Efficiency Behind the Scenes

By Larry Barrett  |  Posted 2005-06-10 Email Print this article Print

Danielle Savoie could not get 200 applications to talk to each other, making it hard to keep on top of a rapidly expanding series of traveling dance and acrobatics shows.

Efficiency Behind the Scenes

Back on the streets, the production managers are also benefiting from the behind-the-scenes improvements made in Montreal.

Now that the integration software has been implemented, production managers use an entirely new system to create an inventory of equipment necessary for the new mobile "city." Instead of checking off a paper list of all the lights, cameras, speakers and stage materials needed for a production, each piece of equipment is tagged with a bar code that's scanned by a handheld device connected to the network.

Cirque du Soleil says these mobile devices have cut in half the time it takes to inventory an entire 180,000-square-foot mobile city, and virtually eliminated errors.

"It's something that no one sees because it doesn't affect the day-to-day performance," Savoie points out. "It's too early to say exactly how much money we've saved, but I know that going forward, the time we'll save just on the development side makes it worthwhile."

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Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.

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