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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.
Analytical methods 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.
Simulation modeling 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.
Most supply chain optimization software tools use proprietary analytical modeling methods. This means they are based on mathematical formulas and are inflexible by nature – they are designed to focus on solving a particular problem. If your challenge differs from the standard case, it will require to change the mathematical model. However, since this type of change in a mathematical model is extremely cumbersome you will likely need to look for a “workaround” if one exists. anyLogistix can free you from those limitations by combining analytical AND simulation modeling methods within the same solution providing you with a powerful toolset to capture the uniqueness of your supply chain.
anyLogistix is seamlessly integrated with AnyLogic Professional – the most powerful general purpose simulation software on the market. This means you can open an anyLogistix supply chain element in AnyLogic Professional: modify it, extend its behavior, add new parameters, extend database, add statistics, add custom animation and export it back to anyLogistix maintaining the full integrity of your model. Thanks to this integration, the ability to customize your supply chain model is limitless!
With anyLogistix, you decide what factors to consider when modeling your network. It allows you to build supply chain models with a set of predefined policies and behavioral patterns of network elements/objects/sites/ as well as easily extending them to the level of detail required by the problem.
To sum up, anyLogistix can be used to optimize and analyze any supply chain along with the processes that affect it.
Integrating anyLogistix with other solutions that you use to manage your supply chain will add powerful multimethod optimization technology to your toolset to improve planning accuracy and efficiency in making key decisions. For example, anyLogistix can work together with the following software:
For instance: by using input data directly from your demand planning software in a supply chain model, you will allow for greater precision understanding your network behavior with forecasting to achieve confident optimization results.
Add the power of anyLogistix to your existing software strategy to make planning and analysis more robust!