Webinar: Data-Driven Decisions in S&OP—Bring Reliability and Speed to Optimized Scenario Analysis

River Logic and Supply Chain Consulting Partner Spinnaker Management will be hosting a webinar on March 7, 2018 entitled "Data-Driven Decisions in S&OP—Bring Reliability and Speed to Optimized Scenario Analysis."

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River Logic Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for S&OP Systems of Differentiation

Dallas, TX—May 11, 2017. River Logic, Inc. announced today that it has been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation. River Logic believes that it has been positioned as a leader based on the functional offerings of its Planning and Prescriptive Analytics Platform that has recently expanded to include a cloud-based scenario creation, visualization and analysis component purpose built for business leaders.

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[Reblog] How to Integrate Financials with S&OP

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.

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Syncing Financial And Non-Financial Data

A recent blog post by Ira Apfel on SAP's Digitalist Magazine discusses how the role of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) roles are headed toward Integrated Planning (also referred to as Integrated Financial Planning or Integrated Business Planning).

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An S&OP Expert Interview Series by Niels Van Hove

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.

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Sales and Operations Planning is Still the Best Way to Manage Global Supply Chains

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.

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An S&OP Communication Plan: The Final Step in Support of Company Strategy

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.  

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Beyond S&OP and IBP ... A Commentary on the Need for New Technology

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). 

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What-if Analysis: 3 Applications in the S&OP Process

While embedding financials is the bedrock for expanding the value from S&OP, adding robust what-if analysis capabilities can unleash its maximum potential, thus delivering true Integrated Business Planning.

What-if analyses allows users to evaluate alternative strategies, policies, and tactics to maximize their revenue, profit, and working capital performance while delivering on service level commitments and properly considering risk and supply chain constraints. Over the past year, we’ve discussed this topic with current and potential customers and partners. We’ve found companies tend to be fairly clear in articulating their business needs. Surprisingly though, S&OP managers have more difficulty articulating the technology capabilities required to deliver on the business need.

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The 6 Ultimate Signs of S&OP Process Maturity

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is a 30 year old horizontal business management process that provides executives with forward visibility on how their business is expected to perform against budget and strategy.

Many companies have implemented an S&OP process and continuously improved to aim for the highest level of S&OP maturity and create business value. Although there are plenty of S&OP maturity models around to assess how a business is performing, there is unfortunately no agreed world standard.

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