Late last year Apriso launched a new manufacturing process intelligence product we refer to as MPI (software vendors hate to spell out long words). The launch and subsequent market interest in this product has been interesting. From a personal perspective, being the product manager responsible for managing and driving acceptance of this product has been a great experience, one that I have learned a lot during the journey.
Now we are six months into the launch, I thought it might be helpful to document some of my findings so far. As time goes by, who knows, maybe I might even publish a full length paper providing further details and explanations. For now, here is a highly condensed list of just a few top benefits that seem to be universally agreed upon, which is driving considerable purchase discussion, as a complement to a manufacturing execution system.
The five top benefits of MPI are as follows:
- Out of the box analysis – along the lines that simpler is better, we spent the time to ensure industry standard KPI’s are instantly available, so this helps to justify the time to break even; no costly Business Intelligence (BI) project is required to unlock functionality
- Fast integration – as MPI is built on the same unified data model and process framework of FlexNet, the implementation time is pretty quick; data is fed directly from FlexNet, so time to value is considerably condensed, giving users immediate benefits
- The power of intelligence standardization – the value of knowing you are measuring performance across sites based on the same measurements standards and metrics is very powerful; knowing that these measurements are all based consistently on best practices is even better!
- Essential visibility for new product introductions – everything about launching a new product is difficult, from design to engineering to production; any product that can help to simplify and accelerate this process is seen as a win
- Less reliance on IT – we all know that everyone is very busy today, trying to do more with less; IT departments are no different; often it is tough to get visibility into operations intelligence and reporting; MPI removes this constraint by giving the operators total control on what to measure, when and how
Hopefully the above list helps to clarify why better visibility into your manufacturing process intelligence really is a good thing. In fact, after having seen and learned what I have experienced over the past six month, I have to ask myself “why didn’t we launch this sooner?”
Do you have a story to tell? It would be great to hear from you!