Improving Inventory Management

Optical fiber producer selects Adexa for enterprise planning system

Los Angeles  December 17, 2002  Optical fiber producer OFS has turned to software companies IBM and Adexa to implement a solution to help maximize asset utilization, minimize on-hand inventory requirements and prioritize customer service.

Norcross, Ga.-based OFS, previously Lucent Optical, operates the world's largest fiber-optic manufacturing facility in its hometown, along with additional fiber-optic plants in Germany, Brazil, Denmark and multiple U.S. locations.

The company is set to implement Adexa's Enterprise Global Planning System (eGPS) as part of a strategy to improve inventory management and customer service.

Adexa says its eGPS solution continuously synchronizes operations with changing supply and demand patterns to help improve on-time delivery performance and customer satisfaction by minimizing cycle times. The system can help companies to maintain best-in-class on-time delivery ratios and rapidly adjust operations to capitalize on new opportunities, according to the provider.

The OFS project stems from a recent marketing agreement between Adexa and IBM Business Consulting Services. Under the marketing agreement, the two providers will deliver supply chain planning solutions worldwide. Adexa will continue to work with IBM to develop product delivery models and common sales pipelines. Besides OFS, the two firms have previously collaborated on engagements at CNH Global and Pulse Electronics.

In other news out of Adexa this week, the provider reported that it has struck a deal under which Toronto-based systems integrator Blue Habanero will resell and implement Adexa solutions. Blue Habanero, which specializes in sales and operational planning solutions, will target Canadian manufacturers.

"Canadian manufacturers and customers are demanding technologies, such as Adexa's, that improve the agility of their supply chains and boost enterprise performance," said Paul Watzinger, president of Blue Habanero. "Our goal is to help manufacturers maximize their assets and reduce their customers' costs."