As an innovative provider of environmentally friendly, high performance starch-based polymers, Chemstar made a strategic decision to accelerate new product development and expand into new applications. To achieve this, they would need to shorten their new product development process and grow their R&D and sales teams. In 2018 Chemstar digitized their project workflows in Alchemy and implemented a data-driven project scoring process.
Chemstar can now track the entire process, from a new customer request all the way through product development and delivery, with Alchemy’s dashboards. The quantified insights into the end-to-end process enables executives to continuously improve the innovation process and make tough trade-off decisions about which projects to pursue. Using Alchemy, the company is seeing faster velocity on projects because everyone is on the same page and it’s no longer possible for things to fall through the cracks.
“Alchemy streamlines communication between commercial and lab teams. Even more important, the leadership team can monitor the full portfolio of projects and make data-driven keep/kill decisions.”
"Alchemy makes it easy to have different processes for different project types. We have configured different workflows in Alchemy for platforms vs. foundation chemistry vs. customer projects and can now monitor all projects end-to-end."
"The Alchemy dashboards and reports enable us to balance our portfolio from a strategic, time and resource stand-point. The visual project views quickly show when there’s a bottleneck so we can address it."