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Top 8 FAQ about S&OP (and Our Answers)

Got questions about sales and operations planning (S&OP)? We’ve got answers. And at the end of a recent webinar, we picked the brain of the “Father of S&OP,” Dick Ling.

Here are some of the questions we got from the audience—and our answers.

Who usually wants S&OP software?

The people who want their companies to implement S&OP software are usually the ones in the trenches…

Overcome Lead Time Variability with Predictive Lead Time Software

Order supplies too early, and you’ll have to carry excess inventory for weeks or months. This will put you at risk of inventory deterioration and obsolescence. It can also drive up your storage, cooling, and insurance costs.

Order supplies closer to when you’ll actually need them, and you’ll keep inventory costs lower—but you’ll run the risk of having your production grind to a halt because…

Integrated Business Planning: Five Steps Beyond S&OP

If you’ve been in the supply chain game for long enough, you may remember when sales and operations planning (S&OP) became the next big thing. Even if you’re a relative newcomer, you know that S&OP is a longstanding and highly trusted way to increase alignment and collaboration throughout the supply chain.

You’re probably waiting for me to say that S&OP is somehow flawed—or to make a bold…

How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Internet of Things

Thanks to the cloud, there has never been a better time to be a manufacturer or distributor with a vision for rapid, profitable growth. Cloud technology puts powerful supply chain planning technology at your fingertips, with no major outlay for software licenses and extra hardware. And cloud technology removes the barriers to implementing sales and operations planning (S&OP) and integrated business…

Why S&OP and Integrated Business Planning Start with the Cloud

As we noted in our last article, Gartner has found that the public cloud market is doubling every four years. And because IT spending is only increasing by 2.2 percent per year, we know that companies in all industries are actually diverting their IT budgets from traditional IT to the cloud.

Still, I can understand why manufacturers and distributors—typically conservative businesses—might…

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