A few days back, well-known S&OP / IBP consultant Stephen Crane posted an article on LinkedIn entitled "How to Integrate Financials with S&OP." It was refreshing for us here at River Logic to see this type of post coming from someone like Stephen — a big voice in the S&OP / IBP space — as this is a concept we've been trying to push for years now.
Over the last month, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and Supply Chain expert Niels Van Hove has published a series of expert interviews on his blog, Supply Chain Trend. The goal was to understand where S&OP stands today and what each interviewee's view is for the future. Below is a list of the 5 interviews he conducted with a link to each, as well as an introduction on why Van Hove chose to conduct this series on S&OP.
The evolution of linear supply chains into global demand-supply networks has been happening over the last two decades. Companies have benefitted from low cost supply of labor as well as raw materials to bring down the Cost of Goods Sold for the products that they manufacture. This has resulted in bottom-line profits.
Occasional River Logic guest blogger and global supply chain influencer / expert Niels Van Hove recently published an Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) commentary in Foresight Magazine's Summer 2016 edition. Entitled An S&OP Communication Plan: The Final Step in Support of Company Strategy, Niels makes the argument that without frequent and systematic company-wide communication, S&OP goals will remain largely unmet, despite advancing levels of S&OP maturity within a particular business or enterprise.
In his article in the previous issue of Foresight, Dean Sorensen (2016) argued that while there is increasing complexity in business environments, there has not been enough focus on tying strategy to execution. I am in agreement with him: I think the biggest systems integration challenge facing CEOs is how to seamlessly tie strategic decision making to operational execution (Sales and Operations Planning).