Johnson & Johnson’s Brooks Olphin shares how they’ve mastered rapid, ongoing, and team-centric value creation with process mining and Celonis.
Like any other transformational technology, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype around process mining and want to jump right in at the deep end.
But even when you’re equipped with intuitive tools like Celonis that make getting started with process mining simple, dropping new tools directly into your global teams isn’t always the fastest or most consistent path to success.
Brooks Olphin, Product Line Owner for Process and Task Mining at Johnson & Johnson, walked us through their process mining adoption, development and growth journey. Brooks showcased the power of a well-equipped and well-structured global Process Center of Excellence — and demonstrated how centralizing your process optimization efforts can be the fastest route to global value.
Here’s a quick recap of the story he shared.
Johnson & Johnson’s journey to process mining started in a very similar way to many other Celonis customers. The company wanted to digitize continuous process improvement and bring its process mapping and process discovery efforts into the 21st century.
After identifying Celonis as the perfect partner to help it do so, they embarked on a proof-of-value exercise. The team used Celonis to look at data from a single system, uncover the inefficiencies and opportunities hidden in the process, and understand the value of process mining first-hand.
But, crucially, this exercise quickly became a source of ongoing value in itself. “That first analysis was a key learning for us, helping us understand how we can further roll analysis out globally,” said Brooks. “Ultimately, that initial exercise led to us creating global templates.”
“For us, a global template is where we build a single data model that can be leveraged across multiple source systems, so that analysis can be used by different teams across multiple different regions, teams, and sectors,” continued Brooks.
The global templates enabled by Celonis have provided a strong foundation for Johnson & Johnson’s Process Center of Excellence. “The goal of our global COE is to use best practices to deliver things our teams will find practically useful day-to-day,” said Brooks. “We listen to user requirements, build an analysis to meet them, then deploy that as a global template so that others can pick it up and repeat that success easily.”
Having access to pre-built global templates aligned with the company’s current strategic priorities helps Johnson & Johnson’s teams avoid decision and analysis paralysis, learn what’s possible with process mining immediately, and see value from it quickly. Instead of having to find their way with the technology, teams have a clear starting point that they can grow from — branching out into custom analysis and utilizing a wider range of capabilities.
“We follow a crawl, walk, run, methodology,” said Brooks. “We try to get our users into the system and into their data as quickly as possible, knowing that we're going to continue to refine those user stories and the analysis that we create over time.”
When it comes to finding the most valuable processes, data sources, and areas of the business to analyze and explore, close collaboration with teams is essential.
“We start every new analysis journey with our internal customers,” said Brooks. “Oftentimes, we talk to them about what metrics matter most to them — which is typically linked to their strategic business objectives, such as on-time delivery or ease and effectiveness of communication.”
But in a lot of cases, the things they want to achieve — whether it’s cutting delivery cycle times, or eliminating supply chain bottlenecks — are too high-level for a single team to achieve alone. Fortunately, Johnson & Johnson’s team and their template-based approach to process mining have also helped the company find creative solutions to that challenge.
“By moving to this team-based methodology, we're able to create metrics that can be leveraged upstream and downstream from the team that created them, while remaining tied to that team’s objectives,” Brooks explained.
“For example, if we think about on-time delivery, we might start by talking to fulfilment. But we know there are also opportunities to improve that metric through inventory optimization, or by improving first-time right rates. In that case, our Process Center of Excellence would work across order entry, order fulfillment, and master data, to ensure that we're aligning to that strategic objective, but we're also giving that team objectives and areas of improvement that they can then own and drive throughout their process.”
Johnson & Johnson’s iterative approach to rollout and adoption has helped the company see widespread value from it incredibly quickly, without overwhelming teams or sacrificing strategy. To show what it all looks like together, and what the approach adds up to for the business, Brooks ran us through a quick example.
“A great example of this in how we improved on-time delivery in the LATAM region,” he said. “We had previously rolled out some analysis to our team in Chile, after which, they came back to us requesting some changes to the template analysis they were given.”
The team in Chile started out simple, with a pre-built analysis provided by the Johnson & Johnson process COE. But they quickly saw opportunities to tweak that analysis to better meet their needs — taking the next step up in process mining maturity.
“Once we rolled those tweaks out for them, the team was able to take that analysis and use it to work with our upstream and downstream partners, and explain to them the problems in the current process.”
That custom analysis gave the team everything they needed to secure buy-in for process transformation from both upstream and downstream partners. With everyone on the same page and able to clearly see the bottlenecks in the processes between them, they set about completely redesigning delivery processes.
“That transformation resulted in some fantastic improvements,” said Brooks. “We saw a 30% reduction in touch time, a 40% reduction in price changes, and significant improvements in on-time delivery from the project. It was an all-round success for everyone.”
And the best part is, the value of that analysis doesn’t end there. Once again, the custom analysis created for the team in Chile was made available as a global template, with proven results. Now, when teams elsewhere want to explore similar bottlenecks, they have everything they need to get started immediately, starting the cycle anew.
Want more details about Johnson & Johnson’s process mining journey with Celonis? Catch up with Brooks Olphin’s full session from Celosphere on demand.