With a large influx of data in the enterprise, more companies may need document management software to keep up with all of the information coming their way. According to the InformationWeek Content Management in the Enterprise Survey however, many businesses still don’t have a plan for managing content.
There are a number of ways to simplify the work environment, from removing unnecessary tasks to utilizing technology to create greater efficiency. Document management is one such tool. It allows for business simplification and improvement through a technology investment. But all vendors will promise in some way or another to make your life easier while [...]
A fact that the lean community has known for a long time is beginning to dawn on the rest of the world … that there are two kinds of companies in this world. There are those that are driven by simple ideas – value for customers, respect for people, common sense accounting, keeping things moving through straightforward processes without wasting time or money. Then there are those that picture business as some grand, complicated financial scheme propelled by increasingly sophisticated marketing theories.
“It used to take 48 hours to a week for a physician to receive a paper record from the warehouse,” says Nancy Cothern, Director of Physician Management Service. “With our new electronic document archive, physicians now receive the records they request within the hour. In addition, the solution enabled us to terminate our relationships with the storage warehouses – saving us approximately $140,000 last year in warehousing costs alone. We expect our savings to be even more substantial this year…”
I am rarely the first lean consultant my clients hire. I do, however, expect to be the last one they hire. I typically work with companies that have been at lean for a number of years but are frustrated by a lack of results. The big question I get is why they can’t see the cost savings they know they have made through their various kaizen, Six Sigma and rapid improvement events.
For over twelve years, iDatix Corporation has been committed to helping organizations achieve continuous process improvement through innovative tools, advanced technology and expert instruction. The company is proud to announce that it will now be hosting the Manufacturing Leadership Center with world renowned lean expert Bill Waddell.
Many mistakenly believe the game of rock, paper, scissors is a game of chance. Actually, it’s an exercise in quick-thinking strategy development and implementation. And, guess what?! Paper is chosen least often in the game as players subconsciously think it a losing play. And it is. Not just in the game but as a strategy in business too, particularly for manufacturers. Paper documents are the weak point in any manufacturer’s operation and here’s why…
No market segment seemed more suited to enterprise resource planning (ERP) use than manufacturing. The processes were highly structured, repetitive, and identical in this assembly-line world. But manufacturing is a business as much as it is a producer and as such it needs more than software that can rinse and repeat.
With the iDatix booth located at the far end of the North hall, I pass by hundreds of exhibitors every day. One booth that always caught my eye was from Lincoln Electric. Their intelligent robotic system is different than any of the other robots I have seen at IMTS, I have seen some impressive machines. [...]
ROFIN is one of the largest laser exhibits in the North hall. Their greenmix product, built in Switzerland, is a revolutionary solution for effective copper welding with lasers. It is used for spot welding highly reflective metals and is ideal in industries such as aerospace, automotive and defense. A laser solution such as this means [...]