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Radio France Thinks Strategically and Selects Quintiq Solution for Advanced, Long-term Planning

August 17, 2011 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Quintiq, a leading provider of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solutions, today announced that Radio France, the French public service radio broadcaster, has chosen a Quintiq multi-resource planning solution to handle strategic, tactical and operational planning throughout the organization. The Quintiq solution will schedule all of Radio France's production personnel and resources and will support the company’s long-term, strategic programming decision making.

Ordina, a Quintiq business partner, was active in the contract tender and will conduct the implementation.

Solving planning complexity
With seven national networks and more than 4200 employees, Radio France is one of Europe's largest radio broadcasters. Headquartered in Paris with numerous local stations, Radio France is the primary producer of programming for France’s radio audience.

With over 60 studios in its main building dedicated to different types of program production such as news, talk shows, documentaries, drama and music, and with outside production vehicles and many different technician profiles, production scheduling is very complex. Currently, production planning at Radio France is conducted by 20 people using 10 different and separate spreadsheets. As a result, it is very complicated to share resources between the networks.

Three planning horizons and fast deployment
Quintiq was the sole vendor that could provide a standard but highly flexible planning solution that could be fully configured to Radio France’s specific needs. Powered by a sophisticated optimization technology platform, Quintiq solutions can be configured with relative ease and speed to match the complex requirements of environments such as Radio France’s production.

"We could have chosen a traditional off-the-shelf application but it would not have had the flexibility to grow with us," explained Thibaud des Dorides, project manager at Radio France. "With Quintiq, we benefit from fast deployment and a 100% fit, now and in the future."

The two-phase project started in late January, with the implementation of the tactical and operational planning. Phase two: long-term, strategic planning, will start soon. Both phases will run in parallel until the completion of the final project which is expected in Q4 2011.

Standardized processes and high quality planning
With all of its resources in a single planning system, Radio France will be able to benefit from standardized, user-friendly planning processes. It will be able to improve resource productivity and resource sharing between its networks. Managers will be able to view scenarios to compare different programming options and their feasibility.

Wouter Tielemans, APS Business Unit Director at Ordina stated: "Having conducted many similar implementations throughout Europe, we have grown to understand the unique planning needs of broadcasting organizations. Quintiq will give Radio France's managers a global overview of the organization and visibility into inefficiencies and opportunities for resource sharing. We are confident the quality of the plans will surpass Radio France's expectations."

Arjen Heeres, COO at Quintiq added: "We are seeing more and more of Europe’s broadcasters benefiting from the adoption of strategic planning. Strategic planning will support Radio France in staying within budget while still providing the quality, innovative programming French speakers worldwide have to come expect."

About Radio France
Radio France is the French public radio broadcaster. Radio France has seven major national stations. France Inter is specialized in music, news and entertainment, France Info in news, France Culture in culture, France Musique in classical music and jazz, Le Mouv' in young people, FIP in a wide range of music as classical, hip hop, jazz, chanson, rock, blues, world music, and France Bleu is a network of 43 regional stations. Radio France manages also four orchestras and choirs: L'Orchestre National de France (National Orchestra of France), L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra), Le Chœur de Radio France (Choir of Radio France) and La Maîtrise de Radio France (Choir School of Radio France with a choir of children and teenagers).

About Ordina - "Consulting/ICT/Outsourcing" - Euronext Amsterdam:ORDI
Ordina has about 3900 employees within the Dutch and Belgian market, and works on improving business processes. Ordina Belgium helps its clients set up and run ICT projects and provides associated professional ICT services. Ordina has been operating in Belgium since 1986 and now has over 700 employees there. Ordina aims to grow into a top company in the Belgian IT sector, both through organic growth and by targeted acquisitions.

Ordina Belgium works with leading technology providers like IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and Quintiq, partners with which it is able to put stable, advanced solutions on the market.
For more information: www.ordina.be

About Quintiq
Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling along with supply chain optimization 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 worldwide headquarters are located in The Netherlands and the USA with subsidiaries in Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. Quintiq systems are implemented in 76 countries worldwide. More at www.quintiq.com

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