On the weekends and in the evening many of us watch some amazing sporting feats. Some of us may even participate in some great events. What spirit those athletes have! How they throw everything they have to gain an extra yard, drive an extra foot or shave off an extra millisecond.
Involvement, accountability, understanding of the vision, learning more about the business, learning more about the function they perform and even about their team.
I once watched a machine tool salesman make his presentation to one of my co-workers. The salesman did all of the talking and even when he asked a question, he gave the answer! Not once did he attempt to find out what was needed, he just kept talking and showing more pictures and charts.
Another great opportunity you have right now is the procurement of new state of the art equipment. Machine builders are feeling the crunch too. They are reducing costs to keep their plants running and retain their employees. As a result, there are some really good deals out there on machine tools.
5S is just one part of the tubulares lean process. It is also essential that everyone follows through, so the benefits can be permanent. It is not enough to paint some outlines of wrenches and then leave them laying about randomly.
Now, you have another platform consideration option to factor into your ERP comparison. Cloud computing. There are more and more ERP vendors who are offering a hosted solution. But keep in mind that this may only be a hosted server, or it may be a true multi-tenant environment where upgrades are easily maintained. This will require little if any internal IT support so it could be a less expensive solution to support. It could also have a negative impact on IT moral since you would be taking responsibilities away from them. The key solution here is to make sure that IT is involved from the beginning of the ERP Comparison when it comes to platform discussions. Early decisions on the platform often determine potential vendor candidates.
They will also see the possible solutions and realize the value 5S, Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping and Six Sigma. Now, when they ask, What is lean manufacturing going to do for us? they will answer their own question.