Olivehorse were delighted to both sponsor and attend the International SAP Supply Chain Conference in The Hague last week.
In conjunction with SAP, Olivehorse co-presented one of the pre-conference workshops on the Thursday. Entitled “Digital Transformation & Innovative Supply Chain Planning”, the workshop focussed on SAP’s centrepiece of their supply chain management strategy - Integrated Business Planning.
Our Demand Practice Lead, Ian Brister, and Senior Consultant, Jacky Jain, presented IBP for demand, explaining how the product can co-exist with your existing APO DP solution from a Demand Sensing perspective, or utilising IBP to allow for forecast financialisation or forecast entry via the Excel UI from Account Managers. The stand out message of the session was that IBP for demand is mature enough to be a stand-alone option in replacing your current APO DP solution.
Our IBP Practice Lead, Steve Rampton, then shared the floor with Jesper Waaben of SAP to present a very informative session on IBP for inventory. The highlight of the session was the ability of the tool to handle on the fly scenario planning, allowing planners to review both the volumetric and financial cost implications of amending the input levers such as service level.
Olivehorse then presented two further sessions during the conference;
Jim Houghton, Sales Director, and Steve Rampton presented our microforum on “Realising Early Business Value from IBP”. A useful 30 minute slot explaining how customers can gain business value from IBP while continuing to leverage their existing APO or non SAP advanced planning solution. Businesses expect rapid realisation of the business benefits and along with leveraging the accelerators that SAP provide with the product a five step process explaining how customers can get started with IBP was also described.
Steve Rampton also gave a demonstration entitled “Experience the Difference of What-if? Scenario Planning”, where on our own internal IBP 1608 system, Steve showed the audience how changes in demand can a) be done in a separate scenario to allow for comparisons to be made against the baseline, and b) be checked from the supply capacity perspective as to whether the demand change is feasible.
During the course of the two day event we were pleased to catch up with a number of our existing clients and were delighted to engage with prospective future clients at our booth.
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