S&OP Subway Map: A journey from strategy to schedule

S&OP Subway map

Sales & Operations Planning and the more extensive Integrated Business Planning are both decision-making processes that aim to proactively balance demand and supply. But how does an S&OP process actually work? Especially in large organizations, it can be quite challenging to appreciate the big picture and see the dependencies we need to be aware of. That’s why Supply Chain Movement and Involvation have created a subway map to visualize how an S&OP can look.

Every company’s Sales & Operations Planning/Integrated Business Planning journey is unique. It must fit the needs of the business and the structure of the organization. In addition, an S&OP process should be revised regularly in order to adapt to any kind of change affecting it. And of course it’s also subject to continuous improvement. All in all, there are countless S&OP/IBP journeys in existence.

This subway map portrays the S&OP journey of a fictional organization operating in a Make-to-Stock environment with a rapidly changing portfolio. In this example we depicted a classic S&OP process at around maturity level 3. A next improvement for this fictional organization would be to integrate financial planning into its journey, making it a real IBP process.

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