Blog - The Platform for the Frontline Workforce

Bringing Agile to the Frontline in Manufacturing

Posted by Julia Walsh on Aug 11, 2022 6:25:43 AM

Agile methodologies originate from the software development sector, where development teams work in a more collaborative and cross-functional manner to deliver a product that is developed with an iterative approach and is continually improved to meet the requirements set out.

This is a methodology that is the exact opposite of the waterfall method of development, where an elaborate plan is established at the beginning based on user requirements and the project is executed by subject matter experts, the aim is to deliver a solution in one go with minimum possible change requests and by following the specs to the exact detail.

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Tags: Industrial Data, frontline workforce, business process management, process optimization

Being Future Ready! Understanding what it Really Means for Manufacturers.

Posted by Julia Walsh on Aug 3, 2022 12:25:00 PM

Manufacturers irrespective of their industry segment and geographical spread are facing challenges in all areas of their business, the sheer uncertainty which exists in the market due to global trade wars, international conflicts, heightened regulations, local and regional restrictions, and changing tariffs are all contributors to this unprecedented level of chaos.

There are, however, industry-specific, people and technology-related challenges as well, there is a clear and growing knowledge/skill gap between the existing old-school workforce and the new more digitally adept one. Understanding what technologies to implement to further the company’s vision and doing so with minimum disruption is another challenge. Competition is tighter than ever, digitization is being pursued by each and every manufacturer, which means improvement in efficiency and profitability are critically important. Even in relatively stable batch-type discreet production facilities, customer demands for personalization and customization are leading to a larger than ever product mix.

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Tags: frontline workforce

Understanding Intelligent Data Platforms and Their Role in Manufacturing

Posted by Julia Walsh on Jul 27, 2022 10:45:00 AM

For manufacturing organizations, perhaps the lowest hanging fruit when it comes to their digital transformation journey is the digitization of the frontline workforce through a comprehensive platform.

The platform should have the ability to connect the workforce to the enterprise while enabling data collection and facilitating real-time decision-making. That said, until recently most organizations were focused on providing better digital tools to their knowledge workers and office staff, not the frontline workforce. Leaders in manufacturing through hard-learned lessons; realized during the pandemic that frontline workforce digitization brings with it a golden opportunity for improvements in overall process efficiency and operational effectiveness. Most importantly, previously untapped treasure troves of data, right from the shop floor, which has the largest impact value if collected, viewed, and acted upon with the right context and in the right timeframe.

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