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Spectra Logic

group so it can work together instead
of having a siloed approach to supplier
selection and management. By pairing those groups together, it allows
the company to identify and communicate expectations better and partner with suppliers to let them know
exactly what Spectra Logic needs.
"In some cases, we've had great success with suppliers indicating that it
helps them to plan because we are being more specific about our needs and
requirements," van Engen says. "In
other cases, we've seen suppliers recognize that they can't meet our needs
and there has been a mutual realization that the fit isn't right and we've
moved to a better fit. Ultimately, it
has been a great partnership between
our quality and purchasing teams."

Planning Ahead
BlackPearl family is a major product line that helps customers save
tremendous resources.
"It is a disruptive technology that
can supplant other software in the
market that is more expensive," van
Engen says. "We can actually simplify
the workflow for customers with our
deep storage gateway, allowing them
to succeed and lower operating costs."

Better Approach
Spectra Logic has also been seeking
to improve its manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Spectra Logic, van Engen's background was in
consumer products, medical devices
and aerospace manufacturing and
operational management. Since coming aboard the company in 2015, he
has helped Spectra Logic find ways
to raise its game with managing and
enhancing quality systems as well as
business management.
"We are working on improving our
manufacturing capabilities on the
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shop floor, training and certifying
people in our quality team, as well as
being more disciplined with how we
deploy quality management tools to
reduce costs and analyze data and
turn it into information that allows us
to make better decisions, drive results
and manufacture more cost effectively," he says.
Additionally, the company is focused on developing tools to prioritize what it is working on and gaining
alignment with a more formal product
realization and development process.
"It is all about being more intentional about what we are going after," van
Engen says. "This is very entrepreneurial and privately held company,
and bringing some discipline to this
kind of company helps us to be more
intentional about what we are doing."
Beyond that, the company has
changed its approach toward vendor management. It has added some
new resources in its quality group
and paired them with its supply chain

Spectra Logic has been staying on
top of industry developments such as
consolidation. That is a dynamic the
company continues to monitor, while


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