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An extended Value Chain model for performance Prediction and Optimisation of product and process Lifecycles for SMEs (ValuePOLE)
Start date: Oct 1, 2008, End date: May 31, 2011 PROJECT  FINISHED 

At any moment in time, the decision makers within SMEs have a wide range of development opportunities available to them to advance the competitive position of their firm. These opportunities typically include development of new products or the improvement of their process performance. However, it is very difficult to determine, ex-ante, to which combination of improvement opportunities they should devote resources in order for the firm to maximise its performance. The ValuePOLE project is focused on delivering a Model, an ICT Tool and a Methodology to answer this challenge for the SME decision maker so that they can maximise their competitive position with the minimum investment of resources. ValuePOLE, delivers - a new Predictive Performance tool for SMEs, to maximise value creation in the entire product, process life cycles. (ValuePOLE will maximise value creation by providing an infrastructure for the ex-ante, i.e. before the event, prediction of performance outcomes in planned innovations). - a model for performance Prediction and Optimisation of the product and process Lifecycles in SME value chains. - a methodology that goes ‘beyond lean’ in that it enables organisations to better deploy its resources to be both operationally effective through the selective application of improvement methodologies to current organisational configurations for today’s customers as well as strategically flexible in the adaptation of new configurations of products, processes, technologies, competencies, and systems that enable the satisfaction of tomorrow’s customers. ValuePOLE will support organisations for improvements in processes and innovations in products based on either existing or new technologies.

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