Theo is senior BI Consultant for the logistics mail domain within PostNL, which consist of the total chain from sorting to delivery. Included is BI on quality of this chain.
Theo Idema holds degrees in Economics (Master of Science) as well as in Business Information (Bachelor). He studied in Groningen at the university of Groningen (Master) and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Bachelor).
At PostNL Theo is primarily responsible for the business information within the logistics mail domain. He focuses on simplifying reporting, assuring consistency of reports and automating reporting.
Theo has more than 30 years of experience in the company and held different positions varying from marketing & sales to operations.
- Supporting the operational units within the company with correct, timely and especially consistent information helps all layers of management.
- Standardization of reporting is useful for all management layers and makes reading and understanding reports unambiguous. It also helps managers when changing positions within the company.
- In a declining market there is a need for simplified reporting, automated processing of data towards information.
- “The advantage and the disadvantage of Excel are the same: you can do almost everything with it”.
IBCS® Certified Consultant
Theo Idema has successfully completed the IBCS® certification for successful design of reports and presentations at the HICHERT+FAISST IBCS Institute in August 2018.
After attending the Certification Course Theo has provided the following work samples:
Before ... This chart is used to monitor the progress of the production of one machine in one plant. In total there are 5 plants with six machines. These charts are near real-time and spread out over 5 screens, one for each plant.
... and after - chart 1 This chart gives an overview of the progress of the production of all plants and all machines. The variance between the cumulated actuals and cumulated planning is shown. Only most important figures are shown for all plants and all machines.
... and after - chart 2 This chart gives an overview of the progress of the production of one machine in all plants during a shift. Shown are the cumulated planning and cumulated actuals and the variance of those two. Added are the expected total production (blue triangle) and whether data from the machine has been provided (the orange dots on the baseline). No need for a legend, since there is a limited group of specialized users.
Before ... Chart used to show efficiency (pieces per manhour) of one machine during the last 13 weeks for all plants. Lines show budget (planning), actuals and the trend-line of the actuals.
... and after Original chart made IBCS-compliant. Axis of the base chart are not set to zero, due to the fact that the lines show small variance of big numbers. Therefore the axis is placed above the base chart, to avoid a visual misleading interpretation. Extra is the relative variance between actual and planning. Message and title, as well as a highlight and two comments are added for a quicker and better understanding of the results.