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Software para un sistema de planificación de la cadena de suministro


Demanda Tecnológica
Una multinacional belga especializada en bienes de consumo busca software/sistemas plug-in para la planificación eficiente de la cadena de suministro. La empresa cree en la posibilidad de una planificación continua basada en eventos mediante módulos de software configurables, inteligentes e interactivos (como agentes inteligentes, algoritmos, etc.) capaces de generar y actualizar planes en todas las fases de la cadena de suministro en tiempo real y en un modelo distribuido. La empresa busca proveedores de software con el fin de establecer acuerdos de cooperación técnica o licencia.


Software solution for building blocks for an end-to-end supply chain planning system
A Belgian multinational active in consumer goods looks for plug-in software/systems allowing an efficient supply chain planning. Software providers are sought for technical cooperation or licence agreement with the large account.
A Belgian multinational based in Brussels and active in consumer goods wishes to make the supply chain planning more efficient and aligned to the new ICT technologies. This by a paradigm shift towards the use of crowdsourced building blocks.

Supply Chain Planning today is still based on old methods and standards that are widely supported by various commercial software products. These products are closely tied to the old way of planning that was developed in a world in which the technological advances that are unfathomable today.

As a result, they suffer from the following pitfalls:

- They run in a hierarchical, serial, batch mode, leading to plans being out of date for long periods
- They come with a limited set of pre-defined, locked-in algorithms that cannot be improved or swapped
- They cannot take advantage of new signals and events in the supply chain without bolt-on post-processing.

This large account has strong reasons to believe that the way to rescue supply chain planning from the past is through a paradigm shift toward the use of crowdsourced building blocks instead of locked solutions that are tied to specific technology providers.

The company believes in the possibility of continuous, event-based planning via configurable, smart, and interactive software modules (such as, but not limited to intelligent agents, algorithms, etc.) able to generate and update plans at all stages of the supply chain real-time in a distributed model.

Such a system would be horizontally extendable to take advantage of new events and signals and could be optimized at the global and local levels to achieve the desired business results.

The challenge this company experiences when it comes to implementing this vision is with harvesting the said building blocks (e.g., configurable modules) that can be stitched together for a complete, end-to-end solution. They intend to achieve the goal that is economically viable, as opposed to building them each from scratch.

For such a reason, this company is looking for collaboration with industrial partners able to provide plug-in software to be used in the supply chain planning.
The purpose would be setting up a long lasting cooperation allowing the large account to comply with its internal strategy and for the potential partner interact in a systematic way with the large account so as to have immediate access to forthcoming similar requests.

Actually, for the technical cooperation, this large account intends to work together with potential partners having the suitable technical solution (software solution) coupled to the related expertise detailed in the expertise sought and in line with the technical specifications for the software system.

As for the licence agreement, should an already developed software solution exist and be fully compliant with the technical requirements listed, the large account would envisage discussions on the terms of the licence use.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
The company is looking for plug-in software that can perform one or more of the following functions:

- Demand Management: Multi-Model Statistical Forecasting, Promotion -Y- Event Management, Initiative Planning, Forecast Accuracy

- Distribution Network Planning: Inventory Allocation -Y- Optimization, Network Balancing, Phase-In -Y- Phase-Out, What-If Analysis

- Production Planning: Resource Scheduling (Lines -Y- Unit Ops), Capacity Evaluation (Auto-Levelling), Rough-Cut Capacity Planning, Site-Level Initiative Planning

- Transportation Planning: Transport Route Optimization, Truck Load Planning -Y- Load Building, Transportation Forecasting

- Material Supply Management: Supplier Material Schedules, Material Plan Sufficienc, Material Change Management

And throughout all the functions, the Event/Signal Processing.

The company is interested in getting in touch with potential partners with suitable technical solution coupled to the related expertise :

- Existing software entities that deliver one or more of the above capabilities, or other supporting functions
- Potential ecosystem components that can communicate via open standards
- Solutions with documented industry case studies that can be shared
- Systems with the potential to scale

The company is NOT looking for:

- Offers for consultation or expert advice alone
- Solutions that cannot be purchased or licensed for use
- Conceptual designs or frameworks that have not been vetted in industry

Only non-confidential information can be accepted for review

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of Partner sought: SMEs or industry

Area of expertise : software entities with deep and proved expertise and knowledge of the supply-chain ecosystem/environment

Role of Partner Sought: collaborate with the large account and provide the technical solution sought


Type and Size of Client:
Industry >500 MNE
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