THE BOTTOM LINE

Beyond Excel in supply chain planning

As supply chain planners are being asked to build more agility into increasingly global and complex value chains, organizations are prioritizing speed rather than optimization. While seeking to achieve more integrated, cross-sectional planning, supply chain professionals are struggling to keep pace and surface relevant data when consolidating a multitude of disparate spreadsheets. Balancing continued use of spreadsheets in a value-add capacity for quick, ad hoc analysis while avoiding the creation digital silos remains a tricky proposition for supply chain planning departments. With end-to-end visibility and greater agility as goals for many organizations, it is imperative to transition away from spreadsheets to a tool that provides analysis—as well as improved collaboration—in real time.