(The Hosting News) – Steelwedge , the leading provider of cloud-based sales and operations planning (S&OP) solutions, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with SAS, the world’s leader in business analytics software and solutions, to deliver a next-generation forecasting and planning solution. Purpose-built for today’s era of volatile customer demand and complex, global supply chains, Optimized Sales and Operations Planning™ offers companies a revolutionary suite of tools for anticipating supply and demand imbalances and responding with profitable sales, inventory and production strategies.
A leap beyond traditional supply and demand matching, Optimized Sales and Operations Planning™ enables S&OP management teams to proactively sense and shape customer behavior and manage supply chain risks in ways never before possible. The solution combines collaborative S&OP workflows from Steelwedge with powerful analytics from SAS, creating a single platform for predictive modeling, collaborative forecasting, price optimization, revenue and margin management, rough-cut capacity planning and inventory optimization. The end result is that decision makers can maximize market potential and profitability by quickly and confidently tracking fluctuations in demand, evaluating supply chain trade-offs and developing demand-driven sales and productions plans.
“Today’s volatile economy requires companies to ‘sense’ customer demand well in advance and make the right sales and supply chain adjustments to protect profitability,” explained Glen Margolis, CEO of Steelwedge. “The combination of Steelwedge and SAS means that companies can design sales, marketing and production strategies that are in perfect sync with sales and supply chain realities.”
SAS is used at more than 50,000 sites in more than 120 countries, including 93 of the top 100 companies on the 2010 FORTUNE Global 500® list. As the leader in analytics and predictive modeling, SAS helps companies use their customer, performance and financial information to make reliable business decisions.
“Companies that have focused on S&OP and becoming more demand-driven have clearly outperformed expectations in recent years,” said Randy Guard, Vice President of Product Management at SAS. “S&OP technology from Steelwedge combined with powerful SAS Analytics provides a tremendous value for companies looking to boost their supply chain performance in an unstable economy.”
Lora Cecere, a partner at Altimeter Group and author of the software blog Supply Chain Shaman, adds that “the combination of SAS Demand-Driven Forecasting in conjunction with Steelwedge S&OP offers the market advanced functionality to jump-start demand-driven initiatives.”
Founded in 2000, Steelwedge supercharges sales and operations planning (S&OP) and integrated business planning (IBP) with the power of automated collaboration and analytics. Executives depend on Steelwedge to understand fluctuating demand, balance sales and capacity trade-offs, connect S&OP with financial planning, and measure performance against strategic revenue and customer service targets. With more Cloud-based S&OP deployments than all of our competitors combined, Steelwedge is proud to serve leading companies including Applied Materials, DIRECTV, Emerson, General Electric, Juniper Networks, NVIDIA and Sara Lee.