How Corning used Six Sigma to improve energy efficiency - this weekend's topic on America's Business with Mike Hambrick

This weekend another radio segment airs on America’s Business with Mike Hambrick on how Corning used Six Sigma (DMAIC), supported by Microsoft technology tools such as Visio and our partner Itron, to achieve the following objectives: §  Assure uninterrupted supply of energy to BSD facilities. §  Reduce the total direct cost of energy as impacted…

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New case study - Gates Corporation enabling continuous improvement with Sharepoint

New case study published on Gates Corporation – details how they are using various Microsoft technologies such as Sharepoint to standardize work, improve information access, and push KPIs and transparency throughout the organization. Excerpt:  “To enforce consistent business processes, executive management and division leaders create annual objectives that correlate to pillars of the Gates Business…

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5s for the Information Worker: Example of how to use OneNote and Sharepoint to simplify and expedite team follow-up

As an industry marketing manager at Microsoft, I face a challenge that I’m sure many teams share – how do I make it easy for a solution specialist team to follow-up with customers who have registered interest?  This is important for 3 reasons: 1.       This is a common breakdown point in the value stream that…

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Great read - Scoble's book on the impact of blogging on how corporations communicate with their customers

I just started reading a great book on how blogging is changing both “the online conversation” and the way corporations relate to their customers via marketing, PR, and media channels.  There’s a lot in here on how Microsoft’s decision to allow employee blogs early has helped to improve the company’s image with key audiences, and…

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Lean solutions director Ingo Heel and Just Born Foods profiled on NAM America's Business Radio show this weekend !

Tune in to the National Association of Manufacturers weekly radio show America’s Business with Mike Hambrick this weekend on Feb 10-11 for a segment on Lean Manufacturing.  Interviews include Ingo Heel, Lean Solutions Director for Microsoft, and a profile of Just Born Foods’ success story presented by USC Consulting Group. For a list of stations and…

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New Manufacturing Business Technology article on lean replenishment

…shows that the application of lean thinking and tools to the supply chain is a hot area in the industry.  Ultriva, quoted in the article, is a provider of electronic kanban and other solutions built on the Microsoft platform using tools such as SharePoint and SQL Server. Check out the article at http://www.mbtmag.com/current_issues/2007/feb/busperf2.asp   -…

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5s for the Information Worker

Over the recent holidays, I embarked on a backup, cleanup, and Office 2007 upgrade for my PC.  As part of the process, I realized that it would be a good idea to take a look at the 5s concept from an information worker perpsective, since e-mail and spreadsheets are the “tools” and “dies” used by many in…

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Join me at the Lean Transformation Summit

Join me in attending this conference…several of the companies speaking are using software and tools built on the Microsoft platform to enable their lean initiatives.  As a former black belt for a service business at GE,  I am particularly interested in hearing a current perspective on the success of their blended lean and six sigma…

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