Is Your Quality Software Helping or Hindering Continuous Improvement? Overcoming common limitations and choosing quality software that enables change.
Leading regulated manufacturers are challenging their quality and operations organizations to embrace a culture of continuous improvement.The idea of continuous improvement in business has been around for decades, but has more recently become a top priority for today’s regulated manufacturers. Why? The manufacturing industry is undergoing massive shifts in the way products are made, tested, shipped and sold.
Regulatory requirements are constantly changing, making it challenging for manufacturers to keep up. Global supply chains are also evolving and changing at a rapid rate. New digital technologies are transforming every aspect of the manufacturing process. At the same time, customers are demanding higher quality, better safety and more information about the products they consume.
By embracing these changes and instilling a culture of continuous improvement into their organizations, leading regulated manufacturers are outpacing their competitors, and smaller, more nimble startups are bypassing larger competitors that have a harder time adapting to change.
The benefits of a continuous improvement culture include:
- Improved product and service quality
- Greater efficiency and productivity
- Increased employee engagement and retention
- Greater customer satisfaction and loyalty
- Increased profitability
Software can play a key role in accelerating and multiplying these benefits. The benefits of automating quality processes with software are well documented, and can lead to increased efficiencies, reduced costs and more consistent compliance.
According to Forbes, a 2021 State of Manufacturing Report of industry leaders indicates Digital Transformation has now become a business imperative. Of the 91% of survey respondents that reported an increased investment in digital transformation, 77% said their increase was significant or dramatic. And going forward, 95% agree that digital transformation of manufacturing is essential to their company’s future success.
Yet, while manufacturers are spending more on digital technology every year, the reality is that many traditional software applications are not built to facilitate continuous improvement. In fact, these applications often act as an inhibitor, rather than a facilitator, to change.
In this white paper, we share lessons learned from hundreds of leading regulated manufacturers on how you can choose and implement software that not only drives compliance, but supports a culture of continuous improvement and accelerates the journey to quality management maturity.