Integrated Business Planning

Eliminate Information Silos for Greater Efficiency

Achieve the full benefits of sales and operations planning (S&OP) by embracing integrated business planning (IBP). The Demand Solutions platform gives you the tools you need to eliminate organizational silos, involve more colleagues and partners in supply chain decisions, and make faster progress on your journey to supply chain excellence. By focusing on enhancing collaboration throughout your supply chain, you can get more value out of every stage of your supply chain processes.

In addition to Demand Solutions’ core functionality, our predictive lead time module and business intelligence functionality give you even greater decision support as you strive to enhance the overall health of your business. Our robust supply chain workflow capabilities go far beyond email to enable you to configure your exact processes by user and role. And our collaboration tools let you use social media to unleash the power of real-time communication in ways that keep your business moving forward.

Why Integrated Business Planning?

Ever since the concept of S&OP was developed in the 1980s, it has been the standard of doing business for companies that run supply chains. But too many companies approach S&OP as a “supply chain-only” process. They confine S&OP to supply chain professionals and involve other departments only when absolutely necessary. Even with this “siloed” approach, many companies have made great improvements in their efficiency and profitability — but as an industry, we can do better.

Integrated business planning software enables companies to better support their goals and targets by incorporating insights from a wider range of stakeholders. Often led by senior management, IBP is a monthly process that takes into account demand, supply, new product development, strategic projects, and financial plans to generate a single operating plan. When IBP is done right, it becomes the primary management process for running the entire business.

With integrated business planning software, strategies and technology, you can:

  • Move supply chain data out of silos and make it available across your business
  • Enhance your business plan with the input and intelligence of dozens of collaborators
  • Involve multiple departments in discussions on lowering prices, adding features, entering new markets, and more

Use IBP Software to Increase Collaboration with Your Suppliers

Integrated business planning allows you to involve your extended supply chain in every business decision. Rather than simply focusing on the knowledge and data of your own company, you can add external input and visibility into all your planning processes — and more effectively share your needs with your collaborators. For example, IBP software helps your network react more quickly to your needs by gathering the signals you’re getting from your customers and sharing this data with supply chain partners. You’ll not only increase the chances of getting good service from these partners, but also help the partners gain better control of their own supply chains.

Learn More About Integrated Business Planning

Achieving supply chain planning excellence is a journey — and it takes more than just software. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Demand Solutions understands that. We’re ready to offer you the combination of best practices, methodologies, solutions, and new technologies you need to squeeze more value out of every stage of your supply chain.

Let’s get started. Contact us to find out more about how your business can make the transition to integrated business planning.

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White Paper

Five Steps of Integrated Business Planning

Download this short white paper and learn the 5-step process for improving your supply chain by using Integrated Business Planning (IBP) software at your company.


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Your Next Step to Integrated Business Planning

Is your organization just learning about IBP or have you already started to implement it? No matter whether you are just starting out or if you are already realizing the benefits of IBP, this report covers the best practices that will take you to the next level.


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Achieving Supply Chain Excellence

Nobody disputes the value of an efficient, collaborative, carefully planned supply chain. When your company reaches its supply chain potential, you can offer the right products in the right quantities at the right price -- with the absolute minimum of safety stock; keep your demand in sync with your partners' supply; and generate forecasts for a wide range of possible business scenarios.


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Building Your Business Case for Integrated Business Planning

Do you need to put together an internal business case for investing in Integrated Business Planning (IBP)? Maybe you just want to learn more about the benefits of IBP. In either case, you’ll find what you need in this five-page report.


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Mizuno IBP Case Study

Learn how sporting goods manufacturer Mizuno uses Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and Demand Solutions DSX to improve forecasting speed and accuracy .