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The Importance of ‘Last-Mile’ Business Reporting Tools

November 13, 2018

By Adrian Travis Last mile business reporting tools are the reports we use to manage business performance at the front lines. Reporting typically fails to go the ‘last mile’ because it resides in dozens of different systems, requires manual creation and editing, or just isn’t disseminated to the right people. This results in the department… read more →




“Where Is My Octane ?” – Recognizing Benefits in Blending Optimization Refinery Projects

October 30, 2018

By Anas Dabbakh Refineries are a crucial step between raw crude oil and getting the gasoline into your car. There are several chemicals that have to be blended together at the refinery, such as octane, RVP, V/L, T50, etc. in order to create gasoline. It is important to understand that oil and gas quality giveaway reduction… read more →




The Multiple Pieces of Operating Room Turnaround Time and the Hidden Elements of Waste Between Them

October 18, 2018

By Allison Newman Most hospitals define turnaround time as previous patient ‘wheels out’ to the next patient ‘wheels in’ – where ‘wheels out’ and ‘wheels in’ are the exact times that a patient bed rolls out of or into an operating room (OR). This is a key metric in determining OR efficiency, as long turnarounds… read more →




Time is Money – and Must Be Measured with the Same Diligence

September 28, 2015

With the arrival of fall comes the season of business planning and budgeting for many organizations. Not surprisingly, cost management is often the focus of these exercises. What should not be overlooked, however, is time management. Saving time through productivity improvement has numerous financial and non-financial benefits. In addition to having a financial cost, time… read more →




Sustainability Planning for the Long Term

June 8, 2015

Much like fad diets and health trends that come and go, corporate initiatives and improvement projects constantly make their way through businesses and managers looking for immediate improvements in results and KPI’s. Too often upon conclusion of a project, there can be short sightedness without consideration for long term sustainability and implications. Is there a… read more →




Scenario Planning

June 10, 2013

Scenario Planning is a tool that helps an organization evaluate various project outcomes based on possible future circumstances and make the decisions most appropriate to them. Rather than predict the future, scenario planning assists the organization consider many different futures and quantify how they might impact the organization’s key drivers. Although sceptics could argue that… read more →




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