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Ops 4.0: Fueling the next 20 percent productivity rise with digital analytics

Business needs to raise productivity more than ever. Thanks to innovations in digitization and analytics, four new methodologies can yield the productivity breakthroughs organizations need.
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Zero-based budgeting

ZBB aligns resources where they will matter the most and creates a culture of cost management to sustain the change over time.

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Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing

– The erosion of US manufacturing isn’t a foregone conclusion. The decade ahead—with increased demand, new technology,... and value chain optimization—will give the sector a chance to turn around.
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How the Internet of Things will reshape future production systems

– Rich data, ubiquitous connectivity, and real-time communication are changing the way companies work. For leaders, that transformation... will extend much further than the machines on the factory floor.
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Industry 4.0: Reinvigorating ASEAN manufacturing for the future

– New digital technologies can help Southeast Asian manufacturers reassert their place in the global landscape.
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Automation, robotics, and the factory of the future

– Cheaper, more capable, and more flexible technologies are accelerating the growth of fully automated production facilities. The... key challenge for companies will be deciding how best to harness their power.

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Digital transformation: Raising supply-chain performance to new levels

– Combining digital applications with operational changes helps yield significant performance improvements that stand the test of... time.
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Ops 4.0: Manufacturing’s future, made by people

– Digital manufacturing connects massive data pools, smarter machines, and innovative process technologies to help people be more... productive.
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Retailing in the Middle East: How to recapture profitable growth

– Major structural shifts in the region will compel retailers to transform their businesses both commercially and operationally.
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Ops 4.0: The zero hour for a budget-driven transformation

– Sophisticated analytics techniques make zero-based budgeting more feasible, flexible, and profitable than ever for an entire organization.
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How the paper and forest-products industry thrives in the digital age

– Digitization hasn’t spelled the end of paper and forest products, but it is requiring that leaders think differently about growth... opportunities.
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Ops 4.0: Digital enablement, driving journeys from end to end

– Lean management’s end-to-end perspective revealed the power in remaking customer journeys. Adding digital and agile makes these... transformations easier, quicker, and more sustainable than ever—and at unprecedented scale.
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In search of a better stretch target

– Aggressive goals can dramatically improve a company’s performance. But unachievable goals can do more harm than good. Here’s how... to stretch without breaking.
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Ops 4.0: Analytics to value for a product-centered transformation

– Cutting-edge analytic tools, design thinking, customer insights, and procurement intelligence combine to free your company from... the commoditization treadmill.
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Ops 4.0: Turning digital analytics into 20 percent higher productivity

– Digital and analytics provide four distinct opportunities for organizations to achieve productivity breakthroughs.
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Supply-chain management in aerospace and defense: Cash is king—again

– A renewed focus on investment calls for A&D companies to unlock significant amounts of cash. The key will be knowing where... to look and what measures can free it up.
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Trends in electric-vehicle design

– What did we learn from a teardown and benchmarking of ten EV models?
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Disruption, friction, and change: The hallmarks of a true transformation

– A company transformation is a holistic, top-priority endeavor that requires aggressive focus from the management team to reach... the full potential of a business.
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A better fit: Tailoring the deployment model to suit the organization

– The right way to deploy a transformation depends on the nature of its goals, and on the structure, resources, and capabilities... of the organization.
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Deployment models: How mature are your operational practices?

– Before setting out toward operational excellence, companies must see where they stand. A good maturity assessment provides more... than a set of coordinates: it also maps out the first steps.
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Extended lean toolkit for total productivity

– Technology is on manufacturers’ side, but their next challenge is to create tools, infrastructure, and processes that turn rich... data into real performance improvement.
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Navigating the digital future: The disruption of capital projects

– Digital technology is disrupting capital projects. Companies that want to emerge as leaders must transform their organizations... now.

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Creating competitive advantage by putting customers first and managing their journeys.

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The great re-make: Manufacturing for modern times

– What does “great” operational excellence look like and how do we get there?
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The work of leaders in a lean management enterprise

– Learn what successful lean leaders do to integrate new technologies and approaches, and to ensure that the practices that support continuous improvement also improve continuously.
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Unlocking Industrial Resource Productivity

– This e-book examines five core beliefs to increase profits through energy, material, and water efficiency.

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