SC Implementation Plan

SC Implementation Plan

Implementation of supply chain (SC) management solutions relies heavily on the software tools and technologies offered by ERP vendors such as SAP, Oracle, JDE and also by companies that specialize in providing SC solutions such as i2 Technologies, Manugistics, Aspen Technology, ilog and others.

 

As a vendor neutral service provider, Logexsoft focuses on implementing SC management solutions that will solve a client's problem(s), and maximize return from the SC technology investment.

 

Through our decades of experience, we have learned that the key to realizing benefits from SC management solutions is in understanding the requirements, identifying and focusing on the real benefit areas, and a structured, incremental deployment strategy.

 

Once our consultants have analyzed your business processes, we will recommend the most appropriate tools and technology that will provide the best fit in functionality and cost to optimizie your company's SC. Logexsoft will then work in close cooperation with your staff on implementing the most cost effective SC solutions.

 

Logexsoft's core competencies include:

  1. Knowledge of available SC methodologies, IT technologies and tools.
  2. Extensive experience working with client organizations in a collaborative manner to define requirements and to design, develop and deploy the right solution using the appropriate technology and toolset.

 

As many corporations have realized in attempting to deploy SC technologies on a grand scale, there is no "magic button." There is no one technology, solution approach or vendor that can provide the ultimate solution to globally optimizing all aspects of your SC. The most successful deployments of SC solutions will always be those solutions that maximize the synergy that can be obtained from combining powerful mathematical, heuristic, optimization, simulation and other algorithmic approaches, with the analysis power that a knowledgeable planner can provide.

SC technologies often claim, but in reality do not provide for, total automation. When such approaches are attempted, the usual outcome is a highly complex solution that is not reliable or robust, that the stakeholders cannot understand, that is difficult to support and which usually is abandoned after a short period of time.

Logexsoft's philosophy and approach capitalize on and leverage the capabilities of the planners, schedulers and other staff that "operate" the SC by providing decision support systems that aim to remove the complex, time consuming data manipulations, mechanical analysis and digging through reams of reports. Instead of claiming total automation of the system we recommend, we provide powerful tools to allow extensive what if analysis and management by exception to highlight the root causes of issues, and then suggest the most viable alternatives. The net result is an environment where decisions related to the operation of the SC can be made on a thorough analysis, which can be communicated and explained to organization at large.

Our experience has shown us that the implementation of SC solutions is an art, not a science. Successful implementations require in depth analysis of a customer's business processes, developing a partnership between the SC solution designers and the business stakeholders, creating a model for simulating these processes and utilizing the model to produce valuable recommendations. Creating a SC management solution is, by necessity, an iterative process, which demands input and feedback from the business; an adequate business model cannot be built in one step. It has to be refined a number of times. It is this process of iterative development and refinement that results in an application that, in the end, considers the unique factors of a situation, which in turn, leads to high acceptance, sustainability and ultimately, benefits to the business.

Many questions have to be answered and the corresponding issues carefully worked out in the process of building a SC management solution. The following is a partial list of such questions:

How should a complex SC be segmented in such a way that SC solutions can address specific areas and still integrate with other areas to provide a holistic solution?

Which specific optimization, simulation, algorithmic technologies and tools are the most suitable to model, simulate and optimize various SC processes? How such simulation and optimization is appropriate and cost effective, and at what point do we encounter diminishing returns?

How should such segmented SC processes be linked to each other and to the outside world (ERP systems, Legacy Systems, Marketing Systems, Supplier/Customer Systems) to provide an integrated, optimal solution?

What should be the primary parameters to be optimized for your business? (Note: What may be constraints for one business might well be parameters that leadt to optimization for another.)

Usually, executives have a clear understanding of the financial and economic characteristics that they are trying to optimize. However, translating these characteristics, in terms of operations (production capacities, volumes and types of products to be manufactured, etc.) is rarely straightforward. Moreover, once such key operation parameters are established, it becomes apparent that certain departments have opposing objectives. For example, manufacturing wants longer runs and fewer changes; distribution wants smaller inventories; logistics does not want to handle small volumes of products, etc. Resolving such conflicting objectives, identifying the vision that will unify and integrate stakeholders, and implementing solutions that support such strategies is very challenging and requires commitment, perseverance and experience to accomplish.

Addressing all these and other problems that are essential to optimizing any SC constitutes Logexsoft's core competencies. Our experience strongly suggests that a high degree of collaboration between business stakeholders, SC application designers and developers is essential. It is our consultant's primary responsibility to "translate" the customer's vision of his business, its ultimate objectives and existing constraints into a sound computational model for producing valuable decision support recommendations.

A comprehensive supply chain model should be able to improve customer service, lower production and distribution costs, and increase responsiveness across the supply chain through better planning and scheduling.

Our approach is to leverage our experience by effectively transferring the required skills and expertise to our customers. By working with Logexsoft, you gain the skills required to effectively manage your supply chain and continually improve your business processes.