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Today's pace of change does not conform to yesterday's methods or business cultures. In this blog post, SDI explores the dynamics of internal colleagues as well as rapid changes in terms of market disruptions and technology advances. 

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As we keep our eyes on the gold with the Winter Olympics, we hold persistence and excellence themes in the pursuit of procurement savings. The first step to discover targets worth pursuing in 2018, as most organizations are aware, is analyzing data from last year. Discover the key to a future of success in procurement in this blog post.

Start off the new year strong by reflecting on past and current priorities. This year make it your workplace resolution to actively manage your time and increase efficiency. Read this article to learn about disruption distractions in the workplace and how SDI can help to solve these issues.

No matter the size of your business, line level employees, managers and executives are continually challenged to do more with less resources and improve productivity and profitability. Read about how multi-tasking could be impacting your operations. 

In today’s competitive global marketplace, leading manufacturers are finding more and more that they must address and optimize their MRO supply chain in order to minimize their risk exposure and better compete. MRO is critical to the success of manufacturing – not just the MRO supply, but the processes behind that supply as well. In an ever-changing business environment, these distributors have been shifting their focus towards eProcurement in order to survive and thrive - while the smaller suppliers struggle to adapt.

At SDI, our supplier partners are part of the MRO supply chain ecosystem that delivers maximum value to our clients. Read about the importance of supplier relationship management and how to break it down into five primary tasks. 

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.

Here’s where the Six Sigma project team starts identifying and implementing solutions. The solution should significantly reduce the influence of the main causes identified in the Analyze phase. Along with the improvements, the team creates a plan to evaluate the solution(s) and monitor ongoing performance.

You've identified the "big Y." Now what? The Analyze phase is the time to start looking for the root causes of the issues that broke the process. SDI Master Black Belt, Paula Hasbrouck, breaks down the DMAIC process, one letter at a time. 

Last month, SDI's Paula Hasbrouck talked about the Define phase of the Six Sigma methodology. This month, she talks about Measure phase, where current state data is translated into meaningful and reliable information.