Are Best Practices Best for You?

“Best Practices” are the collectively agreed practices that have been shown to produce desired outcomes for a process, subject matter area, or industry. Companies, industry organizations, and consultants all have their lists (we do too, see the Nexview S&OP Performance ArrowSM). While it’s great to research this information and leverage the experience of others, best practices […]

Integrated Business Planning for Upstream Oil & Gas

To best take advantage of marketplace opportunities, some leading E&P companies are reducing their cash cycle times while improving focus on capital management and operating expenses through a process called Integrated Business Planning (IBP). While developing in upstream,  IBP is a mature cross functional planning process that has been developed over the past 30 years […]

Sales & Operations Planning/Integrated Business Planning Isn’t Just For Manufacturing Companies Anymore

The terms Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), and Integrated Business Planning (IBP) are more and more becoming interchangeable. As S&OP has evolved to encompass more than just balancing supply and demand at an aggregate or product family level, the term IBP is becoming more widely used and is perhaps better suited to non-manufacturing environments. Hopefully […]

Five Suggestions for Effective Executive S&OP Meetings

The Executive S&OP is the culminating meeting in the S&OP flow that is often preceded by the Portfolio Review, Demand Review, and Pre-S&OP meetings. Read the article at the Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning’s blog site that will give you five tips to keep executive support and make this meeting effective. Share/Save

Five Ways to Excite Your Executive Team About S&OP

We’ve all heard that S&OP is an executive process, but how do you get their interest and support? By S&OP, I mean the monthly meeting flow that coordinates demand, supply, and financial planning to operationalize a company’s strategy. This process culminates with the Executive S&OP Review that is led by the company’s or business unit’s senior executive. […]

Designing an Effective Supply Chain Organization

Corporate events such as mergers, acquisitions, restructures, and performance improvement programs often bring about a need to examine how supply chain functions should be structured. At one extreme, and still prevalent in many organizations, supply chain duties are scattered throughout the company and have evolved due to the absence of a proactive design effort combined […]

Revitalize Your S&OP Process

You vividly remember all the hard work that went into implementing your S&OP process – the training, the consensus building, the report building, the promises, or perhaps you’ve inherited something and it’s not what you envision S&OP should be. People are losing interest, or it’s just not delivering to expectations, what can you do?