The tradition of making resolutions goes back 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians who celebrated the end of the old year by making promises to their gods.
The Romans also made vows to the god Janus (hence January) asking for forgiveness in exchange for gifts! In 46BC when Julius Caesar changed the calendar, resolutions became more recognisable with people making promises such as showing kindness to others.
In medieval times knights affirmed their commitment to chivalry at the change of year.
To all our followers – please keep following us in 2018 which proves to be an exciting year for Foresite. We have new European customers going live in January and in Q1 we will be releasing an exciting retail demand planning application for FMCG companies. We have other exciting developments planned for Q2 so keep following and sending us your comments and suggestions.
But what of our business resolutions? Let’s begin by organising our customer fulfillment activities effectively with sensible and pragmatic demand planning!
Foresite publishes its new leave-behind for 2018 – “Drive Demand – Deliver Service”. This functional overview is a concise and informative synopsis of the powerful functionality of Foresite demand planning and sales forecasting software. This is therefore a must-read for operations managers looking to align customer fulfilment with sales; efficiently and profitably.
“So many businesses operate in silos. S&OP is a means of overcoming this insular approach. At both a strategic and operational level, optimising a business by alignment through S&OP can transform performance and gain competitive advantage in service, sales, cost, capital and reputation.
It does not provide a business with a crystal ball, but it does provide a vehicle with which to analyse potential scenarios and their likely impact and a solid model with which to assess sudden changes. It is also a seamless interface between production planning and customer fulfilment, informed decision making, business control and governance.
Furthermore, implementing S&OP is a vehicle to better decision-making and collaborative working. To run the process well you need a forecast for every product, a set of inventory policies, a capacity plan and a production plan; and you can’t work that all out on a piece of paper, or on an excel spreadsheet for that matter. Business systems are therefore required to support Sales and Operations Planning.”
Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is the subject of our latest whitepaper “IBP – Demand Planning & Forecasting”. Gartner have cited a massive shift in companies creating digital connections within and across their supply chain operations. And a recent study for Aberdeen Group showed that 85% of companies implementing formal demand management generated significant performance improvements. Average gains include 13% improvement in overall forecast accuracy, 24% gain in inventory turns and 5% improvement in gross margin.
We explore how companies that work toward the Demand Driven Value Networks ideal use demand forecasting (e.g. Foresite) within their S&OP. This is a key differentiating capability, so they can plan, sense and shape to brings profitable balance to the business.
Marketers are very familiar with this concept and use it to great effect. Six degrees of separation is the idea that all living things are six or fewer steps away from each other. So a chain of “friend of a friend” statements can connect any two people in six steps maximum . Six degrees of separation was once dramatically proved by the BBC Horizon documentary. They connected a person in the UK with an unrelated lady in China making only six phone calls.
Six degrees was originally set out in 1929 by Frigyes Karinthy (1887-1938). A Hungarian author, playwright, poet, journalist, and translator who revolutionised the art of humour and satire. He gathered his scientific knowledge from books, and also from his scientist friends. He also devoted his attention to contemporary philosophers. He said: “The opposite to war is not peace, but the revolution of ideas”. How true that is in today’s technology and business environment. Today we use channel analytics and commercial intelligence seek out the 6 degrees in systematic way.
At Foresite we are increasingly being asked by our clients to provide sales training and consultancy as FP&A teams move away from compliance and optimisation, towards a strategic, customer-facing, disruptive role. Firstly this raises the importance of business partnering. Also the need to leverage the technology to deliver meaningful demand-side and customer fulfilment planning.
Sales Training Consultants – YOU CAN HELP!
Due to the wide geographical spread of our clients we want to focus on delivering our core sales technology. We find that this resonates well with current sales coaching methodologies from the consultants that we have recently worked along-side. We therefore want to partner with suitable sales consultancies that could benefit from such an alliance.
If you believe that your organisation can meet this challenge we would love to hear from you. Also discover how we can help you to extend your consultancy terms and generate residual income. We have many opportunities for consultants and resellers alike, so lets talk!
Today’s business environment places a premium on understanding the customer and knowing how to compete for the future. Therefore empowered buyers are driving up revenue risk, causing companies to wake-up and get competitive.
Consequences of a customer-led, digital centric market are becoming very apparent!
We therefore recommend talking to Foresite SPA to see how Customers Intelligence (CI) might provide the client-centric metrics needed to achieve customers’ fulfilment targets. We are experienced in producing the demand-side data and metrics that are needed for good client fulfilment processes. This forms the cornerstone of your sales and operations planning processes.
When you outperform your markets and competitors you drive down revenue risk in your business.
We all seek proof of concept for our ideas and inventions and the same is true for new management techniques. Ambitious businesses always seek sales pipeline and performance analytics and Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). Therefore Foresite predominantly operates with such companies to provide these solutions.
Proving the point; Foresite are coming to the end of a three-month marketing campaign. Firstly direct calls to UK manufacturing and service companies across various sectors. Next we aim them at only those companies in receipt of growth funding from PE houses. Finally, at our first wash-up meeting it was shown that 70% of companies we approached understood and expressed an interest in the sales planning solutions we provide, and 8% have requested some follow-up action.
Therefore, not surprisingly we are extending our marketing to a much wider group and will share our more detailed findings in due course – so watch this space!