Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – May 2019

Welcome to May 2019 edition of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

Our core subject of Quality Management – Road Ahead to Digital Transformation during the year 2019, we have covered:

We will now take up second of the nine disruptive technologies of Industry 4.0 – Cloud Computing.

Cloud Computing[1] is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale.

Types of cloud computing solutions[2]

    1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will deliver pre-installed and configured hardware or software through a virtualized interface.
    2. Platform as a Service (PaaS) offer a computing platform and solution stack as a service.
    3. Software as a Service (SaaS) provide fully functionally web-based applications on demand to customers. The applications are mainly targeted at business users and can include web conferencing, ERP, CRM, email, time management, project tracking among others.
    4. Recovery as a Service (RaaS) helps companies to replace their backup, archiving, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions in a single, integrated platform. RaaS providers protect and can help companies recover entire data centers, servers (OS, applications, configuration and data), and data (files and databases).

Cloud computing as the ideal data storage resource for proliferation and research within the interconnectivity of Industry 4.0.[3]

There are ten critical ways cloud computing will drive manufacturing growth[4]

    • Quality is no longer siloed. – Cloud platforms and applications make it possible for the quality strategies to be synchronized all locations with real-time data.
    • Manufacturing cycle times are accelerated. Cloud-based execution models enable the seamless handover of data to enterprise applications and to achieve real-time visibility, supply chain integration, and increased operational flexibility.
    • Insights into overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) get stronger. Cloud platforms enable a system of record that includes OEE to the machinery and tool level, providing insights into which areas are performing well and which need to improve.
    • Automating compliance and reporting saves valuable time. Cloud-based compliance applications that are capable of producing federal device history records (DHRs) remove the burden of associates having to manually catalog and report records to prepare industry and government filings.
    • Real-time tracking and traceability become easier to achieve. – Cloud-based applications handle tracking and traceability and can scale across supplier networks save many manufacturers from the high, unpredictable expenses of a product recall by catching product quality problems early.
    • APIs let help scale manufacturing strategies faster than ever. – Serving as the glue between diverse applications, databases, and systems, APIs create real-time integration links to enable more efficient data sharing, collaboration, and greater transaction accuracy and efficiency.
    • Cloud-based systems enable higher supply chain performance. Cloud-based inventory management system (IMS) and ERP systems over time generate data sets that tend to show patterns, making it possible to anticipate shifts in demand.
    • Order cycle times and rework are reduced. Automating pricing, quoting and customer approval workflows using a cloud-based application helps to reduce order cycle times and improve quality.
    • Integrating teams’ functions increases new product introduction success. Cloud-based applications are integrating product development, engineering, supply chain management, and production planning teams on a single platform and on a global scale to reach higher product quality levels.
    • Perfect order performance is tracked across multiple production centers for the first time. The more complex the product lines and configuration options —including build-to-order, configure-to-order and engineer-to-order workflows — the more challenging it is to attain a high, perfect order level. Greater analytics and insights gained from real-time integration of cloud-based ERP solutions, which serve as the system of record, and monitoring help complex manufacturers attained higher perfect order levels over time.

The following diagram puts across the cloud computing adoption model:

We will now turn to our regular sections:

For the present episode we have picked up article, Ruined by Success, by Les Trachtman on Innovation and Entrepreneurship column of Management Matters Network …. The important lesson for entrepreneurs is not to neglect your own success. Celebrate heartily! But afterwards, be prepared to strap on your shoulder pads for the battles to come from even unlikely competitors.

We now watch ASQ TV, wherein we look at a few recent videos:

    • Basic Tools, New Applications – The experts advise not to overlook the basic tools and fundamental approaches when taking on new and complex problems.
    • Effective 21st Century Quality Leadership – Mike Turner, Managing Partner, Oakland Consulting, discusses the business challenges of the 21st century, and how quality professionals should respond in order to meet them.
    • Strategic Financial Metrics for Quality – Loran Cox, Director, Global Business Solutions, One Tower, discusses the financial metrics involved in successful project planning.

Jim L. Smith’s Jim’s Gems posting for April 2019 is:

    • Quality is Evolutionary – The pursuit of quality is a never-ending process. – Demonstrated by Dr. Joseph M. Juran’s Spiral of Progress, implementing quality is an evolutionary process. It cannot, therefore, be left to chance; it must be taught. Humans learn through repetition so it must be repeatedly reinforced.
    • Taking ResponsibilityTaking responsibility for your life gives you the freedom to take risks and make mistakes, and that’s a great feeling. Of course, it also means you need to be prepared to take the consequences of your risks and mistakes…If you don’t accept responsibility for your life, you are likely to just shrug off your failures thinking you have nothing to learn from them. But if you don’t take full responsibility for your life, you will never be happy, because no one can make you truly happy but you…If you take responsibility for your life and your decisions and your actions, then you have the power to take active control of your life.
    • Positivity – Many people, when they encounter a stumbling block or an obstacle in their path (personal or professional), become discouraged and quit. However, successful people learn how to turn those stumbling blocks into steppingstones on their path forward to achieve their goals…Positivity is the practice of being positive or at least having an optimistic attitude. Positive thinking is when we consciously cultivate positivity in our minds so that we think we can get through anything. And it’s been scientifically proven to improve your work life, physical and mental health, and relationships.

I look forward to receive your inputs / suggestions that can further enrich our discussions on the subject of Digitalization in the Quality Management

Note: The images depicted here above are through courtesy of respective websites who have the copyrights for the respective images.

[1] What is cloud computing?

[2] Understanding different types of cloud computing and their benefits

[3] Why Cloud Computing is Crucial for Industry 4.0

[4] 10 Ways Cloud Computing Will Drive Manufacturing Growth In 2018


In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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