Integrated Business Planning (IBP) takes the principles of Sales and Operations Planning (i.e. the de-risking of supply chains through the alignment of supply with demand) and applies those principles to the entire business. It extends S&OP into production, distribution and inventory execution. In doing so, it enables you to react to real-time events and make any necessary planning adjustments.
This process integrates the operational, financial and executive functions of a global organisation around the processes used to de-risk its supply chains. It puts your supply chain at the centre of strategic and operational planning and engages all key stakeholders in the process.
By linking supply chain planning to strategic decision making in this way, global manufacturing businesses can drive collaboration, cost reductions and profitable growth. It also ensures that your data is not siloed and is available to the entire organisation.
Despite the obvious benefits of IBP, there are barriers to its adoption, principally legacy technologies, habit (such as the use of spreadsheets as a primary planning tool) and an inability to undertake complex scenario planning.
I-Plan removes these barriers. It does this by de-risking your supply chain at every level from long-term strategic planning to minute by minute operational changes. By doing so, it puts you in control of your supply chain and your business.