SAP Enhancements for KAIZEN
Continuous Improvement programs constantly adjust production processes to adapt to changes and to archive endless improvements to throughput and quality.
Improvements should include changes to the ERP system in which the production processes are based, but this may be hampered by a rigid template policy or the skills needed to modify the system.
I help companies implement in SAP the changes required to support their continuous improvement initiative.
Close Implementation Gaps
Implementation Gaps are required functionality that was not included initially due to restrictions in time and knowledge. They also include changes developed in a rush that “worked” but could be better (this is called technological debt).
These gaps should be closed after the system is stable and the users have a better understanding of what is needed, but this can be difficult after the consultants are gone and the IT team (own or outsourced) settles into issue resolution mode.
I help companies implement small projects – laser-focused and inexpensive – to close gaps and pay tech debt.
Tailoring the system for Innovation
Innovation cannot be based on “best practices”.
Using best practices is doing things the same way everybody else does them. Great for standard processes, for example in finance.
Innovation is doing things differently to archive something new or to create a competitive advantage.
An ERP system based on best practices can impose an unnecessary constraint to creativity and Innovation. The limitation is not technical, so companies can help innovation by changing the policies of how the system can be modified.
“He will consider, advise, debate, propose, agree, test, train and implement the solution. Our company has been using some of his deliverables for years now. He assisted in enhancements around planning and scheduling which were helpful to our productivity and process. I would work with him again without reservation.
Group Planning Director, GTS and Warehousing at CoatS .
“The technical challenges were also considerable yet Joaquin always drove us to the right solution, and he was capable of thinking outside the box when it was necessary. A solid, reliable, technically gifted colleague I would have no hesitation in recommending or re-employing if the need arose”.
Head of Supply Chain Planning at Asahi UK.
“I was impressed with how quickly he entered into our requirements. The task was not a standard one and required a thorough investigation of specialized statistical books and papers. Joaquin successfully completed the project, and all this was done in a very short term. I can recommend him as a brilliant professional”
Business Process Leader – Demand Planning at Coca-Cola Hellenic
“He showed detailed attention and complete understanding of business requirements and designed solutions to meet the business needs. He investigates and provides alternative solutions and recommendations when we are faced with challenges”
Director Solution Architect Demand & Supply PlanningEstee Lauder
“Joaquin demonstrated a great depth of functional technical know-how and a very thorough and conscientious approach, putting in the extra mile to meet demanding requirements or deadlines. He is a strong team player and sensitive to relationships throughout the team, I would recommend highly”
Director at Olivehorse Ltd.
“a very capable logistic consultant, always completing his assignment in scope, budget and time”
Oscar A. Castillo G.
Analytics & Strategy Lead at IBM
SAP Production Consultant and Developer
For more than 20 years I have helped companies improve their production planning and execution processes using the SAP platform. I design, develop and implement tailored SAP solutions, combining business and technical knowledge.
I’m a mechanical engineer and worked as production manager for 10 years. I understand products as well as production processes and their pain points.
I have implemented SAP production solutions in many companies from different markets. I have a detailed understanding of the functionality and the system limitationsJoaquin Perez-Barrios in LinkedIn
I have a Logistics MBA from IESA and Kenan-Flagler. I know the impact of changes in other areas and can relate to people in all levels of the organization.
I’m also an ABAP developer. I have delivered all kinds of coded solutions, from small changes to complete mini projects of new functionality.