Gartner defines a sales and operations planning (S&OP) system of differentiation (SOD) as a software solution that provides technology support for a Stage 4 or higher maturity S&OP process.
According to the Gartner report: "Leaders have a strong vision for their S&OP SOD capabilities. They recognize the role they will need to play in enabling the move toward multienterprise horizontal planning allied with vertical integration that links strategy to operations and execution. They are looking at developing analytics to support probability-focused end-to-end predictive and prescriptive analytics to support profitability trade-offs and supply chain design and configuration capability.” 1
1 Payne, T., Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation, Gartner Inc., May 1, 2017
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