IBM Decision Optimization
MichaelWatson 270002K5FS Tags:  optimization transportation_analyst transportation ilog 1,820 Visits
We have a new release of IBM ILOG Transportation Analyst.
This is a major release for this product. It has a new interface, improved run time performance, additional constraints and settings, and enhanced optimization capabilities. The product embeds IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimizer. Specifically, the optimization engine takes advantage of our powerful constraint programming engine which is well suited to these types of problems. All of this allows you to more easily solve larger problems and address other routing problems.
IBM ILOG Transportation Analyst is a strategic tool that allows you to determine the best routes, size your fleet, determine best backhauls, determine how to best use hubs, and make mode selection choices between private fleet, commercial carriers, multit-stop routes, and LTL.
This product is a nice complement to IBM ILOG LogicNet Plus XE. When designing a network, it is often important to understand the implications to routes, fleet sizes, hubs, and modes. The product also complements Sterling TMS by providing a strategic complement for doing what-if analysis.
At the May 2011 Manufacturing Leadership Summit, The Dow Chemical Co. won a Supply Network Mastery award for their global supply chain optimization initiatives.
The award sited a few examples of the type of work they did:
"One Pacific-area team used a Network Optimization Work Process to evaluate tank usage. Optimizing tank usage for multiple products cut costs, improved service levels, and reduced GHG emissions; the latter has become a key performance metric in the Network Optimization Work Process. Each network project looks not only at cost and customer service, but also provides key carbon footprint data to reveal opportunities for GHG reduction.
After the April 2009 acquisition of Rohm and Haas, D&MSC Work Processes helped teams capitalize on synergy opportunities and optimize the company’s Europe warehouse network. The evaluation identified savings through consolidation of shipments to warehouses and reductions in freight and warehousing costs. "
The award mentioned that these projects and others saved the firm $5 million during 2009-2010.
The article mentions that LogicNet Plus was part of the toolkit. For the a link to the full article, click here.
MichaelWatson 270002K5FS Tags:  tms network_design optimization inventory ilog routing sterling 2,048 Visits
IBM's ILOG and Sterling supply chain teams have been named to the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers for 2011 by Inbound Logistics.
This echos the comment from last year from SupplyChainDigest that" Somewhat quietly, IBM is building a formidable portfolio of supply chain software solutions that has the potential to shake up the existing market."
aeortiz 2700024WMF Tags:  in virtal commerce supply chain scm linked optimization linkedin user group ilog ibm management 2,808 Visits
Join our monthly IBM ILOG Supply Chain Management Virtual User Group (VUG) sessions. These 1-hour meetings are a quick way to brush up on your IBM ILOG supply chain modeling skills, meet other people using the products, ask questions to the community, and learn about what's new. These sessions will be led by our experts and have plenty of time for discussions and Q&A.
May 4th 2001:
Topic: "Applying Supply Chain Analytics: Benefits of a Central Group"
This talk addresses the value firms can achieve by deploying advanced supply chain analytics and how a group should be structured. We will use case studies and recent events to highlight the value from business analytics such as network and inventory optimization. We will discuss how 3M Corporation is organized to deploy this capability.
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aeortiz 2700024WMF Tags:  products commerce ilog consumer scm inventory chain analytics supply business smarter optimization cp cpg stockouts ibm 2,214 Visits
How Smarter Inventory Analytics Solve the "Out-of-Stock" Scenario for CPG Supply Chains
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Time: 11:30 ET, 10:30 CT, 9:30 MT and 8:30 PT
Place: Your PC
Fulfilling the Three A's: Adaptability, Agility and Alignment
In the recent years, we have seen a transformation in consumer behavior. The use of social media allows consumers to exchange thoughts; the migration from controlled media and monitored media. Easy information access combined with more educated consumers is making promotion planning more important. Finally, the chase for "value" is not only changing the timing of purchases but also location and brand. All these changes on the demand side are forcing consumer products companies to think about supply side in terms of: Demand Driven Supply Networks.
The supply chains are being transformed into complex supply networks with the introduction of co-packers, co-manufacturers and service providers. Commodity price increases and fluctuations are adding to volatility and margin pressures. Overall, changing consumer behavior, and increases in complexity, globalization and cost reduction pressures all force consumer products supply chains to fulfill the three A's: Adaptability, Agility and Alignment.
The crux of these strategies relies upon the application of Business Analytics to help close the gap between planning and execution. In this case, Closed-Loop Dynamic Inventory Optimization is leveraged to set appropriate inventory targets throughout the global supply chain and ensure that the right products are positioned in front of the right customers at the right time.
Closed-Loop Dynamic Inventory Optimization is a core process that regularly tunes policies across the supply chain to keep inventory closely aligned with changing conditions. But, the organizational value of such an approach goes beyond the more obvious metrics of improving service levels, order lead times, and inventory positioning. For example:
The application of Business Analytics on top of traditional supply chain planning and execution solutions gives CP Manufacturers the unprecedented ability to continuously improve operational efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance the customer experience.
Michael S. Watson, Ph.D., WW Optimization & Supply Chain Lead at IBM,
Remzi Ural, Global Supply Chain Management Solutions Lead, Consumer Products Industry at IBM
SCDigest Editor Dan Gilmore.
DC Velocity Videocast: IBM Cloud Computing Optimization and Analytics in the Transportation Industry
aeortiz 2700024WMF Tags:  chain ilog smarter logistics optimization ibm transportation distribution commerce supply scm 2,303 Visits
Question: What is IBM Cloud Computing Optimization and Analytics?
IBM Watson Answer: Learn how companies are dealing with transformative events in their logistics network and managing uncertainty in a turbulent market.
Despite the turmoil of the transportation market there are advanced technologies to help steward firms through rate hikes, oil prices, driver shortage, congestion, and capacity constraints while managing today's network complexities.
The imperative for companies who want to outpace competitors is to reconsider how they apply optimization to take advantage of limited resources. Executives are looking to technology solutions to provide the tools they need for daily execution and long term strategic transportation decisions.
Executives Walter Heil and Dan Vanden Brink will discuss how the application of business analytics in conjunction with "as a Service" (SaaS) Transportation Management Systems helps optimize distribution and logistics decisions capabilities to:
This webcast was recorded on the show floor at ProMat 2011.
Registration is not required for this free event.
aeortiz 2700024WMF Tags:  sterline scm management ibm optimization transportation execution ilog planning group commerce aberdeen 2,026 Visits
On April 26th, Sterling Commerce, an IBM Company is sponsoring an Aberdeen Group webinar on Inbound Transportation Management: The Convergence of Planning, Optimization, and Dynamic Execution. Register today!
Inbound Transportation Focus –
· WalMart’s Inbound supply chain collaboration initiative is one additional factor driving change- (Kelly Abney, WalMart VP Corporate Transportation presented a keynotes on this initiative during Aberdeen’s 2010 and 2011 Supply Chain Summit).
· Gaining visibility and control of inbound transportation management is prerequisite and central to…
· Organizations lacking inbound control are blind to shipment details within the transportation pipeline.
Learn how leading companies (those with highest percentages of Inbound Freight under control) are focusing on new Inbound Technologies to address challenges and take action. They are:
· 2.8 to 5.8 –times as likely to leverage enhanced planning optimization –leading companies are converging planning processes with robust automation to support on-the-fly decision-making
· 1.2 to 2.5 –times as likely to automate dynamic optimization and near real-time visibility with optimization of execution within their processes.
and as we look for insights around best practices and review specific examples
of strategic technology advancement around inbound collaboration.
aeortiz 2700024WMF Tags:  chain optimization ilog business scm ibm advanced supply analytics 1,836 Visits
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Time: 11:30 EST, 10:30 CST, 9:30 MST, and 8:30 PST
Optimization in and of itself is nothing new but it is
often overlooked by Line of Business and Information Technology
professionals since many instances of it are embedded inside "classic
supply chain management applications". Optimization allows companies to
make sense of the massive amounts of data across the extended
enterprise. By applying this data in unique and innovative ways, firms
can optimize business outcomes by anticipating, controlling and adapting
to a dynamically changing and chaotic environment, using the insights
from visibility, analytics and trading partner collaboration to direct
and control operations more intelligently.
With the advent of "Optimization 3.0", firms now have the ability to layer or integrate key advanced analytics technology on top of existing supply chain planning and execution systems to support both long-term (strategic) and short-term (tactical) planning goals as well as detailed scheduling while continuously improving operational efficiency, reducing costs and ultimately enhancing the overall customer fulfillment experience. This new combination of State-of-the-Art advanced analytics and B2B integration gives businesses the unprecedented ability to quickly model and solve across the most complex systems and implement solutions in near real-time, creating truly adaptive supply chains.
aeortiz 2700024WMF Tags:  spss ibm optimization ilog cplex business chicago analytics advanced 2,470 Visits
IBM Advanced Analytics Summit
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois 60611
This live complimentary event will show you how IBM, through its ILOG® Optimization and SPSS portfolio and Business Analytics & Optimization service line, enables organizations to quickly and confidently answer fundamental business questions, from: Who will be our most profitable customers tomorrow? to What price will maximize profit from sales?
Learn and share best practices in implementing advanced analytics to your most critical business decisions.
Breakfast and lunch included.
In the recent letter from the chairman in IBM's 2010 Annual Report, Sam Palmisano discussed business analytics and optimization as a key part of IBM's future growth strategy:
IBM spotted this emerging need early, building the world’s leading analytics practice, with 7,800 expert consultants, the world’s premier nonacademic mathematics function, leading‑edge software and offerings integrated by industry.
As a reminder of a detailed explanation and definition of analytics from an IBM team, click here.
This blog has often commented on the price of oil. Oil prices have a big impact on the supply chain. As oil prices change, it impacts the cost of raw materials, productions, and transportation. The change in these costs impacts the trade-offs that a firm needs to make.
For example, as the increase in oil prices drives up transportation costs, it can change where product should be made, the mode of transportation used, and the inventory strategy.
Several years ago during the big run up in oil prices, we wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal that discussed how the supply chain strategies needed to adjust to the new prices. As oil prices fell, we wrote an reminder that it was still important to analyze the impact on the supply chain. In both cases, it is important to understand the trade-offs between transportation costs, sourcing decisions, and inventory and adjust the supply chain accordingly.
As oil hit $100 a barrel this week, it is worth recalling these lessons. More firms have invested in more flexible operations, but the basic lessons remain. It is important to adjust your supply chain to fit the realities of the market.
aeortiz 2700024WMF Tags:  supply events impact informs ibm optimization scm ilog chain 1,743 Visits
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Many S&OP processes stop with the sales planning. When you extend your S&OP process to include optimization through a tool like LogicNet Plus XE, you can reap many benefits.
The picture to the left is shows some highlights from an S&OP case from a beer company. On a monthly basis, as part of the S&OP process, the operations of this beer company are modeled and optimized in LogicNet Plus XE. The details below the map provide information on how much beer, by product by month, is shipped to each of warehouses and how much product is produced in each month. The graph shows the inventory build up in the supply chain by warehouses.
Besides providing insight into the operational cost and capacity implications of a given sales plan, the results also show the impact on total revenue, operational gross profit, and total pre-build inventory.
These results can also provide insight into the sales plan. For example, it can determine the cost and feasibility of promotions, it can suggest additional demand shaping activities by looking at under-utilized capacity.
In this case, the firm analyzed different demand plans around the implications of a marketing program to grow demand in a region, the implications of a promotion for a specialty product, and the implications of a price increase.
In the January 2011 edition of Inbound Logistics, Navistar's Ed Melching, Director of Global Logistics discusses their supply chain transformation and selection of Menlo as their 3PL partner.
In 2008, after undergoing a grueling third-party logistics provider (3PL) selection process, Navistar chose San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global supply chain management subsidiary of Con-way Inc., to support it in improving its global logistics network, including managing global transportation providers and regional warehouses, planning lead times, and modeling net landed costs.
He reports that one of their goals was a 25% reduction in supply chain costs. He reports that at "the end of the partnership’s second year, we will have achieved 11-percent cost savings, out of the 25-percent goal we set for the next five years."
When discussing the reasons Navistar selected Menlo, he mentioned their "global coverage, cross-network planning, and optimization capabilities."
This is a very interesting article discussing the challenges of building a new global supply chain from the ground up. It is also interesting that modeling net landed cost and optimization capabilities were mentioned as key factors in the transformation of the supply chain. This mirrors some other findings that leading supply chains are relying on optimization-based technology to help drive improvements.
MichaelWatson 270002K5FS Tags:  sterling_tms ilog optimization transportation_analyst 2,087 Visits
Finding good routes can reduce transportation costs by 5-15%.
Finding great routes can reduce costs by a further 5-10%.
These savings can add up fast.
However, finding these great routes can be difficult.
On one level, routing seems trivial. If you have 75 shipments to make, you can easily look at a map and come up with routes. If analyze the routes, you can probably make changes to reduce costs. But, how do you know if you've found good solution? How do you know if you've found a great solution?
What is not obvious at first glance is how many total possible routes exist in a routing problem. In a problem with just 75 shipments, if you allow up to 10 stops per truck, the total possible routes exceed 10 to the 100th power (10 followed by 100 zeros)! Even with today's computing power, there is no way to evaluate each of these options.
And, the problem becomes harder when you consider delivery windows, different types of trucks, the ability to do backhauls, making making multiple trips with the same vehicle, and so on.
This is where IBM's optimization expertise comes in. Both the IBM ILOG Transportation Analyst and Sterling TMS use the ILOG CPLEX Optimizer to find great routes. The ILOG CPLEX Optimizer product contains a module for Constraint Programming (CP). CP is well suited for tough scheduling and routing problems, especially routing problems with time windows. It is this optimization technology that allows to you to find great solutions.