Due to legal restrictions, no detailed information regarding the thesis can be shown. The following text is taken from the thesis definition that was ultimately signed by the professor.
Previously, program planning at BMW Motorrad Berlin was mainly based on an Excel file for processing and providing information from the program planning process. From this, a multitude of different information for internal communication was derived, so that in part an excess of information was created among the individual process participants. At that time, the tool had reached the limits of its possibilities due to the growth of the motorcycle model range and the global production structures of the company as well as the increasing quantities.
This resulted in confusing and complex information flows that led to ineffective ways of working. Among other things, the breakdown of CKD (Completly Knocked Down) and CBU (Completly Build Up) production quantities proved to be costly at that time. Since the support and understanding of the tool fell within the remit of a single employee, operational reliability could not be guaranteed in the event of employee fluctuation.
he objective of the elaboration was to optimize the existing communication structures and information flows and to bundle them in a new, self-explanatory system. For this purpose, a catalogue of requirements for the system and change requirements for the process were to be worked out. In the future, the information was to be supplied to the areas on a subject-specific basis, whereby the relationship between the CKD and the CBU output quantities had to be transparent. In cooperation with the responsible employees, existing communication structures of the programme planning and associated information flows should be analysed. Finally, possible information technology implementations were to be compared and compared with the feasibility at BMW AG.