On June 18th  EyeOn organized the network event “Capture the value out of Advanced Planning Systems” and welcomed a good group of companies from different industries.

The APS landscape is changing

Eric Eggenhuizen started by giving a view on the current APS landscape an trends. Bram Bongaerts shared the APS journey on the implementation of OMP+ at Jansssen Pharmaceuticals for its global supply chain. This was followed by a very interactive discussion between the participants on their current challenges with regards to their planning systems.

APS 2.0

The event ended with the short pitches of a couple new vendors of Advanced Planning Systems on how they distinguish from traditional systems. A commonality between all of them is that there systems are characterised by the fact that it is open and can be connected to many other tools and data sources. The tool reflects the digital supply chain and system is built around the planner instead of vice versa.

Key insights from the day

  1. The APS landscape has changed a lot over the last 10 to 15 years. Especially due to increased technological capabilities more and more tools are ability to execute better. However that does not mean that every tool in the ‘leader’ quadrant is fit-for-purpose as it really depends on the functional scope.
  2. The best tool is not always the one that includes all functional areas. It is a cost trade off to choose for one integrated system versus choosing the best fit-for-purpose solution per process (DP, SP, S&OP).
  3. Use the business along side the design phase of an advance planning system in order to trace back all logical steps taken. Start with cleaning your master data right now before implementing a new process and tool in parallel.
  4. Not only a planning tool itself, but that mainly the planner that uses the tool could be the decisive factor for success, as APS tools also require a different quality level of planners.

Here you can find some of the materials that were shared during the day.