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…

Five Reasons Why S&OP Software Beats Spreadsheets and Email

Ever been involved with launching a new manufacturing or distribution company? Or have you ever joined a small but growing company in one of these industry sectors? If so, you know what it’s like to work under pressure to contain costs.

Smaller companies often see major business software platforms as overhead. So when they’re first starting out, they’ll ask their employees to make do with…

Integrated Business Planning vs. S&OP: What’s the Difference?

I’ve previously shared my thoughts on the need for a shake-up in the supply chain management realm, and my assessment of what integrated business planning really consists of.

All of this begs the question: Is integrated business planning really something separate from sales and operations planning (S&OP)? Or is IBP merely the latest evolution of S&OP?

Let’s look at what some…