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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series talked about my attendance at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a

s part 16  the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog post series  talked about my  attendance at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October.  I attended only a few education sessions, as my visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that the main value propositions this year revolved around the flavors of  demand management , most notably  sales and

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