One area within manufacturing that has gathered attention during recession has been demand management function through which enterprises are streamlining the demand management process. Lack of clear demand data, lack visibility into and synchronization at various levels like manpower, machine and material, prevent orgamizations to develop a lean manufacturing environment.
HCL’s Visible Demand is a web based solution that allows manufacturers to sense demand and make it visible to operations for a near real time response. Visible Demand Solution provides a dashboard showing the real time demand information collected from disparate ERP applications where order information is captured.
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The value delivered by Visible Demand is tremendous when we consider a real life scenario where a company is running plant in multiple locations based out of multiple geographies, having hundred odd product families and some thousands of SKUs. If the plant manager wants to know what is the demand of a particular SKU at a given plant on the current date, he is challenged to get this information immediately. Typically he has to get this information by asking plant IT team, who will run various transactions within SAP, prepare a consolidated report and hand it over to the plant manager. To get the level of details that Visible Demand provides will require the IT team to run through ten different screens within SAP and will at least take 30 minutes to get SKU level detail. The time increases more if multiple SKU demand information is needed and demand for more and more past periods are needed. By the time the plant manager gets the information a lot of time is already wasted in just waiting for this important piece of information.