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It's an MRO New Year

MRO New Year

It’s that time of year when you’re putting the finishing touches on 2017. It’s also the time that most organizations reflect on what they’ve accomplished, what worked well and what didn’t work well. It’s a time for resolving to do better next year, fix what didn’t work, and improve. Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) is undoubtedly one area that could use improvement. MRO can encompass thousands of Stock Keeping Units (SKUs). It’s a decentralized spend with no central authority and stakeholders across multiple functions, all with conflicting agendas. Not to mention the highly fragmented vendor base. There’s no visibility, no investment and no control. MRO is a complex, often neglected and under resourced category to manage. It’s no wonder that most organizations don’t know where to start. But not managing MRO can have significant impact on your organization. And it’s not just about parts availability.

It’s about unplanned equipment downtime, bad data and inaccurate inventories. It’s about work order completion delays, out of control costs, rogue spending and unforeseeable risk.

  • If you’ve suffered from CMMS or ERP systems with inaccurate data or no data.
  • If your maintenance team spent too much time searching for parts because your storerooms weren’t properly organized.
  • If ROGUE was a common word you used when talking about purchasing in 2017

You may be making your 2018 MRO New Year’s resolutions.

There are three approaches to tackling your resolutions – the small-steps-quick-wins approach, the one-section-at-a-time approach, and the rip-off-the-Band-Aid approach. All of these approaches apply to your MRO resolutions as well.

Small Steps/ Quick Wins: Project Services

For immediate value and tangible business outcomes immediately, SDI’s Project Services offering is a great way to meet your goals. Because these are time-based, outcome-focused solutions, there are fewer people needed to make the decision. A project is transacted through a purchase order and scope-of-work, rather than a lengthy contracting process. So, there’s no drawn out contract negotiations or consensus approvals needed. Most projects are initiated and completed within 4-6 weeks using Lean Six Sigma philosophies and frameworks. And with very visible, tangible results, your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.

Some projects to get started include:

  • Storeroom Organization
  • Storeroom Builds
  • CMMS Data Builds
  • Data Collection and Normalization
  • On-site Crib Crawls
  • OEM Commercialization
  • BOMs
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Data Analytics

One Section at a Time: MRO As-a-Service

Another way to plug in to the MRO supply chain and begin seeing results quickly is the As-a-Service approach. By outsourcing one function of your MRO supply chain, keeping the big picture in mind, you are one step closer to world class indirect materials and services supply chain management. And that’s one step closer to fewer headaches keeping you up at night.

MRO As-a-Service offerings include:

  • Master Data Management
  • Procurement As-a-Service
  • Tail Spend Management
  • Storeroom As-a-Service
  • MRO Technical Services/Reliability As-a-Service
  • SDi eMarket online catalogue
  • RPM: Repair Tracking and Warranty Management

Rip off the Band-Aid: Enterprise MRO

Of course, the supply chain works best when it all works together. If you’re ready to tackle your MRO problem all at once, SDI’s Enterprise MRO and FlexMRO solutions offer you an easy way to get the entire Indirect Materials and Services Supply Chain off your plate.

Outsource with an enterprise solution that encompasses:

  • Master Data Management
  • Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management
  • Procure-to-Pay
  • Storeroom Operations and Intelligent Inventory Management
  • MRO Technical Services

Our Enterprise solution sees optimal results with 3-5 year contracts. But if you’d prefer to do it yourself, FlexMRO is our Build-Operate-Transfer model. We’ll set it up for you and train your staff on the best processes and license the software and hardware so you can do it in-house. Either way, you’re receiving Best-in-Class care.

Find out more about any of the above approaches. Contact us today.

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