Integrated Operations and Services Planning
Businesses where Installations are a significant portion require a high degree of integration, alignment and trust between Project Management and Supply Chain Management. Some of the key design considerations for this integration are as below:
1. Project Milestone Visibility - Supply and Demand planning processes should have real-time visibility into project milestones dates allowing supply chain planning to adjust to changing priorities across projects.
2. Commit / Re-commit Visibility - Project management should have real-time visibility of supply plans and be able to identify accurate availability of required material. This supply availability should be based on current firm supplies as well as on supply chain's Capability to Promise
3. Project Warehouse Inventory Accountability: A proper incentive structure is necessary for aligning individuals' efforts with overall business objectives. Therefore, clear accountability and an incentive structure based upon inventory levels of the Project Warehouse(s) should be established. This will encourage Project Managers to request the material only when needed and minimize inventory levels in the Project Warehouse(s).
This is turning out to be a key requirement for the Hi-Tech industry. With this background I would like to initiate a discussion on how we go about designing an IT solution for the above requirement using oracle based products.