As a fully integrated planning and information tool, MAPS provides tools that can be used to plan the various, hierarchically organized planning levels of an airport group (business units).
The planning of the individual business areas of the airport must take into account general forecasts based on a strategic overall development concept. Within this given framework, the individual goals, projects and initiatives of the respective business area can be specified.
We refer to the smallest units to be planned as the “Business Units” (eg Business Unit “Renting Shops”, etc.) These are combined into “Business Fields” (in the Business Field”Retailing”) and these again into “Business Segments” (in the business segment “Non Aviation Business “, etc.).
At the same time, individual business units can be consolidated into organizational units that are separate under corporate law, to a geographically defined business location and finally to an entire group. It is also possible to identify legally related companies as a separate part of a business field or business segment.
When planning the business areas, MAPS always aims to plan each business area as a potentially independent organizational unit or as a “company within the company”, similar to the planning of the entire enterprise, and to present the results of the respective business area as comprehensively as possible. Each division has at least its own revenue and cost planning, personnel and investment planning and a profit and loss account. In the case of an independent company, the planning also has its own budgeted balance sheet and cash flow statement. Within the Group, the intra-company performance relationships between the business units are presented in the form of (simplified) intercompany service allocation.
Various organizational planning approaches can be selected to carry out business area planning. Planning can be done with a top-down approach (downsizing the overall results of the overall business planning to individual business units) or with a bottom-up approach (bringing together individually planned business units, business fields and business segments as part of a consolidation process). Subsequently, the results from both approaches can be coordinated (harmonized), so that ultimately there is a coherent overall planning for all business areas and company levels.
In addition, MAPS can also be used to plan and integrate lead projects and strategic initiatives (organizational projects) into overall planning. Project-specific information and decision bases are created and embedded in the planning of the entire company. It is always ensured that the lead projects and strategic initiatives are seen as an integral part of the overall planning and therefore assume the same basic assumptions as the corporate planning (content consistency).