It’s Time to apply Green objectives and Lean management principles to IT Decision Making!
Organizations are increasingly adopting LEAN management principles and reviewing their operations in search of increased efficiency, improved services to customers and opportunities to eliminate waste. LEAN is the product of the Toyota Production System (TPS) which transformed Toyota into the leading car company it is today.
The primary objective of Lean is to eliminate non-value adding activities to shorten production time and efficiently use limited resources (capital, space, and people).
The application of Lean principles has moved beyond automobile and other manufacturing to verticals like health care, education, and government. Lean applied to health care organizations has produced reduced wait times for patients, faster access to a limited supply of expensive medical equipment, and CAPEX and OPEX savings.
Lean management projects, ensure the inclusion of representatives of all parts of an organization. In part to gain buy in on change recommendations and in part to gather accurate information on sources of waste and opportunities to increase efficiency.
Interestingly though, the inspection of IT decisions, tends not to be a key focus of Lean projects. Looking at information systems, such as inventory management systems, Point of Sale systems, etc has started to enter the Lean picture. Savings from Server Virtualization have also started to fold in to Lean as a strategy to reduce waste.
Decisions about IT network equipment and provisioning, however, still tend to be excluded from the Lean analysis. We consider this to be a huge missed opportunity to discover associated forms of waste. We also recognize how Lean principles and objectives align with Green objectives. Both are focused on eliminating waste.
At COMU Networks we specialize in wired, wireless, and enabled applications such as VoIP and Fixed Mobile Convergence. Our approach with customers is to dovetail with any Lean programs underway and offer advice and recommendations on IT that align with those objectives. Specifically we help our customers ensure that they are:
selecting IT networking products that offer the best value for the dollar against business requirements
fully informed about IT solutions that offer OPEX reductions through leading power conserving features (tying Green with Lean)
considering IT enabled applications with promise to improve business efficiency and service to customers (again aligned with core Lean objectives)