November 2014 | Seabrook Technology Group

Monthly: November 2014

Author: John Dzelme, Industry Recognised MES & BI Expert

Setting the Stage – Enterprise Intelligence that Drives Operational Excellence

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“After all, data that doesn’t do anything is just data; Data that drives action… is intelligence.”

It is important to understand the hype behind Big Data and the realities of how companies can utilize Big Data to create value. This initiative can be broken into three segments. One part of this blog series will be covering the different aspects of Business Intelligence. The second part will include concepts on how technology can be integrated and leveraged to create maximum value and operational excellence, but only with proper controls in place to insure quality and compliance is enforced. The third branch of this blog series is a realistic case study to show what this Enterprise Intelligence Solution can really look like in a practical sense and what type of return on investment one can expect, if implemented properly.

ROI and Enterprise Intelligence

The hype behind Big Data really is driven by the potential value that Big Data can provide for organizations. The basic premise is that with the appropriate enterprise intelligence strategy and appropriate complementary technologies, an intelligence solution can provide significant returns on investment. Organizations are interested in intelligence capabilities and how Big Data allows them to have a competitive edge or how it can drastically reduce cost of goods sold. It is also important to understand the different stages of data and how data can be leveraged within an enterprise for specific initiatives, especially those that promote and enable a continuous improvement culture. The danger and horror stories around poorly executed Big Data implementations are typically those that do not take a holistic approach to the solution. Instead, some organizations make the perilous mistake of focusing on just the data, or just the technology, or even just a specific application. Unfortunately (contrary to popular belief and application sales literature), there is not a single application on the market that can provide a complete end-to-end Business Intelligence (BI) Solution. An organization’s data is spread amongst many data sources with different contexts. In addition, the real power of data is lost if it is not capable of being used in applications for decision making.

Implementing an Intelligence Strategy

Real-time Enterprise, Big Data, Manufacturing Intelligence, and Enterprise Intelligence, along with a host of other “buzz” words are really attempting to solve the same problem. The real limitation with each of these is that if an organization does not first set out an Enterprise Level Intelligence Strategy, any solution will have minimal gains. Numerous variables impact the actual use of this data from its intuitiveness and structure all the way down to the method of delivery. Many times the delivery is often overlooked, however even the medium used to deliver the message will make a difference as to whether or not the data will be useful or not. An organization must understand that one of the main objectives of an Enterprise Intelligence Strategy is that you are taking a holistic approach to the solution and leveraging the strengths of current investments as well as introducing new systems or technologies that will maximize the value that your specific data can provide. In addition, it is also important to understand that contextualization is an integral part of the solution design process and should be incorporated into the overall strategy to insure the solution is also providing a single version of the truth. Included in the following whitepaper is a brief coverage of the specific limitations of an application-centric approach, why there is a need to first adopt a larger perspective before selecting your technology, and how to understand enterprise level intelligence at the macro level. The importance of incorporating manufacturing technologies to protect your current investments, provide advanced intelligence capabilities and mitigate risk (especially during improvement activities) will also be covered. Most importantly, this should enable one to understand how the business models themselves can be coupled with integrated platforms to be leveraged to drive, foresee and even automate actions.

Revolutionary Times

Just to point out, these are revolutionary times. Some of the younger generation reading this text may not see that a revolution is happening, but we have the privilege of working with some of the most innovative companies in the world, primarily in the Life Sciences sector. Some of Seabrook’s clients are not just changing their organization with this data but they are rocking the entire industry. Some of them are not even changing the industry; they are changing the world. We have organizations that are enabling people to manage their illnesses better, or, even curing those illnesses. Some of our clients are providing genetic technology that allows us to analyze things at such a molecular level that we can actually grow nutrient-rich vegetation in the harshest climates. We are potentially talking about solving world hunger. Therefore, we see ourselves as privileged to work with these companies. This data is more than making a profit; it can literally enable us to change the world. There is not one pill you can take that will solve all of your organization’s problems. More and more, organizations are coming under tighter regulatory scrutiny. More advanced technologies are required to manufacture products and customers themselves are requiring better electronic products and more complicated pharmaceuticals. All of these requirements are creating challenges for the Big Data concept and the technologies that accompany it.

Look out for the next edition of this Blog Series – Enterprise Intelligence: What is it & Why do we need it.

Expanding the Global Team

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Seabrook Technology Group are pleased to announce the expansion of our team of Manufacturing Enterprise Solution Experts. This month sees the arrival of Justin Wood, Senior MES Consultant, and Jagadish P. Upadhyaya, Senior MES Developer, to Seabrook’s global team. Justin is an MES Professional experienced in implementing manufacturing technology in regulated and non-regulated environments. Jagadish is an experienced Camstar Web Application Developer. Last month saw the introduction of Cyril Bourke as Manager, Program Management Office at Seabrook Technology Group. The objective of this appointment for Seabrook is to ensure that the engagement process with clients is managed for the total satisfaction of the customer. It will stress to the customer our commitment to quality and on-time delivery.

The new technical members of the team have spent several years in the medical device manufacturing CAMSTAR field and bring a wealth of CAMSTAR MES knowledge to the team. Justin joins Seabrook from Fresenius Medical Care .John Dzelme commented on his appointment by stating, “Justin is an experienced team lead and software engineer at all levels and with 11 plus years of hands on experience in manufacturing and software development we are delighted to bring him on board. He is one of the best Camstar people out there!”

Don Sheehan is delighted with the addition of Jagadish. Don stated that “Jagadish brings five years’ experience of Camstar manufacturing and software development with him to Seabrook. I have worked with Jagadish on various projects through my time in the manufacturing industry and was always impressed by his knowledge and expertise.”

These appointments see Seabrook maintain the expansion strategy coinciding with new office openings to cater for client needs across the globe. Sean O’Sullivan spoke on the expansion of the Seabrook Team yesterday, “It is great to see the enlargement of our team. The last two years has seen us double our workforce. We plan to continue with this growth to meet the demand of market opportunities and our current clients.”

From Left to Right; Sean O’Sullivan, MD of Seabrook Technology Group, Tim Sbranti, Mayor of Dublin, and William O’Sullivan, Senior Consultant and Director at Seabrook Technology Group.

The Mayor of Dublin California celebrates Seabrook Technology Group Expanding Operations across North America

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Manufacturing software specialist company Seabrook Technology Group were delighted to announce the expansion of its US operations in California, USA with the Mayor of Dublin, California, Tim Sbranti.

Sean O’Sullivan, CEO and founder of Seabrook Technology Group, said: “We are delighted with the opening of the new office. While we already have operations on the East Coast and in the Mid-West, this expansion to California showcases our success since our expansion into North America just over two years ago. For me, the new office symbolizes the success we are having at Seabrook. We are overwhelmed with the welcome we have received here in California.

Speaking at the office opening celebrations the Mayor of Dublin expressed his appreciation to the Seabrook Team for choosing Dublin as the location for the new office. Tim who was a classroom teacher for 15 years as well as 8 years as a statewide leader for public education and 10 years of public service to the City of Dublin, expressed his fervor at the occasion. He thanked Seabrook for “…helping put Dublin on the map even more by having a growing tech company locate in our city.

Dublin California has Irish links which date back to 1850. The Mayor stressed how there has “always been a desire in Dublin California to have a strong connection with Ireland. This includes opportunities for Irish companies to come to Dublin for commerce and vica versa.”

Seabrook’s announcement reflects the company’s plan to continue to grow its workforce in 2015. Over the past nine months, Seabrook has built on its Manufacturing Enterprise Solution knowledge and expertise with the addition of three vastly experienced MES resources to the global team. As well as this, Seabrook have also attained a Manager, Project Management Office, to maintain and exceed standards for project management. This new appointment will standardize and enforce repetition in the execution of projects to the benefit of customers.

William O’Sullivan, Senior Consultant and Director at Seabrook Technology Group, expressed his excitement about “bringing Seabrook’s expertise in manufacturing technologies to the region. Our aim as a company is to help manufacturers develop their systems to be more compliant, efficient and to grow business.

The new office is located in one of Dublin’s best known organizations– the 580 Executive Center. The family run business is well known in the city for providing genuine Irish hospitality right in the heart of Dublin. As the Mayor of Dublin stated on the day “the 580 Executive Center is where Entrepreneurs excel.” The office suite is owned and run by Kevin Ring, who is an Irish citizen, and his wife Gail, and managed by Kathy Young. With such strong connections to Ireland and unrivalled recommendations the 580 Executive Center was an easy choice for Seabrook when looking for an ideal location for the new office.

John Dzelme, Seabrook’s Operations Director for North America, commented on the latest expansion of the company by stating that, “Top quality work and supreme subject matter expertise is our key to success but determination and hard work is our vehicle to keep moving forward. As well as expanding our operations, the new office will aid in servicing Seabrook’s ever growing client list, which includes Carl Zeiss, Illumina and Thermo Fisher who all operate in the California Region.”

From Left to Right; Ryan Ring, 580 Executive Suite, Sean O’Sullivan, MD of Seabrook Technology Group, and William O’Sullivan, Senior Consultant and Director at Seabrook Technology Group.

From Left to Right; Ryan Ring, 580 Executive Suite, Sean O’Sullivan, MD of Seabrook Technology Group,
and William O’Sullivan, Senior Consultant and Director at Seabrook Technology Group.

Seabrook was formed in Cork, Ireland, twenty five years ago and in that time has built up a considerable presence in Ireland, Europe, South East Asia and the United States.

Trade Mission to the United States

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Seabrook’s Managing Director, Sean O’Sullivan, was delighted to meet with The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, on his trade mission to the United States last month. The Minister led a 5-day investment and trade mission to east coast USA.

It was Minister Bruton’s 23rd major investment since his appointment 44 months ago.The representatives of Irish American companies met with the Minister at the Boston College Club, Boston, MA and the event was hosted by Enterprise Ireland.

From Left to right: Tom Ahern, Analog Devices, Sean O’Sullivan, Seabrook Technology Group, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and Gerry Creaner, DPS Skills.

From Left to right: Tom Ahern, Analog Devices, Sean O’Sullivan, Seabrook Technology Group,
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and Gerry Creaner, DPS Skills.

The trade mission coincided with Seabrook’s own expansion in North America. News to follow!

BIG Data & Business Intelligence

Big Data & Business Intelligence

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There is so much discussion in the manufacturing industry about Big Data at this moment in time. Some of it is myth and hype, and some are real examples of how data can be used to add value to an organization. Seabrook are delighted to announce the start of a blog series by industry recognized Business Intelligence & Big Data expert, John Dzelme. The 6 part series provides insight into how organizational data can be used to not only provide value but return huge savings to an organization. Read More