The RapidResponse® Sales and Operations Planning application enables S&OP transformation because it is driven by a single system (with a single data model and user interface) that can offer:
Consolidated S&OP data and analytics
Integrate data from every division, location, department, product family, legacy system, and supply chain partner. View data at multiple hierarchies at any time to support specific, quick and collaborative what-if analysis. What-if versions of the entire sales and operations plan can be created in seconds and can be revised as needed during the S&OP review meeting. As part of a process template you can manage and maintain S&OP assumptions and annual plan targets.
Tight integration and alignment of all planning functions
Because you are drawing all information from a single data model, you can combine demand and supply planning, volume and mix planning, and long-term and short-term planning. Collaboration across functions (demand planning, supply planning, inventory planning, project management) can more naturally occur because you are working in concert from a single data source.
A means to accurately measure actions against financial targets and corporate objectives
Different S&OP scenarios can be directly evaluated against key metrics – both operational (such as on-time delivery, inventory turns, and capacity utilization) and financial metrics (such as revenue, margin, customer service and cash flow) – as a way to ensure operational plans are consistent with financial objectives.
Acceleration of both the S&OP process and the frequency of mid-cycle adjustments
Various stages of the traditional S&OP process can occur simultaneously. RapidResponse also enables continuous, event-driven S&OP, meaning that the state of the current plan is actively monitored, and the appropriate people are notified when the plan is at risk so they can take immediate action to course correct.
Role-based S&OP dashboards, workbooks and scorecards
Specific individuals and groups - sales, marketing, demand and supply planning, finance and executives - can have tailored views of S&OP so they can do analysis and make decisions in their own context. Executive review and approval is enabled using scenario scorecards.