Building an efficient supply chain network is critical to responding quickly to changing markets. SAP Business ByDesign delivered by Navigator Business Solutions lets your company forecast demand and manage supply for optimal material flow. Incorporate flexible warehouse and manufacturing functions to fit your products and business model. Navigator Business Solutions brings more than ten years of industry best practices, experience to your supply chain improvements working with you to understand your unique business needs to help design your supply chain model with insight into your mix of resources and production types and implementing task automation to reflect how you do business.
You can design an efficient supply chain network that allows you to respond to the changing needs of the market with a real-time, 360-degree (external and internal) view of your supply chain to accurately reflect the reality of your activities.
Your real-world supply chain modeling is more in line with how you do business.The SAP Business ByDesign solution lets you model your supply chain through two different views: a view of the extended supply chain network – from supplier to customer – and a view of the internal site, such as the layout of a warehouse or production site. This allows you to improve and adapt business processes and effectively plan your make-or-buy decisions. Third Party Application integration support allows you to easily transfer information for use across all supply chain activities. For example, you can model and manage the material flow between warehouse and manufacturing as an integrated process, whether the activities involve consumption-based replenishment or removal from production.
You can achieve on-time production of customer orders.
In SAP Business ByDesign, a common production model enables full integration between supply chain planning and control and manufacturing execution. ByDesign supports different levels of granularity within planning and execution – for example, planning based on machine groups rather than execution by a single machine. Your planners benefit from demand and supply visibility across the entire supply chain, enabling them to provide on-time production of customer orders.
Your production models reflect local shop-floor reality.
With SAP Business ByDesign, you can maintain your manufacturing models independently of your organizational structure. This modeling helps you focus on an appropriate manufacturing strategy in the most flexible way. You can build a manufacturing model to serve as the basis for creating the production proposal and production order. You can build the manufacturing model out of reusable building blocks called production segments, which define the bill of material and bill of operations that are to be used to manufacture the intermediate and final products. Within the production segment, you can specify when each material is to be used. Within the bill of operations, you can define which manufacturing resources must be used during production and how long each activity will take. ByDesign supports multimode manufacturing by providing flexible supply chain modeling for various industries and production environments. With this flexibility, you can combine different production types such as discrete or process manufacturing.You can achieve symmetry and synchronization in execution.
SAP Business ByDesign helps you with a common layout for modeling manufacturing and warehouse processes. This improves the flexibility of your operations and allows you to optimize and simplify your procedures. As a result, your company can execute tasks within production and warehousing in similar ways and easily complete these tasks within the factory, within the warehouse, or within both.
With the SAP Business ByDesign solution, your planners can efficiently manage supply and demand and ensure optimal material flow, while considering capacity constraints. In addition, an exception-driven approach in ByDesign – with built-in analytics and alerts – helps your planners focus on high-priority tasks. They can plan and consolidate procurement requirements, create feasible production plans, and determine and confirm realistic delivery dates.
What You Can Do
Your planners can actively control both the internal and external supply chains.
The SAP Business ByDesign solution allows you to prioritize your execution plans by giving you a consolidated view of all customer demand. The software takes into account production priorities, existing and incoming supplies, and onhand stock to determine how long it will take to fill an order and whether a deadline can be met. Order confirmations can be updated in a group so that your staff can view all new orders for a given period and can re-prioritize the production schedule and adjust delivery dates as needed.
Employ an exception-driven approach.
SAP Business ByDesign supports a management-by-exception approach that allows your planners to carry out their daily work more effectively. By automatically executing standard, everyday tasks, the solution enables your planners to focus on high-priority activities. For example, a personalized work in-box provides a list of all product exceptions, such as occurrences of a safety-stock violation. Planners can filter this work list by priority, with escalations automatically highlighting a product. From within the work list, they can instantly forward and open tasks, querying colleagues and managers for recommendations or more information.In addition, the software includes built-in analytics and alerts to ensure that each employee receives information when and where it’s needed. Planners can get the additional information they need to resolve issues. When routine process steps are automated, your planners can increase productivity and focus on high-priority tasks.
Use a variety of fulfillment strategies.
With SAP Business ByDesign, you can easily use a mix of fulfillment strategies to meet customer requirements. For an individual sales order, your company can implement and execute the processes required, and you can run multiple fulfillment strategies – such as make-to-stock or make-to-order production.
Your planners can provide accurate demand forecasts.
In SAP Business ByDesign, automated planning functions combine with interactive planning so your planners can generate accurate demand forecasts. These forecasts trigger the supply planning process in anticipation of actual demand. This helps free up the planning workload of your employees and increases the flexibility of your business in addressing changing market trends. It also helps speed the processing of customer orders.
You can create feasible material plans based on your actual demand and supply.
Capacity planning in ByDesign complements demand planning to help you create feasible material plans. Your planners can estimate the average capacity needed in a given time frame (such as a shift or a week) and then make provisions for additional capacity to meet requirements. In addition, your planners can use sophisticated but easy-to-use tools, such as interactive load leveling, single-level and multilevel material planning, and network scheduling, to keep multilevel material plans consistent.