Chandler, AZ and Cummaquid, MA (PRWEB) July 20, 2006
Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International and Industry Directions Inc. today announced their “Metrics that Matter” research effort was highlighted in Ken Rayment’s Better Process Podcast at podcasternews.com this week. Ken interviewed lead research analyst Julie Fraser of Industry Directions about the issue of metrics, the study itself and US manufacturing.
Rayment, himself a manufacturing practitioner taking product designs into successful production, has an interest in justifying improvement projects. His Better Process Podcast series focuses on challenges facing small and medium size businesses and highlights products, services and research that can boost manufacturers’ success. In other words, the Better Process Podcast is the voice of the small and mid-sized manufacturing firm. The joint MESA and Industry Directions research on metrics this year is clearly intended to foster manufacturing success and help various constituents inside manufacturing companies – operations, finance, and IT in particular – communicate and collaborate more effectively on improvement programs.
“Innovation is what drives manufacturing gains in the United States,” says Rayment. “According to the National Association of Manufacturers if you took just the US manufacturing economy this would be the 8th largest economy in the world… larger than China’s entire economy. (This interview is available by searching for Bill Canis on PodcasterNews.com.) What MESA and Industry Directions are doing here will help spur innovation and make decisions easier for manufacturing firms. These two companies are prime examples of who we look to interview on the Better Process Podcast.”
To listen to this series of three podcasts on the topic of metrics and the Metrics that Matter study:
Show 1, July 11: http://www.podcasternews.com/programs/87/better-process-podcast/2136/
Show 2, July 12: http://www.podcasternews.com/programs/87/better-process-podcast/2142/
Show 3, July 13: http://www.podcasternews.com/programs/87/better-process-podcast/2145/
“We are delighted to have not just one but a series of interviews on the Better Process Podcast. Ken is providing an excellent service where manufacturers can quickly get a bit of information that could help them succeed. Since it is a five-minute podcast format, even busy executives can check it out on a regular basis and hear about new ways to boost productivity and process performance,” said Julie Fraser, Principal and Industry Analyst of Industry Directions.
“Metrics that Matter: Uncovering KPIs that Justify Operational Improvements” is a landmark study on the use of both operational and financial metrics in manufacturing companies. The study examines timeliness and methods of metrics and their distribution to key stakeholders, as well as performance increases against those metrics and the software companies use to assist them in measuring and improving operations. The findings of this study, along with a Metrics that Matter Guidebook for practitioners will be released at the MESA 2nd Annual Plant2Enterprise Conference, “Solving the Puzzle of Manufacturing Excellence,” October 9-12 in Orlando Florida.
Ken Rayment, the engine behind these podcasts and over 115 others of interest to manufacturers can be reached by email. The Better Process Podcast home page is at http://www.podcasternews.com/programs/87/better-process-podcast/?A=1.
Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International is a not-for-profit organization of manufacturers and information system providers focused on leveraging technology to achieve business goals. The organization is a community of manufacturing end-users, technology suppliers and consultants – focused on improving the flexibility and agility of manufacturing production. For more than a decade, MESA has been a premier venue for the manufacturing community to share and create unbiased information on the topic of solving business issues with technology. For more information about MESA, visit http://www.mesa.org.
About Industry Directions
Industry Directions is an industry analyst firm that conducts research on the business processes and enabling technologies used in manufacturing value networks in specific vertical industries. These industries include every type of manufacturing, from pure process industries such as oil and gas to batch process such as food and pharmaceuticals to discrete such as automotive, electronics and aerospace, to mixed mode industries such as consumer durables and medical devices. Areas of focus include supply chain, business-to-business, production, lean and other improvement initiatives, enterprise management, product lifecycle management and performance management. To learn more, visit http://www.industrydirections.com.