Oh Really? Another Siren Song
Another “Siren Song” in the world of manufacturing software. Once again, it's i2 Technologies claiming their software is “Built on the principles of lean manufacturing and constraint-based planning, the solutions enable companies to reach the best throughput and customer service at the lowest inventory level and cost.”
Argh, but they continue…
“i2‘s factory panning solutions are used by companies around the globe looking to move into lean manufacturing,“ said Steve Estrada, senior vice president of Consumer Industries at i2.
The “siren song” is that some software companies really expect you think that all that's missing from your successful lean transformation is the proper software. If you're “looking to move into lean” — as opposed to actually working on it — I think you'd be better off focusing on your people and your processes.
I just noticed there is a typo in the second quote (it's really there in the press release) — “panning” instead of “planning.” I guess i2 would have kwality if they only had, oh I don't know, maybe some software for that? Oh right, it's called spell check. I guess technology can't do it all for you, can it?
There's no silver bullet software that will make brilliant decisions for you, decisions that will make you lean.
I'm not “anti-software.” Neither is Toyota. But, the software vendors lose credibility with messages like this, that the software makes you lean.