5 Questions to Ask Before Outsourcing Your IT Management

    Posted by Steve Milchuck

    Jun 30, 2017 5:00:00 PM

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    As an original equipment manufacturer, you’re focused on getting quality products to your customers on time - with competitive pricing. As a result, devoting resources to managing IT tasks can prove inefficient. Partnering with the right IT company can relieve the burden of managing the day to day network tasks such as user support, software issues, equipment and software updates, monitoring network and data security, and performing and verifying backups.

    Of course, picking the right partner should be done cautiously. Although basic hardware components can be similar, the specific IT needs of a manufacturing company are quite different than a typical corporate office. To narrow down your selection, consider asking these five questions:

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    Topics: lean office

    Virtual Computing for Lean Contract Manufacturers

    Posted by Steve Milchuck

    Sep 25, 2015 5:49:32 PM

    Nowadays, contract manufacturers are striving to become a Lean Enterprise – applying Lean Thinking to all areas of the business. This is most apparent in the front office, where getting administrative employees focused on continuous improvement and the customers’ needs can boost profit margins and transform a company into a highly efficient operation. An area of the business that is frequently overlooked is Information Technology, or IT. At Fusion OEM, we have chosen to implement a server virtualization strategy to reduce costs, increase efficiency and optimize resources.

    The benefits of this server visualization strategy are many. We use virtual machines, which are simulations of a computer system that run based on the structure and functions of a real or hypothetical computer. Virtual computing provides increased efficiency by allocating a computer's processes to a virtual environment, making the computer available for other processes. As a result, we achieve faster system speeds due to freeing up the system, memory and storage. In addition, we also realize the following benefits:

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    Topics: lean office, virtual machines

    Lean Procurement for Contract Manufacturers

    Posted by Keith Gansberg

    Mar 20, 2015 6:07:03 PM

    KeithG2Contract manufacturing companies expect their procurement departments to provide purchased materials and components on time, with the lowest costs and the highest quality. Instead of shying away from the challenge of accomplishing all three, embrace the opportunity. The solution to realizing these goals is applying lean practices.  Designing and implementing lean procurement best practices can dramatically change the way your contract manufacturing (CM) company does business. 

    Applying these lean principles involves eliminating waste and making processes and communications simple, clear and direct. It makes it easier for customers and suppliers to do business with your CM company. Additionally, getting rid of this waste will lead to increased productivity and freeing up more time for procurement staff to focus on value-added activities, rather than administration. Examine the list below to determine which wastes are slowing down the efficiency of your procurement department:

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    Topics: lean manufacturing, lean office

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