Real Lean Transformation


Published: 20 October 2011

Upgrading an existing ERP system generally doesn’t involve the same level of upheaval as a new implementation, but it’s still an important technology project carrying a substantial cost that needs to be done properly. What are the key things to look out for?

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Published: 17 October 2011

The medical device distribution sector is characterised by a very dynamic supply chain with multiple versions of business process required to compete and prosper. From an ERP point of view this means that a flexible and functional solution is required.

In this new blog post on 'ERP in the Medical Device Distribution Sector - a suitable fit?', Senior Consultant Ian O'Toole examines some of the key characteristics we found across multiple companies in this sector.


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Published: 20 September 2011

As anyone who has ever been involved in an ERP implementation can attest, implementing an ERP system is an inherently risky activity. Implementation failures occur for all sorts of reasons and the effects of failure can range from the relatively benign to the business-endangering.

There is no such thing as a risk-free project. A project exists to bring about change, and with change comes uncertainty, and that means that risks have to be taken. Avoiding risk in a project is therefore not an option – instead, the focus has to be on managing risk.

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Published: 5 September 2011

The goal of “one size fits all” ERP has increasingly been found wanting for large, complex and diverse organisations. In fact, they’re finding exactly the opposite – making a legacy system work across every element of an organisation isn’t necessarily the best solution.

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Published: 31 August 2011

Deployment of 5S in a laboratory setting is a time consuming effort and one which in itself delivers little in terms of productivity gains. So why bother?

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Published: 8 June 2011

BSM ran a very successful Lean Lab Event in March 2011 attended by over 50 representatives from the Irish pharmaceutical industry. The event was run in conjunction with Elan Drug Technologies, Monksland, Ireland.

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Published: 16 May 2011

Lean principles must be applied differently outside of Manufacturing. Many life sciences QA/QC labs miss opportunities for Lean improvement and cost savings due to ineffectual waste elimination and an underappreciation of the impact of workload volatility.

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Published: 9 May 2011

BSM Ireland has partnered with Pfizer on a corporate Lean Lab program, as well as a Lean Batch Disposition project at Pfizer’s Biotech site in Grange Castle, Ireland. This story and more, jointly written by BSM and Pfizer is explained in detail in a recent article published by PharmaManufacturing.

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Published: 4 May 2011

Role Mapping is a key step in the ERP implementation process. The completion of this work creates the framework that allows users to access the system, identifies the system components for which each user will require training, and ultimately contributes to the realisation of targeted business benefits. 

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Published: 9 February 2011

BSM conducted a major international survey in 2010 to examine the business benefits which were delivered from Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementations and to understand the factors which contributed to the success or failure.

Many recent ERP surveys have focused mainly on the reasons for failure. In this survey we took a more balanced view by examining the factors which contribute to both success and failure and by identifying the extent of business benefits delivered across a range of areas.

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