September 25, 2017

The Scenario

Yesterday, we received an email requesting help with an employee expense reimbursement tracking tool. The company has a cap on expense reimbursements (by reimbursement period as defined by their shift type), but had not been accurately tracking which receipts were within the cap or exceeded the cap for any particular period. One of the problem...

July 13, 2017

The Scenario 

All across the country, there were gas stations managing inventories of gasoline using a "daily dip book" - a paper book, located at each gas station, that was updated manually after a person dipped a big dipstick into the underground tanks that fed the pumps by which commuters fill up. Ideally, yesterday's closing amount, plus deliveries, mi...

June 26, 2017

The Scenario

For years, our client could not accurately quantify the extent to which it was over-inspecting.

Government regulations require a minimum inspection rate for various types of welds, for each welder; to stay on top of it, the company was performing more inspections than necessary, at their cost, because they were blind as to how many inspections...

The Scenario

The company at which I was working had a number of units of equipment each with an expected service life of 120K hours. During the service life, a particular wear behaviour was expected to increase in frequency and severity - as illustrated by the above exponential curve - to a point where regular maintenance no longer made sense, at which poi...

November 28, 2015

Monthly reports. Ugh.

Every month, people scramble to meet reporting deadlines, cobbling together numbers, cutting and pasting from emails into spreadsheets or documents. It takes hours, days and, for some, weeks. Too many companies don't appreciate that they're paying a pretty penny for these reports.

If a report takes a day to prepare, the cost for that r...

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