When you’re looking for quality improvements across your entire enterprise, you need software that makes it easy for your Six Sigma teams to do what they do best. Your enterprise may be a single plant, three or four plants, or more than a thousand plants around the world. Regardless, you want to optimize your processes and minimize quality costs across each production line and plant—and across all the plants in your entire ecosystem.
Analyzing quality improvement data across your enterprise can take a lot of time without the right system in place to review the data. Imagine putting all that quality data in one place for your Six Sigma teams to anticipate problems, avoid issues, and generate more value for your organization.
That’s where modern quality intelligence solutions can help.
True quality improvements start with enterprise visibility. You can’t make the changes you want to improve your company without visibility across all your production lines, plants, and regions.
Imagine that you are at the controls of a small airplane, flying 15,000 feet in the air. It’s a beautiful summer day. Skies are blue, there are a few scattered clouds, and visibility is excellent.
If visibility is good, that means you can probably see miles ahead and around you. You can see mountain ranges, lakes, streams, and highways. Good visibility also means that you can easily recognize potential issues—approaching weather patterns or aircraft in the vicinity that are getting too close to you. With that type of visibility, a good pilot can make intelligent, informed decisions about airspeed, altitude, and landing, while skillfully avoiding problems and mishaps.
It’s the same with data. Imagine having easy access to all the quality data across your entire enterprise. Imagine having access to any data you need—and having it instantly available. Envision a world in which you can view quality data from any region, plant, or production line in just a few button-clicks. Like our pilot, you can use your data visibility to make intelligent decisions, anticipate problems, avoid issues, and generate value for your organization.
Insights to Live By
InfinityQS software has tools to support data gathering from any device or any system. That data is saved in a single cloud repository: an easily accessible system where any data can be viewed in a simple, standardized format.
But when we use the word “data,” we generally think of a bunch of individual numbers. So, imagine you have a spreadsheet with thousands of numbers in it. Then suppose we asked you to tell us what the numbers mean. The first thing you would naturally do is try to figure out a way of summarizing the numbers. You might calculate an average, make a line graph of the data points, or place the data into a histogram. Regardless, individual numbers by themselves have little value.
It’s only when we summarize and make pictures of the data that information is exposed. That is what we call operational insights — summarizing your data and generating valuable information.
All this enterprise visibility and the operational insights lead to what we call global transformation. The phrase sounds lofty, but we’ve worked with organizations that have utterly transformed their business performance by acting on the operational insights uncovered by our software.
Over the years, some companies have literally saved tens of millions of dollars and doubled productivity by leveraging the information found in the operational insights.
But there’s a trick to it: action. You must act on operational insights to yield positive results. If you fail to act on critical information, it’s impossible to improve, much less transform global performance. The key to success—to achieve true global transformation—is to make it happen diligently. And how do you do that? With the quality professionals, Six Sigma teams, and tiger teams you employ.
The Power of Quality
Operational insights help you guide quality improvement teams and steer your quality improvement efforts. In effect, it means the company can specifically state what the Six Sigma team is supposed to work on. Although that might seem obvious, in some companies, things are tough for Six Sigma teams when they must determine what quality issues require their focus—but they don’t have a single source for the data they need.
Historically, organizations have data spread across many different systems, which means there is no single repository for all quality data—until now. Imagine having access to all quality data in one place and then saying to your Six Sigma team, “All the data is right here in this great tool you can use; now tell us what needs to be fixed.”
Modern quality intelligence software is a gamechanger in terms of providing access to data. It helps Six Sigma teams and quality professionals identify precisely where they can make the greatest impact on the business, help dramatically reduce costs, and improve quality levels.
When you can have all the quality data across the enterprise in one place, it’s easily accessible by any quality team, Six Sigma team, quality professional, manager, COO, and CEO. It doesn’t matter. It’s accessible and useable for the people who can make a difference in the business.
Once you have all that quality data sitting in one single data repository, your quality professionals can use reported metrics, statistical tools, and analysis capabilities to prioritize company-wide quality actions.
Once those insights have been identified, it’s time for your quality experts to take those insights and make improvements across production lines, product codes, shifts, and the enterprise. With a single data repository and analytical tools, it is realistic to transform quality performance throughout your organization.
Again, this is all driven by the centralization of quality data. Unifying all that global data enables strategic decisions for quality improvement. It’s now possible to see where you can drive continuous improvement activities, improve your products’ consistency, and reduce costs across the enterprise.
Become Part of the Excellence Loop
This concept of enterprise visibility, operational insights, and global transformation is part of the InfinityQS Excellence Loop.
Our software products help organizations drive tremendous improvement and become much more competitive. We help companies get the visibility they need to obtain those important operational insights and unleash their talented Six Sigma teams to make dramatic improvements in the quality and performance of their organizations.
We want to help companies striving to optimize processes, maximize quality, and minimize costs, defects, rework, and recalls. Our quality management software products are designed to help you put the people you employ—quality professionals, Six Sigma teams, and the like—in the best position possible to deliver quality improvements that can positively affect your bottom line.
What does quality improvement mean to your organization? Watch this success story on our website and learn more about how one company interrogated its in-spec quality data. Then contact us to learn how you can re-imagine quality.