New JDA/SCM World Study Reveals Link Between Integrated Business Planning Maturity and Making Better Business Decisions in the C-Suite

Joint Research Report Finds That 63% of C-level Executives Believe IBP Is Effective and Impactful, Supporting a Unified Supply Chain Strategy

SCM World, Miami, Fla., and Scottsdale, Ariz., February 08, 2016

JDA Software Group, Inc. today announced the results of a new JDA/SCM World Research Report, entitled, “Authority at the C-Suite: Flipping the IBP Cascade to Drive Business Value,” that reveals the shift from Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) towards Integrated Business Planning (IBP) supports more advanced and effective business management. In the study of more than 1,000 supply chain professionals, 63% of top executives believe their company’s IBP is effective and impactful, offering organizations greater risk management and resiliency capabilities (tweet this).

“Supply chain leaders face many challenges in today’s volatile economy, including increased risk and uncertainty, putting pressure on profitability and growth,” said Fred Baumann, group vice president, manufacturing industry strategy, JDA. “The research shows a direct connection between effective IBP programs and improved risk monitoring and management, as well as to advanced supply chain capabilities such as supply chain segmentation and cost-to-serve analysis. The research also indicated that effective IBP programs are more likely to be automated, as are their risk management, segmentation and cost-to-serve processes. Automation unlocks the agility organizations need to not only reduce and prevent supply chain risks, such as supply shortages, production disruptions or quality issues, but also to better leverage segmentation and cost-to-serve analysis programs for more profitable operations. The lynchpin of these processes and capabilities is IBP, which is the foundation for a profitable and adaptive seamless supply chain.”

Organizations with advanced IBP capabilities have greater risk management and resiliency capabilities

Companies who said IBP is effective and impactful are nearly three times as likely to have real-time visibility to risk issues than those who have no IBP process in place (tweet this). These organizations also have more fully implemented global risk monitoring and control towers than companies that do not have IBP processes in place at a rate of 2X. Specifically, those who have an effective and impactful IBP program are more likely to have both real-time alerts in place or planned (82% vs. 55%) (tweet this) and have global risk monitoring and control towers in place or planned (79% vs. 53%) than companies that do not have an IBP program in place or planned. Those with impactful IBP programs are also more likely to have dedicated risk management teams (78% vs. 52%) (tweet this) and, not surprisingly, are far more likely to be automated (59% vs. 24%)

These findings suggest that companies that effectively leverage IBP programs have more mature supply chain operations supported by technology, and are better equipped to manage risk than their peers.

IBP is enabling automated supply chain segmentation and cost-to-serve analysis

Two of the most critical supply chain initiatives for profitable growth in today’s volatile, consumer-driven economy are supply chain segmentation and cost-to-serve analysis. Automating these two activities increases the value of IBP processes and technology. The study found that companies with automated IBP technology are more likely to also have automated supply chain segmentation programs (59% vs. 24%) and automated cost-to-serve analysis (69% vs. 38%) (tweet this). These companies better understand their customers and their value to the business, and can deliver improved service based on the needs of each segment.

More than half of the organizations surveyed who feel IBP is effective and impactful have automated IBP. Many of these companies enhance the IBP process with supply chain segmentation, which identifies unique customer value expectations, the network capabilities needed to deliver against those expectations and supports appropriate supply chain operating models for each segment on an ongoing basis. Additionally, almost 70% of those surveyed with IBP technology that is effective and impactful also have automated cost-to-serve analysis, which identifies which segments and/or customers are more costly to serve, and thus most impact margins. Cost-to-serve analysis is a critical input to segmentation strategies which can be an integral part of effective IBP programs. Automation also eliminates much of the laborious preparation work for IBP analysis.

“The quantitative data and case examples in this research point to a clear trend: automation of front-end preparation frees up valuable resources to focus on actions after executive decisions are made,” said Matt Davis, senior vice president, research, SCM World. “Tomorrow’s IBP will foster a process in which supply chain will arm the C-suite not just with visibility on the future but, more importantly, what to do in response to that insight, all while balancing risk and opportunity.”

The research was based on SCM World annual supply chain management survey and executive interviews conducted in late 2015. Download a copy here.

JDA’s Danny Halim, vice president, Global Distribution & 3PL Industry Strategy will be speaking at SCM World Live, this week in Miami, along with Charlie Enzinger, vice president USA Supply Chain Planning, Univar, on the topic of “Delivering a Seamless Supply Chain – Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way,” providing insight and perspective based on Univar’s experience to improve the way it delivers world-class chemistry and related products to its customers, seamlessly.

Additional Resources:

  • Attend our webinar on these research findings here on March 8.
  • Join us at the SCM World “From Vision to Value” event April 3-4 in San Diego. Register here.
  • Join JDA at SCM World Live Americas, this week in Miami, February 8-11.

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About JDA Software Group, Inc.

At JDA, we’re fearless leaders. We’re the leading provider of end-to-end, integrated retail, omni-channel and supply chain planning and execution solutions for more than 4,000 customers worldwide.  Our unique solutions empower our clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve collaboration so they can deliver on their customer promises every time. Using JDA, you can plan to deliver. www.jda.com  

About SCM World

SCM World is the cross-industry learning community powered by the world's most influential supply chain practitioners. It helps senior executives share best practice insights in order to shape the future of supply chain.  Membership of the SCM World community, gives access to predictive, ground-breaking research which is focused on driving innovation in supply chain. The annual research agenda is set by an advisory board of the world's top supply chain leaders and the world's leading business schools and is designed to provoke thinking around the future trends affecting the profession.

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