So, although you may no longer make things in-house, the need for production planning software is still high. Somewhere, someone in your supply chain is making things, and that still calls for planning! Your production philosophy and supply chain structure are critical elements in determining what kind of technology you should use today for planning.
Why a Production Planning Technology Report?
Too much has already been said about offshoring, outsourcing, and the creation of proficient processes such as demand-driven, mass customization, and you name it! But what has not been addressed is how this affects your purchase and use of supply chain production systems.
In addition, there has been a resurgence of interest in Lean Six Sigma programs. No doubt, OEMs want their manufacturers to be Six Sigma, ISO, Lean, etc. But the longer leaner chains practices of Shenzhen or Czechoslovakia still leave uncertainties in getting products to far-flung marketplaces on time. And customer metrics demand on-time delivery and improved total delivered costs more intensely now than ever before. Even if you still make things in-house, customer expectations are much higher.