Real Lean Transformation


Published: 3 February 2011

BSM in conjunction with Elan are running a Real Lean in LaboratoriesLean Lab Open Day on Thursday 3rd March in Elan Drug Technologies, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Laboratories are not the same as manufacturing environments. While most of the key principles of traditional Lean still apply, there are many unique challenges involved in effectively implementing them in laboratories.

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Published: 2 February 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 (such as “poor user-friendliness”) to the business-endangering (“inability to process transactions”).

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Published: 13 December 2010

BSM have changed the 'Opinions' posted on their website over the last year to BLOGS. These are categoriesed by serivce 'ERP Life Cycle' and 'Lean and Operations Excellence'. The blog posts are further broken down by category and by tags.

Visitors to the site can now leave comments, forward the post to various social media sites or follow BSM. Check out the site at the following links:

ERP Life Cycle Blog 
Lean and Operations Excellence Blog

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Published: 9 November 2010

Videos from the recent Real Lean Webinar Series are now available for viewing on the BSM website. The videos include the 3 recent real lean webinars on 'Introduction to Real Lean', 'Real Lean in Life Science' and 'Real Lean Outside Production'.

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Published: 4 November 2010

Specialised and diverse functional requirements place significant demands on the ERP systems which support process industries and in many cases act as a barrier, preventing ERP vendors entering the process industry market for ERP systems. This barrier to entry is compounded by the fact that the process manufacturing sector is a relatively small market compared to markets such as discrete manufacturing, retail and professional services.

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Published: 6 October 2010

Laboratories can be a taxing environment in which to implement Lean and Six Sigma. Labs are not the same as manufacturing – where Lean and Six Sigma got their start – because they typically have more variability in workload, less operational focus, less process reliability and longer task cycle times.  However, through creative adaptation of the techniques it is possible for practitioners to deliver significant improvements in cost or speed.

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Published: 30 September 2010

The first ERP HEADtoHEAD™ event took place in the Crowe Plaza Hotel, Dublin on 22nd and 23rd September 2010. The event proved to be hugely successful with over 60 people in attendance.

Over the two days five products were demonstrated from SAP, Microsoft, Epicor and Oracle using a single script, allowing for a true like-for-like comparison for finance and IT executives.

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Published: 22 September 2010

Most Life Science companies have embarked on at least one ‘Lean’ initiative in the last 15 years. Most of these programs have focused on the elimination of waste or ‘muda’, using techniques like Spaghetti Diagrams and 5S. They have almost always delivered some measurable improvements, but not on the scale promised in ‘The Machine That Changed The World’.

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Published: 31 August 2010

Firms investing in enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology are still in danger of making the classical mistake of treating it like any IT project, failing to involve business managers at all levels of the organisation.

Sean Jackson, managing director of ERP consulting firm BSM told Siliconrepublic that ERP represents a significant opportunity for a business to operate at peak efficiency. However, it is one area of IT investment where project failures can be disastrous.

ERP Head to Head Event Launch

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Published: 18 August 2010

Six leading ERP products will be pitted against each other over two days in the ERP HEADtoHEAD™ event taking place on 22nd / 23rd September 2010 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood Park, Dublin.  Each product will be demonstrated using a single script, allowing for a true like-for-like comparison.

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