The verdict is finally in. After two years in the making, Gartner recently published its Marketscope report for S&OP. And, Steelwedge was once again positioned as a leader in this market landscape summary report.
While the industry recognition is gratifying, we think leadership is about continuing to think ahead of the market: to set the bar, and to deliver on solutions that help pave the way. At Steelwedge, we believe in the importance and potential of technology-enabled process design to power Integrated Business Planning. And we believe in simplicity and speed in delivering those solutions– most readily realized through the cloud.
Dramatic changes in the economy and global operations have changed how planning operates in organizations. A well-organized Supply Chain process can enhance sales, operations, finance and other functional areas of an organization. Incorporating collaborative inputs from customers and suppliers into the planning process is instrumental in today’s highly outsourced supply chains. This is the reason why many organizations are increasingly focused on advancing the leverage they get from their planning processes to enable cross-functional and multi-enterprise visibility.
Leading the Way to IBP
At Steelwedge, we’re helping to lead the journey to the most agile, collaborative form of planning. Gartner calls this Level 4 S&OP, or Integrated Business Planning.
From our deep experience with large global manufacturers, we see seven key success strategies for successful IBP:
- Engage sales and marketing
- Link financial plan to the operational plan
- Ensure cross functional and multi-enterprise collaborative process
- Continuously align strategy with operations
- Ensure process agility and flexibility through technology
- Capture metrics for performance management as part of the process
- Optimized demand-supply-finance balancing
Single Platform, Purpose-Built for Planning
Highlighted in the Gartner report, the Steelwedge Integrated Business Planning solution is a single, cloud-based platform with modules that enable companies to engage at any stage of their planning maturity, including: S&OP Sales, S&OP Operations, S&OP Collaboration and Executive S&OP. Further, we’ve added a Service Delivery Platform to dramatically lower implementation cycles. Indeed, Gartner highlighted Steelwedge for its broad range of S&OP support from early demand and supply balancing through collaboration and orchestration, and also called out our roadmap for continued delivery.
We take seriously our responsibility, as a leader in business planning solutions, to continue to drive value and drive the agenda in this exciting space. We’d love to hear from you on what planning leadership means at your organization.