One Network has delivered and continues to enhance and develop an approach to supply chain planning that we believe corresponds closely to what leading analysts, thought-leaders, and technology visionaries predict will become the new standard.
In particular we agree with the observation that hierarchical and serial planning (where broad aggregate planning is done up-front) is at best insufficient and at worst misleading.
The problems with the traditional hierarchical planning approaches are several:
The reason why planners spend most of their time in spreadsheets doing low value-added work is because their planning tools don’t help them with the here-and-now.
As a result they are forced to make-do which typically involves a lot of spreadsheets, emails, and calling back-and-forth.
What is needed is a framework that supports near-term execution as well long-range-planning.
However, near-term execution requires an entirely different conceptual as well as architectural approach.