04 November 2004 | Liam O'Brien
Change programmes can be "embedded" within manufacturers with the launch of PeopleSoft's revamped EnterpriseOne supply chain tool, the company claims.
About 250 improvements to the system are said to ensure that the likes of Six Sigma, just-in-time and kanban are locked into all areas of their operation.
Haran Sold, director of product marketing in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "Until now, the success of initiatives such as Six Sigma, lean manufacturing and kanban has been limited because they have been dependent on 'zealots' within a department or business.
"When they leave, it falters. Now, we can put the initiative into an application and embed it within the DNA of an organisation."
PeopleSoft claims to have done this by consulting experts in various supply chain fields and incorporating their knowledge into the product, which has four components: demand flow manufacturing; radio frequency identification processing; EnterpriseOne customer relationship management; and sales and operations planning.
The last of these can map changes to one area of a business across the extended supply chain.
"It is a powerful tool because it can roll forecasts back and forth," said Sold.
"It can tell you what will happen to the bottom line and to all other aspects of the business if, for example, the chief financial officer wants to cut budgets by 10 per cent."