Address your specific business challenges, mature your supply chain, and outpace your competition

Supply chain management is so much more than the ability to minimize cost and waste in the production cycle. Yesterday’s gold standard of just-in-time replenishment and supply chain optimization has been replaced by today’s drive to orchestrate every process and metric across the business. It’s about creating and maintaining optimal balance across the supply chain, while meeting your company’s strategic objectives – from the price and cost of obtaining and storing raw materials, to optimal timing and sequencing of production, to serving customers and the industry with the right products, at the right time, in the right quantity, and meeting quality expectations. You want all this to happen while serving the company’s revenue and sustainability objectives.

Is your business equipped to identify potential problems? When customers don’t get what they need, when they need it, the buyer is likely to complain of poor service. Do the people throughout your organization have what they need to anticipate shortages or other problems before disappointing the customer?

Can functional teams across the enterprise perform their daily work in an orchestrated fashion to optimize price, cost, and service dynamically, while also meeting revenue and sustainability objectives? If teams and business leaders are constantly responding to chaos caused by supply chain problems, the timing might be right to move away from functional silo-based optimization to a more holistic approach to orchestrate the supply chain.

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Design, build, deploy, and customize a next-generation supply chain management solution based on leading supply chain platforms and modern planning techniques

If your company is ready to orchestrate all functions and processes to work harmoniously, the organization needs more than a masterful end-to-end supply chain management professional. The business should take steps to build the best supply chain network possible:

  • Align organization leaders and department heads around a clear set of goals, create a plan, and provide tactical guidance to execute the plan
  • Build in agility to react to stressors
  • Establish transparency for functional areas to collaborate and respond harmoniously

A business that views supply chain management as a well-orchestrated ecosystem abandons a strict view of planning focused on accuracy and execution focused solely on agility. Modern supply chain orchestration strives for collaborative planning and execution that are well-aligned on accuracy and agility. Instead of sequential, linear processes, planning and execution happen simultaneously and bidirectionally – execution responds to disruptions, information flows automatically. The result is near real-time updates and responsiveness across every function included in the supply chain:

  • Sales and operations planning
  • Demand planning
  • Supply planning
  • Transportation Planning
  • Inventory management and inventory optimization
  • Enterprise scheduling and production scheduling
  • Order management
  • Transportation management
  • Returns management
  • Spare parts management

A well-orchestrated supply chain can eliminate bottlenecks, cut inventory, reduce lead times, and optimize inventory, resource, and asset utilization. As a result, your business can boost customer satisfaction, competitive advantage, and overall business results.

Deploy, enhance, and extend the capabilities of your supply chain platform, to get the most from your investment

If your company has made the decision to deploy a supply chain platform, or is evaluating which solution might be best for the organization, consider working with a digital transformation company that has the depth and breadth of experience to address the many facets of each function that plays a critical role in a well-orchestrated supply chain.

The right partner won’t fall short on expertise or capabilities beyond helping you decide which solution to put in place or helping you define requirements. Enlist the digital transformation experts with proven system implementation, systems integration, and consulting experience in:

  • Supply chain planning and modern supply chain management platforms
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Supply chain orchestration and supply chain execution
  • Supply chain visibility, advanced analytics, and AI for supply chain
  • Production scheduling
  • OEE & MES, and machine data
  • Manufacturing operations performance
  • Manufacturing IT, manufacturing systems integration

Proven methodology for an agile, integrative approach to project management

Deploying and integrating your new system requires so much more than just “setting up the software” and training your people to use it. When you’re focused on implementing new digital capabilities or integrating with other systems, you want a transformation partner with a proven project management methodology, and engineers and consultants who consistently apply it. Our approach to project management allows us to address the cultural shift and business process changes required to get the business value your company expects. As a result, we help you fully align people, processes, and technology to create an environment prepared to deliver world-class manufacturing.

We apply an integrative approach to project management and we assemble a delivery team with diverse expertise for every project:

  • Experienced delivery managers (project managers)
  • Manufacturing domain experts (industry, functional disciplines)
  • Change management experts
  • Technology-specific engineers and consultants
  • Data specialists, architecture specialists
  • Documentation and training teams
  • Managed services

Maximize and protect your technology investment with managed services

Manufacturing companies eager to protect system investments typically sign up for managed services. But that’s not the only reason to invest in a managed services agreement. Business leaders often look to a managed services provider to help their organization improve operational performance.

An MSP lets your people focus on the business of running your manufacturing company, while the managed services provider concentrates on day-to-day system health. The MSP’s people address system downtime, diagnose service interruptions, and investigate the reasons for data problems. They also help you decide when and how to update and upgrade your system. Most importantly, however, the right managed services provider will constantly be looking for ways to help you drive even more business value with your system.

A managed services agreement is not a way to replace or bypass your in-house IT group. It’s a pragmatic way to supplement and extend their capabilities, to solve specific problems, and quickly navigate and avoid the nuances associated with specialized functional systems.

Asking the right questions

How can a business leader determine if a managed services provider is the right way to protect the company’s technology investment? Ask users, department heads, and your IT team straightforward questions like:

  • “Are we getting maximum value from the solution?”
  • “Are we using the system to optimize our work, processes, and outcomes?”
  • “Are there are features and functions we wish the system had?”
  • “Do technical or training issues prevent us from using the system to its fullest potential?”
  • “Are we running the current version? Is the current version right for us?”
  • “The people who support the solution are great at what they do, but do they have the time or domain expertise to help us?”
  • “Does my company outsource support for other systems? Can we get budget from IT or operations for it?”

Maximize and protect your technology investment with managed services by On Time Edge

  • Maintain app: monitor and release patches, bug fixes, and minor enhancements
  • App troubleshooting and health checks
  • Training resources: Knowledge center, documentation
  • Functional process experts: Manufacturing, operations performance, and supply chain
  • Recommend best use of tools for desired results
  • Integration troubleshooting
  • Evaluate new integrations
  • Enhancements: Evaluate and plan functionality
  • Scheduled business reviews to evaluate business value