Optimisation in S&OP – Process or Meeting?

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Process or Meeting

  What is the one process step in S&OP/IBP that businesses find the most difficult? Answer, the Optimisation process. Some call it Integrated Reconciliation, others, Pre-S&OP, Finance Review, or Step 4. There are many reasons […]

Who Should Lead the Optimisation Process Step in S&OP/IBP?

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People often ask who should lead the Optimisation step (also known as Step 4, Integrated Reconciliation, Pre-S&OP and Finance Review) in S&OP/IBP . Historically S&OP was a supply chain led process, and the leader of Optimisation […]

Andy Coldrick 1944 – 2014

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Andy Coldrick

It was with great sadness that we learned this week of the death from cancer of Andy Coldrick. Andy was an original founder of StrataBridge and one of the great pioneers of Sales and Operations […]

S&OP and Strategy – Building the Bridge and Making the Process Stick

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Want to understand the relationship between Strategy and S&OP? Need some ideas on how to maintain senior management engagement with your S&OP process? Then check-out our new article in the Journal of Business Forecasting which […]

StrataBridge @ Industry Week – Volatility: Threat or Opportunity?

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Volatility… Some see risk, some see new possibilities Some fear loss of ‘control’, some adapt and grow How do you see Volatility; Threat or Opportunity? Check-out the article, co-authored with Steelwedge CEO Glen Margolis, just published […]

StrataBridge Presenting at IBF Amsterdam Supply Chain Forecasting and Planning Conference

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Duncan Alexander will be presenting a case study together with Jeff Thomas of PZ Cussons at the forthcoming Institute of Business Forecasting’s Supply Chain Forecasting and Planning Conference to be held on November 15th and 16th […]

Nuclear Incidents, Plane Crashes and Failed Strategies

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Nuclear Incidents

Failed strategies, like nuclear incidents and plane crashes, only rarely occur due to one catastrophic exogenous shock.  These disasters, along with industrial accidents, oil spills, sinking ships and other man-made calamities, usually being the result […]

The Future of S&OP? IBF/APICS BotB Conference Panel

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What will it look like? How will it work? Why does it need to change? … I’ve just been in London at IBF and APICS first ever Best of the Best Sales & Operations Planning […]

‘Best of the Best’… Be There!

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We’re proud to be part of organising and speaking at this year’s ‘Best of the Best S&OP Conferences’ in association with the Institute of Business Forecasting and APICS. In London on 10-11 May, and Chicago […]

Control and Growth – Tipping the Balance in a ‘VUCA’ World

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We Live in Dynamic Times Natural disasters, technological disruptions, transitory advantages, fractured markets, multifarious competitors, increasingly demanding customers and fickle consumers. Thanks to the military, we have a useful descriptor for the conditions and environment […]