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April 5, 2024

o9 Demand Planning - Risks and Opportunities 

Conclude our enlightening 4-part series on mastering demand planning with o9. In this final installment, we focus on the critical elements of identifying, simulating, and incorporating risks and opportunities into the planning process. Learn how the o9 platform enables planning executives to effectively simulate the impacts of various scenarios directly, offering a clear view of potential upsides and downsides to inform strategic decision-making. This capability is essential for enhancing organizational agility and ensuring preparedness for any market condition.

This video will guide you through:
- The significance of quick simulation of risks and opportunities within the o9 platform for immediate impact evaluation, crucial for agile and informed decision-making.
- Step-by-step instructions on creating, simulating, and finalizing risks and opportunities during planning meetings, including how to utilize the simulation table and waterfall simulation chart for comprehensive impact analysis.
- The process of integrating identified risks and opportunities into the plan, thereby creating a dynamic and resilient planning strategy that accounts for potential uncertainties.

By the end of this series, you'll understand how o9's risks and opportunities management tool not only facilitates cross-functional visibility and collaboration but also empowers executives to make expert decisions swiftly, moving confidently from data to knowledge to decisions.

Why are risk and opportunities important?

Every day, people in different roles will spot multiple risks and opportunities to the business. The challenges are that it is still very slow to simulate these risks and opportunities and immediately evaluate the impact on plants. And it is also not easy to get the right level of cross functional visibility and collaboration to take the decisions.

Being able to do this effectively is a key contribution to increased agility in an organization.

o9 provides a capability where risks and opportunities can be entered directly into the platform, planning executives can simulate the effect of different risks and opportunities and clearly understand the downside and upside potential over and above the plan. Once decisions are made, these risks and opportunities can then be included as part of the plan with a simple action. How to perform and opportunities in the o9 platform, the steps of the risks and opportunities workflow start by creating a risk or an opportunity at the appropriate level. During any planning meeting, one or more of these risk and opportunities can be simulated to see the impact on the volume and subsequently be finalized.

As we lock them, we will also be creating a repository with a comprehensive overview of all identified risks and opportunities, including the owner, probability, comments, start date, end date, etc. Here, we see the risk and opportunity simulation tab, where the S&OP coordinator can review risks and opportunities in the simulation table. You can also use the checkbox to select them for simulation and view the resulting impact of them in the risk and opportunities waterfall simulation chart. We can then evaluate the unconstrained outlook, including these risks and opportunities.

The S&OP coordinator, can use the risk and opportunity's capability to create and monitor any positive or negative impacts to the unconstrained outlook. And present them to the management during an IBP demand review process.

o9 risks and opportunity empowers executives to create, simulate, and apply downsides and upsides directly in the planning meetings, providing them with a framework, to get cross functional visibility and collaborate to expert decision making, accelerating with accuracy, from data to knowledge to decisions.

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