infoBoard MultiSync – Synchronisation bis ans Ende der Welt

infoBoard MultiSync – Synchronisation bis ans Ende der Welt

Der Wunsch kam vor etwa drei Jahren auf: mehrere Abteilungen nutzen das infoBoard auf verschiedene Weise, hängen jedoch nicht so eng zusammen.

Die Entwicklungsabteilung ist frei, plant locker über Wochen ein Projekt als ein Planungsobjekt auf einer Mitarbeiterzeile. Die Werkstatt arbeitet zweischichtig, mit Maschinen und Mitarbeitern, für Produktion und Prototypen. Das Labor testet mit Prüfständen und Klimakammern 24/7, und die Produktion in drei Schichten mit Linien und Schichtmitarbeitern in Wechselschichten.

Aber es gibt Abstimmungsbedarf untereinander.

Die Polizeileitung eines deutschen Bundeslandes will wissen, welche Mitarbeiter im Dienst sind. Von verschiedenen Plantafeln werden die Ausfallzeiten auf eine Plantafel für die Führung zusammengetragen.

In den Niederlanden möchte eine grosse Firma den Gesamtplan aus drei Abteilungen auf einer Plantafel zusammen sehen.

Ein deutscher Maschinenbauer möchte von 1-3 Projektplantafeln 9 Fachabteilungen mit den Planungen automatisch versorgen, um die Abwicklung zu vereinfachen. Terminlagen werden durch die knappen Ressourcen mit den Projektplantafeln synchronisiert.

Die Geschäftsführung eines Softwareherstellers synchronisiert die Ausfallzeiten mit dem infoBoard Server eines Vereins mit 200 Mitgliedern, in dem drei als Leiter tätig sind, um die Verfügbarkeit automatisch abzustimmen.

Zulieferer melden heute noch per PDF an den Autobauer, wie weit ihr Prototypenauftrag fertiggestellt ist. Beide nutzen infoBoard. Sie können Auftragsvergabe und Auslieferung des Auftrags automatisch synchronisieren, statt PDF für die Terminabstimmung auszutauschen.

Zwei Engineering Firmen in Bayern und Niedersachsen arbeiten in Projekten für die Automobilindustrie in Hamburg zusammen. Sie können ihre beiden Ressourcen und Projektplantafeln über ihre beiden infoBoard Server automatisch synchronisieren.

Ein grosser, internationaler Händler von Babybedarfsartikeln lässt in Asien herstellen, verschifft oder versendet die Artikel und verkauft in Europa. Termine spielen in der Supply Chain eine grosse Rolle. Ständig muss nachgefragt werden. Hier können mehrere infoBoard Server interkontinental synchronisiert werden.

Ein Softwarehersteller hat gemeinsame Projekte mit einer Australischen Softwarefirma. Die die Projekte betreffenden Aktivitäten werden auf 2 Firmenplantafeln interkontinental synchronisiert.

Eine Personalabteilung plant Schichten und Urlaube statt mit Excel jetzt im infoBoard. Deshalb hat diese HR Plantafel nur eine Schicht pro Tag. Der infoBoard MultiSyncServer überträgt die Ausfallzeiten und die Schichtinformationen als Nichtarbeitszeiten gem. Schichtmodell auf die dreischichtige Produktionsplantafel.

Wie ist Ihr Bedarf? Wo können Sie sich verbessern?

International application for assembly

International application for assembly

Planning tasks have different conditions for every application area, leading to a faster processing of bottlenecks thanks to a higher utilization.Typical bottlenecks result from holidays and illness or from a lack of properly qualified employees for a specific department. The international application is accompanied by travel readiness, valid VISA, tax liabilities due to long stays abroad, vaccinations, speaking abilities/translations… If necessary, also customs regulations, arrival and departure times, recording related work at the destination, foreign public holidays/plant closures, limited availability of adhoc required tools and materials.

Furthermore, the tour planning is optimized in order to achieve a favorable route through several successive missions. Sufficient time reserves when changing trains vs. too long stays at the airport.

Booking avoidance in no go areas for the accommodation planning, having short distances from the location of the application, or even getting a vehicle with driver. Overall, the often insufficient transportation, unreliability, safety for our technician (I think of the deadly taxi ride in Rio by a German Olympic coach). For us unfamiliar intransparence about prices and / or negotiation over a price before start.

Behavior in other religious cultures. Timely planning due to family members.

The most important thing: the entire time zone problem with reachability to the center, the jet lag (flying to the east is more difficult than flying to the west). Information about changes of dates and routes of the person who flies and the contact person on site.

Die Unterkunftsplanung, um kurze Wege zum Einsatz vor Ort zu haben, nicht in no go areas zu buchen, ggf. ein Fahrzeug mit Fahrer zu besorgen. Insgesamt ist die oft unzureichende Transportmöglichkeit, Unzuverlässigkeit, Sicherheit für unseren Techniker (ich denke an die tödliche Taxifahrt in Rio von einem deutschen Olympia Trainer). Für uns ungewohnte Intransparenz über Preise bzw. Verhandlung über einen Preis vor Antritt.

The accommodation arrangement, that aims to offer shortcuts to use onsite, makes sure you don’t book in no-go-areas and it helps you to get a vehicle with driver. Our technicians often have to face inadequate means of transportation, unreliability, unsafety situations (I’m thinking about the deadly taxi ride for a German Olympic coach in Rio). For us it’s very unusual to find intransparency about prices or to negociate over a price before the start of a journey.

So that are my own experiences of deployment planning in Arabia, Asia, Australia and Oceania, North and South America.

From our customers I know that infoBoard is used both centrally with a planning board, but also decentrally on several planning boards. That is when the resources are not only distributed, but also separated by subject area. But in special cases also exchange staff. One of our customers schedules 380 planners for 800 installers worldwide for plants in 180 countries.

Internationalen Einsatz von Monteuren planen mit infoBoard

Plan fitters of international application with infoBoard

But a number of people are already planning on a planning boardl: the same resources for local processing in the workshop, but also for assembly work abroad. Two planners can view the “your” personnel tasks separately on the same planning board via the infoBoard object filter.

How to implement infoBoard in a globally distributed organization? That was the question I was asked recently.

The software is international: from Christchurch to Melbourne and Perth Australia, through China and Thailand, from Sweden to Cape Town, New Jersey to Los Angeles, 550 customers in 30 countries work with infoBoard, which is translated into 15 languages and includes 35 country holidays.

InfoBoard covers the following four areas: infoBoard USA LLC serves North and South America from the US, infoBoard Europe GmbH Europe and Africa from Germany and the Netherlands, the time zones in India, Southeast Asia and China, South Korea and Japan are supported by infoBoard International Co. Ltd. Bangkok. Australia, New Zealand and Oceania are managed by infoBoard Autralia (Qmani Melbourne).

As every complex task is split into workable parts. The best way to speak of a live model is:

– Phase 1 Objective and definition of project scope, definition of phase 2 members, definition of external support requirements with infoBoard International services

– Phase 2 Implementation phase with the project members, specification of the scope of application, definition of the workflow, development of the import interfaces, definition of required, further components necessary for success. Limitation to the Pareto rule: with 20% functionality 80% of the task can be done. 2-4 months.

– Phase 3 fine-tuning in all areas: translation of the manual, training documents (video), check of the national holidays, check of the postal codes, check of the software translation, check the on-site technique, setting up an “infoBoard – in our company – wiki” Quality assurance. 2 – 4 months.

– Phase 4 Rollout and training by country. The company-specific manual, the handling of infoBoard, is communicated to the keyuser. An infoBoard FirstLevel Hotline has been set up for the new users in the control center (assembly planning) for one year.

– Phase 5 Review and further development of processes and areas of application after 2 years

It is best to use our software to plan the introduction of infoBoard as a project. The first transformation process starts here, all learn and use 6,000 functions of infoBoard as required. All activities and dates can be coordinated here. The infoBoard service is set up centrally for decentralized use. For the kickoff, this can also take place in an environment externally hosted by infoBoard – just implemented for a Swiss machine manufacturer for printing – (reference on demand).

In order to be able to experience the full technological scope, typical web applications, typical evaluations like infoBoard BusinessController “foreign inserts”,

infoBoard BusinessController Statistik: Häufigkeit des Einsatzes nach Ländern gruppiert

infoBoard BusinessController statistic: Frequency of application grouped by coutnry

the mobile infoBoard server components for Android and IOS (Apple) infoBoard apps

infoBoard Mobile iPhone und Android App

infoBoard Mobile iPhone and Android App

and Outlook / Exchange synchronisation

iBE_iPad_Monat

are ready and provided to the project memebers to learn their use and adapt it to their specific benefits.

There’s also the infoBoard Enterprise Edition with infoBoard Map module for tour planning . A video about infoBoard Map module for a South Tyrolean window and door assembly team is on YouTube. The format (layout) of the infoBoard assembly planning results from the company structure, for example, its own branch offices and partners on site. Extensive experience can be found in this pictures pool. In Phase 4, the partners get a web view restricted to their appointments.

 

infoBoard Map Modul: Übergabe der Adressdaten aus Plantafel auf mobile Geräte per E-Mail und Routenplanung mit Google Maps

infoBoard Map module: Transfer the address data from the planning board to mobile devices via e-mail and route planning with Google Maps

In the end you have the great benefit: deadlines calibrated, employees better informed and satisfied, planners relieved and empowered, increased customer expectations.

Certificate: Global Software

Expertise: worldwide planning competence with infoBoard – The electronic planning board

Consulting contract for visualization solutions with infoBoard: with large, German automobile manufacturers

10 years of proven standard software for business planning with 550 customers translated into 15 languages in 30 countries, with 35 country holidays and 6,000 functions plus > 60 modules, open interfaces.

infoBoard Projektplanung Chinesisch

infoBoard Chinese projectplanning

Striving for better decisions

What is the core of business planning?

You have to make the best decisions for an uncertain future. To be able to make realistic predictions. How we would wish for that! Would we all not make optimal decisions if we knew what was going to happen in the near future. Decisions would then no longer be a stab in the dark.

It all comes back to the question: What is to be done? How should it be done? When should it be done? Who should do it, and where?

All questions can be answered by the planning board.

Through pictoral, schematic images, the sensory abilities of human intelligence are stimulated, which are faster than the logical processing of terms (words). Processing then takes place holistically and not in logical chains.

Those who use infoBoard, use technology to make good decisions for production processes today, to see their effects immediately, and to communicate these effects in the face of an uncertain future.

In the decision-making process, the imagination is stimulated, allowing you to find new solutions to your problems. This allows us to explore new methods and find even better solutions.

Better solutions reduce opportunity costs as well as operating costs, avoiding or even improving peaks, and achieving an even and consistent utilisation of existing resources – possibly increasing output..

This is the main reason why infoBoard is mainly found in growing company, who cannot effectively manage their organic growth without infoBoard.That is why you are giving away market opportunities, and only work effectively enough, when you plan your production through Excel.

Why are decisions important?

How do you prepare decisions? Why do you prepare decisions? You are respondng to a new situation, and should go through a decision-making process such as this:

– A timely detection of problems

– Analysis of these problems

– Formulate solutions

What do customers say?

A customer reported the following after using infoBoard for four months (translated from German):

“We actually only wanted infoBoard temporarily to improve our growth phase. We’ve been implementing an ERP system fora year, but now we will definitely be keeping infoBoard!

“With sixty employees now, we have been able to extend our planning from one week to several weeks. This means that we avoid peaks in machine time and now work more evenly. The availability of information (what is in progress, when it will be finished etc.) is available immediately without any effort. For the first time, the sales department is able to see the progress of production and is ergo more effective and targeted in its efforts.

Through feedback reports on infoBoard WebViews, group leaders can finally assessand estimate: where are we?”

The customer took a heuristic approach with trial and error and, after a short time, has created three approaches to a solution and has more than achieved his target. (Note that this three month detour in setting up production can be avoided by not declining the infoBoard Training Workshops.

The connection to the new ERP system is now planned.

What do prospective customers with Excel planning say?

A prospective customer in plant manufacturing reported the following to me (translated from German):

“We have no ERP system, the project leaders calculate and describes the tasks with Excel, but have no resource responsibilities. Our warehouse should be shut down, we already buy 80% more than what the workshop (through the leader) planned. Orders from other areas are, however, always coming into the workshop and the effects (delays on our projects) is inestimable.

“Additionally, part of our team is on construction sites for assembly or service work. Production is therefore not plannable.”

The company began to look around on the market. Yes, infoBoard is not an ERP system! infoBoard simplifies the jobs to duration bars on a resource row, and allows for scheduling and capacity planning.

Admittedly, if you doesn’t know what you should do (task plans, sequencing of stages), then you also cannot make a schedule plan.

But believe me, every enterprise has established business operations, and the creation of products and services comes from good practice – from experience.

What do you have to decide in this situation? Market view, firstly, and then a complete solution? That’s unrealistic.. My suggestion is more like the Pareto principle: roughly 80% of the goals for planned production can be quickly implemented and tracked thanks to a 20% investment of time and money.

Experience gained in this way is inestimably important for the later implementation of an ERP system.

Increase the quality of your decisions!

The infoBoard planning board is THE tool for every responsible decision-maker in the company’s business operations.

Using infoBoard as a tool for production planning means using technology, using Excel to plan production doesn’t.

infoBoard also facilitates a heuristic approach, eg. trial and error. Work years of experience into your business model!

Never stop learning

If you want to learn more about better planning, as well as the business processes happening in your company, I would suggest that you search for the following terms in Wikipedia. The terms provide a theoretical background to your practical problems.

  • complexity
  • decision theory
  • scheduling
  • production planning
  • emergence
  • Holism (“the whole is more than the sum of its parts)
  • matrix

Which tools and methods to you use to make better decisions?