Capture the value out of APS advanced planning systems

On June 18th EyeOn organized the network event “Capture the value out of APS advanced planning systems” and welcomed a group of companies from different industries.

The APS advanced planning systems landscape is changing

We started by giving an overview on the current APS landscape an trends. Bram Bongaerts shared the APS journey of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, who implemented OMP+ at for their global supply chain. This was followed by an interactive discussion between the participants on their current challenges with regards to their planning systems.

APS 2.0

The event ended with the short pitches of a couple new vendors of advanced planning systems on how they distinguish from traditional systems. A commonality between all of them is that their systems are characterized by the fact that it is open and can be connected to many other tools and data sources. The tool reflects the digital supply chain and the system is built around the planner instead of vice versa.

Key insights from the day

  1. The APS advanced planning systems landscape has changed a lot over the last 10 to 15 years. Especially due to increased technological capabilities more and more tools perform better. However, that does not mean that every tool in the ‘leader’ quadrant is fit for purpose as it really depends on the functional scope.
  2. The best tool is not always the one that includes all functional areas. It is a cost trade-off to choose one integrated system versus choosing the best fit-for-purpose solution per process (demand planning, supply planning, S&OP).
  3. Use the business alongside the design phase of an advance planning system in order to trace back all logical steps taken. Start with cleaning your master data right now before implementing a new process and tool in parallel.
  4. Don’t focus only on the planning tool, the planner that uses the tool should be the decisive factor. Different APS tools require a different level of planner expertise.


Here you can find some of the materials that were shared during the day.

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