Why You Need to Re-evaluate Your Approach to Supply Chain Planning

The general business environment is a lot more dynamic than in the 1990’s, with customer expectations of delivery lead-times shortening tremendously. At the same time, much of the manufacturing capability has been outsourced – meaning that companies have to be much more responsive to the customer, even though they have less direct control over operations. Today’s environment requires more collaboration than control; more coordination than optimization.

At the core of legacy supply chain planning solutions is the concept that they own and control all the data. This is simply not true when a supply chain may consist of three or more tiers, each with their own Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. No longer is it an issue of integration between modules, but of integration between companies each having their own ERP systems and other data sources. The goal is not optimization of assets, but of effective coordination between trading partners.

This white paper discusses:
  • The problem with building a better plan – Supply Chain Planning (SCP)
  • Dealing with reality – the need for planning and response
  • Attempting to respond to change with continuous planning
  • Supply Chain Planning – set your direction
  • The new paradigm: plan, monitor, respond – defining the capability requirements

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