Achieving Excellence in Demand-Driven Supply Chain

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September 28-29, Witten, Germany

Traditional supply chain processes are less reliable in the current economy. For this reason it is more critical than ever for cross-functional teams to work together to sense, shape, and drive a profitable demand response.

Please join us on September 28-29 in Witten, Germany, where we offer you the opportunity to visit the plant of leading stainless steel manufacturer Deutsche Edelstahlwerke to learn how they have achieved supply chain excellence with a demand-driven approach.

ads-tec will share how they have improved their production management processes with the help of i2 solutions. ads-tec provides large enterprises and globally active corporations with cutting edge technology, up-to-date know-how and comprehensive services in the area of automation technology, data processing technology and systems engineering.

The event will further address how companies can improve their competitiveness, reduce supply chain risks and inventory with the help of solutions for demand management, factory planning, supply chain planning, demand fulfillment, inventory optimization and sales & operation management. It offers the opportunity to learn best practices, network with peers, and engage i2 product specialists in dialogue about how your company can take steps now to position your company ahead of the curve when the economy bounces back.

In the afternoon on September 29th, we invite our customers to join this years i2 Factory Planner Session with the objective of informing our customers of the latest FP functionalities, roadmap and best practices sharing. Customers will also get a better understanding how the i2 Agile Business Process Platform can help them improve accuracy and become more agile.

Please find the preliminary agenda below.

Agenda : Monday Sept 28th

10:30 Welcome

11:00 Deutsche Edelstahlwerke Case Study Presentation - Next Level of Supply Chain Excellence

Dr. Joachim Heidrich, Leader Production Planning, Deutsche Edelstahlwerke GmbH

Deutsche Edelstahlwerke is a worldwide leading stainless steel manufacturer. They will share the results achieved with the use if i2 solutions. This presentation will be followed by a plant visit.

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Deutsche Edelstahlwerke site visit walk-through of plant

15:00 Supply Chain Management in 2009

As an executive how do you increase your companys market share? Improve cash flow? Get more out of your Supply Chain Management investments? Improve your P&L with Supply Chain Management? This session will endeavor to address these strategic questions.

16:00 Coffee break

16:15 How to become Demand-Driven

This session will cover how companies can manage current challenges such as reducing liability and inventory, reducing work in capital and supply chain risks. Furthermore, how the supply chain is impacted from a corporate to a plant level.

16:45 Case Study: ads-tec Successful Production Optimization

Markus Spiedel , General Manager, ads-tec

17:30 End

19:00 Dinner which offers a great networking opportunity

Agenda: Tuesday, Sept 29th

After lunch there will be two different tracks where as Track 2 is meant for existing i2 Factory Planner customers.

Demand-Driven Supply Chain

8:15 Introduction

8:30 Using Sales & Operation Management to Improve Competitiveness

Sales and operations management (S&OM) offers a strategyplan-do-check-actthat allows companies to quickly get back on course when events deviate from plan. Managing supply chain risk and achieving operational excellence is paramount in tough economic times. In the face of high market volatility, shrinking demand and limited visibility, companies must have strong planning processes that are capable of providing synchronized operational and financial plans and are backed by tight organizational alignment. This session will address S&OM best practices, provide an overview of i2 S&OM solution and highlight relevant case studies.

10:00 Coffee Break

10:15 Free Up Cash with Inventory Optimization

In todays economic environment, all companies are looking for ways to reduce costs and improve profitability. Inventory Optimization does both and can help companies gain a competitive advantage. It is a structured approach for right-sizing inventory requirements that incorporates business objectives, constantly changing market segments, product lifecycle stages, budgets, and existing supply chain constraints. i2 inventory Optimization takes a multi-echelon inventory optimization approach to help customers understand the root causes of inventory excesses and shortages and helps them to continuously take corrective action through the plan-do-check-act process. i2 customers are typically able to reduce inventory costs by 15-30% and achieve ROI in 6 months.

11:15 Lean Manufacturing (Factory Management)

Lean manufacturing focuses on enhancing quality, cost, delivery and people. It exposes waste and makes continuous improvement possible. For fast-paced environments dealing with significant demand and supply fluctuations, Lean initiatives have traditionally been difficult to deploy and sustain. Supporting Lean principles requires attention, commitment and process discipline. As manufacturing environments become more complex, the ability to maintain process repeatability and standardization becomes significantly more challenging. The dynamic nature of the manufacturing industry requires both process and technology approaches for Lean manufacturing initiatives to be successful. Lean decision support tools can unlock the processes to align production with customer demand or consumption. This session will provide a high level overview of the i2 solutions that support lean manufacturing.

12:15 Case Study (To be confirmed shortly)

12:45 Lunch

Track 1 Becoming Leaner

13:30 i2 Total Factory Management Solution

This session will provide you with a detailed insight into i2 Factory Management solutions.

15:00 Best Practices Case Studies further details will follow with main invitation.

16:30 End of track

Track 2 FP Customer Session FP customers only

Following the previous years tradition, we are inviting our Factory Planner customers to this focused session to ensure you are getting the most value of your investment and provide you with an opportunity to share best practices with other customers.

13:30 i2 Factory Planner Update Enhancements and Product Roadmap

14:30 Adopting the i2 Agile Business Process Platform to improve accuracy and reactivity customer example

15:30 Factory Planner Tips & Tricks

16:30End of track

Metals Industry Session

16:30 The session will address some of the latest developments in critical metals specific scheduling applications. Michael Hilbrich, VP Metals of i2 Partner LOGIS

17:30 End of all sessions

Location: Address details will be provided upon registration.

Airport: The agenda will allow you to arrive on Monday morning and depart Tuesday evening.

Dusseldorf and Dortmund airports are preferred. Upon registration, we will confirm the contact details for shuttle service from these airports.

Room block: We have made a room block on the night of Sept 28th at below hotel with the reference i2. Please call the hotel directly by September 1st to make your hotel reservation. The hotel is located next to Deutsche Edelstahlwerke facility.

Ringhotel Parkhotel Witten
Bergerstrasse 23
D-58452 Witten
Tel: +49 2302 588-0
Fax: +49 2302 588-555

Reference: i2
Price: Special price of 78 Euro including breakfast
Registration: Please send an email to with your full contact details if you wish to register for this event.

We look forward to welcoming you in Witten!

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