To improve manufacturing business process management - case Ovako
Scattered information into one package
According to Ovako Imatra’s IT Manager Paavo Kaartinen, the key idea was to gather the information that was scattered around the organisation into one visual package that was easy to interpret for everyone.
“We were starting a project to renew our enterprise resource planning system. In addition, we wanted to study our business more extensively and think about how the information coming from the organization could be analyzed to support decision-making.”
From look to the past to anticipate the future
The indicators, which measure performance, often look to the past – for example, to orders already supplied. Tieto's service improves business process management efficiency by anticipating events and helping the customer to make changes in time.
“Customers value reliable delivery and early anticipation of changes in the schedule. The information that supports response to development needs has been difficult to notice from the reports. Through Tieto’s services, everything can be visualized easily. We bring up problems for discussions right away, and everybody sees the situation in the same way. That makes decision making easier,” says Market Controller Kari Puittinen.
Production process functionality, delays, and defects are assessed in a new way
“By developing our business processes, we enhance the company’s competitiveness. Ovako Imatra’s brand image as a reliable supplier and the goods being delivered to the customer when promised are important. At its longest, the time between an order and a delivery might be several months. We must respond to the customers’ changing needs flexibly without delays. Managing overall capacity is essential,” says Kaartinen.
In Kaartinen’s opinion, the system portal has made it easier to analyze and develop business processes. “To competitiveness begins with eliminating unnecessary activities. It comes from good planning and anticipation. In planning and situation meetings, it is easier to see what actions must be taken when everybody is using the same data.”
Ovako Imatra wanted upgrade its business processes, gather the information that was scattered around the organisation into one visual package and gain rapidly a good overall picture of the status in order-delivery chain.
Ovako Imatra decided to utilise Tieto’s business process services. The parameters used for developing the business processes are derived directly from the company’s strategy. The tool for this is Tieto’s Business Process Performance Concept. It combines strategy-based performance management, the necessary training and orientation period, and a portal that supports them. With the portal, the customer can study the business indicators directly.
Through Tieto’s business process services, everything is visualized easily. System portal has made it easier to analyze and develop business processes. Problems are brought up in discussions, and everybody sees the situation in the same way. This has made decision-making easier.
In the supply chain the decision-making is based on measured facts and verified information on the material situation. This helps to manage the overall capacity and to respond to changing customer needs.
The Ovako Imatra mill produces low-alloy round bars for the demanding automotive and engineering industries. Bars can be delivered hot rolled or heat treated, and/or peeled or drawn.