The Evolution of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) to Integrated Business Planning (IBP) 

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What is Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)? 

A general understanding of both terms is required to understand the evolution of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) to Integrated Business Planning (IBP). In our article Why Do Sales And Operations Planning Projects Fail? we already had a look into the definition of S&OP and the most likely obstacles for a successful implementation. In the following, a short re-cap is given about the definition of S&OP, and in addition, a brief look into the origins and the development of S&OP throughout the decades. 

Tobias Wandesleben
By Tobias Wandesleben

Leveraging AI And ML To Support Decision Making And Execution

AI and ML are the two pillars of the digital revolution, enabling an immense productivity gain, that the corporate world is on the cusp of. Although interchangeably used, it’s important to differentiate: in a nutshell, AI or Artificial Intelligence is the concept of machines to carry out tasks smartly, whereas ML or Machine Learning refers to an application of AI to analyze data, to discover, to recommend, to forecast and to learn from large data sets. The supply chain is one of the primary industrial areas that stand to gain a lot from the successful incorporation and implementation of AI and ML, as showcased in the three use cases for predicting customer behavior, demand forecasting, or avoiding charge-back risks. 

Dr. Andreas Müller
By Dr. Andreas Müller

Case study: supply chain forecasting as a service in consumer goods

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For complex supply chain networks in a VUCA world, expertise in supply chain planning is key to meet demand most efficiently and reliably possible. It is essential for a competitive advantage. Suppose you do not have this expertise in-house. In that case, supply chain planning as a service can be a good alternative by utilizing the expertise of specialized data scientists to increase the quality of your forecasts. 

Dr. Adrian Reisch
By Dr. Adrian Reisch

Case study: inventory management as a service at a global consumer goods manufacturer 

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As supply chains are becoming increasingly more complex, managed services are gaining importance as this allows businesses to profit from expertise in those fields they need it, as they need it. Analytics demands will grow with increasing complexity, and managed services enable a business to focus on their core objectives, scale up and down as necessary while receiving support – ongoing or project-based – as they need it. Today, we're looking at a project in Inventory Management as a Service that we have implemented at one of our customers. 

Dr. Adrian Reisch
By Dr. Adrian Reisch

The Beauty and the Beast: From Analytics to Execution Technology 

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With the rise of the age of data abundance, it is natural for technology like data infrastructure, analytics, and AI platforms that process such data to appear. These new technologies enable to access, transform, and analyze the vast reservoirs of data available to us. However, analyzing and processing data provides us with insights in dashboards and more information involving the worst-case, and such information is useless – unless it can be put to good use.

Dr. Andreas Müller
By Dr. Andreas Müller

The superpower for supply chain improvement

The supply chain is a highly volatile system. Therefore, the changes in the field are not just the frequent, temporary ups and downs of the market but also the movement towards a more digitized, dynamic, and customer-centric approach to business. Keeping up with these changes requires the supply chain management mechanism to keep constantly updating itself. Otherwise, some missing components may soon turn the mechanism into a legacy system that will lag.

Dr. Andreas Müller
By Dr. Andreas Müller

Why analytics is a dead end

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With the advancement and widespread use of the Internet, there has been an astronomical increase in both the number of data sources and the amount of data generated from each source.  

Dr. Andreas Müller
By Dr. Andreas Müller

What’s the next big thing for digital supply chains?

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The main aim of the digitalization of supply chain management is to simplify the management of the complex, interconnected processes of the supply chain. Moreover, for the digitalization of tactical decision-making, a digital model of the decision-making process is necessary. This is because every digital technology runs on rules, algorithms, and frameworks, learned or discovered. 

Dr. Andreas Müller
By Dr. Andreas Müller

The future of supply chains will be shaped by cloud-enabled ecosystems

performance gap, digitalization, VUCA

We live in a changing world, where in the future, supply chains will no longer be managed in a linear fashion, as suggested by the SCOR model of Source-Make-Deliver chains. In this article, we present our vision for the future of supply chains and the topics that will determine their competitiveness. The future of supply chains will be characterized by growing business networks and cloud-enabled ecosystems. Companies will be members in multiple ecosystems and may play multiple roles. For instance, an OEM could act as a supplier, an engineering contractor, and a participant in a marketplace he has created with competitors.

Dr. Adrian Reisch
By Dr. Adrian Reisch

Vulnerability in the Supply Chain

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Supply chain optimization is crucial in an increasingly globalized competitive world where margins are under constant pressure. In the recent decade, most of the attention in supply chain design has been on maximizing resource utilization, offshoring to lower-cost regions, outsourcing non-value added operations, implementing just-in-time systems, and investing in communication technologies. With the rapid expansion of the economy and technology, business competition has morphed into supply chain competition. Supply chain management has sparked public concern due to the frequency and severity of terrorist attacks, pandemics, hurricanes, and other disasters, resulting in lower production, higher costs, rising customer dissatisfaction, and much more.

Dr. Adrian Reisch
By Dr. Adrian Reisch
Supply Chain Brief