Columbus IT and Aberdeen Group launch benchmarking tool to help discrete manufacturers improve operational efficiencies

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Columbus IT has partnered with research firm Aberdeen Group to develop an online tool to help manufacturers highlight the areas of their business where they can drive the greatest operational efficiencies.  

Aberdeen's past research into manufacturing organisations will be used to help companies compare their IT operations with similarly-sized firms. This enables them to benchmark themselves against companies considered best-in-class, based on Aberdeen's research data. "As a leading business application consultancy, we're always looking for ways to bring high value to the markets we serve," stated Cody R Aufricht, Vice President Marketing at Columbus IT. "This assessment tool delivers our clients an immediately-downloadable report, with customized recommendations from Aberdeen, at no cost"  

The assessment tool uses Aberdeen's PACE (Pressures, Actions, Capabilities & Enablers) research model. By completing a 10-15 minute online survey participants receive a personalized analysis of how their organizations compare to industry peers and helps them to quickly identify key capabilities and technologies used by companies with top performance.

"We evaluate and classify manufacturers based on a variety of important performance indicators such as On-time and Complete Shipments, OEE, Successful New Product Introductions, and Profitability" said Matthew Littlefield, a Senior Research Analyst with the Aberdeen Group's Global Manufacturing Practice. "We assess the use of methodologies such as Lean and Continuous Improvement and help manufacturers improve business processes"
Littlefield adds, "We are also able to correlate performance against the use of specific technology enablers and make specific recommendations for manufacturers to improve visibility and overall performance. The report that is provided at the end of the assessment will allow manufacturers the ability to see where they fall in comparison to top ranked companies, build a business case for new initiatives or investment, and map out an action plan to improve."  

The assessment, based on a 10-minute survey, is part of Aberdeen's Assessment Tool Series, which was launched in 2004.

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