Steelwedge solutions for supply management help manufacturers enable cross-functional collaboration, manage supply/demand imbalances, and allocate products optimally for maximum profitability.
Supply Chain Planning - Matching resources remains a difficult supply chain management challenge in an environment of accelerating new product cycles, higher customer expectations, competitive pressures and longer lead times. This environment requires supply chain management software with a consolidated data model from across the systems landscape to enable true collaboration among stakeholders. Steelwedge S&OP Operations provides centralized supply management and production planning across the entire systems landscape for the mid- to long-term planning horizon.
Balancing Supply & Demand – Walking the tightrope of balancing supply and demand represents a challenge as old as manufacturing itself. The dilemma is relatively simple to illustrate: Too much supply and not enough demand leaves working capital tied up in inventory; too much demand and not enough supply results in lost sales. Steelwedge helps you balance supply and demand in a variety of ways, including “what-if” scenario planning to evaluate how alternative scenarios such as demand shifting, capacity adjustments and inventory re-build can resolve imbalances and influence working capital, asset utilization and inventory targets.
Master Production Schedule – As with other areas of enterprise planning, the master production schedule relies on data from a variety of systems to determine unconstrained production and outsourcing requirements. The necessary data, including demand, inventory, inventory targets and production parameters, must be consolidated from across the systems landscape into an environment from which planners can make key operational decisions. Steelwedge S&OP Operations provides centralized master production scheduling across the entire systems landscape for the mid- to long-term planning horizon.
Inventory Planning – Supply gaps and excesses are difficult to spot when demand and supply plans reside in different systems and at different levels of detail. Inventory planning is especially challenging in this context where network inventory forecasting is based on ever-changing demand, production, target service and inventory levels. Steelwedge S&OP Operations provides centralized inventory planning across the entire systems landscape for the mid- to long-term planning horizon.
Rough-Cut Planning Capacity – Rough-cut capacity planning is especially challenging in today’s business environment, where production requirements and capacities can change quickly, and the data necessary for planning does not exist in any one system and must be consolidated. A balanced plan requires assessment of plan gaps, exploring the impact of resolution options and ultimately providing scenarios for executive approval. Steelwedge S&OP Operations provides centralized rough-cut capacity planning across the entire systems landscape for the mid- to long-term planning horizon.
Product Allocation – Financial projections must be based on constrained demand to avoid overstating expected revenue and driving misalignment in the sales and finance plans. Exploring allocation options, along with the impact to revenue, margin and channel commitments, is essential. Steelwedge enables organizations to assess the financial impact of “what-if” scenario planning and evaluate how alternative allocation scenarios balance strategic objectives, channel commitments and financial objectives.