A bly:Optimize Success Story


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"You don't know, what you don't know" Quote from Chris Phillips - Yardney Vice President

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A bly:Optimize Success Story

  1. 1. SUCCESS STORY BENEFITS SUMMARY Increased Inventory Accuracy by 75% Increased utilization of Sage 100 system by 25% Now has Real-time KPI’s Tracking manufacturing labor costs One happy vice president! You don’t know whatRiverside California’s Yardney Water Filtration Systems operates a stateof the art 60,000 square foot research, design, and manufacturing you don’t know.”facility. They are a pioneer in the development of clean water solutionsand since 1965 they have provided high-quality, cost effective products becoming one of the world’s leadingmanufacturers of water filtration equipment for industrial and agricultural applications.Chris Phillips, Yardney Vice President and General Manger, approached Blytheco with a feeling that they werenot getting the full use out of their Sage 100 ERP business system. In fact, he feared they may be doing thingsbackwards, since some of their processes had not changed in many years. With a planned manufacturing facilityexpansion on the horizon, Chris did not want the new facility coming on line with the same flawed processesof the current one. So, armed with a hunch, Chris arranged for a Blytheco process optimization (bly:Optimize)headed up by veteran Blytheco consultant Debbie Long.The Blytheco consultant (Debbie) interviewed no less than 13 key personnel within the organization fromexecutives to shop floor employees. She observed the interactions of the different teams and how they used theirbusiness system. Debbie confirmed some of Chris’s suspicions. Yardney was only using 15% of their businesssystem, if that. They were driving in the slow lane with a high-performance sports car. There were severe lags ingetting useful data, they could not trust their inventory levels due to the way they were pulling stock and trackinglabor costs was nearly impossible during the manufacturing process. NATIONALPRESENCE - LOCALTOUCH turning dreams into productivity Regional Headquarters Orange County, California Atlanta, Georgia CRM ○ ERP ○ HRMS ○ MARKETING 23161 Mill Creek Drive, Ste. 200 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Ste. 450 Laguna Hills, California 92653 Phone: (949) 583.9500 Atlanta, Georgia 30342 Phone: (404) 841.6240 NONPROFIT ○ CONSULTING ○ SUPPORT Toll Free: (800) 425.9843 Toll Free: (800) 455.1368 ATLANTAGA ○ AUSTINTX COLUMBIASC ○ COLUMBUSOH ○ DALLASTX DENVERCO GREENVILLESC Fax: (949) 583.0649 Fax: (404) 841.6243 HOUSTONTX LOS ANGELESCA ○ MINNEAPOLISMN ○ ORANGE COUNTYCA ○TAMPAFL blytheco.com facebook.com/blythecollc @blythecollc think.blytheco.com bellwethermagazine.com SS-Yardney-blyOptimize-v1_1-3_4_13.indd version: 1.1 3/13
  2. 2. Based on her interviews and assessment of Yardney’s processes and needs, Debbie produced a bly:Optimize “Summary of Findings” report and presented it to Chris and his team. The report highlighted the interviews with the team members separated by job function for ease of reading and comprehension. At the end of the report were ‘Recommended Next Steps’ categorized into short term, mid-term and long term goals and the concrete steps needed to achieve them.After just a few short months, Yardney was already seeing a return on their investment on not only thebly:Optimize they had performed, but also on their Sage 100 ERP system. “It is refreshing to be able tosee live data.” Chris later told us. “Prior to the bly:Optimize,the data we were working with was potentially 2 months old!”Chris feels they have gained in the use of their Sage 100 Prior to the bly:Optimize,system and are up to 40% system utilization and climbing asthey work with Debbie to implement her recommended next the data we weresteps. working with wasNot only has system utilization been increased, but theirinventory is now 75% more accurate with the implementation potentially 2 monthsof bar code scanning software and equipment. Manufacturinglabor costs have now been standardized and are being old!”tracked accurately and efficiently. New custom reports arehelping Chris and his teams see in ‘real-time’ Key PerformanceIndicators on a daily basis and the companyfinancials are being produced in a timely manner.Overall, the responsiveness of the system due tothe change in processes has increased substantially.“You don’t know what you don’t know,” Chrisexplains, “It is great to have someone like Debbiefrom Blytheco come out, look at how you are doingthings, help you see what you are not seeing andrecommend ways to leverage your current systemto help make your teams and organization runsmoother.”“Blytheco is unique in that their experts knowso much about the business end as well as thesystem. When they applied this knowledge in thebly:Optimize, it really helped uncover some roadblocks in our system and processes, and I wouldhighly recommend bly:Optimize to any businessthat wants to run more efficiently and moreprofitably.”