Unify demand, supply chain and financial data to drive maximum business value. Business under fast moving conditions demands greater agility. Companies are challenged to renew and adopt their planning processes due to: Increasing demand volatility. Growing supply chain complexity. Increasing number of stakeholders in the planning process. Massive amount of data that needs to be quickly analyzed. This steadily increases the importance of reliable computing capabilities.
In times of expanding, complex supply chains, effective, data-driven supply chain planning is now more critical than ever to create a resilient company. For some, planning may not seem like a compelling investment because forecasts can be inaccurate and plans can go differently than expected. However, here’s the truth: With supply chain planning, companies do not create predictions but install the right skillset, systems, and processes to deal with the future, whether it be risks or opportunities. We think there is always some of both.
One of the chief reasons that companies introduce new planning processes is to get people out of their silos and working together. This means that key performance indicators (KPIs) must be calibrated to reflect shared goals. We are working with our clients to create win-win scenarios for the relevant stakeholders.
The main focus should be on the mindset of the people and the processes. Often, however, we see that the focus goes into the system implementation while the change management aspect of the implementation is neglected.
We often see the need, not only to balance demand and supply, but also to align across different regions. Also, we recommend integrating your product life cycle management (PLM) process and financial planning into a holistic planning process.
The value we bring to our customers is to develop best-fit processes and solutions in the customer-specific environment.
We have developed a point of view, for the different processes in planning, based on the literature of our influencers, but also to reflect on our lessons learned and best practice experience.
As an implementation partner, we are collaborating with our customers, translating our points of view and experience into better process performance. We believe a successful implementation needs to focus on process, tool and change management in an integrated approach, ensuring that the initial pain points stay resolved in the long-term.
Westernacher has a long and successful history of implementing tailored integrated planning solutions with SAP toolsets. As a trusted SAP partner, we were involved in the early deployment of SAP in 2014. To date, we can leverage from multiple IBP implementations and proof of concepts in all IBP modules. We can provide references upon request.
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IBP will become an important element in many company strategies. The old S&OP processes may need to be reviewed, to consider not only Demand and Supply, but also additional information, such as R&D, marketing and financial figures to better support strategic decisions (the objective of “Integrated” Business Planning).Essentially, companies that successfully execute IBP achieve greater operational and financial benefits than those that do not. To read the full white paper, please click the button below to download a copy.
No part, no service. An efficient and reliable spare parts operation is the key determinant of success for your after-sales service business. In after-sales businesses, spare parts planning plays a key role when it comes to:Continuously achieving the required service levels. Managing the warehouse and logistics operations at the lowest cost possible. Maximizing the efficiency factor of the processing.
To achieve this, best-in-class processes are required that are supported by suitable IT systems and process specialists.
Since 2005, Westernacher has been supporting companies in the spare parts logistics business with the creation of concepts and prototypes and with the implementation of SAP systems. In the spare parts planning sector, we primarily work with the Service Parts Planning (SPP) solution developed by SAP for forecasting, inventory planning, procurement and distribution of large volumes of service parts while maintaining targeted service levels. SAP has announced that this application will be available on SAP S/4HANA, making it ideal for companies that distribute large volumes of aftermarket service parts to numerous stocking locations.
Effective planning raises margins by optimizing sales potential and minimizing stock issues. Whilst sales potential has always been the focus of the company, inventory optimization in particular can release significant untapped potential. Avoiding lost sales due to sold-out goods (stock out) or of excess inventory (over-stocking) that can only be sold through price reductions provides a direct and lasting contribution to improved margins.
SAP Customer Activity Repository (CAR) provides a common foundation and a harmonized multichannel transaction data model for all consuming applications.
When it comes to planning systems, Westernacher has many years of expertise and proven references with which to meet the demands of an effective retail planning system.