SOURCE: Informance International

November 19, 2007 15:40 ET

Optima Central and Informance Form Alliance to Help Companies Leverage Business Intelligence for Manufacturing Performance

Manufacturers Launch or Expand Continuous Improvement Initiatives With Leaders in Business Process Management and EMI

DALLAS, TX and REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - November 19, 2007) - Optima Central, a leader in business process management, and Informance International, a leader in Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) solutions, announce a partnership to help customers throughout Latin America build and expand efficiencies in manufacturing to drive supply chain performance. Fortune 1000 companies can now leverage Optima Central's deep domain expertise in supply chain strategy together with the Informance Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence Suite (including patented analytics), and IMPACT Advisory Services to drive greater efficiency without added capital expense, and translate manufacturing operations gains into increased competitive advantage in the supply chain.

Optima Central identifies areas to improve competitive advantage, and helps companies realize the benefits of efficiencies and controls in the value chain. Companies use the resources they already have to make more, spend less, and achieve higher levels of customer satisfaction. Optima Central president Alberto Vasquez has designed the improvement strategy for a variety of Fortune 100 manufacturers during his tenure with those firms as a senior-level executive. For example, as a former executive of one of the world's largest snack food and beverage companies, he helped design that company's North American supply chain strategy to measure and calibrate production information in alignment with supply chain goals. Now, he leads a team of process management practitioners based in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. as they help manufacturers throughout the region achieve similar supply chain effectiveness.

"Using Informance, our team helps companies quickly obtain actionable insight that business executives, plant management, improvement professionals and plant operators can use to make strategic or tactical adjustments when they will have the greatest impact -- immediately, not weeks or months later," comments Alberto Vasquez, president of Optima Central. "Our customers now view and understand manufacturing issues within business context, which is critical to an effective value chain."

Informance EMI solutions enable manufacturing professionals and enterprise management to view real-time operational metrics and performance in order to make fast, informed decisions and make appropriate adjustments throughout the plant or across the network. They can then focus on the changes and improvements that will have the greatest impact on operational and financial performance, and then track progress against their initiatives.

"Optima Central has a unique perspective of the value chain," comments Sunil Singh, CEO and president of Informance International. "They have the vision and expertise to help companies translate manufacturing performance gains achieved with Informance into value chain effectiveness, so that businesses achieve superior manufacturing operational performance, and that it aligns perfectly with the supply chain strategy."

About Optima Central

Optima Central enables and empowers clients to become highly adaptive to changing conditions in the business environment. We optimize your ability to adapt to constant change and align business strategies with commitments and resources. Optima services and methodologies combined with enabling solution sets transform your company into a highly adaptive business in sync with today's dynamic marketplace. To learn more, call 1-817-267-6754, e-mail info@optimacentral.com, or visit www.solopt.com.

About Informance International

Informance delivers Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) solutions to help clients accelerate operational performance initiatives, drive operating strategies and capture actionable insight; measured by speed-to-value. Clients quickly unlock hidden capacity, increase productivity without additional capital investment, reduce inventory and labor costs, and increase working capital. To learn more, call 1-877-464-6262, e-mail info@informance.com, or visit www.informance.com.

Contact Information

  • Optima Central Media Contact:
    Evelyn Pintado
    Director Sales and Marketing Relations
    Email Contact
    (817) 267-6754

    Informance International Media Contact:
    Diane Murray
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Email Contact
    (847) 498-1844 ext. 235