Digitization in industrial environments is developing rapidly. Perhaps you have often thought about the impact of these developments on your company. If you want to achieve your medium-term goals, you not only need good software, but also a well-thought-out methodical concept that connects your business goals and the available technology. The lifecycle scan of cards helps you shape your digitization strategy.
Where does the lifecycle scan help?
You can see digitization of processes throughout the organization. This is because the digital information flows required (from concept, engineering and simulation to production) are produced by the various departments within your company. The lifecycle scan makes an inventory of these information flows and maps out how these are influenced by people and business processes. The approach and tools we use take into account:
- Technological processes, focused on the creative and collaborative process of product – development
- Logistic processes, consisting of formal and successive workflows, focused on material production and production preparation
- Accompanying processes, such as marketing, sales and finance, which always require the most recent product documentation
What is the cards lifecycle scan?
A lifecycle scan is a compact but intensive process of 10 to 15 days. We use Lean ideas, but then applied to information. The real added value lies in our “methodical architect” who carries out the scan. Such a specialist is both skilled in the technical possibilities and a specialist in the field of business processes in the manufacturing industry.
With the analysis and the concept from the lifecycle scan in your pocket, you streamline the internal diversity in your company. We show you how to manage large amounts of information and map which models are part of which processes so that you can set up the corresponding information needs in advance.
The following components are covered in the lifecycle scan:
- We formulate a problem statement, supporting the company vision
- On the basis of a concrete order, our consultants take a look in your kitchen. They analyse all information flows, from quotation to delivery, and map this out clearly
- Based on identified bottlenecks, we formulate target concepts that offer solutions with which we fully optimize the information flows. So we first work out a vision of the methodical directions before we dive into the technology and software
- Have we described the desired solution? Then we will translate it into a technology concept: a package of solutions that will help you achieve your objective
The approach of a lifecycle scan
He or she maps out where you stand as a company (the “as-is situation”), where you want to go (the “to-be situation”) and whether the desired leap forward is immediately feasible. Our methodical architect converts your objectives into a methodical information design and forms the blueprint for arriving at a suitable PLM solution together.
The phasing of the scan includes:
- Formulation of the top story: you and your management team have preliminary discussions with our consultant. Together we formulate the assignment and determine which results we will pursue.
- Inventory: we ask you to make all documentation of a specific assignment available in advance. Our consultants read in so that they can start the scan well prepared.
- Information analysis: the actual life cycle scanning takes 2 to 4 days on location. We analyse the information flows on the basis of the documentation supplied. We supplement this with qualitative information based on a tour of the production facility and interviews with employees from different departments of your company.
- Lifecycle mapping: we map out how the information models in your company talk to each other by means of 6 different blueprints, the so-called ‘lifecycle maps’. With these cards we give all stakeholders insight into how the flow of your company works.
- Follow-up: after the scan and the mapping of the information flows, we present you the ‘as-is-situation’ of your company and give recommendations in the form of an action plan. We give you insight into any blockages and areas for improvement.
- Go / no-go: we go through the recommendations together and determine which blockades we continue to address and what we design a solution for.
- Elaborate technology concept: we will start with various workshops. For each block, we determine which configuration of tools and support can offer a solution. This is called a “solution domain” and on that basis we create a technology concept. Such a technology concept goes beyond a composite set of software products. We develop a pragmatic concept that contains tools to implement the improvement plan. Even setting up a test environment of the future system is possible. In this way, the concept becomes really tangible
What does a cards lifecycle scan yield?
- You make concrete which possible weaknesses occur in the internal information flows (supported by examples from the scan)
- You gain insight into complex contexts that are often felt alone
- You have an “exact” view of the information flows for future improvement
- You make a connection between the management process, stable business processes and daily engineering processes, taking into account the human factor
- You have a foundation for working out a digitization strategy for your company
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- Start from the core: in our opinion, a thorough intake process does not mean a one-size-fits-all. We take the time to really get to know you.
- Partnership: we continue to challenge you on the content. Whether it concerns a strategic, tactical or operational issue.
- Personal approach: every partner gets its own team of specialists from day one. They do everything to get the most out of your process.