We sometimes hear Heads of Planning voice concerns that they have constraints on the ability to calendar their long-term plans, and forecast resource needs and associated costs. In our experience this usually occurs due to a lack of transparency when working with multiple planning windows and an inability to validate equipment and crewing diagrams against these windows relying instead on inefficient manual processes and procedures: the result is that the Head of Operations is unable to focus on the kind of strategic planning that would really deliver efficiency to their organisation and quality of service to their passengers.
One of the major causes of this situation is actually disparate technology (or for some processes, absence of technology at all). Utilising multiple technology solutions for different elements of planning creates needless data entry workload (and introduces risk of data entry), and denies planners the kind of instant visibility of data required to identify issues and understand how to improve.
Consolidating your technology into a single, fully integrated solution offers the ability to manage timetables, resources (vehicles and crew) and optimisation via one application utilising a shared database. In this way you can be completely sure that any changes are available instantly, with validations in place to ensure a change in one area (say, rolling stock) is flagged and resolved wherever else it impacts (for example, on crew allocations).
Enterprise Rail Solutions enable you to: