SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

March 04, 2008 13:03 ET

Extending the Lean Enterprise

Best-in-Class Enterprises Are 150% More Likely Than Laggard Enterprises to Share Collaborative Best-Practices Across the Enterprise

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), through the analysis of over 300 enterprises, reveals that Best-in-Class manufacturers realize 21% more On Time Deliveries, have a 37% higher level of OEE and a 83% lower total inventory costs when compared to Laggard manufacturers. Putting these findings in context, Matthew Littlefield, Research Analyst with Aberdeen's Global Manufacturing Practice, states that, "Enterprises are continually faced with the pressure to reduce operating costs. Our analysis has shown that in response Best-in-Class, enterprises are collaboratively sharing best practices across the enterprise and adopting an industry specific approach to Lean. In addition, we have found that these enterprises are more likely to have extended these Lean across the enterprise, support these initiatives with both education and performance management capabilities, and adopt technology solutions at both enterprise and line of business levels."

The research offers the following recommendations:

--  Best-in-Class enterprises are 40% more likely to leverage external
    domain experts for Lean initiatives and of the Best-in-Class currently
    leveraging consultants, 93% leverage consultants with industry specific
    experience implementing Lean.
--  Performance Management is a key capability that differentiates Best-in-
    Class performance. The Best-in-Class are more likely to provide role-based
    real-time KPIs, link operational KPIs with financials, and leverage
    manufacturing analytics to provide actionable intelligence.
--  Technology is the final differentiator of Best-in-Class performance.
    The Best-in-Class are integrating multiple technology solutions to extend
    the functionality of traditional enterprise applications supporting Lean.
    These technologies include: Simulation, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM),
    Manufacturing Intelligence (MI), Business Intelligence (BI), Advanced
    Planning and Scheduling (APS), and Lean Software Solutions.
    

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