outside expertise do we need?
Besides suitable software, planning also requires
a methodology to evolve the planning system, e.g. testing for appropriate
forecasting techniques, setting up processes for decision-making
and execution. A system blue print needs to be developed, before
finding a software solution. Outside support is useful in facilitating
the formal addressing of all short term planning issues and processes,
coordinating among functions as well as establishing the appropriate
planning and forecasting techniques.