ZDF implements Quintiq solution for company-wide resource planning

September 26, 2005 | Mannheim, Germany
Quintiq today announces that the German ZDF, one of Europe's largest broadcasters, has decided to implement a Quintiq multi-resource planning and scheduling solution. The broadcaster plans to optimize resource planning, starting with production handling. The solution will be seamlessly embedded in the ZDF infrastructure and integrated with around 10 different systems, including SAP R/3, via online interfaces.

Complex production processes, typical of the media business, necessitate the flexible, transparent planning of some 3,000 employees and freelancers, around 900 types of production resources and 30,000 stocked items at the ZDF broadcasting center in Mainz and 17 other sites in Germany. Availability of resources is shown in the Quintiq planning system in real time, allowing their coordination along the entire process chain from preplanning to service agreements, scheduling, rental, data acquisition and invoicing. Around 170 ZDF planners will use the system for the short - and long-term scheduling of staff in real time - taking account of staff's personal skills, internal contracts and legal requirements, holiday plans, as well as individual preferences and time accounts.

By enabling knowledge-based planning, the Quintiq solution creates company-wide transparency for all decisions. Its wide range of functions allows users to react quickly to short-notice changes and contingencies such as breaking news. Real-time Management Reporting permits ongoing production cost monitoring based on key performance indicators (KPIs). In addition, a Shopfloor Client shows all employees their current assignment roster.

"After evaluating several alternatives for production handling, we decided for the Quintiq solution. It will help us optimize our use of resources, achieve significant cost reductions and performance improvements, and give us cross-department transparency," said Andreas Bereczky, Production Director at ZDF. "Good integration capabilities and ease of maintenance are also important advantages of the Quintiq software."

"Following on the success of our planning tools in the media industry in Belgium and the Netherlands, we are delighted to add ZDF to our customer list with the integrated Quintiq/SAP planning solution," said Quintiq COO Arjen Heeres. "We see great potential for optimizing resource planning in the media industry throughout Europe."

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