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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) with Quality Metric Applications

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    John J. Hickey

    Decision making Cartography Maps have been around for quite some time. They allow the individual to visualize and quickly analyze data. A national retailer with a customized Geographical Information System (GIS) could quickly analyze its sales data by store, product, trends etc for the purposes of implementing or revising Quality Plans. As a simple example, a computer generated Topographical Map with transitional shaded color relief could show the areas of hot sales in red or poor sales in blue.

    Is anyone in the Six Sigma Community using this sophisticated tool and has it been helpful?

    John J. Hickey

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    Anonymous

    Hi John,

    It’s good to see your name in the forum.

    I’ve only used this site to study Dementia, as you can see there are significant differences between territories. While I expected China to be a lot lower, I was surprised to find France and German in a similar category.

    Are you on Linkedin? If you are I should like to drop you a line or two, as I always appreciate your opinion.

    Best wishes,
    Andy

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    Anonymous
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    John J. Hickey

    Hello Andy

    It is nice to see that you are well and are still participating in the Forum. What ever happened to Stan and some of the other Old Forum members? Thank you for this useful site reference and your response. I can be reached at qase@optonline.net

    John

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    Don Strayer

    As you note, this isn’t new. I used a tool (MapAnalyst) back in the 1980’s that could generate a map of the United States by USPS zip code and zoom from entire U.S. down to states/regions. Using data from sales and from external databases I used it to generate color coded maps showing where various product lines were sold or shipped. And incorporating external databases showed comparisons of where product was shipped vs. where it might be needed. This was for an agricultural chemicals business. The tools and data available today are far beyond what we could do back then. So your question seems to be a non sequitur. Are you asking how such tools could be used in a six sigma project? Perhaps if your defect is not having the right products at the right places relative to customer needs GIS could be very useful during Measurement and Analysis.

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    Chris Seider
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    @don

    Sounds very cool.

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    #195214

    Lewis Kohnle

    Hello John-

    Though this per say wasn’t an LSS based project, at least not initially, I used two (2) tools to geocode and analyze sales data (store & eTail), MS Map Point and Tableau. I applied Map Point primarily for radius and proximity analysis (store) and Tableau for measuring more detailed product based regional differences. Both were applied to analyze clustering, penetration, promotional lift, marketing effectiveness, shift in pattern over time, etc. Often I’ve overlay demographic data and seek commonality.

    Thank you.
    Lewis Kohnle

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    John J. Hickey

    Hello Lewis

    Interesting! are you saying that a LSS project was eventually developed as a result of GIS analysis tool usage and if so what were the results?

    Thanks,

    John J. Hickey

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