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Most companies that embark on productivity improvement initiatives find that initial productivity gains are relatively easy, as they uncover obvious sources of duplicated effort, workload imbalances, and process bottlenecks. Once the low-hanging fruit has been picked, however, gains become harder to identify and investments to improve productivity become more complex and expensive.
Analytics believes it is critical to take a system-wide view in order to understand the impact of potential changes on productivity. Because this view is inherently complex, the best tool to investigate the impact of potential changes is often computer simulation, coupled with mathematical optimization. This allows us to perform experiments to understand the impact of particular changes on overall system performance. Analytics offers its clients a unique combination of:
- Technical expertise: We are trained in state-of-the-art techniques in simulation, optimization, and modeling.
- Judgment: Successful, profitable modeling requires the experience to know which details to include and which to exclude.
- Domain knowledge: Analytics has extensive experience across a broad range of industries and functions.
It is this combination of experience and expertise that allows Analytics to uncover productivity gains for clients far beyond what their own staffs or other consultants could deliver.
Using time-motion studies and simulation, Analytics showed a major U.S. railroad how to triple its track maintenance crew productivity.