Improve efficiency with sophisticated scheduling tools
Today, companies are focusing more than ever on lean and efficient operations. The question in the minds of company executives is, “How can we do more with less?” One of the key places to find efficiency improvements, and to understand what’s behind those efficiencies, is in the company’s operations schedules. After all, those schedules represent how the company will use its costly resources to make money. Yet this critical area is often overlooked, because the company is moving forward towards it goals, and all seems to be well … right? Sometimes the answer is, “No.” A closer look and some changes to the way that scheduling is done may have a major impact on the future.
Go from general-purpose to fit-for-purpose
Many companies use simplistic and general-purpose tools for scheduling—such as MS-Project, or even MS-Excel spreadsheets—to manually create simple resource/activity assignments, with associated dates. The schedules that result show how activities are carried out by resources over time, but that’s all: it’s very difficult to understand how any changes to the schedule affect costs, resource utilization, and other Key Performance Indicator metrics. This can lead to major problems: resource assignments changed with no insight into the cost impact, more non-productive time than is necessary, and schedule delays because required equipment isn’t available. Actenum DSO overcomes the limitations of manual scheduling with its built-in AI-powered optimization engine and linkage to schedule KPIs, enabling companies to maximize efficiency, shorten project timeframes, reduce risk, and achieve predictable and reliable production.
An enhanced level of scheduling capability,
By using Actenum DSO all required schedule information is in one place. All required data and constraint information is available for use in scheduling. No more switching spreadsheets to find a key item of information. Additionally, you can rapidly generate “What if?” scenarios to answer questions and make your entire operational activity sequence more efficient, and ensure it’s aligned with your business objectives.
We’ve integrated every activity across multiple teams into our master schedule; even third-party activities are included because they constrain us and impact our overall success. When you have the visibility Actenum DSO/Upstream gives you into every aspect of your operation, you can truly be strategic.