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The Folly of Deep Data Diving

How to Transition into Real Time KPIs

Data-driven decision-making has become over- whelming for many industries. Pressures and responses to such concerns as globalization, performance margins, integrating supply chains and balancing costs with customer service have produced voluminous amounts of data at previously unthinkable levels. Read about a five step process to make sense of the ocean of data and migrate from static to real-time KPIs.

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Manufacturing Today: Key Performance Indicators

Information overload is more prevalent than ever in today’s manufacturing industry. According to Adrian Ott in her book The 24-Hour Customer, people see more than 34 billion pieces of information (the equivalent of two books) every day. With the wide adoption of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, executives and other decision makers involved in managing the supply chain can drown in emails, work-related conversations and numerous key performance indicators (KPIs). The good news is: there are solutions. Newer approaches to managing information, such as shallow-dive analytics, indirect KPIs and real-time KPIs can help companies manage the fire hose of information and bring more insight to business decisions. These new approaches do not reduce the amount of information. Rather, they focus business teams on providing the right insights for optimal decision making.

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Sage Clarity Selected by CIO Review for its 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Solution Providers

FREMONT, CA—November 3, 2014—CIO Review has chosen Sage Clarity for its 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Solution Providers. The selection is based on Sage Clarity’s creative mobile analytics technology solutions that advance the way the manufacturing supply chain world works. Sage Clarity provide tools and technologies that enable better decision making for manufacturing organizations. This coupled with their experienced consultants lends clarity and insight to manufacturing operations.

The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of CIO Review’s editorial board to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship. “Sage Clarity has been on our radar for some time now for stirring a revolution in the manufacturing space, and we are happy to showcase them this year due to their continuing excellence in delivering top-notch technology-driven solutions,” said Harvi Sachar, Publisher and Founder, CIO Review. “Sage Clarity’s solutions continued to break new ground within the past year benefiting its customers around the globe, and we’re excited to have them featured on our top companies list.”

Read CIO Review article here: Sage Clarity Real-Time Supply Chain Analytics with the OneView Mobile Platform

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Reinventing America - The Idea Lab

Reinventing America for the Next Generation Workforce: Sage Clarity launches “The Idea Lab”

CHICAGO, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sage Clarity, a global manufacturing technology and advisory services provider, announced today the launch of the Clarity Idea Lab. The Idea Lab showcases cutting edge solutions focused on the Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise.

Idea Lab solutions, advance the user experience beyond traditional enterprise software solutions for manufacturing. Solutions employ cutting edge advanced technology used in creative ways to engage the workforce. Idea lab solutions include intelligent data mining big data applications, mobile business intelligence solutions and highly interactive factory floor advanced visualization applications.

One example in the idea lab is the Factory Media Center that utilizes a 90″ touch screen designed to…

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Webinar Manufacturing KPIs

Webinar: Manufacturing KPIs – 50 to 10 KPIs

Fewer than 20% of companies say that “everyone” in their business gets the numbers they need to make day-to-day decisions (according to The Advanced Performance Institute). To steer the business properly, leaders need a long list of KPIs – usually on a monthly basis. That list can get shorter, when data for metrics becomes real-time.

Webinar highlights:

  • Assess your current KPIs by business function, role, and department
  • Consider real-time readiness and maturity, in context of people and data sources
  • Create a KPI roadmap and action plan, prioritize by readiness and business value
  • Choose the “best” KPIs and commit the right resources
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Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement: Engaged Staff Equals Better Performance

“Anybody under the age of 20 has a very different view of data and information than people in the current workforce,” observes John Oskin, founder and CEO of Sage Clarity Systems, Chicago. The presentation of and access to data from the corner office to the shop floor is changing, though “the future is not about top-down vs. bottom-up initiatives,” he says. Instead, it is about engagement and involvement in achieving improvements that can be financially quantified.

Article Highlights:

  • How an Engaged Staff can drive Continuous Improvement
  • CPR for TPM
  • Tools & Technologies for supporting Continuous Improvement
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When Planning Rates Fail Us

When Planning Rates Fail Us

Studies show that 30 percent of SKUs in a typical manufacturing facility have at least 10 percent error between the current planning rate used and the ideal, “desired” planning rate. Most manufacturers aren’t even aware of this problem. That’s why frequent, detailed analysis — reviewed more often than annually or even quarterly — are necessary to ensure accurate standard and planning rates.

A new methodology to establish accurate planning rates is required, including:

  • Review data sufficiency.
  • Analyze minute-by-minute production data
  • Look for data anomolies and SKU differences
  • Recommend rates based on historical performance
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Mobilizing Manufacturing Intelligence

Cutting The Cord: Mobilizing Manufacturing Intelligence

When it comes to manufacturing, digestible insight for operations performance generally means being chained to a desk. That’s because in the past, accessing information on the go was accomplished either a) on a small smartphone screen where data was hard to sift through or b) on a laptop that had to be lugged across a manufacturing floor. However, the rise of the tablet—specifically, the iPad—has been a game changer. With constant Web connection, long battery life, and instant “on,” the iPad is the perfect piece of hardware to put into the hands of key executives.

Article Highlights:

  • The iPad’s operating system provides a new way to touch applications and manipulate data.
  • The iPad’s simplicity and intuitive design make it possible to drill down rapidly into the latest data sets, and can even make slicing and dicing data fun.
  • The iPad’s ability to make unfiltered, real-time information readily consumable also eliminates the need for interpretation or summarization, giving executives an accurate, undiluted view of every aspect of operations.
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Food And Beverage PackagingOperations

Best-in-class benchmark study: Food & Beverage packaging operations

Manufacturing enterprises gain competitive advantages when they focus on operational excellence initiatives like Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Total Productive Maintenance and other continuous improvement methods. They set goals to unlock capacity and reduce inventory and labor costs, while increasing productivity without additional capital investment. Leading manufacturers meet these goals by identifying and measuring key performance indicators (KPIs) within and across facilities on an ongoing basis.

Article Highlights:

  • Best-in-class manufacturers are 22% more productive by identifying manufacturing losses at a rate 45 times greater than laggard manufacturers.
  • Typical plants in the food and beverage industry average more than 87,000 “short duration” line interruptions per year.
  • Best-in-class manufacturers approach 80% Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) with asset utilisation rates as high as 97%.
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