Through merger and acquisition activities the planning environment at Bayer HealthCare AG is fragmented and thus not sufficiently standardised. IT supported automation potentials are not fully exploited in operational planning. The main challenge of the project thus is an appropriate standardisation of the corporate planning through the introduction of planning software to support decentralised units.
In the course of the project the CoPlanner was developed as an integrated and standardised planning system for the legal entity of Bayer HealthCare. On the basis of essential local requirements a standard template was created, which supports all necessary planning activities. After a one-year pilot stage more than 30 subsidiaries are budgeting with the CoPlanner.
Besides the significant questions regarding the modelling of the planning solution, the focused support of process-related and technical changes in the planning process, was and still is a central aspect of the rollout strategy. With structured support of the local users through extensive training programmes and intensive hyper-care, the planning solution is sustainably fixed in the local organisation, which is crucial for the success of the project.
The aim of the project is the international rollout of a standardised planning tool. The planning model consists of different segment plans. The uniform design and structure of all templates facilitate orientation and utilization for the users. Proposed values and automatized calculations assist a fast planning and forecast process. CoPlanner is part of the existing system. Through the central data management the data quality is improved. Moreover, the users are in the position to generate and manage simple simulations and scenarios.