There is something wrong with the whole segment of industries. Consulting firms and system integrators only focus on getting those over-priced services contracts. Enterprise software vendors are driven to sell licenses that in many cases never used. Analysts and marketing firms continuously generate tons of acronyms and messages of doubtful substance. The latest advances in manufacturing operation developed by the academic world are hardly applied to the everyday reality of business. IT departments remain as disconnected to business functions as they have always been. Corporate decision makers are distant from the real need of frontline operation. Who is taking the perspective of business users? Who can take a holistic view of strategy, operation and technology to give business insightful advises? Who care about real customer value? Who can synergize technology, SI services, business consulting and academic advances to create true customer value for businesses? Here I declare that it is the mission of my career to fill this gigantic gap.

James Mok is currently Director of Solution Strategy at Apriso Corporation. He started his over 20 years of career working as design and manufacturing engineer for a Japanese manufacturer and then a US Hi-tech manufacturer before switching to an enterprise IT path.  He lives at the crossroad of east and west, business and technology; where he battles his way through thought-provoking perspectives.

  1. Kenneth Burns
    August 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Have you any thoughts on constructing a product flow network diagram for Drum buffer rope implementation?

    • Insighter
      October 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Thanks for your interest and suggestion. A product flow diagram is especially important in a complex / mixed flow environment. I have seen 2 kind of DBR implementation. One is through scheduling and that means doing capacilty scheduling only at the bottleneck and let that schedule to drive the rest of the operation. The second one is using pull signal from the bottleneck to drive material release. The results are similar but if the line is more complex and balanced that could results in moving of drum bit or rope points, the second method is more robust. Porduct flow diagram is essential in the second and is more static for the first. What do you have in mind? It would be appreciated if you share your experiences as well.

  2. Kristin Joseph
    October 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you for the post. I found it quite informative.

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