Itelligence and Bristlecone have implemented a SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization system at Johnsonville Sausage, in an effort to improve demand and supply network planning for the sausage manufacturer.
SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) is the planning component of SAP Supply Chain Management, which is designed to enable an organization to achieve improved customer service while reducing costs by leveraging demand planning, supply network planning, production deployment and vendor managed inventory (VMI) functionalities.
The implementation of the system required the identification and deployment of functionality to replace legacy planning systems, which began to be phased out in 2005. The successful implementation of SAP APO included all company manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, subcontractors, and VMI locations.
As part of the implementation, sales history, customer orders, inventory, product, production and procurement information were imported into SAP APO from the Johnsonville legacy systems. Additionally, planned orders resulting from SAP APO planning runs were integrated into the legacy ERP system.
For the project, Itelligence worked with APO implementation partner Bristlecone.