Monthly Archives: July 2013

Success with job shop operations (Part IV) – Interoperability


Traditional ERP systems were all-inclusive.  This makes for complex software suites with high license fees and long implementation times. No guarantee all modules will be “best of breed”. Researching allows individual modules to be selected on their relative merits but … Continue reading

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Success with job shop operations (Part III) – How to put decision support in-line


Welcome to Part III of a blog series on success with Job Shop Operations. We highlighted in Parts I and II of this blog mini-series the importance of auto-scheduling and orchestration (i.e. guideline) capabilities that come from background BPM (Part I) and … Continue reading

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Success with job shop operations (Part II) – How to collect data at workflow steps


Welcome to part II of a blog series on success with Job Shop Operations. Given an environment capable of providing workflow scheduling facilities (RALB), we can move on to data collection (i.e. monitoring). The purpose of collecting data at workflow … Continue reading

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Success with job shop operations (Part I) – How to increase throughput


Job shop operations involve the conversion of inputs to outputs in environments characterized by low volume orders, custom builds, scarce machines, scarce people and scarce materials. Balancing supply with demand is key for any business – job shop operations are … Continue reading

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CPM, anyone?


If the nature of your business involves taking on a contractual commitments where time is of the essence and your costs are fixed, read on. CPM (Critical Path Method) is a methodology that puts a strong focus on deliverables.  The … Continue reading

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Big Data – a practical perspective


McKinsey in “Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity” reports that “The increasing volume and detail of information captured by enterprises, the rise of multimedia, social media, and the Internet of Things will fuel exponential growth in … Continue reading

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What is the impact of a BPMS on job shop operations?


The keys to success in job shop operations are ability to price work, rapid setup, resource availability, adherence to order specifications including delivery time, quality, accommodation of on-the-fly changes in priority, and overall throughput, Few BPMs have the ability to … Continue reading

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The Right Time To Close A Case


Some undertakings are intrinsically complex, others become that way only when people complicate initiatives that might otherwise allow an undertaking to remain relatively simple. I have clients who agonize over when to close a Case.  Closing eCases does not require much effort, … Continue reading

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