ⓘ Business Planning and Control System


ⓘ Business Planning and Control System

Business Planning and Control System is an Enterprise Resource Planning software designed for an OS/400 system. BPCS is a series of software programs that are the largest software supplier for AS/400.

BPCS, the acronym for the software, is pronounced as "Bee picks".


1. Overview

BPCS was developed by Chicago-based System Software Associates SSA, which later became SSA Global Technologies which was then acquired by Infor Global Solutions and rebranded as Infor LX, and is used to control the operations of manufacturing companies. BPCS includes MRP logic to manufacturing operations, provided there are high standards of data validity such as engineering specifications and inventory accuracy. It runs on several systems, with the IBM System i previously named IBM AS/400 and IBM eServer iSeries, being most popular. It is written in AS/SET CASE tool, RPG, SQL and other IBM languages supported on the System i.

Many of the BPCS modules are stand-alone, in that companies can choose to implement only the financial applications for example, and none of the manufacturing.

SSA began developing BPCS in the early 1980s; by the mid 1990s the BPCS programs were used internationally. Inc. magazine ranked SSA as the 23rd fastest growing small public company in 1988 and Business Week named it as the 25th best small company.


2. BPCS Applications

BPCS Applications are very dependent on BPCS software version release, because SSA enters into partnerships with different specialty suppliers of applications such as Data Mining, Bar Coding, etc. and suppliers that integrated with a particular version.

The BPCS Application suite includes:


2.1. BPCS Applications Financial

  • Financial Assistant FIN
  • Costing CST
  • Business Modeling
  • General Ledger GLD
  • Currency Translation CTR
  • Cash Management CSH
  • Billing BIL
  • Accounts Receivable ACR
  • Payroll PAY
  • Data Mining
  • Fixed Assets FXA
  • Accounts Payable ACP
  • Multiple Currencies MLT

2.2. BPCS Applications Planning

Most planning functions can be used in either Distribution or Manufacturing.

  • Capacity Planning CAP
  • Planners Assistant PLN
  • Simulations
  • Forecasting FOR
  • Distribution Resource Planning inter facility DRP
  • Master Scheduling MPS
  • Material Requirements Planning MRP
  • Just In Time JIT

2.3. BPCS Applications Distribution

Most planning functions are used in both Distribution and Manufacturing.

  • Performance Measurement PRF
  • Sales Analysis SAL
  • Inventory INV
  • Promotions and Deals PRO
  • Purchasing PUR
  • Billing BIL
  • such as supplier quality and on-time, company performance in supplying customers, internal quality control
  • Customer Order Processing ORD
  • Multiple Environments, Companies, Divisions, Facilities, Warehouses, Locations.

2.4. BPCS Applications Manufacturing

Most planning functions are used in both Distribution and Manufacturing.

  • Also Routings as SFC sub-set
  • Manufacturing Data Management BOM
  • Performance Measurement factory production PRF
  • Repetitive Manufacturing
  • CIMPath barcoding and data collection CIM
  • Advanced Process chemical Industries API
  • Laboratory Management LMS
  • Quality Control QMS
  • Capacity planning CAP
  • Material Requirements Planning MRP
  • Inventory INV
  • Master Scheduling MPS
  • Just In Time JIT
  • Shop Floor Control SFC


2.5. BPCS Applications Systems Applications

  • System Parameters or Business Rules
  • Transaction Effects
  • ASAP Information Retrieval
  • Misc Reports & Retrievals
  • Interest Area Menus
  • Sliding Y2K Window
  • Data Base X-Reference
  • Documentation
  • Data Base upgrade
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