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Go West Young Man: SCMC Expands its Horizons

(By Mike Raftery)We’re changing our focus.  After years of primarily focusing on the IT integrator, we’re here to be your complete supply chain partner.It’s a new year and we at SCM Connections are ready for new things.  New can be scary and painful, but with...

IBP Workshop Round 2: Thoughts & Reflections

(By Claudio Gonzalez) Our first IBP workshop back in June was such a success that we knew right away that more were on the horizon.  Last weekend we had our second one, and it was excellent.  Before we got down to business, it was a great...

5 Tips to Getting the Most out of IBP’s Control Tower

(By Mike Raftery)IBP Control Tower – the reporting arm of SAP’s Integrated Business Planning solution.  It’s not so much a module as it is a concept.  Should you buy it? That’s up to you and your friendly software rep.  Should you embrace it as a...

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SCM Connections’ IBP Workshop: Thoughts and Reflections

(By Pat Green) In the consulting world, you get used to being part of a “virtual” organization.  Conference calls, instant messaging, email, video conferencing and web meetings are the primary interactions you have with your colleagues near and far.  Often times, the only time you see your...

3 Ways to Release Your Cash with IBP Inventory Optimization

(By Mike Raftery)Stacks and stacks of dollar bills.  Some on pallets, some on fork trucks, some on the road.  That is what you should see when you walk into a warehouse: stacks and stacks of money.  And like a wise man once said, “mo’ money,...

IBP Demand Sensing: How Can I Make My Forecast Team Less Wrong?

(By Libby Evans)So you get a forecast that turns out to be decent, at a high level. However, they’ve really missed the boat when it came to downstream proportions for a particular week and the consumption at different locations varies greatly throughout the week.  IBP...

9 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Least With IBP Response & Supply

(By Mike Raftery)The beauty of a supply planner’s life is that (s)he is never expected to be 100% right.  Think about it - who else gets paid so much for being wrong?  (Insert terrible politician joke here.  #makesupplychainsgreatagain)  But let’s face it: a forecast is...

SAP insider 2016 – What a Difference a Year Makes

(By Wade Smith)So after several live demos of IBP this week, I'm finding that the questions are totally different from this time last year.  Whereas questions in 2015 tended to concern whether or not this tool is really ready for prime time, this year seems to be...