Capitalizing on emerging opportunities and staying ahead of the competition may require improvements to existing operations and development processes. A review of these operations can identify ways to reduce time-to-market without introducing unnecessary strains on other aspects of the development process or the organization.
SOMOS' Time-to-Market Optimization reviews provide a broad examination of our clients' organizations, processes, systems, and standards, as well as best practices in the industry. Encompassing both qualitative and quantitative reviews, our comprehensive approach addresses all aspects of the product development cycle, including manufacturing, the use of materials and manpower, product testing, distribution, and the launch and marketing of the product. We can help companies refine their supply chains to improve product quality, reduce waste and costs, shorten development time, and resolve conflict and low employee morale. Our recommendations aim to make our clients' operations and processes more efficient, economical, and timely, putting them ahead of the competition.
Examples of SOMOS engagements for Time-to-Market Optimization
New Product Introduction Process Review
Our client wanted to ensure that its product development process was optimally tuned, as reductions in development time had introduced extra pressures on the organization and challenges to the quality processes. The market demanded products of greater complexity in shorter time, and the client's product development process had to be robust enough to respond to these demands. SOMOS reviewed the existing New Product Introduction process, organization, and systems, and recommended a series of interventions to optimize and improve the overall process.
Test Operations Review
Large Systems Manufacturer
The client had a substantial investment in its test infrastructure and it had established a rigorous testing regime that covered development, integration, product enhancements, and regression testing. SOMOS looked at the nature of the activities needed to support the test infrastructure, and identified several areas where the activities and management were not properly optimized. Our recommendations included changes to roles and responsibilities, tracking, communication, documentation, and personnel.