Happy New Year!

Prepare for change.  Change always happens… Changes like: Your competition will be looking to outsell you New competitors will jump into your space There will always be new innovations The price of oil How will these changes impact your company?  What impact will they have on your customers?  We still can’t even predict the impact…

Considering Document Management Solutions?

Companies begin looking for document management solutions for many reasons… They have all kinds of information stored in many places.  They could be stored on a company server, a desktop computer or maybe even something like Share Point.  Still, it is often difficult if not impossible to find a file. What we all want is…

PLM & the BoM

John Hayes, the president of engineering.com, says that PLM should own the BoM. Some years ago, I was working with a company that makes machines that make computer chips.  We were discussing their bill of materials.  They really didn’t want their machines to be ‘one-off’s’ but in order to meet the needs of their customer,…

BPM Strategy

One of the questions respondents were asked in PEX Network’s July 2014 survey was how would they define the purpose of the process excellence at their company. There were many answers, a few follow: To continually improve the current processes and develop new and innovative ways to exceed our customer’s expectations. Build a more agile…

PLM as a Strategic Asset

From author Kevin Prendeville – global managing director with Accenture’s Product Lifecycle Services practice… Today’s competitive business environment requires that top management see PLM as a strategic corporate asset, a cross-functional, enterprise-wide business discipline that augments innovation, helps drive revenue growth, and reduces costs of everything from engineering rework to regulatory compliance. A company can…

BPM is about Cost Savings…

Or is it? From BPM.com – This week at AppianWorld… One of the first sessions was by CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives market place who manages more than “$1 Quadrillion” in annual transaction volume… CME runs its business on BPM. To make this happen, the team sold this idea to the senior leadership not as…

Engineering Change Control

Why automate your change control process? For a manufacturing company, their engineering change control process is their most expensive process. I was working with a manufacturing company that hired one of the Big5 consulting companies [back in the 80’s] to interview their workers to uncover their most expensive process. They were there a week [think…