Integrated Sales & Operation Planning Framework

Sales Planning - Demand Capacity Planning - Demand Capacity Management

An Integrated and agile plan needs a planning platform that not only plans for today, but for the future, taking into account both strategic and tactical planning processes.

The flexis S&OP planning platform has an n-dimensional in-memory data model as its technological backbone in order to provide real-time planning. All pertinent data runs through this platform in order to provide the user with customized and profitable sales and operations plans.

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Sales Planning

It’s important to build the sales organization, production network, and product structure as early as possible in the product life cycle. This early synergy allows the various areas and process owners to collaborate on plans (volume plan, trim levels) through system-supported workflows. These processes can be further optimized by using powerful forecasting and analysis features such as trend analysis and historical sales program data. Plans can be set and established for different product hierarchy levels globally, regionally, or for selected plants and distribution channels.

Synchronize your Sales Planning and make informed strategic decisions.

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Demand Capacity Planning

Perform integrated planning of needs and capacities through BOM module predictions taking into account volume, equipment availability, and the BOM information itself. The resulting long-term parts requirements form the basis from which the user can begin capacity planning and optimization. Capacity restrictions can be placed at the model, product, or part levels as well as in any groupings. Bottlenecks and overcapacities can now be easily recognized and overcome.

Additional precaution can be taken through the use of demand capacity scenarios in which potential responses to a disturbance are first tested to see which has the most positive impact.

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Demand Capacity Management

Benefit from holistic short to medium term planning by maximizing capacities for real and/or forecast orders. A continuous balancing of demand and capacities minimizes the risk of disruption in the event of changes in supply availability, production disruptions, or order changes. This also allows for quick identification of affected orders. It is then possible to redistribute utilizing available capacities in other locations. Alternative plans can be validated through using “what-if” scenarios that are then weighed against each other.

Respond early and decisively to deviations from the original plan.

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Changes are made visible to all users: In Real Time.

What is so special about the flexis S&OP Framework? See for yourself: One Framework-Many Possibilities.

Reliable Forecasts

Long-term, reliable Sales Planning made easy. Determine parts requirements and availability of parts based off of your long term plan. Create demand forecasts at all planning levels. Take advantage of the possibilities for rapid multi-tier BOM explosion of both individual orders and complete order sets. Minimize potential risks of over- and under-funding through transparency of existing capacities.

Security through “What-if” scenarios

Respond quickly to changing situations. Quickly and accurately check alternatives to react to job changes through “What-if” Scenarios. Identify affected jobs or planning volumes and generate demand scenarios in order to best optimize available capacities. “What-if” scenarios allow for intelligent planning through the weighing of alternative options, decision validations, and finding the most profitable solution.

Finished Good / Market Inventory Planning

In today’s world, being able to be flexible and leverage your finished goods inventories across various markets is essential. Regardless, if the goods are produced as build to stock, build to order or another way, having the transparency to place the right product in the right market at the right time is paramount to a successful organization. flexis is able to increase your flexibility by creating a clear overview of current operations, creating future sales and production forecasts, and help to examine current demand or capacity changes with regard to the inventory development.

Increased Awareness across planning divisions

If changes are submitted by a user (demand, restrictions, new groups, etc.), they are updated and displayed in real-time in order to keep all users working with the most up to the minute data. This ensures that all decisions are made using current information and not based on information that could have been relevant only minutes prior but has now changed. This increased synchronization allows planning divisions to plan in parallel instead of the traditional sequential planning way. This increase in synergy allows for better decisions, increased efficiency, and a better understanding of the overall business situation.

Simple configuration of planning parameters

A significant advantage that flexis offers is the integration of our very own "dimension manager" platform. Built directly into our modules, the dimension manager allows users to quickly define customized parameters that are then made available to all users.