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Webinar: Sales and Operations Planning: Best Practices for Better Business Agility

Webinar: August 1, 2012,
at 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Sales and operations planning (S&OP) remains an area of particular interest to manufacturers. It has been a highly prioritized application area in IDC’s IT and supply chain survey over the last few years, and it has been a strong topic of discussion with IDC Manufacturing Insights clients in 2012.  As Simon Ellis the Practice Director, Supply Chain Strategies  for IDC Manufacturing Insights stated in a recent Analyst Connect report (S&OP: Best Practices for Better Business Agility) “Recent IDC Manufacturing Insights surveys certainly support the fact that companies are identifying S&OP as a top priority. This is interesting given that the concept has been around for 25 years”. 

Simon went on to sayI think the reemergence of S&OP as a priority has to do primarily with the stress that the global recession put on so many businesses and the realization that in a volatile demand/complex supply business environment, all constituents in the planning process need to be aligned and focused around a consensus view of the business.

In a recent blog (The Perfect storm is forming for S&OP) SAP wrote about the importance of technology to effectively manage and leverage the big data volumes now available from structured and unstructured sources. We are also seeing the need for increased  collaboration  across these global networks and the need for speed in sensing, analyzing, simulating and profitably responding to the business dynamics.

And at the eye of the proverbial storm: Global Supply Chains and the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) processes that drive them.

Mr. Ellis confirmed this in his Analyst Connect saying “The challenge of “big data” and practical analytics simply reinforces the need for IT capability and an S&OP application that can leverage the massive amounts of available data — both internal, downstream from retail and upstream from collaborating suppliers — to arrive at a better consensus view and, to do it in a timely enough fashion to be useful to the business”.

You can learn more about this discussion and how SAP are addressing these challenges and opportunities by joining IDC and SAP on August 1st for an interactive discussion of the latest trends and disruptions in supply chain management – and how S&OP has reemerged as a top-of-mind  issue.

During this Webinar, Simon Ellis IDC Manufacturing Insights and Krish Mantripragada, Group Vice President Business Analytics & Cloud Applications SAP,  will share customer experiences and discuss how best practices in S&OP and advances in technology can help companies run like never before.

You will also hear about SAP Sales and Operations Planning, a next-generation planning application, powered by SAP HANA and delivered on the cloud that can help you bring key stakeholders together in an integrated planning environment that allows them to rapidly translate dynamic fluctuations in customer demand into actionable operational plans for logistics, manufacturing and procurement.

Don’t miss out on this hot topic.

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