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At SCM Connections, we have the experience to create lasting solutions for every facet of your Supply Chain. Think of us as your one stop shop; From Demand to Supply and even Collaboration, the SCM Connections team has it covered.

Integrated Business Planning

Putting it All Together

Whoa!  Sales AND Operations?  That meeting cannot go well.  Wait, they’re all supposed to agree on a common plan?  Have you ever seen what those meetings are like?  SCM Connections has, and we know what it takes to make them successful.  We know it’s not just a meeting, it’s a never ending process, and we mean that in a good way.  To really get S&OP planning right it needs to be a constant, focused effort that becomes a part of how you do business.  And SCM Connections has the deep supply chain and technology expertise that can get you there.

With SAP and HANA the supply chain processes can be much more productive.  The ability to generate detailed analysis of alternatives on the fly, is a powerful tool that speeds the decision making process dramatically.  Questions can be answered in real time and scenarios evaluated just as quickly.  SCM Connections can use their technical wizardry to develop the process and configure the solution to provide instant answers as soon as they are asked.  In this on demand world, speed is key, and SCM Connections delivers.

One source of the truth.  Sure it sounds nice, but it’s much harder to pull off than it seems.  When everyone shows up to an S&OP meeting with their own reports, it becomes impossible to know who’s “right”.  What makes IBP on HANA different is that everyone operates from the same bits and bytes, capacity projections, inventory values and all .

 

It’s a big change to incorporate in the day to day supply chain process and SCM Connections is an industry leader that can get you real time data that’s right the first time. The best way to avoid conflicting information is to avoid bringing conflicting information.  SCM Connections can work will all areas of the business to develop the right set of reports to meet the common goals of each and every aspect of the planning process.

IBP doesn’t just allow you to see numbers faster, it generates better numbers faster. The ability to generate simulations that maximize profits and evaluate different scenarios in real time is  dream of every supply chain officer, and SCM Connections can help you make that dream a reality.  The IBP platform from SAP allows the flexible and integrated planning tools that look across all aspects of the organization to help you find the optimal scenario that meets everyone’s needs  And it the end their profit maximization tools make all the difference to you, your stakeholders and eventually your wallet.

Ready to learn more?  Download our ebook to get started.  You’ll learn:

  1. What is IBP anyway?

  2. What does IBP mean for Demand and Supply?

  3. What’s the difference between IBP and APO?

  4. Why do I need IBP?

  5. Where do I begin?

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+ Integrated Decision Making

Whoa!  Sales AND Operations?  That meeting cannot go well.  Wait, they’re all supposed to agree on a common plan?  Have you ever seen what those meetings are like?  SCM Connections has, and we know what it takes to make them successful.  We know it’s not just a meeting, it’s a never ending process, and we mean that in a good way.  To really get S&OP planning right it needs to be a constant, focused effort that becomes a part of how you do business.  And SCM Connections has the deep supply chain and technology expertise that can get you there.

+ Speed = Good

With SAP and HANA the supply chain processes can be much more productive.  The ability to generate detailed analysis of alternatives on the fly, is a powerful tool that speeds the decision making process dramatically.  Questions can be answered in real time and scenarios evaluated just as quickly.  SCM Connections can use their technical wizardry to develop the process and configure the solution to provide instant answers as soon as they are asked.  In this on demand world, speed is key, and SCM Connections delivers.

+ Data Integrity

One source of the truth.  Sure it sounds nice, but it’s much harder to pull off than it seems.  When everyone shows up to an S&OP meeting with their own reports, it becomes impossible to know who’s “right”.  What makes IBP on HANA different is that everyone operates from the same bits and bytes, capacity projections, inventory values and all .

 

It’s a big change to incorporate in the day to day supply chain process and SCM Connections is an industry leader that can get you real time data that’s right the first time. The best way to avoid conflicting information is to avoid bringing conflicting information.  SCM Connections can work will all areas of the business to develop the right set of reports to meet the common goals of each and every aspect of the planning process.

+ Profits - We Like Those

IBP doesn’t just allow you to see numbers faster, it generates better numbers faster. The ability to generate simulations that maximize profits and evaluate different scenarios in real time is  dream of every supply chain officer, and SCM Connections can help you make that dream a reality.  The IBP platform from SAP allows the flexible and integrated planning tools that look across all aspects of the organization to help you find the optimal scenario that meets everyone’s needs  And it the end their profit maximization tools make all the difference to you, your stakeholders and eventually your wallet.

+ Learn More: Ebook

Ready to learn more?  Download our ebook to get started.  You’ll learn:

  1. What is IBP anyway?

  2. What does IBP mean for Demand and Supply?

  3. What’s the difference between IBP and APO?

  4. Why do I need IBP?

  5. Where do I begin?

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Demand

Predicting the Future… Today!

Link the conversations between sales, marketing, finance and operations to make sure everyone is on the same page.  When teams communicate beautiful things can happen.  Products are ready to support promotions, financial plans are there to fund the business, surprises start to disappear.

Don’t be confined by pre-configured aggregates.  Plan at whatever level you please with IBP demand.  Seems like a small thing but it has immense implications.  Looking at the data from any angle any time you want allows the average planner to seem like an genius, and geniuses to seem extra-genius-y.

Forecasts are wrong, let’s not kid ourselves.  But let’s try to be less wrong!  Ok that’s not really a great rallying cry, but a solid demand planning foundation supported by a predictable and repeatable planning process can do wonders.  Find the weak spots, let the tools do the heavy lifting, and communicate, communicate, communicate.  That’s how SCMC does demand planning

Who doesn’t love customer service?  Not us!  We also love double negatives.  But especially we love your customers.  IBP demand allows you to slice and dice data to the customer, product, region, shipping point or receiving point.  That’s the ability to target service where it has the most impact.

+ Be the Town Crier

Link the conversations between sales, marketing, finance and operations to make sure everyone is on the same page.  When teams communicate beautiful things can happen.  Products are ready to support promotions, financial plans are there to fund the business, surprises start to disappear.

+ Any Level, Any Time

Don’t be confined by pre-configured aggregates.  Plan at whatever level you please with IBP demand.  Seems like a small thing but it has immense implications.  Looking at the data from any angle any time you want allows the average planner to seem like an genius, and geniuses to seem extra-genius-y.

+ Be Less Wrong

Forecasts are wrong, let’s not kid ourselves.  But let’s try to be less wrong!  Ok that’s not really a great rallying cry, but a solid demand planning foundation supported by a predictable and repeatable planning process can do wonders.  Find the weak spots, let the tools do the heavy lifting, and communicate, communicate, communicate.  That’s how SCMC does demand planning

+ Service with a Scalpel

Who doesn’t love customer service?  Not us!  We also love double negatives.  But especially we love your customers.  IBP demand allows you to slice and dice data to the customer, product, region, shipping point or receiving point.  That’s the ability to target service where it has the most impact.

Supply

Rubber, Meet Road

“Well I’m sure they’ll work it out at the plant”, is never a good strategy.  Look reality square in the face and deal with the capacity you have, not the capacity you wish you had.  SCMC believes that you need to make the most of your least and get ahead of the problems with eyes wide open.  That means a supply plan that is actionable, not aspirational.

Garbage in, garbage out.  But with our expert supply chain modeling team your garbage will smell so much better than the neighbor’s.  We love supply chains, and we love modeling them in systems.  Don’t judge, just take advantage of our latest models in IBP, APO, or whatever you bring to the table.

When a butterfly flaps its wings, do you know exactly where the hurricane will hit?  Probably not, but we do… well at least our optimizers do.  When you look at each supply chain challenge with the unbiased unblinking eye of an optimizer you will see the best answer, even if it’s not always apparent to us mammals.

As long as math still works, we love optimizers.  It’s the cold hard mistress of profit and loss shown for all the world to see.  Of course you can’t possibly model everything (…yet) but we’re trying.  And as long as we can work together to identify the data we can make it optimal.  Don’t be afraid of the optimizer; embrace its potential.

+ Hope is not a Plan

“Well I’m sure they’ll work it out at the plant”, is never a good strategy.  Look reality square in the face and deal with the capacity you have, not the capacity you wish you had.  SCMC believes that you need to make the most of your least and get ahead of the problems with eyes wide open.  That means a supply plan that is actionable, not aspirational.

+ Modeling Careers

Garbage in, garbage out.  But with our expert supply chain modeling team your garbage will smell so much better than the neighbor’s.  We love supply chains, and we love modeling them in systems.  Don’t judge, just take advantage of our latest models in IBP, APO, or whatever you bring to the table.

+ The Butterfly Effect

When a butterfly flaps its wings, do you know exactly where the hurricane will hit?  Probably not, but we do… well at least our optimizers do.  When you look at each supply chain challenge with the unbiased unblinking eye of an optimizer you will see the best answer, even if it’s not always apparent to us mammals.

+ Optimize It!

As long as math still works, we love optimizers.  It’s the cold hard mistress of profit and loss shown for all the world to see.  Of course you can’t possibly model everything (…yet) but we’re trying.  And as long as we can work together to identify the data we can make it optimal.  Don’t be afraid of the optimizer; embrace its potential.

Inventory

Making Your Money Work for You

You know it’s going to be bad, but how bad?  Let’s get some perspective here.  One of the things we love about the inventory solution in IBP is the ability to predict service levels.  Yeah it’s a glass half full kind of thing, but wouldn’t you rather know ahead of time rather than scramble at the last minute?  We would, but then again, we’re planners.

What happens when finance and supply chain work together on a single goal like a harmonized supply plan?  We don’t know, because it’s never happened.  But what if you just stop talking past each other and at least appreciate the other’s viewpoint?  Cordial meetings!  When supply chains can work within capital constraints and sales, finance and marketing can see the physical impact of their plans in cold hard cash.  Now we’re talking.

Now where did I put that inventory in the first place? Why, the most efficient spot imaginable of course!  With IBP inventory it’s not just the size of your stockpile, but where you put it that counts.  This means the ability to scientifically maintain service levels with the most efficient inventory plan imaginable.  Maybe it’s closer to the customer, maybe it’s in components.  Only IBP inventory knows the sweet spot to maximize your service every single time.

Let’s talk a language that everyone understands; cash.  With IBP inventory optimization you don’t have to focus on abstract measurements  like volume and mass, but can instead focus on dimensions that matter, like dollars and cents.  The ability to project capital requirements to support a given supply plan is a major unlock for S&OP, and business planning.  Impress your wall-street friends with your new vocabulary, courtesy of IBP and SCMC.

+ Predictable Disappointment

You know it’s going to be bad, but how bad?  Let’s get some perspective here.  One of the things we love about the inventory solution in IBP is the ability to predict service levels.  Yeah it’s a glass half full kind of thing, but wouldn’t you rather know ahead of time rather than scramble at the last minute?  We would, but then again, we’re planners.

+ Integrated and Capital Planning

What happens when finance and supply chain work together on a single goal like a harmonized supply plan?  We don’t know, because it’s never happened.  But what if you just stop talking past each other and at least appreciate the other’s viewpoint?  Cordial meetings!  When supply chains can work within capital constraints and sales, finance and marketing can see the physical impact of their plans in cold hard cash.  Now we’re talking.

+ Size (and Location) Matters

Now where did I put that inventory in the first place? Why, the most efficient spot imaginable of course!  With IBP inventory it’s not just the size of your stockpile, but where you put it that counts.  This means the ability to scientifically maintain service levels with the most efficient inventory plan imaginable.  Maybe it’s closer to the customer, maybe it’s in components.  Only IBP inventory knows the sweet spot to maximize your service every single time.

+ Show Me the Money!

Let’s talk a language that everyone understands; cash.  With IBP inventory optimization you don’t have to focus on abstract measurements  like volume and mass, but can instead focus on dimensions that matter, like dollars and cents.  The ability to project capital requirements to support a given supply plan is a major unlock for S&OP, and business planning.  Impress your wall-street friends with your new vocabulary, courtesy of IBP and SCMC.

Response Planning

 When Planning Becomes Reacting

When you only have so much love to give, don’t get all emotional about it…  Play by the house rules.  When you pre-determine a set of rules by product, customer or segment the panic room becomes a planning room.  Since you’re not reinventing the wheel each time, whenever things get tight, just play by the rules.  Response in IBP allows consistent and fair execution of those rules.  So crunch-time becomes go-time.

 I know they’re all your favorites, but you’ve got to choose!  When safety stock turns into not enough stock, you need to prioritize.  Rather than make it up on the fly, make a decision.  Prioritize by demand type, customer type, or whatever other type you need to make a decision on.  The IBP response module will peg demand to supply, show the issues and help triage.  In short, IBP response makes order out of chaos.

When reacting to customer expectations requires cat-like reflexes then it helps to have a plan in advance.  Don’t get caught flatfooted.  Jump into action with (mostly) well thought out priorities in IBP response.  How easy is it to setup?  So easy a user can use it.  The simple and easy to follow prioritization logic of IBP response allows users to support users.  React as plans change, and setup the system to follow.

Planners might actually take days off.  Sometimes they even quit or possibly even get promoted.  And then what?  Institutionalize your tribal knowledge with consistent service policies.  It’s time to take instinct out of the gut and put it into ones and zeroes.  Setting up a response plan that matches the goals of a changing organization can get everyone singing the same song, and it’s even better if that song isn’t “The Way We Were.”

+ Dealer's Choice

When you only have so much love to give, don’t get all emotional about it…  Play by the house rules.  When you pre-determine a set of rules by product, customer or segment the panic room becomes a planning room.  Since you’re not reinventing the wheel each time, whenever things get tight, just play by the rules.  Response in IBP allows consistent and fair execution of those rules.  So crunch-time becomes go-time.

+ Prioritize!

 I know they’re all your favorites, but you’ve got to choose!  When safety stock turns into not enough stock, you need to prioritize.  Rather than make it up on the fly, make a decision.  Prioritize by demand type, customer type, or whatever other type you need to make a decision on.  The IBP response module will peg demand to supply, show the issues and help triage.  In short, IBP response makes order out of chaos.

+ Quick Actions

When reacting to customer expectations requires cat-like reflexes then it helps to have a plan in advance.  Don’t get caught flatfooted.  Jump into action with (mostly) well thought out priorities in IBP response.  How easy is it to setup?  So easy a user can use it.  The simple and easy to follow prioritization logic of IBP response allows users to support users.  React as plans change, and setup the system to follow.

+ Consistent Policies

Planners might actually take days off.  Sometimes they even quit or possibly even get promoted.  And then what?  Institutionalize your tribal knowledge with consistent service policies.  It’s time to take instinct out of the gut and put it into ones and zeroes.  Setting up a response plan that matches the goals of a changing organization can get everyone singing the same song, and it’s even better if that song isn’t “The Way We Were.”

S&OP

The Art of Herding Cats

We’re all in this together, so let’s grudgingly walk into the same meeting and hash this out.  But what if we’re all working off the same data?  At the same time?  In the same system?  OK now we have your attention.  With IBP S&OP Planning you can work with sales, finance, marketing, supply and execution all looking at the same bit and bytes.  Sure, everyone has their own lens and their own graph, but at least cause and effect is shown across all groups.  Now we can all disagree on the same dataset.  Progress!

What if unicorns were real?  What if I could hold my breath for 15 minutes?  Ever wondered what if?  So do we, and with IBP you can see what those what-if’s look like in real life.  With side by side fully integrated planning, every scenario you think of can be analyzed from the perspective of the demand, supply or inventory planner.  Then the impact of those plans can be compared side by side in a virtual cage match.  Look at the impact of your decisions across the entire supply chain quickly, easily, and seamlessly with IBP.

Team work makes dreams work.  That’s our motto.  And with IBP S&OP functionality it becomes a reality.  Sharing a single database in a unified planning area allows for all teams, from demand, to supply to finance and yes, even marketing to collapse on problems like never before.  New product introductions?  Glad to meet you!  Annual planning?  Seems like only yesterday!  With IBP you can collaborate with a whole new attitude, and present your (best) plan forward.  Go Team!

We’re studying our Esperanto every single night.  But until that catches on, money is the universal language of business.  So we speak dollars and cents.  That means the bottom line in Every. Single. Decision. So go ahead, look at the profitability of your hunch, view the overhead of your strategy.  We’ll wait, it will all come out in the wash, and we’ll pick the obvious answer that saves us the most money (its usually option C).  Trust us… we’re executives in training.

+ Everyone in the Pool!

We’re all in this together, so let’s grudgingly walk into the same meeting and hash this out.  But what if we’re all working off the same data?  At the same time?  In the same system?  OK now we have your attention.  With IBP S&OP Planning you can work with sales, finance, marketing, supply and execution all looking at the same bit and bytes.  Sure, everyone has their own lens and their own graph, but at least cause and effect is shown across all groups.  Now we can all disagree on the same dataset.  Progress!

+ Side by Side

What if unicorns were real?  What if I could hold my breath for 15 minutes?  Ever wondered what if?  So do we, and with IBP you can see what those what-if’s look like in real life.  With side by side fully integrated planning, every scenario you think of can be analyzed from the perspective of the demand, supply or inventory planner.  Then the impact of those plans can be compared side by side in a virtual cage match.  Look at the impact of your decisions across the entire supply chain quickly, easily, and seamlessly with IBP.

+ Stop! Collaborate and Listen

Team work makes dreams work.  That’s our motto.  And with IBP S&OP functionality it becomes a reality.  Sharing a single database in a unified planning area allows for all teams, from demand, to supply to finance and yes, even marketing to collapse on problems like never before.  New product introductions?  Glad to meet you!  Annual planning?  Seems like only yesterday!  With IBP you can collaborate with a whole new attitude, and present your (best) plan forward.  Go Team!

+ Money Talks

We’re studying our Esperanto every single night.  But until that catches on, money is the universal language of business.  So we speak dollars and cents.  That means the bottom line in Every. Single. Decision. So go ahead, look at the profitability of your hunch, view the overhead of your strategy.  We’ll wait, it will all come out in the wash, and we’ll pick the obvious answer that saves us the most money (its usually option C).  Trust us… we’re executives in training.

SAS

 We Love Statistics

67.8% of people believe statistics, even if they’re wrong.  But we love accurate statistics when it comes for forecasting. That’s why we’ve partnered with SAS.

 

Make faster, forward-looking decisions with SAS® software.

As the pace of change in the world accelerates, the value of data has never been more vital to business success. Using analytics to both draw insight and foresight is a growing differentiator for the world’s most successful companies.  SCM Connections has chosen to partner with SAS, the leader in analytics, to help businesses transform large amounts of data into knowledge that will solve today’s complex business problems and capitalize on tomorrow’s opportunities.  With SAS software, companies find answers to complex questions faster, presents results in a high-quality, easy-to-understand format using visual analytics, and quickly share those insights so everyone can make well-informed, fact-based decisions.

+ Accuracy is Your Friend

67.8% of people believe statistics, even if they’re wrong.  But we love accurate statistics when it comes for forecasting. That’s why we’ve partnered with SAS.

 

Make faster, forward-looking decisions with SAS® software.

As the pace of change in the world accelerates, the value of data has never been more vital to business success. Using analytics to both draw insight and foresight is a growing differentiator for the world’s most successful companies.  SCM Connections has chosen to partner with SAS, the leader in analytics, to help businesses transform large amounts of data into knowledge that will solve today’s complex business problems and capitalize on tomorrow’s opportunities.  With SAS software, companies find answers to complex questions faster, presents results in a high-quality, easy-to-understand format using visual analytics, and quickly share those insights so everyone can make well-informed, fact-based decisions.

Project Accelerators

 Punch It!

We’re not ones to waste time trying to make the wheel any rounder. We like to get things right the first time and leverage those smarts to get them right the second and third times too. So when we see a system gap, missing functionality, or just a better way to get your project finished on time, we’ll find a way to weaponize a better answer.

Technical enhancements that bring more value to your project:

 

-Data Integration Tools

 

-Master Data Analysis Tools

 

-Configuration Enhancements

Making good solutions even better! With 20 Years of APO and SAP experience, if there’s a gap in the system, we know about it and have probably found a solution for it.

Project methodologies and industry solutions work to prevent recurring errors. We’ve been implementing Supply Chain solutions for a lot longer than we care to admit. Over the years we’ve discovered methodologies that work well and keep your project on track. We also know an awful lot about CPG, Pharma, Chemicals and the Food and Beverage Industries. We’ll provide the knowledge to get your project off to a good start (and keep it from going into the ditch).

+ Getting it Right

We’re not ones to waste time trying to make the wheel any rounder. We like to get things right the first time and leverage those smarts to get them right the second and third times too. So when we see a system gap, missing functionality, or just a better way to get your project finished on time, we’ll find a way to weaponize a better answer.

+ IBP Technical Accelerators

Technical enhancements that bring more value to your project:

 

-Data Integration Tools

 

-Master Data Analysis Tools

 

-Configuration Enhancements

+ S4 & APO Technical Enhancements

Making good solutions even better! With 20 Years of APO and SAP experience, if there’s a gap in the system, we know about it and have probably found a solution for it.

+ Learning From Mistakes

Project methodologies and industry solutions work to prevent recurring errors. We’ve been implementing Supply Chain solutions for a lot longer than we care to admit. Over the years we’ve discovered methodologies that work well and keep your project on track. We also know an awful lot about CPG, Pharma, Chemicals and the Food and Beverage Industries. We’ll provide the knowledge to get your project off to a good start (and keep it from going into the ditch).