SAN FRANCISCO--Promapp Solutions, which has its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco, has announced that Toyota Australia has gone live with Promapp’s industry leading cloud-based process management software in a strategy designed to underpin Toyota’s transition to a national sales and distribution company by 2018.
The decision to deploy Promapp forms part of Toyota Australia’s drive for constant improvement, the key principle that guides the organization in its commitment to deliver more to its guests.
Promapp will assist the organization’s efficient capture of knowledge as job roles change and the company transitions to a national sales and distribution operation with the consolidation of corporate functions in Melbourne during 2018.
“We reviewed several solutions, but selected Promapp based on its business-centric approach to managing processes. Its standout feature is clearly its ease of use with single sign on functionality. At the same time, being available in the cloud will also enable us to scale its use as our business undergoes transformation in the next few years,” says Trent Delardes, Project Manager - Strategic Projects, Toyota Australia.
Promapp helps organizations create and manage business processes online. Being easy to use and a fully web-based tool, process changes are completed and approved online, in the cloud. The aim is to ensure that all staff have access to all the information they need and understand how it can be used to facilitate their role.
Promapp will enable Toyota Australia to turn knowledge currently held in static Visio charts and procedure documents, currently held in Word or Excel files, into clean, simple process maps that everyone can follow and access. It will also help to mitigate risk, enabling the company to capture processes for subsequent operational improvement at the same time as staff functions change and new teams are deployed.
“We didn’t previously have a holistic system for managing processes and only used Visio when we needed to map processes on a project-by-project basis. Moving forward, we determined that Visio was counter-productive to what we wanted to achieve,” says Delardes.
Once fully deployed across the organization, Promapp will capture critical end-to-end business processes across different team functions, including vehicle pricing, vehicle launches, finance, purchasing, fleet sales, and technical services. It will also help to rapidly train new staff on an ongoing basis.
“We know with Promapp that we’ll be able to capture information and make it accessible across functions, providing everyone with a strong foundation to work from. We’ll also be able to capture existing processes and record new ones, and help keep staff engaged with the overall business. However, the real change will be in educating teams on process mapping and how we as an organization can define processes consistently. We’ll eventually have a consistent approach to managing processes which everyone in the business can use,” says Delardes.
Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, known by its trading name Toyota Australia, is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the world's largest vehicle manufacturers. Toyota conducts its business worldwide with 50 overseas manufacturing companies in 26 countries and regions. Toyota's vehicles are sold in more than 170 countries and regions.
“We were also impressed with Promapp’s training which was exceptional,” adds Delardes. “Today, it is insufficient to run improvement initiatives, to capture process knowledge at great expense, and to hope that changes will be operationalised and sustained. Promapp will provide an environment and a structure so that our staff are motivated to participate, and are personally invested in sustaining ongoing change and improvement in an industry undergoing rapid change.”
Established in 2002, Promapp works with hundreds of organizations worldwide to foster a thriving business improvement and process management culture.
Promapp’s cloud-based business process management (BPM) software makes it easy to create, navigate, share, and change business processes, enabling quality assurance, risk management, and business continuity. Providing an intuitive online process mapping tool, a cloud-based process repository, and a comprehensive process improvement toolset, Promapp’s proprietary software supports the development of smarter and safer ways to work, while encouraging sharing of information by operational teams rather than limiting it to process analysts and technical specialists.
Named one of the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ Asia Pacific companies, Promapp’s wide range of public and private sector customers includes: MorganFranklin Consulting, Coca-Cola Amatil, Air New Zealand, Mainfreight USA, Toyota Financial Services, Ricoh Australia, McDonald's, Fuji Xerox, Audi Australia, and the Department of Justice, Victoria.
The company is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. www.promapp.com.