Manufacturing Consulting

Aligning Technological Capabilities with Business Objectives

The purpose of technology is to help a company achieve it’s business objectives. While this may seem like an obvious statement, we often see investment decisions for shop-floor technology being made in isolation from the bigger picture. Callisto’s consulting practice aims to change that.

The purpose of our Manufacturing Operations Strategy Assessment is to determine which manufacturing operations capabilities are required for our clients to achieve the manufacturing objectives that have been set in support of their business’ overall strategy and objectives. Callisto works with key stakeholders from across the business to identify and prioritize the new or improved capabilities that are required. This process achieves alignment across the business, and allows the right, prioritized investment decisions to be made. The outcome, a Statement of Needs, feeds into the Technology Roadmap, which is the next step of Callisto’s proven methodology.

Planning for the Future—One Step at a Time

Manufacturing is an dynamic business. Markets, customers, products and processes are continuously changing. Traditional large, slow IT projects are not well suited to a dynamic environment like the factory floor. But by the same token, how do you make sure that it all fits together at the end? How do you balance the need to be agile and responsive with the need to plan and be consistent? Callisto’s Technology Roadmap is the answer.

Our roadmap provides an integrated multi-project program designed to transform your current shop-floor systems architecture to the desired future-state, in a managed, cost-effective, risk-reduced manner.

The first step is to conduct an as-is baseline, to qualify the client’s current capabilities relative to the required capabilities as documented in the Statement of Needs. Our team then performs a what-if analysis to determine the benefits and associated costs of providing the new or improved capabilities, The cost/benefit ratios of the different improvements are used as a measure of their economic value, and helps prioritize potential projects on the roadmap.

In addition to assessing the financial benefits, other considerations such as customer readiness, technological constraints, operational constraints, solution architecture constraints, and financial constraints are considered. Combined with the benefit to the business, these constraints will be used in determining how functionality will be bundled into projects and how the projects will be sequenced over the course of the program.

The end result is a plan that will deliver both short and long-term benefits, while at the same time remaining flexible enough to adjust on a regular interval as circumstances change.