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Is S&OP Really Necessary? Integrated Supply Chain Planning

Posted by Michael Thompson on Tue, Nov 30, 2010

From Monty Python to S&OP and integrated supply chain planning in one blog.  The next instalment ....

 Dear Mike

I thought that you were joking when you said my email would Supply Chain Discussionmake a great series of articles about integrated supply chain planning.

Although I am still not sure what you intend, I would be happy to contribute to the series. And yes I still believe that S&OP is not necessary for some companies. I await further instruction.



Dear Mr Thompson

Thank you for your recent letter inviting me to join in the debate “Is S&OP Really Necessary - the role of Integrated Supply Chain Planning”. 

As I am open to new ideas, I am happy to join in.

Yours sincerely


PS – It’s a good job that I like Monty Python. 


Dear Mr Thompson

I disapprove of your last blog.  Not only is it insulting to Chief Executives, and potentially blasphemous (you know what I mean), it ignores some basic facts about supply chain planning.

I am not sure what your “Head of Supply Chain Development, Jacek” has in mind, but your CEO Reginald has the right instincts. 

Organisations do not need S&OP.

Well run companies with a sound supply chain supported by good processes, well integrated ERP systems and well trained competent people do not need S&OP. 

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

Brian (anon)


Dear Brian

Thank you for your letter.

I actually agree with you. The purpose of the blog was to start a discussion. 

Reginald & Jacek have agreed to discuss the issues in a debate.  Reginald has promised to come with an open mind.  Jacek has agreed not to get too technical.  I have offered to moderate the debate. 

Please do feel free to contribute.

Yours sincerely

Michael Thompson


Does anyone else out there wish to contribute.  Please do share your thoughts & experiences regarding S&OP and integrated Supply Chain Planning.

More to come ....

In this series:

  1. What has S&OP ever done for us?
  2. The Role of Integrated Supply Chain Planning
  3. Is S&OP Really Necessary? Forecasting & Supply Chain Responsiveness
  4. What has S&OP ever done for us? A great deal actually...
  5. To S&OP or not to S&OP - That is the question
  6. What has S&OP ever done for us? The role of the CEO

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