I was reading a job posting for a Airline Maintenance Planner today (how would you feel about living in Calgary?)
I found it interesting to see that the first responsibility listed was "Coordinate maintenance events with internal stakeholders and external service providers". Interesting, but not surprising because any planner will tell you that a large part of their work day is spent collaborating with other stakeholders. Communicating plan changes and then coordinating change across the organization and to partners is critical. It's simple: Plan changes that no one knows about are problems waiting to happen.
The first responsibility: "Coordinate maintenance events with internal stakeholders and external service providers"
So, how do you communicate plan changes? How do you make sure that your downstream stakeholders are up to date, that they are working from the latest version of your plan?
If you are coming from the spreadsheet world, I'm betting there is a lot of email involved - and it probably goes something like this: update the spreadsheet, save the file, probably appending the file name with today's date. Send it out. Then, maybe you have to send a smaller view - a track, a fleet or a date range - to another stakeholder. So, create a new version of the spreadsheet and go through the motions again.
With IFS Maintenix Fleet Planner collaboration and communication gets easier. With out of the box reporting you can easily provide stakeholders with the latest information. Export to a spreadsheet to crunch numbers, or export a full or partial view of your plan's Gantt to PDF to share with internal or external parties. You can also enable read-only access to the plan to provide real-time access to those that need it. It's an easier way to react to change - and an easier way to consume those changes.