Posts tagged as 'Supply chain planning'

Tools for Master Scheduling: Hug Your Master Scheduler Part Two

JohnWesterveld

A master scheduler plans out numerous shipping routes on a mapIn part one of this blog we determined that the Master Scheduler has a challenging job with Master Scheduling, but you may be thinking that ERP system you’ve spent millions on buying and implementing must make the Master Scheduler’s job so simple it’s as easy as pushing a button, right?

Well… not so fast. Traditional ERP systems are notoriously difficult to customize. If you want to perform your MPS process the exact way your ERP vendor has designed their ERP module, you might be OK. But if everyone does their process the exact same way, where is your competitive advantage? The reality is that every company has unique requirements and no one implementation can meet those needs without some customization. And ERP customization is expensive. Very expensive.

Typical ERP systems don’t allow you to simply try something out before committing it to production. The ERP idea of simulation is copying the database to another machine and running it there… several hours later you might be able to do some scenarios. Even if you could try something out, you don’t know the impact of what you’ve tried until you’ve explored that change all the way through your supply chain. If the change you are thinking of making will cause an overload on a constraint that is defined on another ERP instance at a different site, you won’t know there is a problem until you start executing. And then it’s too late.

Your ERP system has the capability to do rough cut capacity planning. That should help, right? Well, yes, rough cut capacity planning is better than nothing and it can give you some hints as to where problems might be. It does this by having you create “representative routings” that boil very complex routing and bill of material information into an approximation of key resource and key material needs. You see where this is going, right? You can have a perfectly achievable plan based on rough cut capacity planning and still not have a plan you can actually execute because you don’t have insight into the detailed realities of your supply chain.

Combine all this with the fact that managing any data in an ERP system is a cumbersome, part-by-part process and there is no wonder that many of the Master Schedulers resort to building complex models in Excel to do their jobs. Except… Excel is not the answer either. As has been commented on previously, while Excel can be effective for one-off analysis, Excel is error prone, non-collaborative and no matter how good you are at modelling, you simply cannot represent the true complexity of supply chain in a spreadsheet.

So, what is the answer?

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On the road again…upcoming events for Kinaxis

LoriSmith
  • by Lori Smith
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‘Tis the season for events, and Kinaxis folks are raking in the frequent flyer miles as a result!  Here’s where we are at in the coming week. Happening right now, we’re exhibiting at the APICS Best of the Best S&OP Conference in Chicago. If you are there, be sure to stop by table #12 – we’ll be […]

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Multitier Supply Chain Visibility and Orchestration: Agilent Case Study

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We recently published a newsletter which includes complimentary access to a Gartner research report titled “Multitier Supply Chain Visibility Improves Supply Chain Relationships and Reduces Risk” (R. Barger, M. North Rizza, B. Kraus, 12 August 2011). The loss of supply chain visibility as a result of outsourcing manufacturing operations is of real concern to brand […]

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The Control Tower: Breaking Down Enterprise Barriers!

LaurenBossers

The fifth in our SupplyChainBrain video interview series features Kinaxis CEO Doug Colbeth. These videos are jam-packed with great content, and I highly recommend them. (Free registration is required to view them, but it’s well worth it!) There are no more silos when everyone works with the same data and the same enterprise planning and simulation platform, […]

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Making “Kinexions” between influencers

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  • by Trevor Miles
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For the first time at our user conference, Kinexions, we invited in a number of analysts, bloggers, and consultants to give them a deep dive on Kinaxis and the roadmap for RapidResponse. We had an afternoon session devoted to the Influencers in which we brought in some customers to speak about their journey with RapidResponse. […]

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CPG companies recognize limitations of planning optimization

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Forgive the self-promotion but we are so proud to have formally announced the RapidResponse deployment at Unicharm today. Unicharm is the largest manufacturer and distributor of diapers and other consumer sanitary products in Asia. They implemented RapidResponse (replacing existing supply chain planning solutions) so they could move away from the limitations of statistical-based planning systems. […]

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Kinaxis life sciences newsletter: Featuring complimentary analyst case study report on Amgen

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  • by Lori Smith
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We recently produced a newsletter which includes complimentary access to a 6-page Gartner report titled Case Study: How Amgen Reinvigorated Its Supply Planning Process (Barry Blake, Hussain Mooraj: May 18, 2011) This Case Study provides insights on how Amgen transformed its supply planning processes and enabled rapid planning capabilities, with advanced planning capabilities and systems. […]

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Responsiveness – The other half of demand forecasting conversation.

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Short post today to let you know that our very own chief blogger, Trevor Miles, recently presented a session at the High-Tech Forecasting & Planning Summit last month. His session was called “Is Forecasting Fatally Flawed?” Does that title seem a little familiar? Well that’s because the session was based on a recent blog post […]

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