability, Mobile Devices, Web 2.0, and Report Cards or Balanced Scorecards as a Business Intelligence (BI) capability. It is a foundation for becoming more valuable to an organization by being able to generate a Return on Investment when applying the latest capabilities to the real world.
In recent conversations with manufacturing and service industry leaders, one of the key problems lean managers face as they work to advance operational excellence in their organization is the lack of real engagement with top leadership. This white paper will give several pragmatic approaches lean leaders can follow to counteract these problems while working within the purview and scope of their improvement efforts.
A compelling read that at times is light hearted and funny, 7 Habits of Quality Obsessed Manufacturers is written for top performing quality professionals that want to give their company an edge. The ebook takes a closer look at: • How to brag about quality • What successful manufacturers have in common with Einstein • Who plays the starring role in your company • How to not make easy hard • Making the cloud your answer to supply chain visibility • How to choose between "do something" and "do nothing" • Giving data an afterlife
This free white paper, 5 Must Have Strategies for Enterprise Quality, shows how quality can take a more prominent, enterprise-scale role. Learn more today about • The trend towards centralizing quality data • Best practices for collecting and integrating multiple data sources • How to monitor and analyze quality real-time • Workflow management to ensure data integrity • Reporting needs of users at all levels
Download this white paper to learn how workforce management technology enables your organization to apply Lean principles to your back office by automating manual activities to reduce waste and by giving you visibility into labor productivity so you can remove inefficiencies from your labor utilization. As a result, your organization can improve productivity and control labor costs throughout your back-office operations.
Maximizing uptime of ERP, MES and other business-critical applications is a top priority for today’s manufacturers. After all, when your systems go down, you could face production delays, idle equipment and workers, lost transactions, customer dissatisfaction, and even brand damage. Few businesses measure the total cost of application downtime, and if they do, chances are they aren’t factoring in all the direct and indirect expenses involved. Without a complete understanding of your organization’s downtime costs, it’s difficult to make sound investments in data center technology and availability protection. Download “The Cost of Critical Application Failure: Make Better Technology Decisions by Understanding Your Cost of Downtime ” to learn more.