Gartner recently published their Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation and we take great pride in the fact that Kinaxis has been placed in the Leaders quadrant and is situated highest on the Ability to Execute axis.
Gartner defines a sales and operations planning (S&OP) System of Differentiation (SOD) as a software solution that supports a Stage 4 or higher-maturity S&OP process. According to the report, Leaders demonstrate “Leaders have a strong vision for their S&OP SOD capabilities. They recognize the role they will need to play in enabling the move toward multienterprise horizontal planning allied with vertical integration that links strategy to operations and execution. They are focused on developing analytics to support end-to-end profitability trade-offs and configurable supply chain design and configuration capability.”1
In this regard, we believe we truly out-execute other vendors in the space. Our proficiency in consistently delivering a quality solution and service to our customers is foundational to our value.
Given the configurability of RapidResponse®, it is an ideal solution to take companies through the various stages of S&OP maturity. Our goal is to both enable quick initial success and help our customers advance their S&OP processes from early stages through to Stage 4 (and beyond) over time by leveraging the full capabilities of our solution.
Ultimately, with a sales and operations planning system of differentiation, companies should achieve:
- multi-tier, multi-enterprise supply chain visibility, planning, analysis, and collaboration,
- integrated demand and supply planning – at an aggregate and detailed level;
- rapid what-if analysis and scenario comparison to model projected financial and operational consequences of possible planning scenarios; and
- continuous orchestration of S&OP activities and coordinated course corrections that optimize overall corporate performance and profitability.
Managing S&OP from a single application enables companies to make better tradeoffs across competing metrics quickly and to make value-based decisions for the enterprise as a team – both at the time of plan development or when the S&OP guidance is violated due to unplanned events.
Find out more about our S&OP application, and the outcomes Kinaxis customers have realized with RapidResponse.
1(Payne, T., Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation, Gartner Inc., April 29, 2015)
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