The Lean Front-End: A Breakthrough Opportunity for Manufacturers

Manufacturers need to maximize their speed and efficiency to satisfy customers, cut costs and enhance their margins will succeed. How? By fully driving their front-end business processes, rather than having their processes drive them.


Until now, manufacturers seeking to make front-end improvements were stymied by the lack of effective options. Today, a lean front-end solution gives forward-thinking companies the process-driven, end-to-end system they need to gain efficiency and realize competitive advantage.

Delaying action can be costly, causing businesses to miss out on significant savings. Companies that lag behind in implementing a lean front-end will find it increasingly difficult to protect their existing customer base, gain competitive advantage and retain market share, leaving themselves vulnerable to acquisition by those who acted more quickly.

About the Author: Godard Abel is the co-founder, president and CEO of BigMachines Inc. Prior to founding BigMachines, Godard was general manager of the iNiku.com application service for Niku Corp., a provider of Web-enabled enterprise applications. Before entering the technology industry, Godard consulted for McKinsey & Co. and advised leading manufacturers in the United States and Germany on strategy development and business process improvement. Godard earned an MBA from Stanford University and both a BS and MS in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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