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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 5
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended few education

s part 8  the strategic nature of S&OP . Part 5 will conclude by analyzing the S&OP solution from JDA Software as another product that arguably deserves to be in the S&OP Top 5. My guess is that  Nari Viswanathan, Aberdeen Group 's vice president (VP) and principal SCM analyst , who recently coauthored  the S&OP AXIS Report  (subscription required) and was mentioned in  Part 2 , did not lump JDA together with i2 Technologies, Oracle , and Demand Solutions (as the vendors that are reportedly leading the

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