This phrase has been used in many contexts, including by the SAS Institute in the book Customer Data Integration: Reaching a Single Version of the Truth. It is particularly applicable to the manufacturing shop floor where fact-based information can drive improvements. Many improvements can be traced to somebody looking at accurate data and wondering why or how. The lean objective of continuosly improving value for your customer needs to be supported by accurate process measurements.
Part of the problem is that there is not always a common language used to define terms. This is needed not only within an enterprise, but between the enterprise and its suppliers and customers. A supplier may argue that they were on time with a delivery because the units arrived on the agreed upon day. However, the customer may disagree because some of the material failed to pass incoming inspection and needed to be replaced.
It is difficult to argue that the actual collection of data creates value. However, converting this data into actions creates value. Continuing to collect and monitor for improvement protects the value that has been achieved for your customers. Using monitoring information to produce consistent value for your customers will lead to product superiority and market leadership.
In order to create this value, you must follow these steps.