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Utilization of a Single Consolidated Supply/Allocation across Parallel Ordering Systems.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028202D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-03
Document File: 5 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Based on a need to reduce expenses and move towards a client base that would facilitate continued development of WorldWide processes, the decision was made to consolidate fulfillment instances. However, there was a need to ensure uninterrupted service to the existing customer activity. The decision was made to continue processing existing backlog on the client to be obsoleted, with new activity processing occurring on the consolidation client. To support the environment, a method needed to be developed which would allow for use of Supply / Allocation information by both clients in a fair, sequential manner.

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Utilization of a Single Consolidated Supply/Allocation across Parallel Ordering Systems.

    Based on a need to reduce expenses and move towards a client base that would facilitate continued development of WorldWide processes, the decision was made to consolidate fulfillment instances. However, there was a need to ensure uninterrupted service to the existing customer activity. The decision was made to continue processing existing backlog on the client to be obsoleted, with new activity processing occurring on the consolidation client. To support the environment, a method needed to be developed which would allow for use of Supply / Allocation information by both clients in a fair, sequential manner. Other known methodologies did not provide for the continued usage of both systems as the consolidation activity occurred. The alternative methods supported only an approach that would require existing backlog to be migrated to the consolidation system, which risked a negative impact on revenue flow to IBM and customer satisfaction. The cost involved purchase and support of additional costly software, which would be utilized only once.

The invention was implemented in the following manner. MTP HIERARCHY (the Move To Production process of copying all existing hierarchies on the sending system
to the receiving system). ============================================================

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A). New program in sending system(s) and a new function module in receiving system(s).

  1. Create a file extract in the required format of the hierarchy table <the current hierarchies for all
materials in sending system>.
2. Write the file extract information to a shared directory on sending system.

  3. Initiate a call to receiving system invoking a new function module to initiate the processing of the shared directory data in the receiving system via the existing hierarchy program.

DAILY HIERARCHY (the on-going process of updating allocation hierarchy information received from an external Demand Planning system into multiple systems). ============================================================

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B). Changed program and changed configuration in sending system; updated configuration in receiving system.

  1. Change the configuration in the sending system for hierarchy program to write the inbound supply

<delta hierarchy> file to the shared directory.

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2. Modify the hierarchy program on the sending system to: read the inbound supply file from the shared directory & process

    call the receiving system function module <referenced in A>; thereby invoking the processing of the same file in the receiving system using hierarchy program .

DAILY SoS (supply) FEED (the on-going process of updating allocation supply data received from an external Demand Planning system into multiple systems). ============================================================

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Product Allocation Quantity - KCQTY The supply plan; i.e., quantity of...