infoBoard in Birmingham

infoBoard in Birmingham

Our product is mainly used in England’s north industrial area. A direct flight connection between Hamburg and Birmingham helps when you want to meet with your clients or train them.

After landing we remembered what happened the time before: because of the many roundabouts the dated navigation system we had was too slow to tell us in time what exit to take. With a modern navigation system things would have gone differently.

The second challenge were the elongated highway exits, the reason why we often turned too late and we had to take roundabouts.Third challenge was the fact that for some roads you have to pay fees, for Germans this is very unusual. Actually, hired cars have in most cases a badge, but when you have to correctly join the queu of the toll, you panick.  Do we have what the sign shows or do we have to go to the cash sign?

Oh yes, coming from the left, this is the reason why I bent over to look at the main road, I heared a clear “Left!” coming from the left passenger seat. It’s a peculiar memory especially because there were no vehicles to be seen.

We drove through Walsall. Narrow roads, evening rush hour traffic. The roads winded their way through hilly turns on the right and left. Suddendly we ended up at a crossroads and the navigation system stated that we had reached the destination, athough we had not. Suddendly I remembered that the navigation system didn’t know the exact address, I had used until that moment Google Maps to at least end up close to the destination.

Well, for starters we made the wrong decision to take the longest way through long detours, dead ends and so on. This is the reason why we returned to the crossingroads 10 minutes later and this time we turned in the road that finally brought us to the industrial area where our client had his office.

After the friendly welcome we walked through the big, modern hallways with many infoBoard monitors and infoBoard production time tracking touchscreens. Since the company had worked in the past with many very broad platforms, the company’s members didn’t want to accept anything different from what had worked so well for them for decades. After finding infoBoard on Internet the IT department was able to start it fast. Everybody had a familiar picture infront of them, only now in a digital version and this means with many advantages regarding the distribution of information and time tracking including notifications.

The client is a service provider for control cabinets cabling and is interested in deadline reliability. Each production island manufactures for one client with an outsourcing contract. There aren’t any single products in the portfolio. And well, the company after a powerful growth with bigger hallway enlargements considered inevitable a digitization of the analog platforms.

infoBoard was the last missing piece for a software-aided support of the production

Perfect!

infoBoard in Indianapolis

infoBoard in Indianapolis

I flew with Delta Airlines from Boston to Indianapolis, the only direct flight between the two cities. I read a little bit about the city and …..it was all planned on a drawing board, it’s a copy of Washington.

My clients and one of their business partner from New Jersey were very close to the airport, within three miles distance. The biggest percentage of  infoBoard’s american clients in the New World!

In relatively new and spacious airports there is a small but particular U-Boat. People are proud that Indiana is the U-boat’s location with USA’s longest tradition. I’m confused, although, because on the map I have never seen a big lake in Indiana except for a connection with the sea.

I turned down the idea of renting a car because everything is nearby. I thought I would have been be able to move well around the short roads with a taxi and a shuttle. I later understood that it didn’t work like that.

I waited for the shuttle to the hotel. I always call Uber and other private drivers per mobile phone. I waited for other hotel shuttle buses but after a while I decided to call the hotel once more. I knew that in the USA you have to dial +1 at the beginning and so I did but I still heard “The number you are calling…..”.  Almost an hour later I called another hotel shuttle bus but this time without dialing the area code and I was able to book the hotel bus which was also supposed to arrive in 15 minutes. My phone, I don’t know how, connected to a telephone company and I could get in the american phone network.

While sitting on the bus I looked out at the road to see if I could have walked on the streets but the footpath ended with a small cars bridge, no chance.

After a short stop at the hotel, the hotel shuttle bus brought me wherever I wanted. Commercial enterprises were located, like it is common in America, in offices in big, plain buildings. And it’s not unusual to not have any signboards with the company’s name outside of these buildings. I only knew that the company had a sign close to Rolls Royce and was infront of Rolls Royce. But then I saw my american co-worker waving at me from a distance.

The conversation gets a pleasant twist when the owner of the company comes into the room and in that moment his young IT employee starts talking about how good german economy works and how beautiful the german landscape is. I can only agree with him. He continued to fancy me with the german restaurants’ road in the city center which is although very far away and later comes to his mind that most likely I know well enough german restaurants. The boss gives me a lift back to my hotel,  it takes only three minutes and are there taxis here?

The next morning I all a taxi to go to a company’s training course. This works but I have to bolster the young taxi driver because he has never heared of the street. (but it is a very long street with an odd name: Girls School Street).

Very friendly welcome in the company: a programmer gave me an office where I could stretch and prepare. A walk through the halls of production made it clear why the production needs to be visualized: long rows of machinery are galvanized by metal ribbons with different high quality metals. Manufacturing orders can sometimes take up to one day to be processed, but there, where the copper coils can be split in different sizes to produce different orders at the same time, short processing and set-up times accrue and visualization is necessary to make better decisions on the order of the production.

Coffee, notebook and conference room, the company owner and 8 participants with different tasks ask questions and discuss about what the interface should achieve and on how the planners want to use infoBoard.They were also interested to see the IP camera function of the infoBoard rows.

The programmer ist happy that the interface requirements are becoming easier and easier and at the end everybody said a sincere thank you for the instructive day. She also showed me her own production development calender in MS Access, which simply didn’t have acceptable reaction times.

I was kindly brought to the airport by my contact person because when I called for a taxi they told me they weren’t sure a taxi could get to me within 20 minutes.

I went back to Boston with Delta Airlines. I liked very much Boston’s city center and the Habor Walk Way where you can get anywhere by foot, like in Germany.

(Deutsch) infoBoard mitten in Irland

infoBoard in the middle of Irland

 

An island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean- a place that US companies like a lot, that has a great potential for English-speaking employees. I have never seen this place with such a perspective. It’s a good thing to visit places yourself so that you can change perspective. The economy is based mainly on exportation since the population is relatively small with just 4,8 million people but where there is a lot of “manufacturing” there has to be also infoBoard.

The task setting of both company owners was four weeks in advance: this in order to be able to have an overview on the orders in production, to provide a well-grounded statement based on the processing status of five units regarding new orders’ delivery dates and on the sales department of the successful company.

Our software partner in Irland held meetings and organized a training course and with his help the current 620 planning objects could be selected and assembled. Each planning object could include up to 20 individual components. Each scanned operation step was added to his software, so that the orders that had already been started to be processed would have been well visible through scanned processing steps and the cumulative hours also, through progress bars.

The scheduled orders that are not on time land up on infoBoard Sync Tool Server (in the pool-rows*). The production platform lights up brightly when infoBoard  shows delivery overruns. I wished I had brought with me the Enterprise Edition so that I could have seen a balanced planning of the Critical Chain Projectmanagement (CCPM).

InfoBoard was reordered. I was happy, the users are happy, the software partner understood the possibilities for his other clients.  The database interface is really powerful. You have the feeling as if we were part of a string quartett of a big orchestra. I have to explain this: 30 years ago, during a special night at the Hamburger Markthalle dedicated to Hamburg’s rock’n’roll bands I was the band leader of a band called “Billy de Lion and the Wild Cats”, famous in Hamburg and we played in front of 1000 spectactors. To get ready we have at our disposal 4 wind instruments and we tried a version of the song “Stagger Lee” with a horn section. This was incredibly powerful  because the sound almost threw off the stage…….and the leaves came tumblin’ down…. (the drumbeats).

Now the presentation of the board of directors. He asks what has happened: I just received an order that has to be delivered on Friday (customer-oriented flexibility seems to be a factor for success). We open a preprepared sample order, they dictate to us the time exposure in 5 parts and we plan the order. The result: the order was prepared a weeek too late of the delivery date.

I have always engaged myself so that infoBoard would be used as an operational planning tool  with a unique resource allocation. Here was only an ERP system with very detailed working steps that made it impossile to have a corrrect visualization. But since the software partner masterly treated the data and (can) listens, the presentation of the executive board could be implemented  fast and well.

Now  has to be enforced also the planned order on infoBoard. InfoBoard web application is useful for the Shopfloor, which makes a list of all of the tasks of the day that have to be processed for each sector .

The remaining task for the company employees is to take care of the working hours and the accurate work hour confirmation of the Design. Essential requirements for the quality of infoBoard’s outlook.

*) Small anecdote: While I am in the workshop it comes natural for me to say the word “pool”. With this term I (and all Germans) mean the group of unallocated tasks. We either take the pool or take from the pool. The confused expressions on my irish co-workers’ faces made me think that the word for them probably had a different meaning. Actually at the end can the production managers that agreed with me on the meaning of the expression explained. I only know that this expression has become parto fo the German language in Germany. This is another case of internationalisation: the reimportation of english words with changed meaning. Very interesting.

infoBoard an der Westküste USA

infoBoard on the west coast of the USA

It’s hot, it’s cold. For a german man from the north like me the weather here is very different from what I am used to; here, outdoor it’s too hot while indoor too cold.

During the days of the fair we stayed in an accomodation in Koreatown (L.A). It was near the Convention Center and not far from West Hollywood with the famous stops that we had already visisted several times throughout the years.

Our hotel didin’t provide breakfast and in Koreatown there were only privately  owned shops, for this reason we drove to Downtown to have breakfast there.  Finding a parking spot was a big challenge since the price to leave tha car just  for 12 minutes was 3,50$ . At the end we found a small Austrian restaurant called FoodLab and on the terrasse on the back of its building we could enjoy a lovely cozy breakfast with real bread!

Really important and dinamic economic sectors have developped in Calfornia. The secret is: a big amount of capital that is in search for profits. Therefore were established industries that we in Germany had established time before through capital, for example the development of the diesel engine and the creation of airships.

As I imagined I was also contacted from an investment company. They were searching scalable business models. Millions have to be put at stake, otherwise it’s not interesting. I was asked how infoBoard’s exhibitor in the fair was different from the other exhibitors that also offered a planning software. After I looked up our US rival, of which I still didn’t know much: form-based data capturing system and analysing system with charts for projects. Just another project plannning tool with the number 987. Well, America needs infoBoard because we offer a planning interface that is source-oriented and can intuitively be used thanks to its graphic.

At the fair there were a lot of machine producers. The first impression that I had, is that in comparison with German fairs the technology used here is not very modern.The fairs in Hannover, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf look more glamorous.

Here come the potential clients: remain still, look, ask. Some explain infoBoard to their colleagues. We listen to them and we are surprised; how can someone think to know everything from just some images on a monitor?

Many visitors were job hoppers and they always had in mind a company that needed infoBoard, but where they didn’t not work anymore. Surprisingly a continuous change of employer brings the job hoppers to have a lot of experience with ERP implementations and software development and many said that they then knew that software developers didn’have professional experience and that for years they had to tell the developers what the program should do and that what they said was never done. Ok, I also think it is like that but the situation is going to change when infoBoard is installed. InfoBoard has benne completed and it’s the result of 20.000 developers’ team work.

Two men arrive and unfourtanetely from all it had been said I understood only the words “State, California, Cluster”. Later I took a look at their visitng card and it said “Baja California”, meaning they came from the mexican part. It’s a pity because I was looking forward to introducing them to our spanish co-workers that were standing just 1 m. away.

Other two men arrive and one of them talks in German. We probably already met at the same fair two years ago. After we talked a little about if we could present infoBoard like this  to the owner of the company on Thursday, we came to the conclusion that we should and we decided to exchange other information or oganise other appointments using my german telephone. It’s strange how we could call without problems but when we wanted to send text messages using an iPhone with the adress of the company, the texts would arrive two days after when I was at the airport. Technology is so strange at times!

On Wednesday we went out to have dinner with the company owner and the general manager. We talked about the very interesting story of the last 50 years of the compan, about  how good german education is and the chance to enter successfully the US market. The day after was the presentation of the managers and project managers out of the 400 people in the company. After an hour and a half of infoBoard’s demonstration everbody understood how useful infoBoard was since we assured short-time procedures in the machine shop of the producer.

I now understand better what Germany’s economy needs in order to improve. Banks can no more provide through Basel III the economy with enough money and there aren’t enough investors anymore. Fortunately the first small improvements are occuring in Germany and in the EU. It’s difficult for a normal person who has so many expenses to pay, to be able to save during just one life a personal capital to reinvest.

 

(Deutsch) Gibt es eine Relation zwischen dem Grad der infoBoard Nutzung und Gehalt?

Is the frequency of use of infoBoard related to salaries?

We argue very often that while using infoBoard profits grow oup to 5% – 15%. That’s because your decisions are of better quality and you can change the way your organization behaves. Let’s take a ship as an example: We just provide you with a steering wheel and a steering gear while you steer your tanker yourself, of course .
When goals are achieved employee salaries and profits can only increase. Higher profits give also the oportunity to reward high-performing employees.
Without higher added value to the entire enterprise there cannot be a new increase in salaries, and employees without greater personal pride have no expectations for a salary increase.
I examined the effects of profits increase and salary raises. If the enterprise’s costs linked to salaries amount, for example, to 30%, a 5% increase in profits is the premise for a possible up to 15% salary increase. How can that not encourage every employee?

Unfortunately, positive events are not an incentive, three months later the feeling of happiness will disappear.
But infoBoard is always there, like a watch on your wrist / preferably on the wrist on the watch.
Constantly present means: the incentive for successs is constantly present at work. In addition, German company directors now have (finally) the opportunity to praise 100%nthis “get things done”.
(I will include in the weekly schedules an automatic praise and a star award)

So…not convinced yet?
Worldwide surveys show that employees overall and every year continue to perform 30% of unnecessary activities at their workplace. InfoBoard intervenes in this gap of non-productive activities. Here, the company can make in its own seat, out of their personal costs a profit.

It is generally thought that cost savings do not lead to higher profits while on the other side  price increases directly increase the profit. My idea is to generate more effective profit increases through optimized workflows.

Another aspect is staff shortage: I can report a personal experience: in 2016 we had despite staff shortage in the sales department a 150% increase in profits over the previous year after I optimized time control. To clarify: infoBoard has led two high effective sales people to increase performance and increase efficiency. And of course to increase salary .

That’s why I introduce our weekly plan to my employees through the application MyBoard on tablets. There is still a lot of potential here, too.

 

infoBoard verfolgt ein grosses Ziel (Big Data)

infoBoard verfolgt ein grosses Ziel (Big Data)

Ein Unternehmen positioniert sich am Markt und wächst durch mehr Aufträge und mehr Mitarbeiter, mehr Maschinen, mehr Produkte, mehr zeitgleiche Aufträge, grössere Projekte mit mehr Beteiligten u.s.w.
Es werden Leitungsfunktionen geschaffen, die Verantwortung für einen Bereich tragen sollen.
Diese schaffen sich nun Softwarewerkzeuge, um dieser Verantwortung gerecht zu werden, i.d.R. Excel Tabellen bzw. Excel-Listen.
Man trifft sich nun, um sich besser abzustimmen, denn ohne die Information aus den anderen Vorgänger Abteilungen kann die Planung der Auftragsbearbeitung nicht funktionieren.
Immer bleibt die rechtzeitige Information über Änderungen ein paar Tage im Verborgenen.
Was kann eigentlich schlimmer sein, als Entscheidungen auf der Grundlage einer schlechten Informationslage zu treffen?
Es gibt eine Antwort: wenn man so weiter macht, obwohl man über die Möglichkeit einer vorausschauenden, gemeinsamen Planung verfügt.

Deshalb melden sich bei uns oft neu eingestellte Produktionsleiter oder Montageleiter, die ohne Softwareunterstützung die Abläufe und Ergebnisse verbessern sollen. Sie merken schnell, dass die Informationslage schlecht ist, die Lauferei gross, die Pflege der Exceltabellen praktisch nicht leistbar ist.
Hier haben wir es mit Menschen zu tun, die etwas bewegen wollen. Sie denken nach, forschen im Internet und finden infoBoard.

Im Urlaub las ich in einem Buch über schnelles und langsames Denken. Forscher über Jahrhunderte haben sich mit der Frage auseinander gesetzt, warum Menschen Fehlentscheidungen treffen. Man hat sich im Laufe der Zeit auf zwei Denksysteme des Menschen “geeinigt”, um folgendes zu erklären:
Im System 1 werden die lebenserhaltenen Entscheidungen getroffen: Situation ist: gut oder schlecht. Im System 2 werden die kognitiven Leistungen des “in Frage stellen” , nachdenken, forschen, kalkulieren erbracht. Dabei wird rational und ggf. auch intelligent gedacht.
Und weil der Mensch faul ist, und das langsame Denken im ” System 2″ ein Anstrengung ist, gibt er sich gerne mit dem Ergebnis des Systems 1 zufrieden. Nachdenken: “Fehlanzeige”. Fehlerwahrscheinlichkeit in komplexen betrieblichem Kontext : “hoch” und Auswirkung: “sehr teuer”.

Daher lassen sich auch die Wünsche nach Referenzkunden der selben Branche in der Nachbarschaft verstehen. System 1: nicht nachdenken.
Ein Neukunde liess sich nicht dazu bewegen, als Referenzkunde auf einer Branchenmesse genannt zu werden. Begründung: diesen Wettbewerbsvorteil werden wir nicht aktiv an unsere Marktbegleiter kommunizieren. Raten Sie mal, welches System ( System 1 oder System 2) diese Firma angewendet hat ?

Bei dieser schnellen Entscheidung werden also nicht alle Informationen eingeholt und bewertet.

Auch unter diesem Aspekt sichert infoBoard mit der intuitiven Bedienung im “System 1” die Überprüfung weiterer Bedingungen nach der Tat zu und verhindert dadurch, dass Rationalität und Intelligenz des “Systems 2″nicht hinten runterfallen.
Zusammenhänge, Terminüberwachung “über alles” und Prioritäten werden überwacht.

Jetzt ist aber das grosse Ziel, die Firmenaufträge optimal zu bearbeiten. Im Projektgeschäft werden Aufgaben eher global und Zeiten auf Annahmen basierend geschätzt. Hier sollte es so sein: das ist das Ziel, darunter visualisieren wir die Aufgaben, darunter visualisieren wir die tatsächlich geleisteten Stunden für die Aufgabe. Und darüber hinaus brauchen wir noch eine Einschätzung, ob die geleistete Arbeit auch den Wert schöpft, der erwartet wird (Earned Value Analysis), ob der Fortschritt an gezählter Arbeitszeit auch der Aufgabenerfüllung, genauer gesagt dem Fertigstellungsgrad entspricht.
Und wenn gar keine Arbeitszeit gezählt wird: ist der Kollege überhaupt da?

Wenn wir das grosse Ziel als Balken/ Zeitstrahl darstellen, die vielen Aufgaben als Balken zeitlich darunter liegend präsentieren, die tatsächlich geleisteten Zeitaufwände wiederum darunter als Balken zeichnen und darüberhinaus im Bezug auf die Durchlaufzeit und die geplante Nettoarbeitszeit und die tatsächliche Arbeitszeit für diese Aufgaben untereinander liegen sehen, dann können wir visuell verfolgen, wie zielgerichtet das Projekt verfolgt wird.

infoBoard Europe hat sich auf den Weg gemacht, die geschaffenen Systeme so zu vernetzen, dass neue Eindrücke über die Leistungsfähigkeit des Betriebes entstehen und bewertet werden können. Manchmal schmerzt es zu sehen, was tatsächlich abläuft. Aber es entsteht eine unglaubliche Motivation, organisatorische Mängel abzustellen, Mitarbeitergespräche zu führen und zu Gunsten aller Stakeholder bessere Ergebnisse zu erzielen.

Wir holen alle Daten aus CRM und Ticketsystemen auf die Plantafel.
Stellen To-do Aufgaben und Wiedervorlagen sichtbar dar und den Getthingsdone aus den Systemen gegenüber, sortieren die Programmieraufgaben aus dem Ticketsystem, messen den Zeitaufwand, lernen über den tatsächlichen Aufwand erschreckende Aufwände, liefern den Kunden asap die Lösungen aus.

Wir werden weitere Ergebnisse auswerten und unsere Systeme optimieren.

infoBoard Partnertagung in Hamburg

infoBoard Partnertagung in Hamburg

 

“infoBoard is international” this is the first sentence the two colleagues from infoBoard Netherlands / Belgium said.

After eleven years, infoBoard has reached high levels of professional service. The planning software reflects the economy of the country which is sold to and from which it will be used. Unlike what a university theorist would believe or what you would think, infoBoard Australia focuses on the production of kitchenettes, landscaping and the construction of sheep houses. Only the RDSA, Rock Drill Australia that produces drills for Australia’s mineral resources, reminds people of what Australia’s core competence is.

In Belgium our clients are mainly the “better Dutch people”, the Flemish and – the German-speaking companies, while in the Netherlands service providers companies.

In addition to a more powerful translation program will also be offered a reseller portal. A system against Bugs has been invented and it can be used worldwide.

In the following hours were shown under observation of our foreign university students the extensive marketing, development and sales activities while partners told about their customers.

The conclusion of the meeting took place in the harbor museum Övelgönne on the Elbe. We ate North Sea crabs with infront of us the view of the captain’s house  and Hamburg’s mountains. I proudly showed our partners the city’s district called Hamburg-Altona (Which I think is the only true Altona), since the Altona on the australian coast, near Melbourne, is named after the german one. Later after doing little research on the Internet we find out that Altona is really everywhere in Germany since Altona in German means “all too close”.

I am happy: I am an active globalizer. The world is close to me!

2017: Back to the roots

2017: Back to the roots

 

At the beginning of the year in companies new projects are set off and projects that haven’t been finished after a first, second and third attempt are freshly tackled. Every year companies come to us, after their ERP manufacturer has provided them with a not easy-to-use, flexible graphical planning surface. They did although promise that “The new version will be something completely new”.

And those responsible for the planning boards turn to infoBoard although they have agreed with their colleagues to rely on simple Excel overviews. There is a lack of multi-user capacity, different access rights (writing, reading), and mobile access.

And so we come back to the primal basic need of visualization and representation of the most important information in a department or small business.

Images: the most important thing about our appointment calendar are the images of the parts to be constructed. In the calendar we want to link the image to the drawings and the project folder so that the sales department should be able to get access to the appointment calendar also from mobile devices.

Or: our customer expects to see on his/her next visit, a graphical planning board to be able to evaluate its utilization.

Or: my supply companies cannot cope with the many opportunities we give you. They simply lack of a general insight!

Does infoBoard provide too many functions for these simple requirements?

Well, you can make your planning board in just 3 minutes. That does not sound like too much functionality. Often a 2-hour webinar is enough time to talk about everything we have to talk about. Is it really bad when a program has drafts? Isn’t it a kind of insurance that it can take all future requirements or other departments with their different needs to the same planning tool?

From my many years of experience with large companies I have learned how the planning needs and requirements vary according to the different tasks of the different departments. But our clients are lucky enough to have a general scheduling tool available.

The use of infoBoard planning board software enables a scaling of the services. What is a scaling? The possibility to do more with the same amount of resources.

Or: you can easily start in a department and when it’s necessary other complex processes in other departments will also be provided with the same planning support.

More on this topic in the next blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop orders with infoBoard’s ‘Pool Order’ form

Scenario: Internal service providers within the company (eg. a workshop) receives orders through various different methods, such as by email, telephone, on-call responses or from SAP systems. Often, the orders would be expected to meet minimum requirements, and a performance record or even an SAP number may later be required.

According to increasing numbers of requests from customers, we have created a form creator. From this standard template, forms can be created: one form for each planning board. There are approximately 40 input fields available for transfer. Tooltip text is available, as is the enforcement of ‘mandatory fields’.

If a form field is used to access the user log, the customer can see the list of all of their orders when they call up the infoBoard Web system. A filter can also be used to make the list shorter.

A traffic-light system indicates the status of the job. Red is not yet scheduled, yellow is a scheduled date, and green – finished.

These entries can be printed by the workshop in the standard way using individual plugins.

The infoBoard user-defined attributes, value tables and type definitions are implemented.

Easily import Excel files into infoBoard

In the “Handbook for Software Entrepreneurs”, the connectivity of a software product is paramount when bringing it to the global market.

Therefore, using the infoBoard synchronisation server, we have offered synchronisation from ERP data from day one. Here, we were looking at simplicity and comprehensibility, but also had to offer the full range of import possibilities. This makes it difficult. As a result, we send typical import data to interested parties as Excel files. With the infoBoard converter, we can offer to automatically read data from .csv files without ERP programs.

But on a basic level, most planners work with self-made Excel spreadsheets, lists, and matrices, both with and without macros. It’s amazing how much time is invested in planning. There is no other way to keep track of an order’s status in a comprehensible manner.

With so many different Excel spreadsheets used for planning, the focus is suddenly not on increased connectivity with ERP-Systems, but rather on managing a large number of Excel spreadsheets. This is a serious task for the software producer.

Over the past twelve months, our developers have done more than ever before with regards to Excel modules, add-ins, and uploads over web pages. This proves another aspect of the simplicity of working with infoBoard – easing the workload of the user.

Every month, we import around thirty new Excel “Example 5” spreadsheets for prospective customers and take screenshots of the generated planning boards. We offer these easy Excel imports to our prospective Internet customers almost immediately. Surprisingly, multi-dimensional thinking, and respectively the presentation of tasks in a two-dimensional manner seems to be difficult for a significant number of people. This is accompanied by an inability to imagine the necessary structures of an Excel spreadsheet in an abstract way.

We have programmed an Excel add-in, which is able to import (and remove) data from an Excel sheet to an existing infoBoard planning board. Here, the parts lists are copied from a CAD program and then the work is distributed to machines with an estimated time.

A great variant is an Excel plugin for the infoBoard client. In the sample orders, all items with the necessary work procedures are stored. The (weekly) production log is exported from SAP to Excel. This Excel file with the item numbers and the number of pieces produced is read by the plugin and automatically creates the item sample orders with SAP production order numbers.

Do you see the advantages that the idea of an ideal, automated interface presents? Simple Excel imports are like “Bread for the World”. They satisfy hunger.

We look forward to receiving your Excel spreadsheets.