Responsiveness potential of your core supply chains

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Improve your supply chains

Definition or measure of achievement. Agile, like Lean before it, is a concept that has existed for decades. It contains much merit, but commentators have tended to promote both concepts as vital to business survival, have minimal ‘steps to success’ and by themselves will solve an organisation’s problems. So, like the introduction of new technologies, we go through the “Hype … Read More

Operations Planning in a changing demand market profile

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Propose a different planning application

A changing business landscape. Organisations tend to take a safe path when selecting an enterprise resources planning (ERP) system. The desire from senior management and corporate IT for an ‘integrated’ system can override calls from functions to implement applications that best suit the needs of the organisation. This situation can occur for Operations Planning, a core part of your supply chains. … Read More

Business Continuity within Supply Chain Risk Management

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Business Continuity

Start with Business Continuity risks. It does not matter whether implementing risk management in your supply chains is an initiative of the supply chain group or a demand from the board and senior management; it is another requirement placed on the busy schedule of supply chain executives. So, where to start? Recent blogs have discussed the classification of supply chain … Read More

Applications requirements that assist S&OP decisions

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Requirements analysis

S&OP is not a software driven project. The recent blogs discussed how Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) can provide the basis for a different way of managing your business. For success, it requires changes to the culture and responsibilities, managing the new process and to a lesser extent, use of software applications. Many activities can be improved through integrating technology … Read More

A common S&OP process for your business helps planning

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Designing a process

The elements of S&OP. For Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) to be successful within your organisation, three elements must work together: People, Process and Applications. As discussed in my previous blog the most critical element is people, S&OP is a journey towards collaboration so, without the willingness by senior managers (and their reports) to change behaviour a S&OP implementation will fail. The … Read More