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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

Future Proofing the End-To-End Supply Chain: The Evolving Importance of Industry 4.0 (Smart Operations)

Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, explains why he believes Industry 4.0 (smart operations) are the keys to turning your supply chain into a competitive weapon. He answers the six questions every forward-looking executive and supply chain leader should be asking.


Topics: Operations Excellence supply chain transformation Smart Operations Industry 4.0