I-Plan® extends the offering to include detailed scheduling and trim optimisation

I-Plan® now provides a complete planning solution from enterprise level strategic and tactical planning through to detailed scheduling and trim optimisation for paper, tissue, plastic film, converting, nonwovens and packaging industries. Well known for its cloud-based Sales and Operations Planning capability, I-Plan® has teamed up with Tieto to embed their Simplified Holistic Planning (SHP) and Trim Optimisation tools into I-Plan® to create a business and production planning solution with unrivaled capability.

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‘TIPS I-Plan’ – Tieto and I-Plan launch the next phase of their 10 year partnership, and set a new precedent for collaborative Integrated Business Planning solutions

Jari Kaukiainen explains the significance of this exciting new venture, and shares the ambitions that I-Plan and Tieto have for the future of their partnership, with words from Alan Cheesbrough, MD of Trading Science and Carsten Henke, Head of Production Excellence and Managing Director Tieto Germany.

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Looking for Signs of Life: How to tell if you’ve found an AGILE software vendor


You can’t be a disruptive force within your industry without adapting to the changing technology landscape, you must change. Not only does your company need to be ready and adaptive to their organisational change, but you need a software vendor who supports your growth plans. In fact, what you need is not a software vendor but a partner. Someone who can lead change, help you adapt to your changing environment, deliver benefits quickly, and most importantly understand and engage the people within your organisation.

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A progressive approach to Integrated Business Planning

We have found that the most successful IBP initiatives have been progressive, starting with clear short-term goals and a shared belief in its value amongst senior management and the people who are instrumental to making it happen.

Expect the first tangible business benefits to take 3 to 6 months to materialise, a functioning executive level S&OP process to be in place in 9 to 12 months and a fully integrated IBP with S&OP and integrated sales, production and inventory execution process to take 2 years.

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S&OP stories – What can be achieved in a weekend?

To succeed with an initiative like sales and operations planning, you know you will need the commitment of your senior leadership team. But what if your senior colleagues are not convinced about the benefits?

Some years ago I worked with a paper company where one of the board members was championing S&OP, but was facing deep scepticism from his colleagues. He reckoned that completely changing the way that market and operational decisions were made was too radical for his colleagues to accept without proof. Continue reading

S&OP myths – Replacing legacy systems has to come first?

If thought leaders in your organisation are considering S&OP – sales and operations planning – as a way to future-proof the business and protect profits in the face of tougher competition, then you will have already seen there are some real obstacles to getting started.

However the biggest perceived obstacle – the need to replace legacy business systems – is rarely an obstacle in reality. Continue reading

SAICA transforming supply chain with I-Plan

Leaders at the Spanish multinational paper and corrugated packaging manufacturer, SAICA, have made a strategic commitment to achieve market leadership through customer service and are engaged in a project  to transform their entire supply chain model.

The recently formed Supply Chain department is focused on a major transformation project that will enable them to respond faster to changing customer needs as well as integrating more closely into their customer supply chains.

SAICA recognised that they needed more sophisticated supply chain planning tools (S&OP) in order to support their transition to ‘make to stock’ and to keep tight control as they rolled out more vendor management inventory. Continue reading

Suominen selects I-Plan for demand-driven supply chain

Suominen, a leading manufacturer of nonwovens for wipes, hygiene and medical products, selected I-Plan from Trading Science for integrated business planning.

A top strategic priority for Suominen is to become highly market-focused and in particular to implement a demand-driven supply chain. To support this objective, they are running an initiative to replace the majority of their IT systems. The project is being delivered by Tieto, one of Europe’s largest IT service providers. Continue reading