An Example of a Supply Chain Optimisation Software Solution (SCO Software) - Zemeter
We have established that SCO is a complex process and requires software assistance if benefits are to be maximised. The more complex the business the greater the need for SCO software and this leads to the fact that the more agile the business is the greater the need for SCO software. The number of SCO software packages have proliferated in recent times and there are a range of prices that can be paid to purchase these systems.
Typically SCO software supports the S&OP processes by providing a suite of functionality including:
One instance of a SCO software product is ZemeterŪ. Below is a screenshot of the Demand Planner module of Zemeter showing the generation of the initial forecast. This module of the SCO software system corresponds to the Promotions Update and Forecast Creation processes shown on the S&OP Process Map.
The software also uses a Collaborative forecasting techniques (‘Sales Collaborator’) module of the Zemeter SCO software product allowing sales staff, distributors and customers to edit “their” part of the demand forecast. The edits are reviewed by the Demand Planner who is responsible for final Forecast Adjustment and Forecast Consolidation processes shown on the S&OP Process Map.
The Consolidated Forecast is passed to the Supply Planner who generates the Constraint-based Supply Plan to meet the demand reflected in the Consolidated Forecast. The Supply Plan is passed to the resource scheduler who might well use Finite Scheduling techniques. Below is a screenshot of the Scheduling module in Zemeter. This module of the SCO software system corresponds to the Plant Scheduling process shown on the S&OP Process Map.
Tracking plan performance is essential for an affective S&OP process. Below is a screenshot of the Early Warning module in Zemeter which corresponds to the Performance Review process on the S&OP Process Map.
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