Drive Demand – Deliver Service

New Foresite Leave-behind for 2018

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.

Drive Demand and Deliver Service

Whether this is part of a formal sales and operations planning (S&OP) or integrated business planning (IBP) system, or just your regular production and supply planning, make this your first New Year’s resolution to drive efficiency and profitability.

Download your copy of our  functional overview now by visiting our Publications page under Technical Documents.

Drive Demand - Deliver Service
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The Importance of S&OP

We saw this excellent article and wanted to share it. At Foresite we are strong supporters of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and work with companies who are taking the plunge to integrate their demand-side and supply-side processes. Whether this is full-blown IBP (Integrated Business Planning) or something more simple and practical. The important point is therefore that implementing S&OP is a vehicle to better decision-making and collaborative working.

S&OP Highlights

“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.”

Courtesy of Interim Partners. Interview with Rupert Tubbs by Sarah Simpson (Principal of Consumer Manufacturing at Interim Partners).

Importance of S and OP
Foresite: Business Planning

IBP – Driving Efficiency & Profit

Foresite’s Latest Whitepaper on IBP

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.

IBP Integrated Business Planning
Foresite: ‘Way We Work’ Collaboration

 

Did You Know? – Six Degrees of Separation

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.

Courtesy of Wikipedia and the Literary Encyclopedia.

Six Degrees of Separation
Six Degrees of Separation

Mars

National Geographic – Foresite on Mars

We want to share this remarkable excerpt from the National Geographic program “Mars“. Firstly it echoes exactly our messaging so well that it could have been written for us.

Because we know that every entrepreneur needs Foresite, we are glad to see that these clever film writers agree.

Enjoy and please share!

© 2017 National Geographic Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.

View from the Other Side – Demand Planning

We’re always told that it’s good to consider the other persons perspective. Things can look very different from the other side. And so demand planning should align with customer fulfillment.

Supply Chain Top 25 – Demand Planning

We know that better than most. We discover, surprisingly, that the growth of the potential market for Foresite

is greater than expected. The revelation came from Gartner’s “Supply Chain Top 25 for 2017” (24 May2017) which discusses the latest developments in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software towards S&OP (Sales and Operations Planning), citing the emergence of demand-driven leadership as key in promoting supply chains that orchestrate a profitable response to demand.

In short, demand planning, as we know, is the lifeblood that fuels all supply planning and FP&A processes, but what the ERP vendors quickly came to realise was the following:

  • how inaccessible this data is in most companies, even from CRM systems
  • ERP/S&OP therefore uses statistical modelling based on historical data which is unreliable
  • Vast inconsistencies exist in how to  calculate and these metrics. Furthermore no one can agree

Introduce a little Foresite – we are currently looking to open discussions with several selected vendors to close this important gap.

 

Demand Planning and Customer Fulfilment
Demand Planning and Customer Fulfilment Software

ATTENTION Sales Training Consultants!

ATTENTION Sales Training Consultants

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!

Contact us today.

 

Attention Sales Training Consultants!
Attention Sales Training Consultants!

The Age of the Customer

The customer is the fundamental driver of change.

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!

So says Forrester Research in their ‘2017 Predictions’ whitepaper, recommending companies to take a hard look at their culture, processes, technology, and business metrics to understand how to compete and win in this challenging age.

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.

The Customer Drives Change
Foresite: The Age of the Customer

If Proof Were Needed…

Foresite Proof of Concept

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!

Proof of Concept
Foresite: Proof of Concept

Foresite Wins BP’s Business of the Week Award!

BP Award Winner

We are delighted to have been picked as this week’s award winner of BrightPig.COM’s  weekly Twitter competition for “Business of the Week”. Furthermore BBC Dragons Den ‘s Theo Paphitis recognises this accolade.

Award in more detail

Firstly, becoming a winner of the #BrightPigWINNER accolade is a fantastic opportunity for our business. Hence we appreciate the recognition of our efforts in supporting ambitious businesses hugely . Bright Pig are an awards-winning marketing company, helping Small Businesses become visible with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) & Social Media.

Foresite are the first company that Yellow Mouse Studios (YMS) recommended to BrightPig that became a winner. YMS are a professional design studio that specialise in 2D and 3D animations. Foresite use YMS for their social media support. YMC have also created our awesome homepage animation. We will work with YMS to create an exciting new animated video for 2018.

They say everybody has 15 minutes of fame, so Foresite are ecstatic to receive a whole 10,080 minutes!

BP Award Winner
Foresite wins BP Award