Tag Archives: performance improvement

Artificial intelligence – how it might impact on business success

A new discussion paper from mckinsey.com – “How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies”.  It includes a survey of 3,000 ‘AI aware companies’ across the world.  This suggests that early adopters of this technology have higher margins than … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Icon Aerospace Technology’s continuous improvement programme

Good example on themanufacturer.com website of how continuous improvement is being applied in the aerospace industry.  Icon Aerospace, with the help of consultants SiG, developed its 4i continuous improvement programme based around ‘improvement, insight, intelligence, and inspiration’.  The impact has … Continue reading

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Beyond the hype of i4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution

KPMG have produced a 24 page report that seeks to separate the rhetoric from the reality of the so-called fourth industrial revolution.   It “offers a realistic perspective on the current state of i4.0 adoption and readiness across the market…. based … Continue reading

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‘Cognitive manufacturing’ – how the internet of things and analytics apply to factories

IBM Watson’s video is a great introduction to IoT and analytics in the manufacturing context…  

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Supply chain analytics

The so-called fourth industrial revolution is based on the transformative effect that digitisation is having on how businesses operate.  Smart technologies and digital communication means that a large amount of data can be generated about the performance of nearly every … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Model 3 assembly line strategy – risky or how every carmaker will go?

Fascinating article explaining how car makers go about setting up an assembly line for a new model.  Industry-wide practice is to “beta test” the line by using cheap, adaptable prototype tools that are scrapped once their output conforms to the … Continue reading

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Birmingham Children’s Hospital outstanding

Listening to Today on Radio 4 this morning, Sarah-Jane Marsh, the CEO of Birmingham Childrens Hospital was inspirational.  Eight years ago this hospital was identified as having major shorting comings in three key areas of provision.  Today it is the … Continue reading

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National Trust – five years on

The National Trust is an interesting operation, or rather set of operations, to blog about.  It faces various challenges not typically found in commercial businesses. It relies very heavily on membership and donations to help support its work, although it … Continue reading

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Achieving growth through cost cutting in the banking sector

Interesting insight from Accenture into how banks should align cost cutting in their operations towards their growth strategy.

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Healthcare provision may be more efficient than we think

Measuring productivity is always more challenging than it might appear.   The concept is simple to state – it’s the relationship between inputs and outputs.  But identifying all the inputs and outputs is not always easy, nor is actually measuring … Continue reading

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