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An Unexpected Holiday Gift: E2open’s S&OP Infographic

Date posted: January 12, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I often find the holiday-themed content from organizations a bit less than festive. Mixing Santa with commercially driven content often falls into the realm of cliché, yet it almost seems mandatory for many companies as the New Year approaches.

Yet each year there’s always a surprise. For me, this year’s happy holiday content was E2open’s S&OP Made Easy infographic that takes an important and complex subject and makes it understandable for those who don’t live in that world everyday.

Let me admit I’m biased toward well-done infographics. In an increasingly visual business world, they are an excellent tool to simply and powerfully address issues or subjects that can get complex quickly in text. This infographic accomplishes this feat by providing an excellent tutorial:

  • It establishes why the S&OP process is something important to know about.
  • It clearly defines the process and its purpose.
  • It explains how to ensure the effectiveness of the process.
  • Then it shows how to use the process for a single or blended product line.
  • Finally, it shows how to expand the sales of the product line.

The infographic uses the seasonal example of selling hot chocolate with some nifty graphics that are reminiscent of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts. And just like that strip’s famous holiday show, this is holiday content that promises to keep on giving after you open it up—the definition of a good present.

Check it out!