“The state of S&OP in Finland” was the topic of the Sep 22 iBsing pioneers call with almost 20 S&OP and IBP practitioners from different industries. Many thanks to Timo Rantala, who provided the introduction speech and shared preliminary results of an ongoing academic research from Arcada University of applied sciences involving real IBP/S&OP practitioners. Special […]

The Truth is not in the middle, and not in one extreme; but in both extremes. (Charles Simeon) In yesterday’s iBsing pioneers call a controversial question has been discussed: “What is the purpose of IBP?” Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is not about “who is right, who is wrong”, but about trade-offs. Integrated Business Sensing (iBsing) […]

“Ei kysyvä tieltä eksy.” Is a Finnish saying and means: “Who asks for the road doesn’t get lost.” In that spirit I am looking forward to new perspectives from our guest speaker: Timo Rantala, Head of Integrated Business Planning at Tikkurila will provide an update on “The status of S&OP in Finland”, which is based on […]

C-Level leaders are more and more reliant on Supply Chain Managers because… ⇨ they have the 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 ⇨ they address the 𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐬 ⇨ they are 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 ⇨ they have the 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝 ⇨ they are striving towards 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 However, what happens if the C-Level leaders… ⇨ do not want to hear the […]

In 1982, William Edwards Deming (1900-1993) – the leading management thinker in the field of quality – presented “Deming’s 14 points” in his book “Quality, Productivity, and Competitive Position” (later renamed “Out of the Crisis”). In 2022, Deming’s 14 points are still valid, and 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 […]

I am looking forward to the 7th Annual “S&OP to Integrated Business Planning (IBP)” Summit on 1-2 Dec 2022 in Amsterdam! That will be a great opportunity to learn more about current IBP trends from high calibre speakers of top companies across different industries. As part of that event, I am pleased to present some […]

I am looking forward to provide the introduction presentation for the 34th iBsing pioneers call on Mon, 22nd Aug at 16:00 to 17:00 CET. The topic will be the “WHY, HOW and WHAT of IBP.” From my experience, most IBP teams have a great focus on the “WHAT” and the “WHY” (e.g. Financial Health). However, […]


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–         The other department has no clue –         IBP will never work –         newsletters will always suck 👎 😟 For those who are more optimistic and who are looking into… –         fostering collaboration and team 𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 across organisations –         boosting organisational 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 and improvement via IBP –         the Integrated Business Sensing (𝒊𝑩𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈) framework … please just let me know. I could […]

“If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.” (Greg McKeown) Thanks to Ling Pizzinato, Director Global Supply Chain at Teva, for the insightful presentation: “How to connect, simplify and filter information in IBP?” in yesterday’s 33st iBsing pioneers call. Despite the holiday period we had a fantastic group of eight S&OP/IBP practitioners who […]

Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is a brilliant process to nurture cross-functional team engagement and achieve outstanding organisational performance. From my experience a 𝒎𝒂𝒋𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒏 𝑰𝑩𝑷 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒎𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒃𝒆 𝒅𝒓𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒎𝒔. However, there are some areas, where external consultancy can be of great support. Principles for a successful IBP transformation: ⇨ […]