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:
A means to accurately measure actions against financial targets and corporate objectives
Annual plan targets and different S&OP scenarios can be directly evaluated against key metrics – both operational (such as on-time delivery, inventory projections, and capacity utilization) and financial metrics (such as revenue and margin) – as a way to ensure operational plans are consistent with financial objectives.
Role-based S&OP dashboards, workbooks and scorecards
In addition to overall corporate dashboard metrics, role specific metrics are provided for groups such as sales, marketing, demand planning, supply planning, inventory planning, capacity planning, finance and executives. This allows for highly tailored views of S&OP, so individuals can do analysis and make decisions in their own context, while evaluating the impact of activities on corporate metrics.
Tight integration and alignment of all planning functions through process orchestration
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. Process templates and task flows guide individuals through their specific activities as well as helps co-ordinate all parties to adhere to timelines and dependencies associated with the cross-functional processes in S&OP.
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 rapidly and can be revised as needed during the Executive S&OP review meeting. As part of a process template, you can manage and maintain S&OP assumptions and annual plan targets.
Identification of supply, demand, capacity imbalances and resolution alternatives through simulation and consequence evaluation
Quickly identify gaps between demand, supply, capacity and have the ability to simulate multiple different scenario alternatives. Make the appropriate trade-off decisions by comparing the consequences of each scenario against defined corporate and role-based metrics to choose the option that will deliver the optimal results.
Acceleration of the S&OP process
Various stages of the S&OP process can occur concurrently and continuously to improve the efficiency of the process and ensure the current S&OP plan reflects most recent decisions and developments.