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The Big Blue IBM Supply Chain Management Machine, details and info.

The machine can be reached at: sleepy

The i2 instance can be accessed at i2

If coming from a PC you might need to use putty. Setup Putty as normal, you may need to map 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


  1. 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 to click 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, 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 i2 learning solutions (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.

  2. Load WBI software from CD onto laptops & register usage on IBM scholars site. This is the IBM Scholars site
  3. Have Angel login details as some of the training cases are on Angel. Angle is the course hosting service at Michigan State University
  4. Training manual. This will be available prior to the training.



Available to Planning process (ATP Process) -- Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:20:36 +0000reply
Provided by SAP

Rosetta net process standardisation --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:23:22 +0000reply

IBM public information available for benchmarking by industry --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:24:38 +0000 reply

Forecast netting, --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:28:21 +0000 reply
Taking your forecast and netting it with shipped orders and orders on your books.

Update the master plan --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:29:27 +0000 reply
which feeds then into factory plans, producing weekly order plans to allocation plans and back to forecast netting.

Do our statistics include demand planning examples? --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:30:07 +0000 reply

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.

Monthy process can be further increased to --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:32:47 +0000 reply
fortnightly, weekly or even every day (e.g. Dell)

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.

Theory of constraints (used by i2) --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:36:59 +0000reply
That's how i2 started out, working with Eliyahu Goldratt (the Goal)

SCOR model --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:39:31 +0000 reply
Supply Chain Operations Reference model, used in demand planning

Best practice business modelling --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:41:10 +0000reply

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.

BCS --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 16:33:19 +0000 reply
Business Consulting Services in IBM

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

FDL and ADF and "as-is" process --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 16:44:38 +0000reply

Phi (input and output) --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 16:50:03 +0000 reply
the Phi is the symbol (greek) obtained when you overlay I (for input) and O (for output)

A lot of process models don't incorporate rework --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 16:51:50 +0000 reply
The (star) and the (triangle) are used to represent loops, or connectors for shot-cuts

Line of Visibility Mode --ahiggins, Wed, 08 Dec 2004 16:59:45 +0000 reply
This is the love method, uses, creates flow charts.

SCS Footware demo pdf --ahiggins, Thu, 09 Dec 2004 10:06:00 +0000 reply
And open up footware.scs

3PL 3rd Party Logistics --ahiggins, Thu, 09 Dec 2004 11:30:13 +0000 reply
Outsourcing logistics by siting the 3rd party logistics firm on or near-site to the corporate production facility.

SS strategy --ahiggins, Thu, 09 Dec 2004 11:48:16 +0000 reply
Where should I manufacture? Where should I distribute? Should I have coolocated distribution and manufacturing?

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

TMAPI Trade Matrix API (i2) -- Thu, 09 Dec 2004 16:31:35 +0000 reply

login -- Thu, 09 Dec 2004 16:36:58 +0000 reply
Login to owl.smeal

another spot -- Thu, 09 Dec 2004 17:19:41 +0000 reply
at owl.bus

J Forrester - industrial dynamics MIT -- Fri, 10 Dec 2004 14:44:45 +0000 reply
Drum roll buffer, bull-whip effect