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Lilly Software Announces Additional Theory of Constraints / Drum-Buffer-Rope Offering





04 November 2002, Hampton, NH (USA) —Lilly Software Associates  announces the availability of the Throughput Improvement Primer (TIP) package. Leveraging the success that it has had with the VISUAL DBR™ and VISUAL Power Boost™ solutions, Lilly Software developed this offering to help VISUAL customers and prospects rapidly realize the value of implementing Theory of Constraints (TOC)/Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) management techniques, while minimizing the cost of their initial investment.  

The TIP package includes four days of TOC expertise and training, where companies develop high-level implementation plans for using DBR disciplines and strategies to manage production. During this training, top management and production teams work together to identify their bottleneck resources, discuss how to apply the DBR methodology against these resources, and recognize the impact of these changes on their financial bottom line. As part of the high-level plan, teams also create a time table for achieving their financial goals.

“TIP training is not a lecture but a hands-on workshop that allows companies to gain objectivity about their production and management techniques,” explains Scott Rich, Vice President, Marketing, Lilly Software Associates. “There are many companies that would like to incorporate TOC and DBR, but need assistance in defining objectives and executing a successful strategy for change. Lilly feels so strongly about the benefits of TOC that we have adopted the techniques within our own company to ensure we deliver software releases on-time and within specification. This methodology helps companies maximize their resources and improve production.”

Lilly Software designed VISUAL DBR to be an integral part of its VISUAL Enterprise solution. The company includes the software as part of its VISUAL Power Boost offer to help companies establish and maintain a process of ongoing productivity and profitability improvement.

Within the last year, Bescast, an Ohio-based precision investment casting company, adopted the VISUAL Power Boost program, participated in intensive training, and has reported significant improvements. “I feel DBR and TOC form the optimal methodology for running a business,” says Lee Watson, President of Bescast. “I have tried numerous ways to schedule the shop. I had reasonable success with many of them, but without accounting for constraints, these efforts typically resulted in a backlog of inventory in some areas of the shop while other resources were starved for work. What sets TOC apart from other management philosophies is that in addition to helping us understand how to make money now and in the future, it is allowing us to focus on satisfying both our customers and our employees.”

Offered in the spirit of the arrangement described in Dr. Goldratt’s book Necessary But Not Sufficient, VISUAL Power Boost provides companies with the VISUAL DBR software with training in the strategic and tactical applications of TOC from some of the world’s most highly regarded TOC experts. Lilly Software has partnered with the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute (AGI) and Constraints Management Group (CMG) to offer training and consulting services in all aspects of TOC, particularly in Drum-Buffer-Rope techniques.

“Our TIP training has emerged from the software implementations we’ve participated in,” says Rich. “It’s an effective way for companies to determine how they should change their business processes to eliminate constraints and improve their operational performance. We expect that users who take advantage of our offer will be so impressed with the results that they will renew their licenses and participate in more extensive TOC training after six months. By using VISUAL DBR as part of the VISUAL Enterprise solution, companies can expect profitable results quickly.”

About Lilly Software Associates

Lilly Software Associates, Inc. provides a complete line of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors. The VISUAL Enterprise™ suite of products helps companies capture and analyze real-time data about all their business processes using ERP, Project Management, Business Performance Management, Quality Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Warehouse Management System capabilities. From award-winning software to strategies in Lean Manufacturing and TOC, Lilly Software offers companies the tools they need for higher productivity and profitability.

Most VISUAL® applications run on Windows® 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, UNIX®, LINUX, Novell®, using SQLBase®, Microsoft SQL Server®, or ORACLE® relational databases.

Lilly Software has received many industry awards for its products, service, and financial growth since its inception. Most recently, the company has been voted one of the Top 10 Best of Breed solutions for manufacturing by readers of Consumer Goods Technology, listed in Software Magazine's Top 500, selected as a Top 100 Logistics Information Technology Provider in Inbound Logistics, listed in the Top 100 Application Vendors in Supply Chain e-Business, included in MSI's Top 100 for its eighth year, and ranked as one of Start magazine's Hottest Companies.

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