Complex supply chain optimization results from rapidly changing global markets of supply and demand. This creates relationships (partnerships, joint development & manufacturing, etc.) that drive the need to optimize manufacturing and distribution of products across an ecosystem.
As manufacturers and retailers expand into global markets and exploit global multi-sourced supply arrangements, complex supply chain optimization represents a significant opportunity to lower costs, reduce assets, and increase market share through reduced time to market and on-shelf availability.
Inventory Optimization Solution:
Planning optimal inventory levels based upon manufacturing and warehousing requirements is a key strategic step towards world class Supply Chain Management. One component of the CBO Inventory Optimization Solution set is the Dynamic Inventory Optimization Solution(PDF, 209KB), which includes a stand alone software tool built around warehousing methodology used to analyze and optimize inventory, multi site or single echelon. This solution provides a set of tools that mine client data on ordering and stocking patterns to dynamically reset optimal inventory targets. (Includes SAP NetWeaver XI Certification). Operations executives can minimize investment in raw materials, finished goods and service parts freeing up capital while reducing write offs due to obsolescence. This solution has been delivering client value in more than 40 deployments since 1998.
Production Design and Operations Scheduling Solution:
Developing optimal product design and production plans requires integration of both customer orders with manufacturing production capacity and capabilities. IBM has solved this problem for several clients in the metals industry with the Production Design and Operations Scheduling Solution for Steel (PDF, 187KB). This solution includes a customized suite of algorithms using mathematical programming expertise to design slab production and schedule caster sequencing. IBM has repeatedly solved client issues by deploying this solution to develop a feasible operational level production design and scheduling system that is cognizant of the batch constraints of a production facility to improve yield, thus delivering significant savings for our clients.