IBP or Integrated Business Planning means different things to different people. IBP, to Adexa, implies the entire planning of the business including strategic, financial, operational down to the level of factory planning and execution. It also entails the ability to communicate and integrate in a time-critical manner with all other systems of record such as CRM, PLM, ERP and MES. However most companies, if not all, who offer only S&OP solutions have no capability to produce short term plans which are accurate enough for execution, they have no factory planning capability, most have no capability to perform true ATP/CTP, and cannot integrate with PLM and MES to be able to produce real-time response to events.
S&OP solutions capability is producing rough long-term plans which need to be manipulated by planners in order to make it work. In other words, one step above spreadsheet planning with nice reports and user interfaces, but engine remains the same as what spreadsheets have to offer!
With Adexa, the entire planning process be it at the network level or at the sequencing of a piece of equipment makes up the functionality of its IBP. In other words, the sales planning, financial planning, demand planning, operations planning, network and sourcing planning, supplier and supply chain planning, factory planning and sequencing are all in one environment using one data model that operates both horizontally and vertically across all business planning processes.
The uniqueness of Adexa IBP solution stems from its unique architecture built on a unified data model. This architecture is the very foundation of Adexa IBP. A unified data model implies that all the business process solutions offered by Adexa have a common data model, albeit at different levels of abstraction. The higher levels perform search and optimization at the supply chain network level creating guide posts for the lower levels of planning. And the lower levels of planning much like shock absorbers in a car take care of execution issues up to a point when higher level decisions are needed (analogous to: in autonomous cars, when the road is too bumpy, shock absorbers are helpless, hence route is changed by higher levels of decision making). Adexa IBP works very much like an autonomous vehicle where higher-level plans are made and then lower levels keep executing based on monitoring signals (changes) that are received from suppliers, from subcontractors, from factories, equipment, logistics and customers amongst others.
This is the highest stage in Gartner’s 5 stage model of supply chain maturity. A unified data model, also implies much lower cost of integration since there is only one entry point to the entire IBP, from external data source such as ERP, CRP, PLM and MES systems.