WHAT IS ANYLOGISTIX?
MULTIMETHOD SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZATION SOFTWARE
ALX™ is the only multimethod software for supply chain network design, analysis, and optimization. ALX™ combines traditional analytical optimization approaches together with innovative simulation technologies offering six powerful methods that coincide to describe your supply chain with a greater level of detail. This approach empowers you with the tools for a more comprehensive analysis to give you a competitive edge with your supply chain optimization.
anyLogistix simulation technology is powered by AnyLogic™, the industry leading multimethod modeling software that is the corporate standard for simulation and modeling in many Fortune 500 companies.
There are two ways to address supply chain problems – analytical or simulation modeling. Let us consider those technologies and methods they employ in a bit more details.
Using analytical methods to model your supply chain will work, but do not tell the whole story. You will use formulas, equations and proprietary methodologies to get quick results, but will have to make assumptions and generalizations on many details that make your supply chain unique because they cannot be accurately represented.
SIMULATION MODELING METHODS
Simulation modeling methods allow you to consider all of the details and specific traits of your supply chain elements. Not only will you be able to visualize network operations but also trace every process inside. However, this requires the simulation modeling software to be powerful enough to easily model and simulate supply chains.
SO WHICH METHOD SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?
THE ANSWER IS BOTH!
As you can see both methods have their advantage and disadvantage but they actually complement each other as the results produced by analytical methods can be used as the first approximation for optimization over a simulation model.
With anyLogistix, you do not need to decide between the methods as you may use both of them depending on the supply chain problem you address. All this enables you to gain deeper insights into your supply chain than is not possible with traditional software solutions.
EVERY SUPPLY CHAIN IS UNIQUE, CAPTURE YOURS!
Your market, customers, products and business model dictate the requirements of your supply chain. Almost everything that distinguishes you from the competition has an impact on it. Your supply chain is your differentiator as it is difficult to reproduce and is integrated seamlessly with all of your company’s key business processes. It is the backbone of your business and perhaps your greatest asset giving your company strength, integrity and enabling you to maintain your competitive advantage. To preserve a market leading position, your supply chain needs to be carefully designed, continuously analyzed and synchronized to changing environments and economic conditions. To do this, your supply chain optimization software must be able to capture the uniqueness of your network as well as quickly produce credible and reliable results.
Pioneering multimethod modeling technology, ALX™ enables you to utilize different approaches to model, simulate and optimize every facet of your supply chains ecosystem giving you the ability to clearly make a difference and capture the performance improvements that make an impact on your business.
A WHOLE NEW APPROACH: INSIDE-OUT VS. OUTSIDE-IN
Every supply chain is unique. Capturing yours means representing every aspect of the network and how components will interact is crucial. Historically analytical tools with proprietary methods often generalize and even oversimplify the reality of the supply chain because they try to optimize from the “Outside-In”. You can create models and try to optimize them but are removed from the details simply because the traditional methods do not allow for it. It is only AFTER making investments that you can actually look at the real world details. In other words, trying to optimize your supply chain from the “Outside-In” is like trying to build a home without planning for plumbing and electrical and assume you can figure out where everything will go AFTER the house has been built. This is risky as any significant change can be very expensive and limits you with minimal influence on real improvement.
By using the “Inside-Out” approach, simulating all aspects of the supply chain by including the details from the inside and experimenting with models that accurately represent your supply chain lets you optimize in the virtual space BEFORE expensive change or investment is made reducing the risk of assumptions by capturing all of the complexities that make your supply chain unique. In other words, you can plan for the best locations of the faucets and outlets BEFORE you build the walls in the home!
With ALX™, you decide what factors to consider when modeling your supply chain network. It allows you to build supply chain models with a set of predefined policies and behaviors of network elements as well as easily extending them to the level of detail required by the problem.
Include any restrictions
Describe restrictions as they are. Do not spend your time and effort trying to “translate” them into formulas.
Model any behavior
Every supply chain is unique and comes with unique behaviors. Simulation with modeling allows you to capture the idiosyncrasies at every level of detail.
Check results instead of trusting them
Thanks to their interactivity, anyLogistix models not only allow you to see the outcome, but to investigate how it was achieved.
Take into account causalities in your supply chain model to reflect its behavior accurately.
Uncertainties and risk analysis
Simulation modeling technologies of anyLogistix allow you to capture the random behavior of your network, which means evaluating and reducing risks.
Your model is not a black box. Having it animated allows you to visually see how the model is working, giving your results credibility. In addition, it allows you to trace and solve problems in the model yourself, without having to call the support team.
Change the network design, ordering and transportation policies yourself to check what-if scenarios, test sensitivity of your supply chain to environment changes, and more.
Quickly amend and extend the behavior of supply chain elements in anyLogistix or using AnyLogic Professional to add more details to the model.
HOW IT WORKS?
The core of anyLogistix is the use of multimethod technology – the powerful alliance of the six analytical and simulation-based modeling methods each best suitable for a particular task. However using a single method for analysis is like “solving problems with the same level of thinking that created them” – Albert Einstein. anyLogistix provides you with a toolkit to choose the right instruments for any supply chain problem you may face.
are used to find approximate solutions based on minimum input data. For example, you can use them to find locations of warehouses based on locations of potential customers, transportation, and warehousing costs. By nature, analytical methods have to abstract from many details like inventory policies, orders, resources and exact timings while working with flows and averages. They produce approximate results in a short amount of time. Results from a simplified analytical model can serve as input data for a realistic simulation model.
is used to get better insight into supply chains and solve a broader range of problems. It allows taking into account much more details than analytical methods. For instance, you will employ simulation when you need to consider specifics of network elements’ behavior, or emergent events that sometimes happen in a supply chain. anyLogistix simulation models are limitlessly extendable and allow you to reproduce your system as close to the real world as needed. Typical analytical methods cannot achieve this level of accuracy.
In ALX, three analytical methods complement three simulation methods allowing you to uncover the most precise results for any supply chain planning problem.
Let us consider how you can benefit from using multimethod supply chain optimization in practice.
Imagine your company is expanding into a new market in another country and you need to determine where to begin to adapt your supply chain. Using anyLogistix you will begin with analytical methods only knowing the centers of demand. However, this will allow you to discover new potential warehouse locations using anyLogistix Greenfield analysis and analytical network optimization. After you uncover where to locate warehouses, you can utilize this data to build a detailed supply chain simulation model. In the model you can consider order generating rules, complex inventory, sourcing, transportation policies, capacity, etc. All the details will allow you to determine the best way to organize your supply chain organization and discover how it should function.
With anyLogistix, you can optimize your network using a step-by-step methodology allowing for the result of each stage serving as an input for the next one. This hierarchy approach provides you with the ability to use the most suitable techniques for each task to achieve the optimal results.