Business consulting for planning and S&OP

WHAT WE HELP BUSINESSES WITH

Our consulting practice is spread across three main streams– Methodology Advisory as part of technological solutions, pure Business Consulting services and Change Management consulting.

METHODOLOGICAL ADVISORY
METHODOLOGICAL ADVISORY

Implementing Anaplan or any other of our technologies, the SME team supervise the rollout throughout the whole project to make sure customer expectations are met and the platform lands well with business.

BUSINESS CONSULTING
BUSINESS CONSULTING

We are experts in building from scratch or revamping cornerstone planning processes which are Sales & Operations planning (S&OP), Integrated business planning (IBP), Rolling planning, Financial planning and budgeting.

CHANGE MANAGEMENT
CHANGE MANAGEMENT

We can do Change Management consulting when launching our tech solutions or as a standalone service if it is needed.

METHODOLOGICAL ADVISORY

Implementing Anaplan or any other of our technologies, the SME team supervise the rollout throughout the whole project to make sure customer expectations are met and the platform lands well with business.

What it takes

01
Kick off phase
Define the need and document the scope for automation based on the client’s brief and additional interviews or a snap audit
02
Process design phase
Map out the exact process which needs to be automated, then help solution architects design the right platform setup. We normally adjust or upgrade your current process to unlock the full potential of a chosen solution
03
Ready-to-start phase
Assist in training internal teams on the specifics of the platform and the upcoming project, shape up and agree on a change management plan, build a “Change agents” team
04
Implementation phase
We will be with you during the whole project and will participate in user acceptance tests to get the solution fully operational on day one

Who makes it

Subject Matter Experts in planning (SME)
Specializing in specific planning processes like S&OP, Rolling planning, Financial planning, they provide methodology consulting services in automation projects.

BUSINESS CONSULTING

Pure Business Consulting services can be on different scales – from a quick-to-complete intervention into a specific burning issue, to a full-fledged project such as an S&OP process relaunch company-wide.

Integral consulting

Profound, full-fledged investigation and revamp of a process

  • Projects of 3 months and more
  • An end-to-end process consulting around S&OP, Rolling planning, Promo planning etc.
  • Building a group “Agents of change” who significantly contribute to the project
  • Not only recommendations on what to change, but also a change management service
Intervention consulting

Targeted intervention to diagnose and treat a specific part of a process or a problem

  • Projects of less than 3 months
  • Addressing a topical specific issue
  • Exists in a form of a process audit with recommendations or tackling specific aching areas within a process e.g. accelerating a Demand planning stage within the S&OP process
  • Includes services like Chairing (running core meetings), Facilitation (running work groups) and Training & Coaching (skills upgrade for teams)
Supervisory consulting

Extended progress supervision

  • Supervision of a process evolution either after its reload or when minor setbacks take place
  • Reporting of key pain points identified over a period and assistance in fixing them
  • 2 express audits with recommendations and 50 hours of consulting for a 6-month period

FINANCIAL CONSULTING

We consult on Financial planning, helping companies to adapt to the changing business environment by driving growth and maintaining costs processes.

01
Evaluating and fine-tuning
Financial processes so they are relevant to the strategy. Implementing flexible processes for evolving strategies
02
Incorporating
non-financial business drivers into FP&A processes – improving alignment with an S&OP process
03
Stimulating
Insights – assistance with management reporting, analysis and business partnering efforts
04
Shortening
Cycle Time – required for development of a new plan or forecast, resulting in more timely FP&A information
05
Long term planning
Assisting the organization in implementing a forward-looking approach
06
Adjusting
levels of detail – helping to focus the organization on planning sustainably for the long term

CHANGE MANAGEMENT

Change is the only constant element in business. The adaptation to change is a differentiating factor for companies. We are able to support you in change management related to automation or process consulting projects.

We look at change management from three different perspectives.

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Technology
The new platforms & interface with an existing system landscape
Process
The change in tasks & activities, and their connections
People
The necessary changes in mindset, behaviors and culture

CHANGE MANAGEMENT

Change is a healthy and vital part of any organization. However, change can be quite difficult. Based on our experience, there are a couple of typical issues which companies encounter while implementing change – as shown below. We also describe our approach on how to best overcome them.

Common issues

Resistance to change.

Employees are often concerned with how the change affects themselves or their department. This can happen during all phases of the changing project, and even after the change has been implemented

Communication issues.

Many companies do not have the right communication on changing projects with their employees. They often have too little communication, too few stakeholders involved, and the wrong content shared

Poor planning.

Many changing projects fail because their scope is not clearly defined, or the definition of the success is not properly endorsed. Timing gets regularly shifted because there is no follow-up on the plan

Our solutions

Employee engagement.

it’s important to build the employees’ understanding of the upcoming change (and particularly in the ‘WHY’ department), and actively involve them in the project. Also, an effective training program is essential to ensure a successful implementation

A communication strategy.

A consistent communication plan should be developed, using diverse channels and different stakeholders involved. Two-way communication is key, as employees should get the chance to have their feedback or concerns addressed

A consistent change plan.

We have developed a 9-stage model which can be applied to all projects we’re dealing with. It includes accurate planning and organization of the implementation, including the celebration of quick wins and long-term gains

WHO WE HAVE HELPED

Our purpose - discover the strengths and weaknesses of the target business process and offer a methodology and solutions, which will help to eliminate hurdles  for employees, smooth implementation of technologies and our customers’ business growth.

Demand planning
Production planning audit
Rolling planning
S&OP process reboot
Promo planning
S&OP process audit