Anyplan for Resource Management

A successful plan relies on a match between the scheduled activities and resources to execute the work. The optimal allocation and prioritization of the right resources is therefore a key part of integrated planning and scheduling. With Anyplan you can apply resources to a plan, visualize and measure the cost, utilization and available capacity across projects, work orders and portfolios of projects and plans. Anyplan's in-memory live portfolio management capabilities provide categorised views across projects, activity types, product development and departments.

 

Resources for Integrated Planning


Res Integrated2Anyplan is setup to manage standard resources such as departments, teams, people, equipment, machines and supplies. Resources are defined in terms of their costs (fixed and variable), capacity, calendars. Any number of custom attributes can be added such as competencies and skills.

Custom resources can easily be developed to suit any industry need and managed in the same intuitive visual resource catalog.

 

Organizational Structures

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Anyplan helps manage resources in a structured way. Since all Anyplan data is part of an in-memory network Resources are also managed as a network and can be presented as a hierarchical list or a tree view. Many Anyplan customers import Resource identities from an ERP system, often as a simple list. Anyplan allows a resoruce manager to re-organise these to match a project or departmental structure.

 

 

Resource Calendars

Anyplan is the first integrated planning and scheduling system to focus on the importance and impact of calendars. In Anyplan Calendars are part of the in-memory network. As well as determining when activities can be scheduled they are also used to determine when a resource can work on an activity or work order. Anyplan Calendars can be defined for organisations, departments or individuals. They can be linked together so that an individual calendar can inherit from a departmental calendars. This helps to keep the calendar data accurate and easy to manage.

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Resource Views and Charts

The impact of resources, and their availability on projects can be seen in Anyplan through the use of real-time charting:

Views Chart

  • Histogram charts that display the total cost or number of people in projects, work orders or combinations of portfolios of projects
  • Charts segmented by project types; departments and include capacity levels
  • Filtering can isolate the costs and contributions of any combination of resource by activity
  • S-Curves charts display the earned value of project progress against the baseline plan

Resource visualisation is a continuing theme for the future development of Anyplan.

 

Features for Resource Management

Most of the features and modules decribed in the Products section are relevant to Anyplan for Resource Management. Availability will depend on whether the planners need access to projects, work orders and portfolios but resource management is generally common across all planning domains.

In some installations features such as Resource Profiles management may be hidden to keep the functionality simple and relevant to the end users. Organisational calendars can be set to be editable only by administrators to protect the integrity of calendar data that is applied to the majority of projects and resources.

See Products for further details.

 

Capacity

Capacity
and Constraints

Resources are not only defined by their names, costs and capabilities. They also defined by their capacities and constraints such as availability and location for a particular task or project.

Anyplan provides clear visibility of resource capacity against allocation. Anyplan can perform this analysis across single projects or portfolios of project by, for example, department. Anyplan can also provide visualisation of conflicts such as teo vessels that are planned to load at the same quay at the same time.

 

Resource Profiles

Anyplan can also handle complex resource requirements. For example, resources may not be applied evenly over the course of a long activity within a project. This may be true for large projects or for activities that are planned at a high-level. In this case a non-linear profile can be created for a resources so that the hours and costs can be applied at different rates across the activity:

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