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How to Select a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) System
Mature sales and operations planning (S&OP) is more than a sales forecasting or tactical planning tool. S&OP is a decision-making mechanism for aligning

s op planning  to Select a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) System Mature sales and operations planning (S&OP) is more than a sales forecasting or tactical planning tool. S&OP is a decision-making mechanism for aligning strategic plans with sales, operational, and financial plans. Download this TEC executive brief for pointers on selecting an S&OP system, information about how mature S&OP processes can help tackle critical business issues, and key S&OP system capabilities to look for.

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part One


E2open has not generally been known for its sales and operations planning (S&OP) capabilities. But the software provider deserves a second look for those in need of S&OP, as its product lineage for S&OP aligns with its support of end-to-end supply chain management (SCM), providing a product suite suitable for product companies that depend on collaboration with customers, suppliers, and distributors.

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E2open—An Unexpected S&OP Player: Part Two


Last week in the TEC blog we took a close look at E2open’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategy, including the vendor’s four-step blueprint to collaborative S&OP. Following is a Q&A with E2open vice president of product marketing Sean Rollings, including more information about E2open’s S&OP offerings and strategy, and Rollings’s ideas about trends in the S&OP market.

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Infor Joins the S&OP Fray


With the release of Infor S&OP 1.0, Infor dispels rumors that it’s not an aggressive product innovator. Learn about the features and functions of Infor S&OP 1.0, a solution addressing every major stage in the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process and enabling fast, confident decision making, and follow a discussion between TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and Infor’s SCM product managers on the S&OP market.

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SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation


The SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation application can help unify and streamline the planning, budgeting, and forecasting process, and can enable a faster close. Finance-owned and maintained, the application unifies planning, financial consolidation, and management reporting for the enterprise-which can improve budget cycle times, drive compliance with regulatory and financial standards, help reduce external audit costs, instill confidence, and reduce business risk. With SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, functionality companies need to meet their bottom-up and top-down financial and operational planning requirements, as well as complete consolidation and reporting, is available through a single, unified application and user interface. Companies can benefit from the following advantages: Improved agility-quickly model new business scenarios and decide on a course of action that maximizes value creation. Reduced cycle time-finance and line-of-business managers can collaborate in a unified landscape, streamlining the process of creating and approving plans, budgets, and forecasts. Minimized business and compliance risk-transparent financial data and a single version of the truth enable fast, accurate management and statutory reporting. Increased user productivity-an intuitive interface and familiar office tools help workers make the most of their time.

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Continental Tires Selects JDA Manufacturing Planning


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Data Center Projects: System Planning


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