While some form of traditional supply chain planning exists in all organizations, in many cases these processes focus only on the short-term execution horizon. Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) or Integrated Business Planning (IBP) can provide an invaluable, rigorously scheduled “wellness check” on an enterprise’s operational and organizational health that uses data-driven analytics and forecasting tools to achieve a more beneficial, long-term view.
ChainSequence’s S&OP planning services work in concert with traditional supply chain planning practices,complementing them with additional data-driven tools and information that allows your business to gain insights and measure progress to help maintain focus, alignment and synchronization among all of your business units. Data can include but isn’t limited to sales, production, and inventory planning, customer lead time planning, and new product development, as well as strategic and financial planning. These elements all focus on the strategic horizon where change can still be made to positively impact execution.
While the concept of S&OP planning is certainly not new, developing an effective S&OP process takes time. ChainSequence also understands that S&OP Planning depends on periodic review and updates which can be critical to the success of an organization’s ability to achieve its long term strategic goals. Our team does its due diligence to ensure that appropriate S&OP planning further enables effective supply chain management for your organization. Whether you’re looking to implement a new process, or improve the one you may already have in place, the ChainSequence team has the experience to take you through the journey.
Does your organization currently have an S&OP process in place? Is it effectively driving your business toward achieving your longer term goals and financial objectives?
Whether you have an existing process in place, or are looking to develop a better, more responsive one, the ChainSequence Team starts with assessing the current environment. We focus on identifying your key challenges to determine and recommend the most appropriate solutions in order to achieve success. Although all companies face similar challenges, no two are exactly alike. We’ll help you address your firm’s unique differences with practical solutions to measurably improve your S&OP planning and forecasting capabilities.
All S&OP processes have a set of common steps that must occur. Defining the cadence, organizational ownership, types of data required, and the necessary decisions that must be made in each of those steps is unique to your organization.
There are many software solutions available in the market today that provide an assortment of data dashboards. For these to be effective, it is absolutely necessary to have a clearly defined process in place. The ChainSequence team will help you define the right process for your business that solves your unique challenges.
Successful S&OP deployments ultimately depend on three factors: 1) whether all impacted business units are fully engaged; 2) whether a business has the tools in place to adhere to the defined cadence of each monthly cycle; and 3) whether each executive manager recognizes the value of such a process, actively participates, and has the appropriate information to make informed decisions.
The ChainSequence team provides the necessary guidance and resources to help your organization’s process improve after each cycle, with tools that enable your business to continue managing its S&OP planning successfully on its own in the future.