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Outsourcing Supply Chain Planning Processes
Supply chain planning tools deliver potentially tremendous savings when well implemented, and wreak havoc when they fail. A company considering an outsourcing

four planning functions  implementation. Over the next four years, they made significant progress in reducing production lead times from nine months to six months. Nike believes that its supply chain strategy is a vital link in maintaining its leading position in the industry, and has stuck with the project despite the initial glitches. (Koch, Christopher. 2004. Nike Rebounds. CIO Magazine . June 15. http://www.cio.com/archive/061504/nike.html [accessed September 21, 2005].) SCP Solutions Are Supply Chain Specific and Require a Read More

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Why Your Organization Needs Succession Planning
Succession planning is not a new concept—so why are so many companies not actively planning for the replacement of key positions, and risk losing valuable

four planning functions  article, you’ll learn about four steps to making your succession planning initiatives a success. Succession Planning FAQ What is succession planning? Succession planning is the process of identifying and developing internal people with the potential to fill key leadership positions within an organization. A good succession plan identifies the management roles and people resources that are needed over a three to five year period to meet your company's strategic plan. It assesses what skills your current Read More
Classic Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Shifts Over
About two-thirds of SoftBrands' revenue comes from its manufacturing division, which includes the Classic Fourth Shift solution and Fourth Shift Edition for SAP

four planning functions  and DemandStream products, Part Four will look at SoftBrands Hospitality, and Part Five will examine the company's market impact. Read More
New SAP Integrated Business Planning Cloud Solution Is Here
SAP has launched four new cloud-based applications that enable companies to more quickly develop, orchestrate, and execute integrated business plans with the

four planning functions  and demand network, these four apps also offer a collaborative environment for sales and operations planning (S&OP) across global functions, new optimization algorithms, and supply chain monitoring capabilities.   SAP IBP was built on HANA as a new solution, based on the SAP S&OP foundation. These apps can work with existing SAP APO deployments; it will take quite some time before the elaborate SAP APO suite is written on SAP HANA. Read More
Demand Planning: Optimizing Operations across the Supply Chain
Demand planning applications can help manufacturers establish baseline sales forecasts and perform analysis to improve resource usage. They can also help

four planning functions  These systems typically yield four or five data streams, with varying forecasts. At this point, management plays a role in the planning process, overlaying broader strategic goals, such as reducing inventory and improving customer service. In addition, these systems usually offer notification functions, providing planners with automatic updates when certain events occur, such as a change of more than 30% from the previous month's forecast. Most demand planning packages also offer simulation capabilities Read More
Sales and Operation Planning: Integrate with Finance and Improve Revenue
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization (specifically the vice president of supply chain) can use

four planning functions  and Operation Planning: Integrate with Finance and Improve Revenue Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization (specifically the vice president of supply chain) can use to achieve visibility across the entire organization and the value chain. This white paper highlights the results of over 220 companies participating in a survey on S&OP initiatives, and compares the views of the supply chain and finance organizations. Read More
Sales and Operations Planning: A Journey That’s Worth the Effort
In the consumer goods (CG) industry, there has been a notable focus on sales and operations planning (S&OP). This renewed interest is noteworthy because of the

four planning functions  and Operations Planning: A Journey That’s Worth the Effort In the consumer goods (CG) industry, there has been a notable focus on sales and operations planning (S&OP). This renewed interest is noteworthy because of the impressive benefits that have been attributed to S&OP. Research indicates that S&OP process improvements are a primary starting point for companies seeking to be more demand-driven. This white paper looks at the results of a survey of S&OP in the CG industry. Read More
CAPTure Workforce Planning
CAPTure Workforce Planning software uses internal data, plus demographic, educational and other trends, to identify talent challenges. CAPTure uses

four planning functions  Workforce Planning CAPTure Workforce Planning software uses internal data, plus demographic, educational and other trends, to identify talent challenges. CAPTure uses information from a wide range of sources—human resources (HR) information systems, data warehouses, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, universities, best practices, and organizational expertise—from executive strategy and HR specialist insight to line manager understanding. Read More
Workforce Planning: The Key to Talent Management Driving Business Objectives
Workforce planning allows an organization to determine if it has the right capability to deliver on business objectives, and enables it to maximize return on

four planning functions  Planning: The Key to Talent Management Driving Business Objectives Workforce planning allows an organization to determine if it has the right capability to deliver on business objectives, and enables it to maximize return on talent investments. By deploying a structured workforce planning process, organizations gain new insights and metrics about present and future workforce gaps. This will transform the talent management approach from reactive to proactive. Read More
How-to Guide: Justify a Supply Chain Planning System
Have you come to the conclusion that your company needs a supply chain planning system? Do you need to provide management and other key decision makers with

four planning functions  to Guide: Justify a Supply Chain Planning System Have you come to the conclusion that your company needs a supply chain planning system? Do you need to provide management and other key decision makers with reasons why you need a supply chain planning system? One way that a supply chain planning system can help you is by enforcing best practices and processes. Get more details on this and 10 other reasons why you should implement a supply chain system that works for you. Read More
Enterprise Resource Planning Software: Taking the Plunge
For a company that has grown to the point where an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is the logical next step, there are enormous benefits to be

four planning functions  Resource Planning Software: Taking the Plunge For a company that has grown to the point where an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is the logical next step, there are enormous benefits to be realized, such as centralizing key business data. ERP helps to alleviate pressures on the company by integrating all data and processes. Find out about the critical components of selecting and implementing an ERP system, so you can get the data management tools you need. Read More
Vox Populi: How Do You See The Future of Succession Planning?
Succession planning is about finding employees that can someday replace others who retire or decide to leave the company. In my opinion, there are two major

four planning functions  Populi: How Do You See The Future of Succession Planning? Succession planning is about finding employees that can someday replace others who retire or decide to leave the company. In my opinion, there are two major factors that will have a great impact on the future of succession planning: the aging population; and rapidly-evolving technology. The Aging Population While listening to interviews from the Metropolitan Opera, I realized that many of those involved (sopranos, conductors, etc.,) only made Read More
Sales and Operations Planning: Choosing the Optimal Strategy for Your Business
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) provides the visibility and agility to improve product management and promotional planning, minimize unnecessary buildups

four planning functions  and Operations Planning: Choosing the Optimal Strategy for Your Business Sales and operations planning (S&OP) provides the visibility and agility to improve product management and promotional planning, minimize unnecessary buildups of inventory, and predict revenue more effectively. S&OP works because it develops a well-coordinated operating plan in support of your customer demand, your business plan, and your strategy. So what is S&OP exactly, and how does it work? Read More
Financial Planning: Mastering the Key Value Drivers
In business, planning plays a fundamental role in analyzing and forecasting key financial data. While forecasting future events is one benefit of planning, it

four planning functions  Planning: Mastering the Key Value Drivers In business, planning plays a fundamental role in analyzing and forecasting key financial data. While forecasting future events is one benefit of planning, it can also be used to achieve a series of objectives, including regulatory compliance. In order to achieve these objectives, companies should consider implementing a unified customer performance management (CPM) solution—one that takes compliance into consideration. Read More
Managing Risk through Better Planning
There are many business pressures urging organizations to improve their planning processes. However, in many organizations, the achievement of delivering the

four planning functions  Risk through Better Planning There are many business pressures urging organizations to improve their planning processes. However, in many organizations, the achievement of delivering the annual plan is so onerous that little business benefit is derived from it. That’s why organizations should look for a planning solution capable of delivering flexible business models—models which are mapped to their unique business requirements. Read More

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