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 of our…

Find Out Your Supply Chain Planning Score in Just 5 Minutes

If you’ve been following this blog for a while—and if you’ve been listening to what we preach at Demand Solutions—you know we’re all about helping companies enhance their supply chain planning processes in ways that drive profitable business growth.

But I’ll be the first to admit that it’s often very difficult to know whether you’re headed in the right direction. For starters, how can you…

Have You Outgrown Your SCM Vendor – or Has Your SCM Vendor Outgrown You?

Picture this scenario: You’re a growing manufacturing or distribution company that has been using the same supply chain management software for many years. (Maybe you don’t need to picture a scenario—maybe this is your actual situation.)

As you reevaluate your current solution, you realize it’s missing certain key features that would support your evolving business processes. So, you contact…

Achieving Supply Chain Excellence: Your Journey Forward (Part 2 of 2)

In my previous post, I talked about the supply chain management journey and the obstacles and opportunities it brings. I also promised I’d tell you what excellence looks like, and what (and whom) it will take to get your supply chain process to that point.

For starters, Gartner has identified five levels of supply chain maturity: React, Anticipate, Integrate, Collaborate, and Orchestrate.…