SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

September 09, 2008 14:39 ET

Global Manufacturing Operations Management: Best-in-Class Manufacturers Are Over 2.5 Times More Likely Than Other Manufacturers to Deploy a MOM Platform Across the Entire Global Manufacturing Network

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 9, 2008) - The latest benchmark report by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), "Global Manufacturing Operations Management," has correlated specific business capabilities and technology enablers to Best-in-Class operational performance. For the purposes of this study, Aberdeen has evaluated and classified manufacturers based on three key performance indicators: On-Time and Complete Shipments, OEE, and Response Time to Non-Conforming Shipments. Best-in-Class manufacturers are defined as the top 20% of performers in a weighted average across the aforementioned three KPIs and results show that Best-in-Class performance is:

--  94% On-Time and Complete Shipments
--  84% Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
--  9.9 Hours Response Time to Non-Conforming Shipments
    

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As we put these research findings in context, Matthew Littlefield, a Senior Research Analyst with the Aberdeen Group's Global Manufacturing Practice, states, "Manufacturers are continually faced with the pressure to reduce the total cost of manufacturing and the Best-in-Class are successfully responding to this pressure in several distinct ways. First, the Best-in-Class are taking a collaborative approach to deploying Manufacturing Operations Management platforms, leveraging the expertise of both Corporate IT and Line of Business Manufacturing." Littlefield adds, "Second, and perhaps most importantly, the platforms deployed by the Best-in-Class are considerably more likely to span the entire global manufacturing network, as well as, provide visibility and automated work flows to manage adverse events across assets, production, quality, inventory, customers, and suppliers."

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