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Process consulting for digital supply chain planning

The challenges of digital supply chain processes

The challenges of supply chain planning processes are diverse, but for companies they are largely the same. The biggest challenges are often where you wouldn't immediately expect them. The biggest hurdle in the long term, and your longest companion, will be data management. This is not something you immediately notice because it is not directly related to processes and is therefore almost always underestimated or downplayed. 

Furthermore, companies are confronted with the following questions and challenges:

  • What processes are there and how do other market leaders work?

  • Do my processes fit into a digital solution?

  • How will my planning process change?

  • What will the switch to a digital world bring me?

  • How do I get my employees motivated to drive and accept new processes?

  • How do I start?

These questions cannot be answered in general but differ from company to company. Book a free consultation with us in 30 seconds, before your next meeting. 

"Planning processes tailored to your company enable you to react quickly and resiliently to disruptions and crises that occur. Process synchronization enables the processes to work seamlessly together."

What processes are there?

The most important processes in addition to individual processes in supply chain planning are: 

  1. Integrated Business Planning (IBP)

  2. Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)

  3. Sales & Operations Execution (S&OE)

  4. Procurement planning

  5. Production planning

  6. Risk Management & Resilience 

  7. Production planning

  8. ...and many more

There are many important processes in supply chain planning that all work together like a cogwheel and are linked to one another. The most important thing when looking at processes is not to look at them separately from each other, but to synchronize them.

What is process synchronization? Process synchronization means the seamless interaction of processes and the systems required for them. A cycle that is linked together like a gear. 

If you, too, are planning in silos, we should talk. Using our best practices and templates, we quickly shed light on the matter and create your individual processes together.

Systems always have to be connected to the processesadjusted become, not the other way around!

Processes must never be viewed individually, but must always be considered as a whole - supply chain planning. be considered. 

What are the strengths of S&OP?

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is a process that promotes close co-operation between the various departments of a company to enable consistent and integrated planning. The strengths of the S&OP process include the ability to create more accurate demand forecasting, reducing inventory levels and inventory risk, improving production planning and control, increasing customer satisfaction and Customer service levels through faster response times to changes in demand or supply. 

What are the strengths of IBP?

The IBP (Integrated Business Planning) process is a further development of the S&OP process (Sales and Operations Planning) and offers several strengths for companies. Unlike the S&OP process, IBP integrates not only sales and production, but also finance, marketing and other business areas. With a common data model, IBP enables consistent and accurate planning and promotes collaboration between different departments. IBP is more agile and flexible than S&OP and can react quickly to market changes and evaluate alternative scenarios. You should consider IBP to optimize your planning processes in your business.

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