The manufacturing sector is experiencing and will continue to experience a deep transformation. Market analysts and supply chain experts believe that new innovative technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, and Big Data Analytics will soon bring to what could be defined as the“4th industrial revolution” or “cyber-physical manufacturing revolution”.
Manufacturing, especially in market sectors such as textile and automotive, is characterized by increasing levels of customer involvement in the productive phase, with a “Customize to Order” usually adopted.
Following this trend, companies need to become more and more agile and flexible as to be able to respond to their customers’ needs in the best possible way. To do so, companies need to change. They need to evolve their strategy, moving from Smart Manufacturing to Smart Planning.
To better manage this change, it is essential to develop tools that help rationalize all Supply Chain processes, support human resources in the adoption of new models and IT procedures, and support monitoring activities over the processes. All-encompassing tools that support companies in all these activities help create a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement, ensuring that changes in processes due to technological innovation are matched by adequate work force competences and knowledge.
It is indeed due to this continuous push, together with the increasing complexity and far reach that characterize the Supply Chain, that the need to have intelligent tools capable of managing and optimizing Sales & Operation Planning processes becomes concrete. These tools have to ensure the right levels of agility, adaptability with regard to demand, and flexibility in adapting plans to face unexpected events, for all planning processes and all nodes of the logistic and distributive chain.
Thanks to its 350 employees, 50 of which employed in R&D, sedApta has acquired and developed a wide range of products for the optimization and management of the Supply Chain. The sedApta S&OP Software Suite can support companies in all aspects of the Supply Chain, ensuring collaboration at all levels, from demand and production planning, to customer orders scheduling and productive lines performance monitoring. With more than 500 installations globally, the Suite is considered by market analysts as a must to help companies develop and mature towards a Demand-Driven Value Network (DDVN).
In addition to the core components, the sedApta Suite also proposes innovative frame components dedicated to help companies in their Change Management activities, from the analysis of the company processes “as-is” to the definition of the “to-be” scenario. These components are integrated in the O.S.A. (Orchestrate, Support, Analyze) ecosystem, characterized by process orchestration, “just-in-time, just-enough” support to information systems operators, and performance analysis for both users and processes.