The word “transformation” can be scary. Much of what we read today talks about enterprise transformation “from the top down” and “spanning all four corners of the business.” That can be overwhelming. It's no surprise, therefore, that transformation is sometimes seen as an all-or-nothing endeavor. It is perceived as a journey that requires significant disruption to your operations and significant investment of your precious resources—finances, people, time, and otherwise.
We are here to tell you that the perceived barriers to your quality transformation are just that—perceptions. Let’s take a look at how to transform your enterprise without disruption or overuse of your resources.
Perceived Barriers to Transformation
The primary barrier to transformation for operations and resources boils down to one thing: everyone’s plate is already full—either managing and maintaining servers and IT projects or running day-to-day production. Your teams just don’t have the time to take on new transformation projects.
If this is your perception, then it’s no wonder that you do not want any major additional projects impeding your people as they do the jobs they were hired to do. And you certainly don’t want to overburden your workforce. Keep those products rolling out the door; keep the existing systems functioning; keep the status quo.
Oh, the Costs!
Second, transformation projects are perceived as being costly and complex. Many organizations feel that a transformation project will compete with budget constraints—and take money away from other projects deemed to be of high value.
And let’s face it, when we don’t have enough information, we tend to imagine the worst. So, when you don’t know how complex (or wonderfully simple) a transformation project can be, you naturally assume it to be a major undertaking—with a high risk of problems and a high risk of failure.
Shifting Quality Paradigms
Your current quality procedures have served you well for many years. Why tinker with success? Well, the landscape is shifting. We need to reconsider manufacturing quality paradigms that are really no longer true, or even applicable.
Making improvements only at the plant level is a big one. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enables quality improvement experts at the corporate level (from anywhere around the globe) to sort, slice, and dice data anyway they want from across plants, across departments, across the enterprise, across regions. Manufacturing quality paradigms are shifting.
So, here we are at the old catch-22 paradox of manufacturing. How do we gain the knowledge and experience of how valuable these quality transformation projects can be if we don't try them? But how can we try them if the perception is that they are too complex or risky?
The sad truth is that we revert to what we know. We stick to “business as usual” (or quality as usual). Thankfully, there is an alternative. Cloud-based software is here, it’s secure, and it’s proven. And, happily, it’s built around a subscription model! So, your approach to transformation can be very different.
Getting Started–Saving Money
The InfinityQS cloud-based quality management solution, Enact®, is subscription-based, with no long-term contracts. You simply pay for the number of licenses that you use on a monthly basis. And you can increase or decrease the number of licenses at any time. No long-term contract means you are not locked in with any kind of significant financial commitment up front—which, let’s face it, makes it virtually risk-free!
The subscription-based licensing model enables the subscription cost to be an ongoing, monthly operational expenditure, rather than a capital expenditure. In addition, it reduces or eliminates many other hidden costs associated with hosting your own quality system. Until the cloud became commonplace, many of those costs were considered simply “the cost of doing business.”
Don’t let the cost of doing business keep you from realizing inexpensive, modern technology that offers so much more.
Mimize the Risk: Enact Proof of Concept
Enact requires no software to be installed locally; everything is accessible simply via a web browser. This means there’s no commitment to hardware or infrastructure up front. And it enables you to start small, and thereby assess the real and tangible business benefits and value. You can then expand at a pace that meets your business needs or constraints, such as resource availability.
Starting small is what the Enact proof of concept (PoC) is all about. A PoC is typically set up to work on a single process—a single filling operation, or a packaging operation, for example. This limited implementation enables you and your key stakeholders to see how easy it is to use the powerful data collection and analysis tools Enact has to offer.
In addition, a proof of concept is done in just 30 days. After you have seen a demonstrated, tangible return on your investment, you can begin a wider, phased deployment approach by expanding across more processes, areas, or plants.
Excellence Through Transformation
You can’t really talk about transforming your manufacturing operations without talking about enterprise visibility, operational insights, and global transformation.
It begins with unifying and storing all of your quality data in one place. This provides you with that bird’s eye view of your data—enterprise-wide visibility—which enables you to assess quality performance for every region, operation, and product in your company.
Enterprise visibility enables you to garner true operational insights into your processes and operations, which can fuel high-level, prioritized improvement of product quality and spark some exciting, proactive, strategic decision making.
As you expand your quality management implementation across your organization, you enable access to this level of information. Then, with that level of insight, you can gain the ability to globally transform your business through process optimization, cost reductions, and better resource utilization.
To understand how a quality transformation can really impact your bottom line, watch our customer success video. You’ll see how this company discovered how to make processes more competitive and less costly.