Requirements Analysis to Correct Operational Problems with Configurable Products

Industry: Semiconductor Capital Equipment Role: Project Manager Number of people working on Assignment: 20 people in Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Order Services, Production Control and Finance Duration of Engagement: 2 months Problem Presented: Our firm was referred to client as being an “expert” who could help them implement a configurator application—a Read more…

Define the User Interface for a Rule-Based Software Application to Properly Configure and Validate a Customer’s Orders

Industry: Semiconductor Role: Business and Technical Expert Assigned to End-User Number of people working on Assignment: 2 – client staff; 3 IT staff; 7 Accenture consulting personnel (project managers and programmers) Duration of the engagement: 7 months Problem Presented: Information Technology and outsource I.T. consulting staff were not appropriately identifying Read more…

Create Operations Infrastructure for a High-Tech Start-Up Company

Industry: Large Format Color Printer Role: Project Manager Number of people working on Assignment: 1 consultant/programmer, 9 client personnel Duration of Engagement: 4 months Problem Presented: Client needed assistance defining an operational infrastructure necessary to transition the company from being a start-up “product development” company to a complete sales, manufacturing, Read more…

What Every Manufacturing Executive Needs to Know About Configuration Management

Configuration Management (CM) is the foundation of a manufacturer’s operations infrastructure. The world’s most powerful MRP/ERP applications cannot overcome the shortcomings of a poorly designed and implemented CM system. In other words, if your CM system has a shaky foundation, the operations infrastructure sitting on top of this foundation will Read more…

How Document Control Practices Affect Time-to-Market

Note: This article originally appeared in The Business Journal published in San Jose/Silicon Valley. Manufacturers are continually pressured to improve time-to-market. While there is much discussion about “faster new-product development,” developing products faster is really only part of the issue. The real challenge is decreasing the cycle time between product Read more…