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  • S&OP for Business Orchestration: Four Requirements for Making the Transformation

    By Kinaxis

    Traditional S&OP, as a serial piece-process, has proven to lead to ineffective and inefficient planning cycles that drive less than maximized value for the enterprise. As a result, a different interpretation and expectation for S&OP is emerging that entails better goals and broader competencies. In this paper, learn more about:

    • Acknowledging and Adapting to Plan Variance
    • Real Time “What-if” for Tradeoff Analysis
    • Financial Impact Analysis to Drive Profitable Decisions
    • An Information Layer for End-to-End Process Enablement

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  • Diagnosing the Impact of Life Sciences Trends on the Supply Chain

    By Kinaxis

    Needing to deliver to diverse customer expectations while coordinating an extended supply chain in an environment of constant change is the current reality for Life Sciences industry companies. And there is growing evidence that existing technology architectures are not satisfying the capability needs for this new, complex world. 

    This paper discusses:

    • The 5 Drivers of Supply Chain Complexity
    • The 7 Supply Chain Process that Need to Deliver
    • The Technology Solution Requirements

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  • Supply Chain Risk Management: Knowing the Risks — Mitigating and Responding for Success

    By Kinaxis

    The last few years have seen significant events around the world that have only heightened the awareness of how detrimental risk can be to the business. This has caused supply chain risk management to become front and center in organizations' minds. But the question is… are we looking at risk in the right way?

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  • An Integrated Approach to Global Capacity Management for Automotive Manufacturers

    By Kinaxis

    Globalization of the supply chain, constrained supply and uneven demand necessitate that global automotive manufacturers align capacity with projected demand on a global basis.

    Unfortunately for most automotive manufacturers, their processes and systems aren't able to meet this challenge. Their supply chain continues to get more complex, but is currently planned and managed by disparate regional systems. These silos of information make it impossible to plan and manage their global supply chain dynamically in response to updated demand forecasts and capacity constraints. And those that leverage optimization-based planning systems on a local level are finding that this approach is not feasible at the global level.

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  • An Integrated Approach to Project Management: Modeling projects and the supply chain together in one environment

    By Kinaxis

    This paper describes an integrated approach to project management, which enables an organization to:

    • model all their projects and their entire supply chain together in one environment;
    • model the payment terms, penalty and bonus clauses of a contract to fully reflect the impact a project schedule will have on expected cash-flow;
    • perform 'what-if' simulation to enable project planners and sponsors to understand the implications of various project planning scenarios under consideration (such as allocating more resources to one project versus another or mitigating the impact of a supply disruption).

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  • Supply Chain Response Management: It's Time to Embrace Volatility

    By IndustryWeek

    Better supply and demand planning outcomes means better business and operations performance, which is ultimately about the financials. Within a fairly narrow window of opportunity, improving agility by using supply chain response management tools can have an impact on both the top and bottom line. Adjusting and responding to changes as well as customer inquiries can mean the difference between losing business or winning a new customer. The ability to make faster and more profitable decisions enhances margins both internally and across the supply chain network. It's hard to find fault with that.

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  • 7 Success Factors for Today's Supply Chain Projects

    By Kinaxis

    In today's economic climate, no manufacturer can afford to fund any supply chain management (SCM) project that fails to deliver results. Fortunately, some best practices exist to guide companies through these projects and increase the chances of success. This white paper describes seven success factors for today's SCM projects, which have been identified by seasoned executives with decades of experience in the field.

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  • One-to-Many: Establishing a common platform to address multiple supply chain applications

    By Kinaxis

    What is needed in today's dispersed and loosely coupled supply chains are more collaboration, and less control; more coordination, and less optimization. Companies must have the ability to enable their front-line people to use their judgment to make fact based decisions which address the surprise and compromise inherent in today's global and multi-tier supply chains. At the heart of delivering these capabilities is the technical architecture of the supply chain solutions.

    This paper describes the integrated set of capabilities that is required to satisfy the business needs of the 21st century supply chain.

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