Many organizations face challenges in obtaining clear and accurate cost data. Our Dynamic Costing™ solution encompasses the key guiding principles associated with traditional activity-based costing and other operational costing approaches to more accurately zero in on the true costs of a particular product. Leveraging advanced analytics and industry specialization, our team of professionals is able to create visibility to your costing data and more importantly map how that costing data flows onto the company’s financial statements. Our analytic approach is fully integrated with some of the leading MES and ERP systems, such as Plex and IFS, enabling visibility from the shop floor to the c-level suite.
The main components of traditional standard costing — labor, materials, fixed overhead and variable overhead — only tell part of the story when it comes to determining the true cost of a product. It leaves out several contributing elements that should factor into your business’s actual costs. The standard costing approach may even be damaging a manufacturer’s bottom line by not having a proper understanding of which products are responsible for driving profitability today.
Baker Tilly’s manufacturing analytic and financial services professionals enable transparency of manufacturers’ true product cost drivers with the Dynamic Costing approach. As your organization progresses through its Industry 4.0 journey and goal toward continuous improvement, we leverage Dynamic Costing to reassess your data and provide real-time information to drive business results.
Dynamic Costing measures daily reality: the real individuals and labor that are touching the product. This encompasses material consumption – what’s truly going into the product; real overhead and asset utilization; environmental factors; quality; scrap; and micro events that are tied to assets. All of these tap into integration and automation and try to minimize the manual effort of collecting and managing data to help monitor the business.
To move toward Dynamic Costing, companies will need some tools which are “enablers” of Industry 4.0. Data analytics is one “enabler” that will provide manufacturers with statistically meaningful information. With proper integration, manufacturers can have improved transparency among departments; data accuracy, with reduced errors and time dedicated to manual processes; real-time data gives stakeholders access to critical data in one place whenever they need it; and automation, which eliminates redundancies and increases efficiencies.
Identify business objectives. Having an Industry 4.0 structure in place provides flexibility and allows you to rapidly change its business objectives and make appropriate decisions.
Understand the true source of your data to make decisions.
Build an application for assessing information and put necessary controls and technology in place to ensure movement along the continuum of Industry 4.0 is sustainable.
Continually validate against the business objectives. Don't put them on the back burner. Ensure the solution put in place supports the organization.
Define and implement processes and procedures to make the institutionalization and continuous improvement aspect of this a reality. Revisit improvements.
The Dynamic Costing™ approach equips organizations to collect and analyze data daily to make decisions rapidly and continuously over time. Through Industry 4.0, integration of shop machinery to back-end systems, manufacturers have real-time information at their fingertips.
With Dynamic Costing, an organization moves from cost accounting to cost management analytics, which brings everyone into the equation (i.e., engineering, purchasing, operations, etc.) when determining the true cost of a product.
Is your organization ready to be responsive to market changes by using real-time information with Dynamic Costing?