Optimization is the key to continuous improvement within a company. To put context to this, the way you were doing something yesterday, likely needs to change today. The world now is based on a global economy and global communication, there’s no way to compete when you’re doing the same thing you’ve always done.
It’s typical when implementing a new system, which you cannot fully optimize during the initial implementation, for the reasons pointed out above, this would be impossible anyway. Processes develop within a company over time, these processes generally are what create the “engine” that makes a company successful, and without maintaining that engine, it will eventually cease to perform.
Cumulus consulting has engaged in numerous optimization projects ranging from small to extremely large and sometimes even require a full reimplementation. The benefit of such an exercise is not only to streamline the process and become more efficient, but also to identify those processes you’ve been doing for so long, you’ve gotten really good at, but unfortunately are no longer necessary given today’s technology. Companies need to evolve to remain competitive and profitable.
Technology changes at a much more rapid pace than your business processes do, so it goes without saying that every good business should consider updating their technology from time to time which means those business processes need some work too. Our experience and continual education on technology, as a company, can be put to work for you making sure that you’re running as optimally as possible in every area.
Before beginning any optimization project, we always want to suggest implementing some business analytics and capture data so that we’re working with real life numbers and facts. This allows us to present ROI to the company leadership in order to prove that the changes we propose to make through the optimization project will in fact be worthwhile. After all, doing something extremely well and efficiently doesn’t matter, if what you’re doing are the wrong things.