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Mx Strategies

Mx Strategies (www.mxmax.net)

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The customer is a software and services provider to the manufacturing industry and has an in depth knowledge of the manufacturing processes. They combine a suite of manufacturing Best Practices, enterprise-wide Software Tools, and Professional Services to ensure that the investment yields measurable returns.

Challenge:

The client had come up with his idea and had worked hard on it to develop the whole concept, but had no idea how to go about converting it into a full-fledged software system. So the first challenge was to conceptualize the software requirements and flow.

Other challenges included:

  • The client wanted the product to be beta released within four months.
  • They had a limited budget, prevailing slow-down in the economy.
  • They wanted the product to be highly customizable and scalable.
  • They wanted the product to be usable in all countries and languages of the world.
  • The product was to be made such that it could be implemented at all levels, locations, plants, departments of a manufacturing organization.

Approach:

Our team worked closely with the client to understand the concept and collect the requirements. The detailed Software Requirements Specifications were brainstormed and drafted, along with a roadmap of the overall project.

  • The objectives & key milestones were formulated so that the client can have a clear idea what should he expect and by when.
  • A coordination mechanism was put in place as to make sure that there are regular review meetings with the client and that any changes or issues can be discussed appropriately.
  • The system evolves through small releases and iterations.
  • Goal of each iteration is to add new features to the system.
  • Customer chooses most important features of what remains.
  • Programmers choose their tasks and estimate a time frame.
  • Tests and Features are added to the system.
  • At the end of each iteration System must pass all the tests.
  • Release the build with new features.

Solution:

The Web enabled application, integrated with best practices, has the following high level features:

  • Broad applicability to batch, continuous, and combination processes
  • Efficient, sustainable data capture
  • Consistent and robust methodologies and metrics
  • Customizable taxometry and terminology
  • Powerful reporting, enabling validation, improvement processes, management confidence
  • Database to efficiently capture details of losses and provide meaningful reporting
  • Loss categories that relate to plant systems and underlying work processes
  • Production managers make Asset Utilization a centerpiece of their improvement efforts

Result:

  • The solution was developed and implemented in a simple yet sophisticated manner.
  • The client testified our endeavor to provide him much more than he himself expected.
  • From the concept to a full-fledged saleable product, an uphill task looks achieved without much difficulty.
  • Our technical know-how and our level of attention to the details was unmatched, as put by the client.
  • The go-to-market time was reduced substantially, which obviously meant greater benefits for the client.
  • The product found ready acceptance in the industry as it has now been implemented at good number of manufacturing units, enabling them to structure a proven process for institutionalizing best practices, driving performance improvements, fostering accountability, and establishing visibility through data capture, reporting and metrics.

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