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Why The Real S&OP Business Case Has Nothing To Do With S&OP

(By Mike Raftery)It seems lately that the collective supply chain world is all at once evaluating their business cases for the S&OP module of the Integrated Business Planning suite from SAP.  When I have seen these evaluations occur, they usually occur in relation to other...

The Beginners Guide to Implementing S&OP on IBP

(By Mike Raftery)IBP is everywhere these days.  SAP’s new advanced planning platform, Integrated Business Planning platform, is here and it is ready for prime time.  By now, if you’re a person who tends to read blogs like this, you will have seen plenty of PowerPoints, diagrams and...

Face Off: IBP S&OP v. APO Demand Planning, Part II

Earlier this week, in Part I of this two part blog (click to read Part I), we discussed the differences between the undisputed champion of demand planning: APO Demand Planning, and the scrappy newcomer on the scene: IBP Sales & Operations Planning. Specifically, we contrasted these to bruisers...

Face Off: IBP S&OP vs. APO Demand Planning, Part I

With all the market hoopla surrounding Integrated Business Planning (IBP) S&OP, I felt it necessary, as we were conducting our internal training on S&OP, to contrast the similarities and differences between IBP S&OP and APO Demand Planning. These two softwares provide similar process benefits around...

5 Keys to a Successful S&OP Planning Run in APO

(By Mike Raftery) Every company has a different definition of what an S&OP plan looks like. Sometimes that means the next 5 quarters, other times it means 5 years. Even as the goals can even be completely different as some companies focus on raw material requirements,...

Sales and Operations Planning: Aligning Strategy to Execution

(By Patrick Green) All too often, Sales and Operations Planning is implemented with a narrow vision: “Keeping Focus on the Big Picture and letting the details sort themselves out”.    After all, the key players in the S&OP process should be focused on determining the overarching company strategy, priorities,...