"Companies unable to increase manufacturing flexibility are operating on borrowed time in today's climate." Filippoo Focacci, IBM ILOG Supply Chain Applications and David Simchi-Levi of MIT explain in the article, "Focus on Flexibility", published in the February 2009 issue of Manufacturing Chemist.
"In the past few years, AMR Research has been promoting Demand Driven Manufacturing and Demand Driven Supply Chain best practices, which focus on better synchronisation between manufacturing execution, supply chain processes and demand sensing. Improving flexibility is a key objective of Lean Manufacturing and Demand Driven Manufacturing best practices." "...It is our opinion that business processes and technology that enable companies to be more flexible and agile will be important in ensuring companies remain profitable and grow in the face of increasing complexity." To read the full article visit: http://www.manufacturingchemist.com/story.asp?sectioncode=68&storycode=54984&c=1
To learn more about this topic from David Simchi-Levi (MIT) and Filippo Focacci (ILOG, an IBM Company), register for the 3/31/09 webcast: Managing through an Economic Downturn: Enabling Growth and Profitability through Manufacturing Flexibility.
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