Speed Up and Simplify the Budgeting Process

It’s budget time again (already!) and for many managers that means a mad scramble chore to get their inputs into the roll-up.  “Where is last year’s budget?” “Let’s take that, apply some factor, and be done with it.”  Maybe that works for a while, but how many years in a row can you get away […]

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 […]

Four Reasons Why Assessments Are Important

You know that you need to make improvements, and you are hearing good ideas and suggestions from your colleagues and material the media. You know what to do, it’s time to take action, let’s just do it. Stop and look before you leap. Think about these questions – Do I need help or buy-in from […]

Tips for Launching Your S&OP Project

Okay – you and your decision makers have decided to take the plunge on S&OP. You know it’s the right thing to do, it’s going to help your company, everyone can feel it. So now what? It’s time to put your money where your mouth is and make it happen. Where do you start? While […]

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.

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. […]

Five Suggestions to Improve Pre-S&OP

How many times have you been in a Pre-S&OP meeting that seems to drag on and tie up several high-end people who are already overloaded?  S&OP is a great and vital process, but sometimes parts of it can be unnecessarily time consuming.  Read the article at the blog site for Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning.

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 […]


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