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What is Required for Change Acceleration

By Paul McNamara | October 12, 2019

There are two components required to ensure programs get off the ground and accelerate outcomes. A sound “technical” solution & A compelling “cultural” solution Both solutions must work together. Ours are designed to fit like a hand in a glove. The “Technical” Solution: Practices, Tools, and Metrics The technical solution is the array of process…

Sente Takes a “Whole System” Approach

By Paul McNamara | October 12, 2019

Our Whole System Approach to managing resources in test is why we’ve been able to help our customers drive award-winning results, helping them win enterprise best practice awards. Our results have been uncommon and superior: 25% to 85% increases to speed and responsiveness 40% to 75% reduction in equipment costs 99%+ compliance rates 200% to…

Does Your Test Process Accelerate Engineering & Manufacturing Value Streams?

By Paul McNamara | October 5, 2019

Why Focus on Test? We focused on test because of the large investment companies make there, because of its importance to driving speed into the critical value streams in engineering and manufacturing, and because test and test equipment knowledge makes a difference to costs and speed. Tests’ Effects on Cost and Speed: It was probably…

Asset Management Success Factors: It’s the Humans Stupid!

By Paul McNamara | October 4, 2019

To understand what differentiates Sente, you must first look at our approach from a philosophical perspective because that philosophy leads to knowledge requirements in our organization which then leads to the capabilities of our solutions and the award-winning results we’ve produced. We don’t organize around managing assets.  Assets are easy to manage.  They never have…

Accelerate Enterprise Processes with Trustworthy Networks-of-Test-Capabilities

By Paul McNamara | September 29, 2019

We’ve Been Building Resilient and Trustworthy Test Networks for Over 20 Years. The practices and tools we use to build our customers’ networks are proven by results:  reducing equipment spend over 50% while decrease critical process cycle times by 25%. The large hierarchical organizations that brought efficiency and effectiveness to the last industrial revolution are…

Are You Building a Foundation for Speed?

By Paul McNamara | September 25, 2019

Every solution you install in your company should enable you to increase your speed and reduce cost, and minimally should “do no harm” in either area.  Most solutions today fail this test and inadvertently reinforce old behaviors that add costs and delays.  Our solutions are designed for both cost reduction and speed and aimed at…

Equipment Utilization: What’s your number?

By Paul McNamara | September 22, 2019

Hoarding Kills Utilization. Measuring equipment utilization is the best way I know to determine if your assets are being hoarded and, as a result, your business is incurring all of the costs of lost time and unnecessary money spent that comes with hoarding.  The genesis for founding Sente was in a conversation I had years…

Stop Hoarding, Start Collaborating, Accelerate Results

By Paul McNamara | September 22, 2019

Why do People Hoard? Hoarding is the result of people not trusting they will get what they need when they need it.  They hoard test equipment, knowledge about tests, or services required to keep a test environment up and running and compliant…like calibration, repair, maintenance services.  They do this because they feel if they don’t…

That One Bad Habit That Costs Your Team Millions

By Paul McNamara | September 17, 2019

What Bad Habits? There are plenty of bad habits: multi-tasking, procrastination, poor communication; all of these habits will negatively affect your business and can set you back financially if they aren’t dealt with. Chances are if you’ve worked around test for a while, you already know the one bad habit that sets test teams back…

Sente’s Solution Components…What They Are, What They Aren’t and The Big Picture

By Paul McNamara | September 12, 2019

Sente’s Pioneering Efforts Sente has been recognized as the pioneer of the Test Resource Management space where our solutions have been winning awards from customers and analysts for over 20 years.  This has been the vision we’ve pursued since our founding in 1997 and it is why we have the complete solution set that we…