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Plantensive's Demand Flex Solution

Change hierarchies on the fly. Configurable attribute planning.

Linked to Blue Yonder workflows and batch.

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New product introduction can be one of the most challenging processes to define while crafting Demand and Supply planning solutions. In Blue Yonder-speak, this means configuring DFU Hierarchies, Calendars, Distribution & Manufacturing Networks, and Planning rules. In many cases, this activity is facilitated with custom code, Blue Yonder Batch jobs, or involves substantial involvement from experienced planners and subject matter experts within the organization. The logic embedded in these NPI solutions typically needs to be enhanced or altered as the existing business evolves. This challenge is magnified as the solution expands to include other business units and regions, each with its own level of expertise and internal support capabilities.

Rolling out a planning solution into a new region or business unit can be equated a 6 to 9 month implementation as the team works through local challenges and builds expertise within the regional team. Plantensive has addressed this challenge with the introduction of our Demand and Supply Flex Solutions. Updated for Blue Yonder's specific modules enabled through this facility are: Demand, Demand Classification, Collaborate, 360, Market Manager, Fulfillment, Deployment, CPP and selected elements of Enterprise Supply Planning.

Plantensive's Demand Flex solution is designed to support an enterprise-wide planning model as well as a segregated, multi-tenant solution with multiple business units, customer models or regions. Demand Flex provides the standard foundation to create a flexible solution driven by product attributes and other planning process considerations.

As Plantensive develops tools to enhance the Blue Yonder platform, we are constantly working towards using data attributes to drive solution enablement and reducing the need for human interaction. Machine Learning is a focus of Plantensive and the Demand Flex product is function of that thinking.

Plantensive Demand Flex, which is the newest release of Plantensive Toolkit™ has delivered the following benefits for our clients:

  • Reduced Time to Value: Several clients have had successful implementations in 4 months or less
  • Reduced Implementation or Upgrade/Enhancement Costs: Less consulting staff is required to be successful.  Technical Plug-ins reduce coding needs and pre-defined industry process based templates present a starting point for client specific fit-gap analysis.  Changes to existing Blue Yonder infrastructure build are parameter changes instead of code revisions.
  • Enablement of an Agile Supply Chain: In today’s dynamic market place Demand & Supply Chains are not static – they constantly evolve to meet the needs of new channel and market paradigm.  New planning models can be quickly developed and implemented with Plantensive Demand Flex.

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Plantenisve Toolkit™ refers to the Plantensive library of over 3000 project artifacts that are leveraged as part of our Implementation Services. Those artifacts include: SCOR Process Models, Blue Yonder specific solution requirements linked to Process Models Data Maps, Functional and Technical Specifications, Code Plug-Ins, Test Plans, Test Scripts and Project Planning & Management templates. Plantensive CORE is a holistic out of the box Blue Yonder solution extension that can enable parameterized flexibility within a new or existing Blue Yonder implementation.

Demand Flex Value-Adds

  • Flexibility to build/update or change hierarchies automatically, on the fly. Ability to create multiple different hierarchies by segment of business to create a multi-tenant forecasting set of hierarchies
  • Business Process and standard workflows in BY linked through interactive menus that map to all process and user documentation to create clear connection between system screens and business function. Facilitates Adoption
  • Cadence of BY batch jobs to support business requirements can be altered and controlled dynamically within the application without needing IT involvement for batch changes.
  • Standard yet configurable defined planning/forecasting attributes are defined within the integrations for base Item, Customer and Location data. Suffixes/Prefixes may be appended (in Blue Yonder only) depending upon complexity of data model to ensure uniqueness and limit global data collisions from multiple sources.
  • Elements of all of the above enable enterprise wide forecasting and planning to a global set of requirements, but also can support segmented, multi-tenant type forecasting requirements with a limited IT support footprint.

 

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