HOW WE WORK: BUSINESS SCAN
IN-NOVA’S BUSINESS SCAN
creates deep insights into
necessary action fields,
required solutions, and leads
to a quantified assessment
of the improvement
potentials, and related
The BUSINESS SCAN delivers the roadmap towards higher performance
The IN-NOVA BUSINESS SCAN is a 5-8 weeks engagement which provides a
systematic overview an all improvement areas, and defines the required
solutions. On that basis, a roadmap for reaching the future state is developed,
which can range from a targeted set of actions, to a complex transformation
roadmap incorporating a high number of change activities.
It consists of interviews, selective, focused process analysis, quantitative
analysis, a detailed IT performance analysis, a market assessment, high-level
solution development, generation of business cases (improvements and
related investments), a prioritized overview of actions, and a roadmap for the
required transformation program.
Interviews are conducted using the IN-NOVA Focus Interview technique,
but here with a wider range of participants, if possible, also involving more
operational levels. Topics and analysis of results is similar to the BUSINESS
CHECK. But here, the interviews section is used to gain a deeper
understanding of the market, and especially regarding shifts and changes
in the market, and future requirements.
The process analysis follows the same objectives and scope as in the QUICK
SCAN, but here additional processes might be incorporated in the analysis.
Goal is to have a deep understanding of the current, and the required
levels of collaboration, synchronization, and the level of excellence in each
of the three value chain excellence dimensions.
The quantitative analysis is similar to the QUICK SCAN. Additional analysis will
be conducted in those areas where a deeper level of detail is required, or
which were not covered by the previous analysis.
The systematic view on the current IT applications, again, is similar to the
QUICK SCAN. But here we look more into functional details, and root causes
for malfunctions, data related issues, or IT architecture and completeness
A brief market requirements assessment is conducted; ideally involving 2-5
customer interviews. In addition, a systematic evalutation of all major
customers for their collaboration potential is conducted with
representatives from sales functions. If necessary and approved, an
additional market analysis on current and future trends in conducted. For
this, market specialists will be added temporarily to the team.
All these insights are then casted into a comprehensive perspective on
improvement needs of the company’s supply chain, and the embedding
value chain. Focus is how to improve the performance in the three
excellence dimensions, the level of collaboration and synchronization, the
quality and speed of the supporting IT-Enablers, collaboration and
integration with customers and suppliers, and also individual, targeted
For this summary assessment, a set of leading practices is applied in a
systematic way to generate individual profiles of improvement needs. These
are mapped to the current and future market requirements, and also to the
current, and the required, supply chain maturity. On that basis, key solutions
are selected and detailed, whereas others are left on a higher level (but
detailed enough to evaluate their suitability and investment needs).
An assessment on quantified improvement potential is conducted, linked
with the investment needs, and as a result shown in a “Contribution to
success versus effort to achieve” Matrix, to allow management to make
some key decisions.
Based on these selections, a high level roadmap is sketched out, to help
management to take the right decisions. This roadmap will be needed to
further detailed in the first phase, or preparation phase, of the
As a result, the final presentation will show a systematic, actionable list of
key issues and related solutions which all serve to enhance supply chain
performance significantly. Business cases will drive management decisions
towards feasible solutions, and the roadmap will indicate the appropriate