Posts Tagged 'cost-savings'

Feb 272008

Recently, I had the chance to talk with two CIOs from large, multi-billion and multi-national businesses with names we all recognize. To protect the identities of those involved, let’s call them Firm A and Firm B. Firm A is a still rapidly growing consumer electronics manufacturing firm. But over the past ten years, this firm went from 1,000+ in IT staff to just over 500. They went from a couple dozen finance systems to one. They went from a dozen marketing systems to one. They went from about ten HR systems to one, seven relational database platforms to one, and a couple dozen data centers to less than a handful. And now for the kicker. Read more

Scheduling via Agents

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Sep 252007

No, sorry, not the secret kind. Although if you don’t know about software agents, they may seem secret and mysterious. And I’m sure 007 would have found a use for them. Learn about agents and one of their many uses in Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant James Odell’s recent E-Mail Advisor. It’s reproduced below, and your comments are most welcome. Agent Technology: Painting Trucks at General Motors Traditionally, assembly line schedules are centrally developed and controlled. Any change in the schedule must be centrally reconfigured. When the line is small and has few unplanned stoppages, centrally controlled schedules work well. However, scheduling for most real-world assembly lines can be a nightmare: work stations break down, personnel Read more