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Siri, can you improve my OTIF?


Technology advances; Moore’s law It is amazing how fast things are developing and how quickly the number of options is expanding; Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Alibaba’s Genie, etc. Who would have believed 10 years ago that a computer could talk to you and that your smartphone would order your groceries or your Latte…

Review S&OP in one day! – 2018


In late March Involvation organized the fourth edition of ‘S&OP in One Day!’, a leading training and networking event for anyone who wants to learn more about sales & operations planning (S&OP). Over 80 S&OP professionals participated in the interactive presentations – including a case study by Canon – and put their new insights into…

S&OP: Death by Detail


Last week I had a discussion with a customer about his S&OP process, which in his view was not delivering enough value. Useful, but it did not really make the needles move and he could not get his fingers around the reasons why. The amazing thing was that in 2 minutes, we got to the…

S&OP/IBP: Clarity improves action readiness!


Last week I found myself in a roomful of supply chain professionals where, as Involvation, we’d been invited to chair a discussion on ‘S&OP: achieving and maintaining S&OP effectiveness… and keeping all disciplines on board’. The key issue is how to motivate people and increase their action readiness in terms of Sales & Operations Planning…

S&OP and IBP: About resolutions and development plans


A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start. When making my new year’s resolutions for 2018, I first took stock of what I am happy/unhappy with in my daily life, before deciding what I want to change and how to do so. In our assessments, we basically apply the same logic when…

S&OP software comes of age


In 2017, a lot has again been written about S&OP. One of the main topics still is how to ensure true buy-in of non-supply chain stakeholders, which is indeed a key challenge in many cases; not because they are genetically different, but because companies often fail to make clear links between S&OP and functional targets…

MRP does more harm than good


After years of oscillating between shortfalls and surpluses and the chaos and frustration that this entailed, calm has recently returned for one of my clients and his supplier. How come? They simply turned off their MRP system. The consequences of this decision have been astounding. By reducing the delivery time from several months to just…

S&OP in One Day! 2017


In March Involvation organised S&OP in One Day! for the third time: the main training and networking event for those who want to know more about S&OP. More than 100 S&OP professionals participated in the interactive presentations and brought new insights into practice in the S&OP business simulation The Fresh Connection. Leadership in S&OP was…

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If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got
Albert Einstein