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December 17, 2010 08:00 ET

Steelwedge Launches Online Lecture Series Featuring S&OP Experts

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2010) -  Steelwedge, the leading provider of cloud-based sales and operations planning (S&OP) solutions, announced today that it has launched a video lecture series featuring S&OP and supply chain experts and innovators. The free "S&OP Master Class" program offers the business community convenient access to the latest thinking on critical forecasting and planning topics. Thought-provoking discussions with Lora Cecere, a partner with Altimeter Group, and Blake Johnson, a Stanford University professor, are now available online.

Best-in-class companies are pioneering creative ways to deploy people, processes and technology to improve how they predict, assess and respond to demand uncertainty and supply chain risks. The "S&OP Master Class" is a way to quickly discover new and innovative approaches that are getting results.

In the first installment, Lora Cecere (click to view) discusses the challenges that are driving S&OP adoption. Learn why Lora has concluded that companies with strong S&OP processes and tools are flourishing, and in fact, are able to sense changes in demand five times faster than their competitors. Lora is a partner with Altimeter Group and is a supply chain visionary who understands technology.

In the second installment, Blake Johnson, Ph.D. (click to view) explains how leading companies are incorporating demand and supply uncertainty into their S&OP process. Learn why Blake encourages companies to forecast a range of potential demand as a way to achieve optimal levels of supply chain flexibility. A consulting professor at Stanford University, Blake is an expert in the field of supply chain risk and flexibility and contributor to the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum.

Future participants in the series will include Tom Wallace, an S&OP educator who has authored or co-authored over a dozen books including Sales & Operations Planning: The How-To Handbook, 3rd Ed, and Charles Chase a business enablement manager at SAS and author of Demand-Driven Forecasting: A Structured Approach to Forecasting.

About Steelwedge: Founded in 2000, Steelwedge supercharges executive sales and operations planning (S&OP) and integrated business planning (IBP) with the power of automated collaboration and analytics. Executives depend on Steelwedge to understand fluctuating demand, balance sales and capacity trade-offs, connect S&OP with financial planning, and measure performance against strategic revenue and customer service targets. Steelwedge is proud to serve many leading companies including DIRECTV, Emerson, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard and NVIDIA.

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