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Who’s in Charge? Breaking Through S&OP Challenges at Global Enterprises With Richard Markoff

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Caleb Masters Podcast Producer at o9 Solutions, Inc.
Caleb MastersPodcast Producer at o9 Solutions, Inc.

Hear how business leaders can ensure their S&OP processes set up every function for success.

It’s clear that S&OP matters to businesses, but it’s not always clear who should be in charge of this process. According to Richard Markoff, supply chain researcher, lecturer, and co-author of The Digital Supply Chain Challenge: Breaking Through, companies with a robust S&OP process “won” the pandemic. But while many companies’ S&OP processes carried them through the pandemic, many organizations’ S&OP governance is murky at best, leading to unnecessary tension, failure to achieve alignment across key functions, and value leakage in the form of poorer customer service, higher inventory, longer lead times, and less stable production rates.

How can business leaders ensure their S&OP processes set every function up for overall success?

In this episode of Masters of Digital Transformation, Richard joins Patrick Lemoine, VP of Industry Solutions at o9 Solutions, and host Caleb Masters to explore which function(s) should own the S&OP process, as well as:

  • The true meaning of S&OP (hint: it’s not a deliverable).
  • Why coordination and collaboration are the keys to unlocking an effective S&OP process.
  • How demand plan manipulation contributes to S&OP tension.
  • What Richard’s research says prevents S&OP from meeting the demands of today’s supply chain leaders and how general managers can help.
  • How supply chain leaders can take the findings in the research to their general managers and motivate them to take the next steps.
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Caleb Masters Podcast Producer at o9 Solutions, Inc.

Caleb Masters

Podcast Producer at o9 Solutions, Inc.

Caleb Masters is a content creator and strategist who leads thoughtful and insightful conversations for brands to educate, inspire, and entertain listeners and convert to bottom-line results through new media, including podcasts, webinars, and live-streamed videos. In his ten-plus years of experience as a content creator, he's led teams and served as on-air talent, where he's spoken with thought leaders across the supply chain, leadership, HR, HCM technology, and entertainment industries. He currently hosts and produces the o9 Solutions podcast, Masters of Digital Transformation.


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