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  • Lean Six SigmaIf your organization is contemplating new technology solutions to help make your enterprise run more efficiently, the term “lean” has probably been part of your conversation. Lean manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, Lean production, Lean enterprise, Lean IT – regardless of the industry or application – the basic concept makes sense.

    Where did the Lean concept come from?
    Simply put, Lean-based processes are designed to offer value to the customer while increasing profits. The term Lean production was introduced in 1990 in the book The Machine That Changed the World.

    It was inspired by the evolution of production systems developed by the auto manufacturer Toyota (known the Toyota Production System or TPS). As history has shown, Toyota went from being a minor player in the auto manufacturing market to the largest, because they were able to produce a high-quality product at a fair price.

    Where does Lean Six Sigma come in?
    In 2002, the concept Lean Six Sigma was introduced. Lean Six Sigma combines the traditional Lean methods with the Six Sigma process of improving business performance that was introduced by Bill Smith, a senior engineer and scientist at Motorola, in 1986. The Motorola program effectively addressed quality issues the manufacturer was struggling to resolve. Six Sigma then gained renown in 1995 when Jack Welch adopted it as the center of his business strategy for General Electric.

    Do I have to work in manufacturing to adopt Lean strategies?
    No! Lean strategies and processes are being utilized in:

    How can I start running a Leaner operation?
    Look for areas of waste in your organization. Lean Six Sigma puts a major emphasis on the reduction of waste that really makes sense. When enterprises can keep waste to a minimum they can reap the benefits of reduced production/process times and expenses (and that means increased profits). Lean Six Sigma separates waste into six categories that your business should consider:

    • Transportation.
    • Inventory.
    • Motion.
    • Waiting.
    • Overproduction.
    • Over-processing.
    • Defects.

    Lean Six Sigma programs typically operate under a set of progressive phases – DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) for established projects and DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify) for new projects. These processes cover all project phases, and research and analytics are used to identify opportunities for improvement or success while establishing solid benchmarks to gauge how well the implemented processes have performed.

    If you’re in the process of launching a business intelligence solution for your enterprise, the team at Infovision is here to help. We offer the right mix of strategic resources and IT staffing solutions to help make sure your next project operates to maximize efficiencies and boost profits. Visit the Infovision website, email us at info@infovision.net or call us at 972-234-0058 to learn more.

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    Resources:

    The Genealogy of Lean Production

    About Motorola University: The Inventors of Six Sigma

    The Evolution of Six Sigma

  • IT staffingRecently, it seems like every job search website and magazine has published some kind of survey about the state of IT staffing solutions. While each survey tends to have its own focus, there are some clear trends in staffing solutions that can be garnered from the responses of job seekers, IT hiring managers, and top IT staffing firms. Those trends include:

    • An increased focus on core skills and the ability to apply those skills to tightly-managed projects.
    • Increased compensation for candidates with sought-after skills – and more competition for the best jobs.
    • More use of social media as a recruiting tool (97% already use LinkedIn, 51% say they plan to add Facebook, and 49% say they plan to use Twitter).

    One of the big challenges ahead, according to multiple surveys of all three groups, is the need to help existing clients recruit contingent workers outside of their home state(s) – which is one reason why top IT staffing firms like InfoVision offer more than just contingent IT staffing solutions. In fact, InfoVision is proud to be an award-winning IT staffing firm as well as a resource development organization (RDO) that can deliver a turn-key solution from an on or off-short development lab. Read more

  • IT staffing challengesIt’s no surprise that the job market for technology workers looks bright at the beginning of 2013. A survey last month by an online resume site reported that more than 64% of 1,000 hiring managers were planning to beef up strategic IT staffing during the first half of 2013. Read more

  • lost in the cloudRemember Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)? When the topic is business technology solutions, nobody talks about SOA anymore.  Yet just 10 years ago, SOA was the hot topic in enterprise IT.

    Back then, our teams were busy helping clients play, develop, and deploy SOA projects that seamlessly integrated hundreds of critical applications.  Want to know a secret? We’re still doing it today – but nobody calls it SOA anymore.  Today’s services resource planning vocabulary is filled with terms like cloud computing, big data, enterprise application solutions, and strategic enterprise development.  But for most organizations, the goal remains unchanged: deliver mission-critical services to a user base with ever increasing demands and device diversity.  And of course, those services have to be delivered reliably and securely, and within the available budget. Read more

  • Staffing firms that provide skilled employees for temporary positions, temporary to hire positions, and full-time positions have been around for over 100 years. You’d think after all that time that there would be a clear understanding about how the industry works and what employers and employees can expect, but some myths persist.

    That’s a shame, because these myths make it harder for highly skilled people to find the jobs that are begging for their expertise.  For example, did you know that over 90 percent of businesses in the U.S. use professional staffing firms, and that 40 percent of all candidates in management positions within the IT industry found their first job (or their current job) through a staffing agency?  Those are the most recent figures from the American Staffing Association, yet they’re a complete surprise to many job seekers who might not even think of applying with a staffing firm when they first begin a job search.

    Of course, InfoVision is more than an IT staffing company. InfoVision works with clients to provide talent both onsite at any client location worldwide, or at one of InfoVision’s US or offshore facilities. So we’re constantly looking for the best and most talented people to add to our team.  Read more