Test Resource Management

Working Together, Better by Transforming the way Test Resources are Managed

Test Resource Management (TRM) is a new category of solution focused on helping organizations significantly invested in test (knowledge, people, and equipment) become a source of competitive advantage to their enterprises.

We have augmented Sente's Accelerated Enterprise Asset Management solution with test-equipment-specific knowledge and workflows. TRM is described in more detail here.  The explanation of the marketplace forces that make it an essential capability today is explained here.

Test Resource Management helps enterprises integrate the test process with both engineering and manufacturing workflows ensuring those processes have the right equipment and resources at the right time at the lowest possible cost.  One of the ways it does this is by ending That One Bad Habit That Costs you Millions, hoarding, as the frustrations that cause hoarding end, teams improve collaboration and equipment sharing. It helps get the people and equipment "Working Together, Better" and producing better, lower cost, and faster outcomes for their customers.

Working Together, Better means including capabilities in your resource management solution that accounts for the fundamental differences of your test organization, enabling you to:

  • Satisfy your internal customers
  • Beat competitive standards for utilization
  • Leverage assets & knowledge across your organization
  • Freeing up time and resources to fuel growth
  • Measure and quantify the financial benefits of the program

Test Resource Management Outcomes

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50% to 75% Reduced OPEX & CAPEX

Asset Utilization Increases 4X

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30% Faster Test Processes

Enabled through better coordination of resources

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40% Reduced Obsolescence

Targeting Risks, Leveraging New, Targeting Investment.

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2X Proactive

Reduced reactiveness led to fewer errors and increased trust.

Notable Quotes

"Sente has demonstrated success with its blooming Test Resource Management™ solution based on a 1) unique software capability to optimize the cost of operations and manage the complexity of test operations and 2) their strategic implementation approach which produces vertical and horizontal integration and leads to a highly responsive test process."

Frost & Sullivan Analyst

"What I like about TRM is how it has turned my engineers into businesspeople. They think in terms of investment and return now."

VP of Engineering

“My engineers have high praise. They say Sente's solution has saved them lots of money, given them access to a huge inventory of test equipment and saved them the time and trouble of securing the right equipment for the job.”

Engineering Manager

“This program was one of the first engineering initiatives focused on the output of the entire system’s architecture, which led to the shift of our laboratory and test equipment culture from a stovepipe mentality to an integrated team across the organization,”

 

Director of Engineering Labs

“Test Resource Management has been instrumental in changing the mindset of engineering to think in terms of sharing the test equipment, and treating the test environment as a business within a business,”

 

Director of Engineering

Notable Features

Accountability Consoles

Accountability consoles enable tracking of process compliance so trust in the processes grows.  As trust builds in all engineering processes, so does sharing, collaboration, and speed.

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Action Grid

Customize your data grids for whatever workflow you are executing whether you are scheduling calibrations, analyzing test process breakdowns and corrective actions or simply accounting for assets you own.

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Accelerate Utilization and Increase Availability
Capability for accessing equipment availability, making requests for equipment, assessing equipment inventory risk, planning capacity, optimizing utilization, and reducing total-cost-of-ownership.

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Equipment Search

Leveraging embedded knowledge of test equipment capabilities you can easily search and find the precise equipment you need and its availability quickly.

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Risk Reduction Console

Using embedded knowledge of test equipment obsolescence you can quickly identify risks.  As risky assets are removed, reliability improves. Knowing historical and planned utilization, specific program use and obsolescence data enable teams to remove those ticking time-bombs.

Capability for planning and coordinating multiple test events with the resources, equipment and associated calibration and maintenance services required to avoid unforeseen, last minute conflicts or delays

Lab Management Console

Bring visibility to all key test activities and associated resources enabling constraint analysis and contingency planning to avoid unnecessary costs and delays.

 

 

Testing Delay Console

Instrument the processes your assets are used in and capture process breakdowns in this powerful Console enabling focus on key issues slowing your processes down.

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Integrated Equipment Request

Improve readiness of all of the ancillary equipment you'll need to successfully complete your test. Be alerted if a device will require calibration or maintenance actions prior to or during the anticipated test time.

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Software for preventing downtime including scheduling of maintenance events in multiple time horizons, documenting maintenance methods, auto-scheduling events, managing service teams, and escalating downtime issues when they occur.

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Equipment Performance Console (downtime, rts, MTBS)

Ongoing analysis of equipment performance enables proactive shaping of the inventory to increase uptime, reducing costly delays in investment in un-needed equipment.

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Equipment Performance Console (Pareto)

Being able to analyze systemic issues in your engineering test environment and feed a closed-loop improvement process is essential to driving speed and cost reduction

Sente's workshops are designed to produce an outcome that will enable teams to get started down the path of increasing their competitiveness. They provide contexts for the need to change and plans to get started. The workshops include:

  • Agreement on specific purposes
  • Instructions and coaching in preparation
  • Virtual or On-site workshop facilitation and action plan generation
  • Workshop Follow up
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The most significant source of equipment costs and delays is hoarding.  Using data collected in our software we identify these behaviors and end them for good.  An integral part of this service is the development, training, and communications of narratives targeted at each of the constituencies required to end hoarding.

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