Together with supply chain visibility, planning processes are operations management’s lifeblood.
Spanning from aggregated planning (sales & operations planning) to detailed scheduling, from sales to supply planning, a well-structured and integrated planning process enables the systematic harmonisation of the organisation’s goals around a “single version of the truth” that drives all operating activities.
There is no control without planning, and there is no improvement without control.
The more the operations are going global, the more the integrated planning processes are crucial. Their complexity is growing as well, in a more-than-proportional way up to the extent of making them unmanageable if not properly structured and modularised.