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July 15, 2005 | Merrill Douglas No tags available An ATP solution helps integrated circuits manufacturer more consistently make good on commitments to customers.
When a customer places an order, a manufacturer checks inventory to see what's available and calculates when to promise to deliver the goods.
All that information is available to Adexa, which runs on a separate server.
"When an order comes in, a live call is made from SAP to Adexa," explains Elizabeth Derwin, demand logistics manager at Analog.
Once they heard about Analog's ATP challenges, developers at Adexa offered to use portions of the e GPS suite to build an ATP solution.
Closely integrated with SAP's ERP system, the new solution would provide the functionality and flexibility the manufacturer was looking for.
No matter how they come in, orders are entered or transmitted into R3.
The SAP system holds data on the company's inventory, and receives data on incoming supply from Analog's manufacturing system.
When several customer service reps work from separate printouts, conflicts crop up easily.The software functioned well, but wasn't flexible enough to deal with varying supply and demand or to pre-allocate inventory, Dundon says.In 2003, Analog was contacted by Adexa, a Los Angeles-based software provider whose Enterprise Global Planning System (e GPS) includes 13 supply chain management modules for manufacturers."Then, a schedule comes back, and the order is saved." At any given time, Analog is working with approximately 50,000 customer requests for specific products on specific dates.
"More than 95 percent of those requests will be scheduled automatically by the system, without anybody looking at or touching the order," Dundon says.
"Equally, you need to be able to intelligently reschedule order backlogs as certain factors change the supply or demand side of the equation," Dundon says.