Planning for Configured Products in a Complex Environment

Presentation topic: Planning for Configured Products in a Complex Environment

This presentation was provided to the Oracle Application Users Group’s Supply Chain Collaboration Special Interest Group on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. EST. This presentation was similar to the one provided at Oracle Open World, but focused exclusively on the supply chain planning topics.

In this presentation, Kevin Creel, Agile Planning Group LLC, reviewed a large scale Oracle Applications client example that has achieved success by implementing many of the Oracle Advanced Planning capabilities that support Configure To Order products. The session focused on features related to demand forecasting, sales order scheduling, and how Seiban functionality was utilized to link products across the extended supply chain.

Mr. Creel reviewed many of the APS features that provide unique capabilities for CTO products. These included:

Oracle Demand Planning

  • Ability to forecast PTO and ATO models
  • Ability to forecast configured items
  • Ability to forecast options and option classes based on Sales Order history

Advanced Supply Chain Planning

  • Multiple sources for ATO models
  • Forecast consumption of configured item at any bill level
  • Forecast explosion within ASCP
  • Option dependent resources
  • Aggregate supplier capacity for procured configurations
  • Global forecasting

Global Order Promising

  • 24 x 7 ATP support
  • Global availability, with multi-level, multi-organization ATP
  • Match to existing configurations
  • Superior change management support
  • The same ATP response is provided whether called from Order Management, iStore or Configurator
  • Option specific sourcing
  • UI identifies options that are causing lateness
  • Option dependent resources
  • Aggregate supplier capacity for procured configurations
  • Support for Ship Sets, Arrival Sets, and Infinite Time Fence

This presentation is available for download from the Supply Chain Collaboration SIGs website. You may also want to learn more about the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) from their website.

Kevin Creel

Kevin Creel | Key Contributor

Kevin Creel is a co-founder of Inspirage and currently serves as President, Strategy and Business Development. Mr. Creel leads the global business strategy and development organizations at Inspirage. He is a recognized subject matter expert for supply chain management business process and system design. Kevin frequently presents at industry and analyst events on subjects such as cloud supply chain systems. Prior to founding Inspirage, Kevin worked for Oracle Corporation as a product manager leading supply chain systems design with a focus on high tech and configure to order products. In this design role he acted as a “voice for the customer” leveraging his 15+ years of experience in business leadership and system engineering roles in the high tech and semiconductor industries. In 2008, Kevin was recognized by the Oracle Technical Network as an Oracle ACE for his thought leadership and educational contributions within the Oracle professional and user community.