Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is an iterative business management process that determines the optimum level of manufacturing output. The process is built upon stakeholder agreement and an approved consensus plan. To help stakeholders agree on a plan of action based on real-time data, S&OP software products include dashboards.that display data related to equipment, labor, facilities, material and finance. The purpose of the dashboards is to provide the stakeholders with a single, shared view of the data.
The business goals of S&OP include:
• Determining the balance between supply and demand.
• Avoiding wasteful production.
• Improving top line revenues.
• Optimizing resources for production.