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Engineering changes can often be a significant source of excess. Once the cutover date is set, seldom is it revisited. Things change in an ERP system as time moves on. Changes in demand, scrap, inventory corrections all change the expected balance at the point of cutover. 

Implement an engineering change too early, and you have obsolete inventory weighing down your warehouse and balance sheet. Implement too late, and you have shortages.  Implement at the right time and you have a clean, cost effective transition from old to new.

Without continual visibility to your engineering change decisions you run the risk of creating disruptions in your supply chain. Sometimes you are expediting supplies you don’t need while missing commitment dates on critical items. You need the right tools and analysis to help manage your engineering change process.

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When it comes to planning the implementation of engineering change process, global manufacturers need to easily ask and answer the questions of "When?" and "How?"

Cross-system, cross-stage analysis

Proactively analyze unreleased changes in your product life cycle management system to propose ideal timing of the engineering change. Re-evaluate, as needed, released engineering changes to understand the impact and monitor against targets.

Collaborative decisions

Collaborate with various groups across the organization that impact, or will be impacted, by the engineering change to understand and manage the cross-functional impact of timing decisions.

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Engineering Change Management identifies the operational impact of selecting particular effectivity dates for selected engineering changes, and enables users to determine effectivity timing that maximizes alignment with performance objectives.

The RapidResponse® Engineering Change Management application enables:

Engineering change impact evaluation
Evaluate the effect of engineering changes against key performance metrics such as excess and obsolete (E&O) inventory or on-time delivery to the customer.

Cut-over best-fit analysis
Simulate multiple cut-over dates to determine the most effective time for the change to be implemented.

Create alerts to monitor a planned cutover.  If a change happens that may create excess inventory or shortage conditions based on your current cut-over dates you’ll be ready to respond in time to avoid those unfavorable conditions.

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With RapidResponse, you can plan and implement smoother transitions for engineering changes.


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Full visibility into implementation options and the projected impact.

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Properly timed engineering changes that maximize the business opportunities and minimize supply chain disruptions.

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Reduced excess and obsolete (E&O) inventory and risk of material shortages.