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October 07 Businessexcellence 1 Editor’sletter EDITORIAL Editor In Chief Martin Ashcroft DESIGN Production/Creative Director Zachary Smith PUBLISHERS Business Directors Andy Kerr Andy Turner BUSINESS Director of Editorial Research Scott Mason Sales Managers Sean Brett Jim Coughlin Senior Editorial Researchers Tim Conlon Jennifer Flynn James Rose Administration & Operations Kathy Toomey Subscriptions Infinity Media LLC 100 Cummings Center Suite 246C Beverly, MA 01915 Tel: 978 232 9284 Fax: 978 560 0999 Businessexcellence ACHIEVING The five foundations of business excellence that this magazine promotes (strategic management, operational excellence, customer focus, supply chain and infrastructure) are shortly to be joined by a sixth—green business. A Google search for “green business” yields 326 million entries. They won’t all be relevant, but it does give you an idea how popular the color has become. It strikes me as quite appropriate that green should also be the color of money in the United States. Green is big business. The noble objective of building green or operating a business with an eye to sustainability is to benefit the environment. But few businesses can afford to be altruistic in this fiercely competitive global economy. Not until green business earned recognition as a competitive advantage did the bandwagon begin to get crowded. Whatever sector you are in today, however, if you do not have green somewhere in your business plan, you’re a dinosaur. One of the main thrusts of the green movement is saving energy, for the benefit of the planet. Not only that, but we are too heavily dependent on oil from a politically unstable part of the world. As energy is expensive, this particular shade of greenness should be a no-brainer. As an example, a recent report by the US Environmental Protection Agency said the energy consumption of servers and data centers has doubled in the last five years. Data centers now account for 1.5 percent of all US electricity consumption. No surprise then, that Hewlett Packard, Dell, Intel and Microsoft, among others, are involved in initiatives to improve the performance of hardware. Every business should look for ways it can conserve energy and improve its green credentials. It’s not just about the feelgood factor, although that should not be ignored. If being green also helps you to attract and retain employees, become a preferred supplier, and reduce costs at the same time, it’s just good business. Read about it in future issues of Business Excellence. Greenfever

2 Businessexcellence October 07 Interview 4 21st century molecules Jeff Buchalter, CEO of biopharmaceutical pioneer Enzon, talks about the company’s new oncology strategy. Strategic management 8 The supply review The fourth of six articles on integrated business management explains the supply review process. Supply chain 12 Leaning the warehouse A warehouse control system (WCS) is well suited to working with a lean six sigma initiative. Infrastructure 16 Golden assets Using existing infrastructure, Bralorne expects to be pouring gold bars by the end of next year. Cover story 20 The 5th dimension Webcor Builders is using building information modeling to transform the construction industry. Kenyon & Kenyon 36 Pioneers of the law Leading the law profession with a pioneering approach to administration as well as law. EDGE Development 43 Hard bidding A rapidly-growing construction firm finding success in the developing California market. Santoy Resources 46 Finding uranium With worldwide demand for nuclear power rising, the timing is good for uranium exploration. Shearer’s Foods 52 Shearer perfection Expanding to satisfy America’s demand for its favorite snack, with the secret of the perfect kettle chip. CerPro Energy Services 56 Discipline and standards An oilfield services company like a shiny, well-oiled machine, accelerating with controlled growth. 12 Features 36 Businessexcellence ACHIEVING 16 20 16