5 April 2011
S&OP is conference hot topic
Oliver Wight were lead sponsors of the S&OP ‘Hot Topic Day’ at this year’s Extended Supply Chain conference (ESC2011), held yesterday at the Park Plaza hotel in Victoria, London.
Oliver Wight managing partner, Andrew Purton, chaired an exciting day’s events attended by 70 executives from some of Europe’s best know organisations. A packed agenda included panel debates, breakout workshops, networking sessions and presentations from leading manufacturers, Abbott Laboratories, Kimberley Clark and Selex Galileo. Subjects ranging from ‘Best practice in forecasting & demand management’, and ‘Using S&OP to drive the strategic direction of the business’, stimulated healthy debate among delegates.
Andrew Purton presented how to make the transition from S&OP to Integrated Business Planning. “IBP really is the decision making process for the post recession era. Unlike traditional S&OP, it has the capability to grow both the top line and the bottom line, because the integration and control it provides over your processes can prevent you losing business, as well as improving profitability,”
The final panel session of the day explored how technology can support the IBP process. Panellists from Oracle, Infor, Abbott and GE Healthcare agreed that process was all-important; however, they also concluded that it is useful to involve technology providers at the earliest stage so processes can be designed to avoid unnecessary software customisation and thus compromise the upgrade path, further down the line.
The theme of this year’s conference, which continues until Thursday 7th April is ‘Strategies, tools and techniques to drive responsiveness, innovation, flexibility and visibility right across your end to end supply chain.’
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