Type Of Project: New product development for an outside customer.
Product Description: This product was a unique approach to monitoring production operations and providing a flexible tool for providing data and analysis tools to users of the system from the shop floor to top management. The product included a user configurable report writer that was capable of working from a data relationship model that was used to configure the system for both data collection and summarization.
Ridgeline Involvement: Provided brainstorming facilitation and functional design talent.
Current Status: The conceptual design for the product was completed and a 10% error band estimate created. The product was stopped in it's development because of a lack of available funding for the project.
Development Environment: Windows based platforms. Development language had not been established.
Key Points: The product was stopped with approximately $40K invested in the initial design phases. Original estimates for the development of the product were in the neighborhood of $600,000. The final, 10% error band estimate and cash flow analysis indicated that the development and deployment of the product would require a peak cash investment of $2.5M. The customer was ecstatic that they were able to limit their investment to the $40K rather than the $1.0M+ that would have been spent before the product could have been stopped under normal project process.
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