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The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 2
Part 1 of this series established that service supply chains have many planning levels and time horizons, which can be roughly divided into the following: the

W Part 2  schedule according to the W-6 principle from Part 1 (i.e., Who, does What, with What, When, Where, and for Whom? ).  Logically, one should begin by creating an optimized schedule. To that end, the service jobs scheduled for a certain day did not all necessarily appear that morning or at the same time. Namely, some jobs can be planned installations for new customers and they may have appeared last week. Others will be scheduled periodical maintenance jobs, which the dispatcher knew about quite some time

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Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After


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