Accupoint Software would like to thank everyone for their gifts during our annual Fall Food Drive for the benefit of the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. This year was our most successful to date, and we could only have accomplished this with your help and generous spirit.
The Accupoint team believes that no one should go hungry and is dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people. Our efforts this autumn have, in some small way, helped to make a difference to hungry families during this holiday season.
Thank you for your support!
Supply Chain Control Tips
A chain is only strong as its weakest link. When it comes to controlling your supply chain, the better you are at understanding the entire chain and identifying weak links, the better your company will be in the long run.
In today’ post, we would like to present a couple of tips to help make managing your supply chain more effective.
Tip 1: Understand the big picture. Gather performance data on each vendor in the chain and update it constantly. If your data only includes some vendors or incomplete performance data, the picture of your supply chain is as incomplete as a jigsaw puzzle missing half the pieces. Without concrete data, you may have an idea of potential snags but ultimately you are guessing. As a result, you're not able to make the best decisions on how to resolve issues related to your operations.
Tip 2: Use integrated technology to manage your supply chain. Technology enables more efficient and effective data collection and analysis, giving you increased response time to head off potential problems. In addition, by using integrated technology you can improve communications with relevant stakeholders resulting in minimized disruptions to production.
The efficient use of supply chain controls enables your company to reduce costs and satisfy customer requirements. How well do you know your supply chain? Accupoint can help your organization to get a handle on comprehensive supply chain management. To find out how, visit us on the web at www.accupointsoftware.com or call toll-free 800.563.6520.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)--you've probably heard the term and have an idea of what they are, but do you have a fail-proof method to measure key operational metrics? Based on who you are and what you want to accomplish, KPI's are your key to success--providing measurable goals that are used to gauge the success or failure of your operations. But without a means to easily measure and analyze your KPIs, you could actually be making decisions that are not helping you in the long run.
Choosing the right KPIs relies upon a good understanding of what is important to the organization. To that end, let’s take a look at the attributes of a good KPI. A KPI should be
1. Available and Measurable
2. Impact the Bottom Line
3. Relevant to Business Objectives
4. Useful to Improvement Efforts
The bottom line--you have to have clearly defined goals in place and KPIs to determine the success of those goals. But you also need a means to accurately measure your KPIs in order to instantly determine if steps are needed to change practices or personnel in order to achieve your goals.
That's the power of Accupoint Software. No matter what your key performance indicators are, you can quickly and easily see your company's current status using any web-enabled device.
Visit us on the web at www.accupointsoftware.com or call toll-free 800.563.6520 and begin to get a clear picture of your overall quality management system--including your KPIs--today!
Some Thoughts on Technology
Technological innovation in hardware and software applications continues to make a major difference in how we live our lives and conduct our work.
This is especially true in the Oil and Gas industry. Just a decade ago, questions and answers had to go through phone calls, faxes or face to face meetings. Information was compiled and stored on paper documents in a limited number of locations. But today, questions can be answered instantly through e-mails and texts and information can be stored in one place yet easily accessed by an entire workforce via electronic devices.
Unfortunately, access to new technology alone does not guarantee improved results. We've all heard stories of someone we know with a phone that doesn't understand how to do the simplest tasks. Or of the company that purchased new software but never utilized it because the employees were uncertain of how to use it.
Here are two helpful reminders when considering new technology. First, educating and training the workforce is just as important as the technology itself. Products touted to save your staff time and energy cannot work if the staff doesn't fully understand how to use them. Be sure to factor training and support into any purchase decision. Give users the ability to ask questions and build a firm foundation of success.
Second, continue to incorporate mobile technology into your processes. Mobile adoption will continue to grow and will help drive improvements to organizational efficiency. Mobile computing can provide a variety of benefits to the Oil & Gas industry including: data capture in the field, ease of collaboration from multiple locations, and better decision making. Many organizations understand these benefits, but are not fully implementing it into their operations.
As with any new technology, there are issues to be addressed including: safety, data security and authorized areas for use. New technology has the potential to empower employees and increase productivity. Ultimately, you have to be willing to allocate the resources to get the technology into their hands and then make sure they really know how to use it properly.
To find out more about Accupoint’s mobile compliance technology, visit us at accupointsoftware.com or call us toll-free at 800.563.6250.