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Getting Strategic Planning and Financial Planning in the Same Bailiwick
To provide useful financial insight on projects, financial managers need to think about business strategy more like a series of options than a single projected

environment planning  budgets. In this new environment, financial managers can play a key role in driving the corporate agenda through their sponsorship and support of projects and investments that deliver critical business capabilities. To provide useful financial insight, sooner rather than later, financial managers need to think about business strategy as a process of continuous course corrections, evaluated more like a series of 'real options' than a single projected cash flow 3 . While the concepts behind real options Read More

Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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IT Planning: A Corporate Mantra
Aligning IT with business objectives has long been a mantra of corporate directives. But organizations often fall short of publishing quality documents and

environment planning  more difficult and expensive environment to support. Starting the Planning Process The IT planning process is particularly difficult in organizations that lack a thorough business planning process. The IT people ask “What am I going to base my IT plan on? We do not have a business plan”. Even in this extreme situation adequate IT planning and business alignment can occur. Initiative needs to be taken by the IT individual who best understands the current Business and Enterprise needs and directives. Read More
Planning and Scheduling in the 21st Century
For many manufacturers, the demands of meeting customer expectations and reducing production costs in an environment of more products and more choice places

environment planning  production costs in an environment of more products and more choice places stress on the effectiveness of planning and scheduling processes. Yet, systems are becoming outdated, lacking the flexibility and responsiveness to manage complex production environments. Find out about planning and scheduling options and how to boost productivity. Read More
Transforming Performance Management in an SAP Environment: Considerations for Finance
Finance professionals who plan, budget, and forecast in an SAP environment always need to drive additional value from their SAP solutions. One of the most

environment planning  Planning in an SAP Environment | Enterprise Planning | Straight-line Planning | Evolution of Planning Technologies | Technology for Planning and Forecasting | How IBM Cognos 8 Planning Extends the Value of SAP | Enterprise-Class Planning Solution | Business Planning Implementations | IBM Planning Tool | Warehouse Planning Implementations | Planning System | Planning Process | CPM Advantages | Epm Information | Effective Performance Management Tools | Business Performance Information | Key Performance Read More
Driving Performance with Enterprise Planning
The dynamic business environment@technological advances, new disclosure requirements, wary investors@creates challenges and demands for accurate business

environment planning  Planning The dynamic business environment—technological advances, new disclosure requirements, wary investors—creates challenges and demands for accurate business planning and forecasting. With corporate performance management, you can improve enterprise performance through enhanced planning. Learn about the people, process, and technology issues you need to address to improve your company’s performance. Read More
Successful Sales and Operations Planning in Five Steps
A sales and operations planning (S&OP) meeting is a critical decision-making activity that sets the overall direction for the company. Executives discuss trade

environment planning  an increasingly cost conscious environment, integrating finance into the equation is gaining importance. While a shift, it also follows with recent data from AMR Research3 that shows more than 60 percent of supply chain executives now report directly to a member of the C-suite. Excluding finance in the process can cause S&OP to lack support of the executive team and whither on the vine. Another key reason to have finance involved is the concept of shared metrics. Without visibility of the financial Read More
Taking Sales and Operations Planning to the Next Level
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a business planning process owned by executives and senior management, with the key goal of creating realistic plans

environment planning  Sales and Operations Planning to the Next Level Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a business planning process owned by executives and senior management, with the key goal of creating realistic plans. However, one critical success factor that can easily get overlooked is that the “quality” of the entire S&OP process is only as good as the data and the detailed demand and supply plans that support it. Read More
Three Steps to Strategic Planning Excellence in Wholesale Distribution Companies
A strategic planning process is critical for distribution companies. Not unlike personal financial planning, distribution executives have to select the best

environment planning  Steps to Strategic Planning Excellence in Wholesale Distribution Companies A strategic planning process is critical for distribution companies. Not unlike personal financial planning, distribution executives have to select the best investments needed now to create profitable growth in the future. If you fail to make the right commitments at the right time, you will miss opportunities and increase your risk. This paper outlines a set of core analytics customized for wholesaler distributors. Read More
Financial Forecasting & Planning Summit - September 9/10, Boston MA
Financial Forecasting & Planning Summit – September 9/10, Boston MA. Don't miss out on revolutionary trends shaping your industry at the Financial ...

environment planning  Forecasting & Planning Summit - September 9/10, Boston MA Don't miss out on revolutionary trends shaping your industry at the Financial Forecasting & Planning Summit . At this exciting, one-of-a-kind summit, you'll learn how to positively engage senior leadership around financial forecasts and reviews, use the financial forecast as the vehicle to drive accountability for results, optimize the role of Financial Forecasting & Planning in your company, and develop an approach to a single repeatable Read More
Leverage ERP for Sales and Operations Planning
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a practical way to streamline manufacturing operations. With a disjointed view of your company’s departments, it’s

environment planning  ERP for Sales and Operations Planning Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a practical way to streamline manufacturing operations. With a disjointed view of your company’s departments, it’s impossible to make decisions about where to allocate resources or which parts of the company have excess capacity. S&OP helps fix this by delivering one set of numbers from one planning period to the next, and allows you to track your effort over time. Learn more. Read More
Demand-driven Planning in Manufacturing
Cover-time planning (CTP) is a

environment planning  just in time (JIT) environment, orders are conversely pulled through the process, based on actual demand. Part two of the Demand-driven versus Traditional Manufacturing Requirements Planning series. In contrast, rather than emphasize planning such as ERP, lean manufacturing and JIT concepts, emphasize the continuous improvement of processes. For example, it emphasizes processes that lead to reduced inventory throughout the supply chain, shorter lead times, and faster cycle times, all enabling improved Read More
Sales and Operations Planning: the Key to Demand Satisfaction
There is a better way, and you can learn about it in the white paper sales and operations planning: the key to continuous demand satisfaction.

environment planning  and Operations Planning: the Key to Demand Satisfaction Does your company suffer from any of these supply chain and demand problems? Stock-outs Excess inventory Late or unsuccessful product launches Introduction of new products that cannibalize your existing market(s) Loss of market share to competitors who were better able to forecast market demand Chances are, your sales and operations planning (S&OP) is to blame. And chances are, your company is using a static and insular S&OP process, one based mo Read More
Demand-driven Versus Traditional Materials Requirement Planning
Material requirements planning is a system that strives to plan replenishment just before a withdrawal from stock, which does not work in some manufacturing

environment planning  these reasons, many manufacturing environments have discovered that MRP has trouble controlling stock levels, which results in poor delivery performance. Also, MRP is incapable of handling demand-driven, ever-changing manufacturing, working better when demand for a particular product is constant (fairly even) and predictable. If there is any variation, however, then MRP loses many of its advantages and the benefits of using alternative planning approaches increase. In fact, the main flaw with MRP is that Read More
Planning at the Business Unit Level
Planning at the business unit level is most commonly done in spreadsheets, with cost center inputs gathered using workbook templates that are difficult to

environment planning  at the Business Unit Level Planning at the business unit level is most commonly done in spreadsheets, with cost center inputs gathered using workbook templates that are difficult to format and consolidate. While business units can’t escape from “spreadsheet hell” using a corporate business performance management (BPM) system, they can streamline planning and analysis processes with the right software solution. Find out how. Read More
Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting Software Evaluation and Selection Guide
Enterprise planning@budgeting, forecasting, and reporting@is a crucial component of financial management that contributes to companies’ success. However

environment planning  Budgeting, and Forecasting Software Evaluation and Selection Guide Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting Software Evaluation and Selection Guide If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. IBM Cognos solutions for planning, budgeting and forecasting provide small and midsize businesses the same financial flexibility and insight enjoyed by finance organizations at the largest multinationals. Source : Cognos, an IBM Company Re Read More

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