IBM Corp.

SIZE OF COMPANY: 1,000 or more employees; more than $1B in revenue
INDUSTRY: Miscellaneous manufacturing
PRIMARY PRODUCT LINE: Servers and systems, software, storage, OEM systems, Internet security, semiconductors, POS and self-service offerings
NAME OF PROJECT: Globally Integrated Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and Lean Six Sigma
PROJECT OBJECTIVE: To minimize cost to correct quality and reliability problems; get a trained, skilled, and active work force involved at all levels of process execution; cohesive design, development, manufacturing, fulfillment, and supply chain
TECHNOLOGIES EMPLOYED: IBM Integrated Product Design Process, Design for Manufacturing and Early Manufacturing practices
ACCOMPLISHMENTS/ROI: More than 250 projects netted 20x ROI; 60% of workforce earned minimum of Green Belt training/certification; engaged integrated supply chain organizations for continuous improvement and innovation; emerging growth countries adopted the program