There is a lot of garbage on any topic on the internet, so we can’t be surprised if we find some S&OP garbage floating around. Sometimes though, it can come from somewhere you wouldn’t expect. In this case it came from a Professor Operations Planning & Control on a pretty respectable site, which I follow regularly.
I write this because I care about the topic. I have to remember it’s only a blog, but this crossed the line of S&OP decency, especially coming from a Professor. The first sentence of the blog ‘The first time I Learned about S&OP was in 1991’, is followed in the second paragraph with ‘It was only 15 years later that S&OP popped up again’. The rest of the blog actually sort of proofs that the writer hasn’t moved on with S&OP since 1991. The blog ends with ‘my advice: meetings, excel and KISS’……WTF?
Have a read yourself and please let me know if I’m overreacting and I just have to accept that S&OP is a hot topic at the moment and everybody can say what they think about it. http://www.supplychainmovement.com/sop-the-single-plan-and-surprises/
And now over to the positive news is: Everybody can become an expert quit quickly. I tell you why.
It is almost 15 years ago that McKinsey asked me as a subject matter expert for a research interview on the development of e-marketplaces. I worked at IBM and was on top of the B2B alliances between IBM, i2, and Ariba. I went to i2 Tradematrix seminars in several countries and was on top of things. The internet and integrated planning dreams of then are now mostly reality. I still respect the visionary view of i2 back then, although this was all just before the IT bubble busted. But hey, at 26, I was the expert being interviewed by those smart guys from McKinsey. Cool huh?
I might just move on from S&OP and pick a small niche and start reading up. Before I know I’m one of few subject matter experts. As I’m working on developing an app with supply chain capability, I might just become an expert in apps!