Integrating the supply chain through advanced planning systems

Integrating and improving performance in the supply chain by employing advanced planning and scheduling (APS) systems – how to unlock the potential of APS systems.

To reach synergy effects in supply chains, companies have to work actively with integrating planning processes both within and between companies at strategic, tactical and operative levels. Despite an extensive development of IT‐systems for supporting process integration, the full potential is often not reached.

The purpose of this project is to analyze how so‐called advanced planning and scheduling (APS) systems can improve planning and enhance integration in the supply chain. The main thesis for the project is that an IT/IS based decision support system can facilitate the planning and control of supply chains so that the supply chain as a whole is better integrated and more efficient and effective. Companies that are providing and developing APS systems as well as companies implementing and using APS systems in sales and operations planning, master production scheduling, production activity control process are studied.
Knowledge, models and tools to integrate and render the supply chain more efficiently and effectively are being developed. The project is a joint collaboration with Linköping University.

Organizations involved in addition to Logistics and Transportation: Lawson Software, Optilon, SSAB, Akzo Nobel and several other manufacturing companies using APS systems.
Duration: 2007 – 2011
Project leader:
Patrik Jonsson
Members: Linea Kjellsdotter Ivert and Patrik Jonsson Division of Logistics and Transportation
Contact person Logistics and Transportation: Patrik Jonsson


Published: Mon 28 Oct 2013.