SOURCE: Interlace Systems

May 16, 2007 08:00 ET

Annual S&OP Survey Indicates Continued Investment and Expansion

S&OP Becoming Part of Larger Enterprise Planning Landscape as Companies Continue to Make Broad Improvements

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2007 -- Interlace Systems, a leading provider of Integrated Business Planning™ software, today announced the results of its second annual S&OP survey. Results indicate that companies continue to make improvements across broad planning areas and are expanding S&OP beyond simple demand/supply balancing. The survey conducted in March 2007 targeted senior level planners in consumer goods, industrial manufacturing, high technology equipment, and medical/pharmaceutical companies.

"The results of this new survey reflect that more and more companies are making S&OP a core component of a larger integrated business planning initiative, "stated Jim Lodestro, president and CEO, Interlace Systems. "Over 50% of companies responded that their CFO or CEO is now the primary owner of S&OP, which is a major shift away from traditional supply chain planning."

Results from this survey were gathered from 148 respondents from corporations across a variety of manufacturing industries. 81% of the responses came from representatives in the consumer goods, industrial manufacturing, high technology equipment and medical/pharmaceutical industries. All companies surveyed had annual revenues in excess of $200 million.

Survey Highlights

The survey assessed the relative maturity of respondents' S&OP processes and where companies were making investments. Highlights include:

--  52% of survey respondents said the CFO or CEO were the primary
    executive sponsors for S&OP
--  89% of the survey respondents said S&OP is not working as well as they
    would like
--  68% of the survey respondents said they do not use S&OP effectively to
    align operations with their companies financial plan
--  95% of the survey respondents said investment levels were increasing
    or staying the same
--  The top area for planned investment is in software to support S&OP

More information about the survey can be found by downloading it from the Interlace Systems web site at

About Interlace Systems

Interlace Systems provides Integrated Business Planning software that bridges the gap between traditional business planning tools and execution 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 (S&OP). The company's products and services are marketed to large and mid-size enterprises in consumer goods, industrial manufacturing, and high-technology equipment and medical/pharmaceutical industries. Interlace Systems is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, contact (650) 574-1422 or visit

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