Data was spread across hundreds of spreadsheets company-wide. As the search for a new planning system began, TSE had just adjusted its business model from manufacturing all of its materials internally to purchasing more materials externally. To accommodate the added layer of procurement planning, the new system needed to seamlessly link purchasing to the operational planning process.
“We modeled almost the entire logistical chain to make sure we got it right,” said Ardy Duwel, Head of Commercial Projects, Tata Steel Europe. “This type of flexibility and scalability to re-engineer models, hierarchy, or basic datasets would be next to impossible with other solutions.”
Sales and operations are now directly connected on one platform. As a result of this collaboration and transparency between supply chain and sales, TSE is seeing more accurate pricing, procurement, and delivery forecasts. “We’re still scaling up but having more robust processes in place makes people more confident in what we do,” shared Duwel.
“The single source and transparency mean we can do things two to three times quicker and more efficiently than we ever did before,” said Duwel. “We will now have much more data around transactions by which we can strengthen our analytical improvement loop. And because Anaplan is easy to use, new ideas are being put into practice rather than just discussed.”