Analyst Insight: S&OP is much more of a journey than a destination. After getting the supply/demand match process established, the question becomes "what is needed to move the process beyond the supply chain function and get ownership across the organization?" A good place to start is the front end of your business. - Bryan Ball, Vice President and Group Director, Supply Chain and Global Supply Management Practices, Aberdeen
Analyst Insight: Data analytics is playing a bigger role in supply chain analysis and consulting practices. According to a Deloitte study, "big data" and advanced analytics are being integrated into optimization tools, demand forecasting, integrated business planning, supplier collaboration and risk analytics at a rapid pace. - Traci Doenitz, Vice President of Information Systems, Spend Management Experts
Analyst Insight: Sales and operations planning is a fundamental process that all retail, manufacturing and consumer products companies should have in place. Surprisingly, many companies do not have a process to formally balance product supply with product demand. Many articles and books have already been written on the technical steps which outline a successful S&OP program. These resources describe the nuances of product rationalization, demand forecasting, supply forecasting, S&OP "True Up" and executive review. - Brewster Smith, Project Manager, Tompkins International
As the sales and operations planning (S&OP) leader, there are a few principal responsibilities: setting priorities, planning and executing your supply chain strategies, driving incremental improvements while quickly adapting to changing market and customer requirements, and linking changes in demand to changes in supply while keeping in mind the financial results. But that's just within the average day-to-day activity – it is also expected that advance changes in thinking and execution will be developed to help solve S&OP limitations.
Analyst Insight: Call it Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Integrated Business Planning (IBP), Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP) or Demand Driven - it doesn't matter. Arduous to implement, these processes continue to under-perform considering the political, operating and capital investment made. Why? In most organizations the daily working capital decisions are made by planners and schedulers using custom spreadsheets and tribal knowledge. It's time to transform the process, and let's call it S&OP 3.0. – Rich Sherman, author and founder at Gold & Domas Research
Analyst Insight: Sales and operations planning (S&OP) has been evolving for over three decades; its most recent iteration is Integrated Business Planning (IBP). While many companies struggle to derive full value from S&OP/IBP, those that excel at it have gone beyond simply balancing supply and demand. Their IBP processes support better, faster and more profit-focused decisions and liberate untapped profit potential at key points in the supply chain. – Jim Snyder, Managing Director, and Brad Householder, Partner, PwC Advisory Practice
Analyst Insight: Supply chain management ... the words are a freely exchanged contemporary coin of the realm. Yet reality has fallen short of promise because of anachronistic functional silos, presided over by vice presidents who fiercely defend their worn-out turf with an endless stream of misguided initiatives. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) was designed to bash these barriers, but it, too, has fallen short because of overmatched implementation technology. Fortunately, there is a readily available solution. – Jeff Karrenbauer, president & co-founder, INSIGHT Inc.
Analyst Insight: Although sales and operations planning has been a formalized practice since the 1980s, companies still struggle to effectively implement S&OP as both sales and operations become more fragmented. Based on the successes of multiple multibillion-dollar organizations, Blue Hill provides the following recommendations for companies still finding it difficult to effectively start an S&OP program. – Hyoun Park, Chief Research Officer at Blue Hill Research