3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 29, 2010 8:44 AM by Trevor Miles

    Functions in different APS (in kinaxis rapidresponse)

    strowbowse Newbie

      Hey everyone,

      I am writing my diploma thesis about APS and I wondered if some of you guys are willing to help me. I am creating a table of APS-providers, showing the functions of each APS.

       

      One of the APS is of course rapidresponse. I didn't really find a page, which has a detailled function list. Does it support:

      - supply network planning

      - demand planning

      - master planning

      - production planning and scheduling

      - available to promise

      - transportation & distribution planning

      - collaborative planning

       

      Thanks in advance... if you have a detailed list of other APS providers, please help me...

       

      Sorry for my baaad English, I am German! Thank you...

        • Re: Functions in different APS (in kinaxis rapidresponse)
          Trevor Miles Apprentice

          Hallo Jan, wie Gehts?  Dien Englisch ist viel besser als meine Deutsch.  Leider muss ich die rest in Englisch schrieben.

           

          From the functionality that you list my guess is that you are using SAP APO is at the template.  I will first answer your question and then tell you why we are different:
          - supply network planning: Yes

          - demand planning: Yes

          - master planning: Yes

          - production planning: Yes

                and scheduling: No

          - available to promise: Yes

          - transportation: No
                & distribution planning: Yes

          - collaborative planning: Yes

           

          We do not differentiate ourselves on the planning capability.

           

          With continuing trends in increased demand volatility and supply risk because of outsourcing and off-shoring, we can demonstrate that companies ain the most competitve advantage from monitoring how what their customers are actually ordering is different from the plan and providing ways to respond to this difference in seconds, not hours or days. We can run a full MRP in 29 seconds.  The equivalent MRP run takes over 8 hours in SAP.  In another case we can run a full MRP in 58 seconds acros multiple sites.  The equivalent MRP run takes close to 24 hours in a combination of SAP, Oracle, and Baan.

           

          In addition, most of our customers have hundreds of users on RapidResponse, in some cases even thousands. This is in stark contrast to the other APS vendors, which at most have 10-20 users.  We provide front-line people the ability to create a scenario in seconds, share the scenario with some key people, which we identifiy, and to compare alternative scenarios side-by-side using financial and operation metrics such as margin and inventory turns.  In many cases the people collaborating on the scenario are from different companies.

           

          These are our differentiators.

            • Re: Functions in different APS (in kinaxis rapidresponse)
              strowbowse Newbie

              Hello Mr. Miles,

              thank you for your answer! It was very usefull to me... And your German isn't that bad!

              Can you help me with some other questions?

               

              -          Since when does Kinaxis provide APS?

              -        How many APS customers do you have?

              -          Does your software use:

              o   Mathematical optimization

              o   Heuristics

              -          For which industries have you already implemented your APS?

              o   Plant construction

              o   Automotive

              o   Chemical /Pharmaceutical

              o   Electronics

              o   Energy sector

              o   Consumer goods

              o   Machinery

              o   Food

              o   Clothing / Apparel

              o   Others:

               

              Thank you again and have a great day!

                • Re: Functions in different APS (in kinaxis rapidresponse)
                  Trevor Miles Apprentice

                  Hi Jan

                   

                  Please see below

                   

                  -          Since when does Kinaxis provide APS?  - >10 years

                  -        How many APS customers do you have?  - >100

                  -          Does your software use:

                  o   Mathematical optimization - No

                  o   Heuristics - Yes

                  -          For which industries have you already implemented your APS?

                  o   Plant construction - No

                  o   Automotive - Yes

                  o   Chemical /Pharmaceutical - Yes

                  o   Electronics - Yes

                  o   Energy sector - No

                  o   Consumer goods - Yes

                  o   Machinery - Yes

                  o   Food - No

                  o   Clothing / Apparel - No

                  o   Others: Aerospace & Defense