Many companies develop or implement systems as they grow from young start-ups to more mature companies. This approach typically involves use of point solutions like Microsoft Word, Google documents, email, spreadsheets, network servers, file services, CAD design systems, or other homegrown solutions. This creates a patch-quilt system of silos to manage product and quality records. And, these systems lack a single controlled place to manage all related records by impacted teams.
What does working in disconnected silos look like?
- Mechanical, electrical, and software engineers design in different tools that are used by their individual teams
- Quality teams use document management or other quality management tools that are controlled and accessible only within their workgroup
- Manufacturing and customer support teams use a variety of systems to handle planning, sourcing, and service
- All of these teams have to rely on passing or sharing information via email, shared servers, or cloud storage
These disconnected silos make it difficult, if not impossible, to identify the latest design and track quality or manufacturing issues. Furthermore, executive management teams cannot get a complete picture regarding NPDI process performance and risks.