More Efficient Manufacturing, Supply Chain Processes
Green initiative #3: more efficient manufacturing, supply chain processes Think about the production and distribution process at a major manufacturer, and consider the redundancies that exist in the absence of optimized business performance. Duplication of work and manufacturing processes can lead to excessive cost runs and, perhaps just as important, inefficient resource usage. The idea of lean manufacturing as a protocol was originated by Toyota in the early 20th century, but new technologies are allowing manufacturers to identify process interdependencies and take a broad view of manufacturing process optimization across the enterprise.Supply chain benchmarking and sustainability efforts, when combined with process automation, can yield sustainable carbon footprint reductions through more optimized paper and fuel consumption, reduced physical overhead, and less raw material and resource usage. Conclusion There is no question that the need for environmentally sustainable business practices exists, and most likely, governments worldwide are going to force the issue through new regulations and requirements in the near future. You can either wait for the mandates-a risky option both financially and ethically-or you can take the initiative to proactively improve your business operations in a variety of ways that will not only have a positive impact on the environment, but will also likely deliver measurable cost savings and a long-term platform for ongoing sustainability and strategic advantage. Implementing a common technology platform for BPM and enterprise modeling will allow you to go green, and be healthier as a business in more ways than one. Laura Mooney is Vice President of Corporate Communications for Metastorm. Laura has over 17 years of experience in various technology marketing leadership positions with companies such as IBM and Manugistics, in addition to starting and running her own consulting firm. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and has published several articles. Laura holds a BBA degree in Information Systems from James Madison University and an MBA degree from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business. She can be reached at Laura.Mooney@metastorm.com.
Once the product leaves the manufacturing floor, process automation solutions-such as BPM-enable companies to increase control over both internal and external processes, such as purchase order/invoicing, logistics and transportation, and trading partner integration. Shortening transportation routes by limiting movement and resources use and converting manual, paper-based procurement and payment processes into automated electronic transactions between manufacturers, partners, retailers and customers leads to significantly reduced environmental impact.