Business improvement planning - focus on the most important areas

Posted by Kim Droessler on 14 Oct


When you are engaging in the planning stages for a business improvement project, or you are simply planning your resource allocations for ongoing production demand, looking at the way you organise your activities, in a way that maximises productivity, is key.

Read on to find out why a good level of focus on your processes, and resource or capacity planning in general, is extremely important to your business’ success. Discover how you can make sure that your focus is on the right areas.

What is most important to my business

In the vast majority of businesses, the most important thing you can do is to ensure that your products are going out of the door and into the hands of your consumers, or end users. There are some industries where optimising production to be as quick as possible is the most important activity your teams can focus on.

For example, in the case of food manufacturing it is important to progress your ingredients into the end product as soon as possible and minimise or find ways to repurpose waste. Other industries rely on less time-sensitive raw materials and products manufactured from say, plastics can be kept in stock. It may not, however, be efficient to keep manufactured goods assembled on premise for long periods of time. No matter what your industry is, your business management processes should be focused on increasing efficiencies in production, which is where an integrated business information system can help you make significant strides.

What happens if my company's focus drifts?

In the case that your company fails to keep focused on the most important parts of your operations, or your production cycles, you could find your business losing efficiencies over time or as your system becomes. Without focus you may end up dedicating resources to the wrong sections of your business, or even simpler mistakes could be made that may seem like a quick win or productivity boost in that moment, but may end up causing more harm than good in the long run.

If you start to apply resources to the wrong parts of your business and seek to solve issues that do not relate to the efficiency of your production, or do not consider the bigger picture you can expect focuses to shift and drift.

Impacts could mean that it takes longer to make products, which will have a knock-on effect on your company's stocks or cash flow levels. And in the long term, understanding your business in its entirety and how each part of the process impacts your customer journey, is central to aligning capacity with customer demands which will help to keep you on track.

How can an integrated business management solution,
such as Enterprise Resource Planning, help?

Making use of an Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP solution can drive you to make sure that all of your resources are in the right places at the right time. When you use one system for end-to-end planning, management and tracking, you can set up reporting dashboards to help keep you focus on the areas that matter most.

Stop chasing, start refocusing on improvements that can help you gain efficiency. One system enables you to see it all in one place, with your resources guided through high quality processes designed to remove inefficiencies and significantly improve your outputs.

So why not reduce waste and gain higher rates of production, ultimately leading to a more profitable enterprise?

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Topics: Business Management Software, Business Efficiency

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