I came across the quote below recently. I thought this is very true for an organization tying to implement lean manufacturing. Bill Gates Said “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency”
As we have already discussed in this blog, technology can be used to help your lean efforts. When it comes to technology lean always believes that only the tested and effective technology must be used. But the part that technology plays will vary according to the systems you have in place. If you have an operational model which is not structured, technology will not be able to help you in getting it sorted, in fact sometimes it will make life even difficult for you. On the other hand if the operational model is stable and organized, technology will make it much more effective and efficient.
If someone to know this it with his experience that will be Bill Gates without any doubt. Buying IT solutions and expensive machinery to automate will not help if you do not have the correct systems in place. If you feed your systems with Junk it will give you Junk as output. On the other hand even if you feed the best input to your system, if the system is not proper it will still throw you junk as the output.