Aberdeen found few companies achieving the expected quality levels, but those who took a more technology-enabled approach fared much better in lowering defect rates. Among survey respondents, Minitab and SAS JMP customers produced the most impressive levels of quality, in some instances rivaling or surpassing Best-in-Class performance.
"Adapting to the rigors of Six Sigma requires significant culture change for most companies, and many find it a challenge. Yet, not all challenges are cultural. Six Sigma methodologies are dependent on data, so data collection can present significant obstacles. Automated data collection and IT solutions can play a key role in resolving these obstacles," said Cindy Jutras, vice president, Manufacturing & ERP Research at Aberdeen.
Jutras offers manufacturers recommendations for Six Sigma strategies:
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