SOURCE: Interlace Systems

October 17, 2005 08:00 ET

Interlace and Plan4Demand Team to Deliver World-Class Sales & Operations Planning Solutions

Firms Target Companies in Consumer Goods, High Tech and Discrete Manufacturing

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 17, 2005 -- Interlace Systems, a leading provider of Operational Performance Planning software, today announced it has executed a partnership agreement with Plan4Demand, a leading supply chain consulting and systems integration firm, to deliver high value Sales and Operations Planning solutions to the consumer goods, high tech and discrete manufacturing markets.

Interlace Systems and Plan4Demand will work together to deliver comprehensive, end-to-end process consulting and technology solutions to companies looking to improve their existing Sales and Operations Planning processes.

Lora Cecere, research director at AMR Research, states, "S&OP continues to be a core of DDSN leadership strategies. The twist is the movement of scenarios planning to not only consider supply, demand, and profitability, but also evaluate the scenarios for agility and risk," in the AMR research report, 'Supply Chain Risk Management Strategies, Part I.'

Plan4Demand has a rich history of helping companies in the consumer goods, high tech, and discrete manufacturing industries design and implement high performance supply chain solutions. Both companies have seen a tremendous increase in market demand for improved S&OP solutions. In addition to seeking assistance in developing best-practice process improvements, companies are evaluating new tools that are better able to facilitate complex cross functional business planning.

"As hands-on practitioners in building and optimizing S&OP processes, we are excited to work with Interlace Systems," said Lisa Kustra, CEO, Plan4Demand. "Their solution addresses a chronic issue with traditional vendor solutions and provides the pertinent information planners require to do on-demand business scenario modeling, including demand, supply and financial impact assessment. The Interlace solution will empower S&OP planners to have an immediate and profound impact on bottom-line performance."

The Interlace Dynamic Planning solution enables S&OP teams to easily develop and align demand and supply plans that reconcile with a company's financial performance goals. Interlace automates the time-consuming process of collecting and consolidating data stored in multiple disconnected systems and allows planners to use a simple Excel front-end to build scenario models that are critical to S&OP decision making. With built-in collaboration, workflow, approvals and audit capabilities, the Interlace solution gives S&OP teams unparalleled control over changes to the operating plan of record and the ability to make continuous improvements to operational planning.

"We believe in aligning with industry leaders who share our vision of delivering end-to-end operational planning solutions designed to address the unique needs of the customer," said Jim Lodestro, president and CEO, Interlace Systems. "Plan4Demand is a proven leader in the industry and has distinguished itself by delivering exceptional customer service and business value. We are excited to be working with them to deliver high performance S&OP solutions to our customers."

About Interlace Systems

Interlace Systems provides Operational Performance Planning software that bridges the gap between traditional business planning tools and execution systems. Now executives and planners can use a simple Excel front-end to model complex business problems using the Interlace server that automates the collection and consolidation of data stored in multiple disconnected systems. The solution is used to support a variety of critical operational planning processes such as consensus demand plan creation and management, material component exposure and liability estimation, and sales and operations planning. The company's products and services are marketed to large and mid-size enterprises in high-technology and electronics, discrete manufacturing and consumer goods industries. Interlace Systems is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, contact (650) 574-1422 or visit

Interlace Systems and the Interlace Dynamic Planning solution are trademarks of Interlace Systems, Inc. All other products and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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