APS Software Next Great Development

Bonner, Marcus
March 2001
Logistics & Transport Focus;Mar2001, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p18
Trade Publication
It is not the purpose of this article to compare and contrast the application of advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software in the overall supply chain context, rather the emphasis is on identifying why it can be such a potent tool in aiding a company to make money. For clarity this article is split into three main sections. The first outlines the issues associated with the conventional organizational structure and highlights how supply chain concept can redefine organizational activities. The second details the role of APS systems in enabling this redefinition. The third section is used to present a case study showing how a manufacturing company applied an APS to improve its performance. With increasing levels of competition in the manufacturing arena for products and services offered, there is a pressing need to ensure that customer needs are met, or exceeded. Central to this, and the business aim of making money, is the ability to deliver product on time in a cost-effective manner. To enable this, all organizational functions must cooperate and coordinate their activities in an effective manner. APS systems provide a powerful tool to achieve this by generating, and modifying, realistic plans that can serve as the frame of reference for all functions.


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