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Dec 5, 2019

Changing Market Conditions Necessitate Scaled and Streamlined Product Launch Processes for Manufacturers

There’s been a huge disruption in the manufacturing industry with several small nimble brands entering the marketplace and grabbing market share from large, established manufacturers. IRI data cited by Forbes, Oct., 2018 Whether you work for a large or small manufacturer, this transforming marketplace is putting new pressures on teams. To better understand these demands, we surveyed 199 manufacturers who use SAP ERP systems to find out what businesses are doing and planning to do when it comes to their New Product Introduction (NPI), product launch, or commercialization processes. The findings from our survey are exceedingly clear: In this new… Read more


Apr 25, 2019

SAP Product Data – It’s more than just materials

If you’re running your manufacturing operations using an SAP ERP system you know there’s a mountain of master data behind each product. But it’s more than just materials. And while materials are the largest and most complex data object involved in manufacturing, is not the only data you need to create and manage—far from it. Depending on whether your materials are made or bought, you’ll also need data like BoMs, routings & recipes, vendors, source lists, costings, pricing conditions, etc. Typical SAP data objects in the manufacturing process Creating and maintaining all that data is a real challenge for many… Read more


May 4, 2015

Finding the Sweet Spot for SAP Process Automation

Taking a lean approach by assessing the value and cost for SAP process automation before implementation can help determine which processes will be of high value and low cost to the business.


Feb 23, 2015

Rising Costs of Wasted Time on Manual Processes

Late in 2013, an article surfaced through the wires citing that time wasted by office workers hunting for lost documents cost British businesses a staggering £15 billion a year. The survey of over 1,000 desk-based office workers found that more than two-thirds of them spent up to an hour a day hunting for missing documents. The research by infoMENTUM  was carried out by independent research agency Censuswide. Up to £15 billion wasted annually in the UK looking for ‘lost’ documents at work Almost one fifth of workers were described as having failed to find what they were looking for and then used… Read more


Sep 5, 2014

Solving the ERP Paradox, back to Lean

In a previous post we looked at ERP Paradox in Supply Chain Management Processes and how an ERP implementation that was supposed to be a change for good and give us a competitive edge turned into a rigid corset for our business processes. The “pace layering in enterprise systems” concept that we reviewed is without any doubt an improvement for this. It allows us to have more flexible layers over the rigid ERP backbone, But what specific actions should we perform to get back to the Lean way of life after an ERP implementation? Here are three steps to take. 1.-Make continuous… Read more


May 30, 2014

How to Effectively Train Your Staff on SAP

Are you interested in quickly and effectively training your staff on SAP? Winshuttle and Epistemy Press have partnered to provide corporate SAP Training Administrators with a suite of tools for learning core SAP concepts. In this training, we use GBI, a fictitious company represented in the SAP ERP system, to illustrate all of the core concepts of SAP ERP in a “real” corporate environment. The GBI system has all of the capabilities of a productive SAP ERP system, but it is simplified to focus on conceptual understanding rather than task mastery. Each concept is explained clearly from a business perspective… Read more


Apr 29, 2014

Lessons from Lima

Though the title suggests a trip to Peru, this post has nothing to do with Peru or the city of Lima at all.In fact what I want to talk about was Lima S.P.A. Model Railways –  the lessons in building and running systems and solutions, that can be learned from owning a model railway.I haven’t had a model railway since childhood.  My first train set was a battery operated Lima Model Railway which I received for Christmas.Over the years I expanded the railway extensively through the purchase of track, rolling stock and accessories. Though the Lima brand itself may be long… Read more


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