The Big Blue IBM Supply Chain Management Machine, details and info.
The machine can be reached at:
The i2 instance can be accessed at
If coming from a PC you might need to use
Control-H as the backspace key for your AIX session. Note you won't be able to connect unless you have an account setup for you in this environment. Contact Sean McGarraghy for details. Gerry Dunnion is the main Administrator for this machine
i2/IBM Supply Chain Training
- Register with i2, order & download Strategist 5.2 software & training.
This first step takes a couple of days to complete and Vincent Hargaden has a fine set of powerpoint that illustrates the following steps in more detail. Short instructions below.
The i2 support site is at(this site may require IE, Firefox seems to not run correctly when processing password changes) Someone from i2 will review, approve and process your request thereby granting you access to both the software and the training:
Login toclick on Shipping and select Supply Chain Strategist (it's a long list, Supply Chain Strategist is near the bottom), enter 1 unit. Click
add to shipping cart. The page updates, you'll see one copy of "Supply Chain Strategist 5.2" in the shipping cart section of the page, click on
order, fill in the details on the "delivery option" page and subsequent pages, then wait for an email providing details.
Having installed i2 Supply Chain Strategist v5.2, you need to obtain a product license and solver license as follows:
- Start Supply Chain Strategist. You will see a Site Code in the Authentication dialog.
- Request your product and solver licenses by logging a case at support.i2.com, including the previous Site Code. Be sure to request a solver enabled license. i2 Support will then return a Site Key used to license the product.
- Enter the site key in the Authentication dialog and click Authenticate.
Taking the courses implies that you have a licensed version of i2 Supply Chain Strategist v5.2 (see above).
i2 Supply Chain Strategist Basics SPT (v5.2)
i2 Supply Chain Strategist Intermediate SPT (v5.2)
You will need to login to(this is the login ID and password you obtained previously at . Once you've logged in choose the WBT Access link on the right side of the screen. The screen now becomes "Your Web Based Training Courses" page, and you are instructed to click on the icon to join the listed coures. Just download the course materials and run through them at your own pace.
- Load WBI software from CD onto laptops & register usage on IBM scholars site. This is the
- Have Angel login details as some of the training cases are on Angel. Angle is the course hosting service at
- Training manual. This will be available prior to the training.
Sales and operations planning processes --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:31:42 +0000 reply
are a key heath factor for organisations necessary prior to detailed optimization of supply chain and operations.
Waterfall is the series of plans you build until you --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:33:53 +0000 reply
until you actually get the plan you use, i.e. moving from long range forecasts to the plan we're going to use next week.
Business processes... --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 16:31:20 +0000 reply
people have a business process in their mind, and that's why business process engineering appears to work. A lot is based on the interview and transformations which people naturally use to conceptualise what happens in the
real world. You are not limited, people transition to new models and conceptualisations realively quickly.
The process flow is handled by MQ (could be Vitria) --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 16:39:47 +0000 reply
creates product "drag", opportunities to sell a bundle or suite of related products that integrate nicely together
Single sourcing, stable demand --ahiggins, Thu, 09 Dec 2004 14:33:04 +0000 reply
volatile demand, multiple sourcing. Bill of Distribution (BOD), Bill of Materials (BOM) SS Single sourcing stable demand SV single sourcing volatile demand MV multiple sourcing volatile demand
Bucket is a time period --ahiggins, Thu, 09 Dec 2004 14:36:08 +0000 reply
Supply chain planner is down to the level of "day", other tools can go to a smaller level of detail. Level of detail differs according to how far out we wish to forecast