Take A Look At The New Supply Chain Management Application!

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BI@S has just released it’s new Supply Chain Management Application, check out this video to see how you could be using it to manage a Lean Supply Chain at your company!

To see some of the other Business Intelligence Applications by BI@S click here.and browse through the BI@S Dashboard Portal.

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Webinar: BI@S Manufacturing Analytics Dashboards & Tools: Designing Best In Class Information Systems For Manufacturing Companies

 

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Webinar: BI@S Manufacturing Analytics Dashboards & Tools: Designing Best In Class Information Systems For Manufacturing Companies

Thursday, 10/24/13 @ 1pm

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The manufacturing industry has been overrun by a slew 0f big data in regards to supply chain management, production capacity, quality control and many other factors; so much so that it’s become an overwhelming burden just to keep up.  Much of that data is being stored in data warehouses; or even worse, filing cabinets; where it can end up sitting until it becomes little more than dusty history. Lowest cost providers need to be efficient, and efficiencies are driven when processes can be measured and improved; they need to be able to track performance across the whole organization and quickly.  BI@S will show a KPI Tool built to help manufacturing companies design their own business intelligence dashboards to track that performance and visualize it in real-time.  After we demonstrate some of our manufacturing dashboards and reports from best in class decision making tools, you will be able to leverage your manufacturing business data to achieve your own successful enterprise Business Intelligence solution!

This webinar will show manufacturing industry personnel how to:

  • Determine what is most important now for their facility
  • Put together a roadmap which will highlight these important Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Put that roadmap to use in order to map out the future of your enterprise”

 

Schedule:

  • There will be a 30-minute overview of BI and how an analytics roadmap is developed, as well as a demonstration of the BI@S Manufacturing KPI Tool and some examples of interactive dashboards.
  • 30 minutes of questions from manufacturing industry professionals to help guide them in actually developing the first steps of an analytics roadmap during the webinar.  Questions during this period will be taken only from manufacturing professionals, not from vendor representatives!

Speakers:

  • Jay Stanell, Process & Metrics Specialist for BI@S
  • Dan Pirato, Customer Engineer for BI@S
  • Paul Grabham, CEO of BI@S

This webinar is the first in our series for Analytics in the Manufacturing Industry.

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Check out the new Business Intelligence Dashboards by BI@S!

How are you monitoring your business? BI@S has just released 3 new dashboards; Procurement Self-Analysis and Production Capacity for the Manufacturing industry and Healthcare Financials for the Healthcare Industry; which would not only bring you up-to-speed, but put you ahead of the curve on the latest business information your company is generating!

Click Here to check out other dashboards made for the Manufacturing Industry!

Click Here to check out other dashboards made for the Manufacturing Industry!

Click here to check out more dashboards made for the Healthcare Industry!

Click here to check out more dashboards made for the Healthcare Industry!

To get a closer look at how you can be managing your enterprise with your own business data, whether it be a manufacturing company or healthcare facility, sign up for a free trial with BI@S today!

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Manufacturing, Retail, High-Tech Firms Need Analytics To Deal With Today’s World

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The current economic, political, and business environments are challenging companies as never before; federal healthcare, a creeping-along economy, terror threats, environmental activism, energy supply concerns, customer financial constraints, and more are all presenting challenges.  Some of these issues are subject to mitigation by traditional methods, while others are not.

 

If ever there was a time for business and industry to embrace advanced analytics, this is it.  Only by using the current environment as input to business intelligence and advanced analytics can companies and organizations hope to deal with the present, much less the future.

 

Fortunately systems are available to help identify and track some of these potential issues; business intelligence and advanced analytics systems can be designed and programmed to track a wide range of issues that affect organizations on a daily basis.  They also are the best tool we have for looking into the future.  If inputs are properly managed, staff is properly trained and motivated and the systems are used to their full benefit, it’s possible now to see the train wrecks before they occur–and hopefully do something about them.

–Warren B. Causey

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BSEE Issues New Rules For Offshore Companies

The current federal administration has been called a lot of things, but one title it definitely has earned and that is the “advanced analytics full-employment group”.  It issues regulations like they are about to go out of style, and most of them are so complex and voluminous no one can figure them out, much less comply without some serious computer assistance and analysis.

The latest massive tome is from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and is a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Called the Safety & Environmental Management Systems (SEMS), the latest version is now out and various offshore drillers; from large companies, the minority, to smaller operators, the vast majority; are scrambling to do the paperwork and make the necessary changes to their operations to ensure compliance.  Decom World, a publication made for the offshore industry, has issued a new white paper about SEMS.  It is available here, but registration is required before you can download and read it.

 

Like thousands of other regulations issued by the federal government, advanced analytics are almost necessary to decipher and comply with this one.  It’s a good thing advanced analytics came along at the same time the government went regulation bonkers!

–Warren B. Causey

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Two More EV Companies Go Under—Where Is This Going? Analytics Needed!

Two “major” electric vehicle firms have gone bankrupt in the last week or so, Fisker and Coda both filed for bankruptcy protection.  Fisker was a “poster child” for the EV industry, promising a high-end, high-priced, sporty vehicle that would appeal to the rich and famous, whereas Coda built a $38,000 sedan.  Neither vehicle sold very many copies; although I hear Justin Bieber has a chrome-plated Fisker Karma in the garage; and both were plagued with reliability and safety issues they couldn’t resolve.  Several of the Fisker versions caught fire and burned, which is not what you want from an expensive car company who received a half-billion dollar federal grant.  Coda was primarily venture-capital funded and didn’t have the same controversial safety issues, but seemingly was unable to manage their growth in this evolving new industry.

 

Justin Bieber's chrome-plated Fisker Karma

Justin Bieber’s chrome-plated Fisker Karma

There have been several things amiss in the federal push for EVs, many of them involving the rawness of this emerging technology.  Among them, the battery technology is not there yet to make them safe and reliable, they are too expensive for average buyers, they have very short range—generally 100 miles or less (often much less)—between charges which makes them impractical for long-distance trips, or even long and unpredictable commutes.

This seems to be a federal push that did not do any advanced analytics in advance, and throwing taxpayer dollars at something without thorough analysis just because it is “feel-good and green” does not seem like a very good idea.  The concept of a practical Electric Vehicle is still a good idea, but the whole concept needs some serious analytics and business intelligence applied to it before lots of dollars are spent on companies that are just going to go belly-up.

–Warren B. Causey

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Cola Wars An Example Of Analytics Meeting Design

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Some people are Coca Cola junkies, others lean on Pepsi for their refreshment.  The interesting thing about this on-going retail war is that analytics are involved heavily in the marketing, distribution, branding and design of these two cola giants.  If you don’t think soft drinks are “designed”, look at Coca Cola’s disastrous introduction of “New Coke” a few years ago.  I’m not sure what numbers Coca Cola executives were looking at, but what they did was “sweeten” their product to make it more like Pepsi.  The change went over like the proverbial lead balloon and New Coke died an ignominious death.

 

What is interesting about analytics in the soft drink market is that it continually shows geographic differentiation.  That is, certain parts of the U.S., indeed the rest of the world, are “Coke” territories and others are Pepsi.  Both products do sell in all geographies, but one or the other tends to dominate.  For example, the U.S. South is primarily Coke territory, while the western states tend to lean toward Pepsi.
You can bet that executives at both firms are pouring over big data—they generate so much information from sales, production, inventory and delivery—trying to find a way to get an “edge” on their primary competitor.  We aren’t likely to see another “New Coke” in the near future, but they will be tweaking their advertising, distribution and other elements of their business to try to gain an edge.  Wonder what analytics systems they’re using?  Like most things in that business, that’s a fairly closely held secret, neither can afford to give the other a hint about anything; it was only recently did we find out what the actual recipe for Coca-Cola!  Analytics can be and are on both sides of many competitive battles—they have to be to keep the competition competitive.
–Warren B. Causey

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