Quintiq scales up sales & operations planning with new release of its Macro Planner solution

October 12, 2010 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Manufacturers can enjoy extended optimization capabilities with Macro Planner 8.0
Quintiq, a leading provider of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solutions, today announced the release of version 8.0 of its Macro Planner solution. Offering vastly improved scalability and performance, the new-version software fully supports the planning and optimization of large, geographically segmented supply chains involving vast volumes of data and complex product mixes.

The market-proven Quintiq Macro Planner is a strategic supply chain planning software solution that enables manufacturing and logistics companies to perform strategic, long-term planning of their supply chain. Using Macro Planner, companies can make informed decisions regarding major activities such as plant or capital investments and divestments, product mix portfolio, inventory and outsourcing, and customer service strategies.

Earlier Planning with Greater Insight
The new version 8.0 significantly improves planners' ability to control the scope, timing, and speed of their strategic sales and operations planning. Optimization can be run on the entire supply chain network, or on a specific segment -- generating quick results for a specific region or section of the supply chain. Greater time granularity enables analyzing performance within shorter periods, such as viewing production loads on a weekly basis. On the product dimension, Quintiq Macro Planner now handles the most intricate product lines.

"The enhanced performance and scalability of this new version of Quintiq Macro Planner are beneficial for large manufacturers in a wide range of industries such as metals, textiles, food, and chemicals" said Ivar Schwartzmans, product manager Macro Planner at Quintiq. "Such companies have huge volumes of data, complex product mixes, and very often, a loosely-coupled supply chain structure, which extends across multiple countries. Macro Planner can help such companies efficiently plan and optimize their complex supply chains, get answers to their questions and make informed decisions."

Additional enhancements and capabilities introduced in Macro Planner 8.0 include:
? 20-40% faster optimization runs - Enable on-the-spot decision support during the planning process.
? Strategic planning with incomplete data -- Optimization can begin early on, even if the entire supply chain design is not complete and some details, such as supplier data, are still missing.

About Quintiq
Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain management software solutions. This fast-growing company, established in 1997, offers and implements software for planning and optimizing complex business processes throughout the enterprise. The company's headquarters are located in The Netherlands, regional HQ in Philadelphia, USA and with subsidiaries in Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Quintiq systems are implemented in 74 countries worldwide. More at www.quintiq.com 
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