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Strategies to Improve Engineering Performance Identified
July 21, 2008

In a study of over 600 discrete and process manufacturers, Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company, found that the top factors impacting the performance of the engineering organization are shrinking development schedules, decreasing product price points and rising raw materials costs. Assessing and optimizing product performance under these tightening constraints is a tall order, but some manufacturers are balancing them in a way that allows them to meet market requirements while still achieving cost and time targets on an 88% or better average.

They are doing this by pursuing a blend of both traditional and nascent strategies that address the performance of the product and the engineering department itself. This includes Lean engineering initiatives, Design for Manufacturing and Quality, Green Product Development programs, as well as cultivating an innovative use of simulation tools to optimize product performance within tight constraint of cost and time. While identification of differentiated strategies offers executive direction, more detail is often required for impactful and lasting change. The report entitled The Engineering Executive’s Strategic Agenda identifies the common characteristics of Best-in-Class performance as well as the next steps companies can take to drive the programs they adopt to improve the performance of the engineering organization.

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part to the contributions of the following underwriters: Altair Engineering and ANSYS, Inc. Obtain a complimentary copy of the report online.

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