In July I changed jobs to go and work for a previous customer of mine, Ego Pharmaceuticals. So, after 15+ years of being in the consulting business I chose to go and work for an end customer. Why? Because after all these years of telling people how they should do things I wanted to
Apres presque 6 annees en Australie nous voila proprietaires. A 1 km de la plage ca va etre le pied! Ci-jointes quelques photos du vendeur.
OEE stands for Overall Equipment Effectiveness and has over time taken centre stage as THE KPI of choice used by the majority of manufacturing managers to monitor and improve their manufacturing process. The title of this post asks the question of whether or not OEE is the Holy Grail of KPI’s. I would have to say no, because it implies that we could stop our quest to strive for excellence. However, if I were a production manager and had to choose one KPI, I would without hesitation choose OEE. Why?
- OEE is not just one KPI but four+ KPI’s. I say this because OEE is the result of an arithmetical calculation that takes into account three further KPI’s.
- OEE leverages off easily attainable metrics (measure wise) yet provides big results from productivity, financial and operational points of view.
OEE works by looking at your losses. To be more specific OEE looks at the losses that are commonly acknowledged to be the six big loss categories and matches them to one of three OEE loss categories – they are:
Align your strategies
Just as stars need to align for amazing astronomical events to occur, a company needs to align its strategies in order to be able to orchestrate, monitor and execute them in a manner that will maximise the potential to increase revenue, reduce costs and sharpen its competitive edge.
This week Melbourne hosted the 7th Mastering Supply Chain Management with SAP. This is a great event that is organised by eventful management and whilst a little pricey is well worth the investment. It is a great venue for not only networking and meeting your peers but also for learning new things. In conjunction with Geoff Armstrong (National BI Solution Lead at PLAUT) we presented ‘Enabling Reporting and Analytics for Your Supply Chain’.
I will be talking about ‘Enabling Reporting and Analytics for your Supply Chain’. I will be delivering this presentation with Geoff Armstrong – National Service Line Lead Business Intelligence, Plaut IT Australia Pty Ltd.
C’est aujourd’hui que Madame et moi avons passe le test de “citizenship” – derniere ligne droite avant de faire notre demande pour devenir des Aussies – citoyens de ce pays – l’Australie. Le test n’est pas particulierement difficile et il suffit de repondre correctement a 60% des 20 questions (QCM) pour obtenir un “pass”. J’ai eu 100%…ainsi qu’Isabelle.
You only need to go through the forums on SDN to realise that there are people out there that actually write programs or develop LSMW’s to upload Planned Independent Requirements (PIR) into SAP. Whilst I am sure that there are many valid reasons for wanting to develop your own upload programs, it is a shame to do so especially in light of the fact that SAP offers standard methods for you to do this. I know of at least two:
- You can use the BAPI BAPI_REQUIREMENTS_CREATE. This BAPI is RFC enabled so it is a good candidate if you are using an external application to perform your forecast and want to replicate them in SAP by making a remote function call.
- Another option is to use the standard upload program RM60IN01 – which is a direct input program that reads a formatted file to create your PIRs in SAP’s demand management (the RM60IN01 program can also be used in LSMW in concert wth object 0180).
In this post, I shall explore the second option.
This is really a quick tip that I’m posting more for me, but which I thought I’d share with the rest of the community.
If you are using the Service Desk functionality of Solution Manager, you may know that it is possible to create support requests right from your satelite SAP system.
What I will explain here is particularly useful if you are using SAP Solution Manager, but it could also be applied to SAP CRM. Solution Manager offers a very powerful functionality in that which is Service Desk. However I think that you are missing an important aspect of it if you do not set up automatic email notification. What is the point of logging a priority 1 service request if you have to wait for a support consultant to log on to the service desk and see what messages have been created? The same courtesy is expected of customers – they also need to be pro-active if they want you to fix their problems. In this post I shall discuss the setups that are required to trigger the sending of emails to your customers, whenever the status requests for the customer to act on it.