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Practical Insights (Blog)

New Product Introduction and Product Lifecycle Management: The Role of Analytics in the Product Lifecycle

In the last of their four-part series of blogs examining the importance of New Product Introduction (NPI) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) optimization to the end-to-end supply chain and operations ecosystem, Simon Knowles and Dorothea Grimes-Farrow look at the role analytics play in the product lifecycle and consider some critical success factors for unlocking NPI/PLM value

Topics: Total Value Optimization Smart Operations Sales & Operations Planning NPI & PLM

New Product Introduction and Product Lifecycle Management: End-to-End Supply Chain Benefits of NPI/PLM Optimization

In the third of their four-part series of blogs examining the importance of New Product Introduction (NPI) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) optimization to the end-to-end supply chain and operations ecosystem, Simon Knowles and Dorothea Grimes-Farrow consider why close alignment of NPI and PLM is a critical element in turning an organization's products, services and supply chain into a competitive weapon.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Smart Operations Sales & Operations Planning NPI & PLM

New Product Introduction and Product Lifecycle Management: The Imperative to Optimize Alignment, Synchronization and Responsiveness Across a Mature Supply Chain

In the second of their four-part series of blogs examining the importance of NPI and PLM optimization to the end-to-end supply chain and operations ecosystem, Simon Knowles and Dorothea Grimes-Farrow consider how increasing customer demand is creating an imperative for organizations to optimize NPI and PLM processes.


Topics: Total Value Optimization Smart Operations Sales & Operations Planning NPI & PLM

New Product Introduction and Product Lifecycle Management: The C-suite Dilemma

In the first of a series of blogs examining the importance of NPI and PLM optimization to the end-to-end supply chain and operations ecosystem, Simon Knowles and Dorothea Grimes-Farrow look at the challenges faced by executives as they endeavor to connect today’s supply chain priorities to new product introduction and product lifecycle management.


Topics: Total Value Optimization Smart Operations Sales & Operations Planning NPI & PLM

Sales & Operations Planning: The Principles that Underwrite Success

In the final part of his series looking at the evolving importance of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, discusses the principles that underwrite S&OP.


Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning

Sales & Operations Planning: Six Critical Success Factors for S&OP Implementation

In part four of his five-part series of practical insights blogs looking at the evolving importance of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, considers why, despite a history of failures, S&OP remains a top three priority for end-to-end demand/supply chain executives and looks at six critical success factors that have often proved elusive.

Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning

Sales & Operations Planning: Four Essential Toolsets That Drive Success

In part three of his series of practical insights blogs looking at the evolving importance of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, outlines four essential toolsets that drive S&OP excellence and considers why the ability to successfully optimize alignment, synchronization and responsiveness across the value chain may be the key to success.


Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning

Sales & Operations Planning: Why is S&OP Important?

In part two of his series of practical insights blogs looking at the evolving importance of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, discusses five critical ways an effective S&OP process drives straight to the heart of business model enablement.


Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning

Sales & Operations Planning: The C-Suite Dilemma

In the first of a five-part series of practical insights blogs looking at the evolving importance of S&OP in an aligned, synchronized, responsive end-to-end supply chain, Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, looks at the challenges executives face and why success in S&OP projects often proves elusive.


Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning