Advanced Planning Scheduling

Planning and decision support tools that must be both relevant and tailored to the task in hand

At Argon Consulting, we recognize that sustainable achievement of the Supply Chain’s goals requires information systems to support those processes applied in order to take account of quantities of data, ensure efficiency, and assist with decision-making.

Context and challenges

Software publishers have developed APS (Advanced Planning System) offerings that can be interfaced with the company’s transactional tools and are capable of simulating decision-making processes subject to constraints (of capacity, for example), and according to operational and financial criteria.

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Feedback from the projects that we have managed in recent years has confirmed our conviction that it is preferable - for this type of highly business-oriented project - to separate the management process (definition of target processes, selection of solutions, and change management) from the process of integrating (settings and interface) the relevant solution.

In our opinion, this separation is all the more necessary given that:

  • Sustainable achievement of the goals often involves revising Supply Chain governance within the company and at least a partial overhaul of the roles and responsibilities of the Production/Supply Chain/Sales and Marketing functions
  • The overhaul of processes resulting from Supply Chain projects requires the teams to get on board at a very early stage - right from the analysis phase - in order to guarantee project sustainability
  • The trade-off between suitability - the sophistication of the tools implemented - and user-friendliness for non-expert users must remain an ongoing concern

How can Argon Consulting help you?

  • Auditing, analyzing, and positioning current practices according to the maturity grids
  • Identifying challenges related to existing deficiencies and estimating the cost of overhauling the organizational structures and tools in place (business case)
  • Overhauling processes in line with best practices and the specific features of the company
  • Clarifying the target organizational structure in terms of skills, scaling, organization, and roles and responsibilities
  • Implementing alerts, KPIs, and scorecards
  • Defining architecture scenarios that incorporate different options (APS modules vs simpler or more dedicated modules, use of modules from the existing ERP, etc.)
  • Where appropriate, selecting and potentially implementing APS tools (specifications drafting, management of calls for tender, deployment strategy, implementation assistance, project management and risk management, etc.) or dedicated tools
  • Managing change (in culture, behavior, skills, training, communication etc.)

Argon Consulting has a strong understanding and command of the following commercial tools: SAP APO, JDA/Manugistics/i2, DynaSys, TXT, Futurmaster, Preactor, Ortems, etc.

Case Studies

Development of a program to reduce stocks and cut logistics costs
Deployment of Supply Chain processes, teams and information system
From the supply chain vision to the deployment of processes and the implementation of a supply chain planning information system
Adapt the purchasing and supply chain organization to support strong international growth
Optimization of a leading petrochemical company’s MRO supply chain
Boost performance by cutting stocks and improving the service rate by overhauling the processes and deploying supply chain planning tools
Development of a stock reduction program
How we helped a leading European consumer goods supplier to build and deploy a flow management and supply chain planning target vision
Transformation projects in the aeronautics sector: critical for supporting sector growth
Drivers for reducing inventory and increasing flexibility in the pharmaceutical industry