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World Class Sales and Operations Planning by Donald Sheldon

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S&OP TOOLS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE

As mentioned in an earlier chapter, although numerous good ERP business system tools are available on the market, surprisingly few do an especially good job with the S&OP process. Probably one of the reasons is that it is done so easily on a Lotus- or Excel-type spreadsheet today. Access is also available for the more advanced crowd when S&OP is done on simple, widely used tools. The real truth is that ERP software can sometimes get in the way. Good S&OP process requires nimble and flexible controls. If the product families need to be adjusted because of new pricing strategies, for example, a spreadsheet can ...

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