Our SpecialismsManufacturing Systems
We do not have standard off the shelf solutions as we believe that every situation is different and therefore a tailored solution is always going to deliver better more sustainable results.
The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is the central nervous system of the business. If it is healthy, it provides the sensory input to management, so they can understand what is happening with customers, suppliers, and employees. It helps management respond, by coordinating the company’s resources to win customers, deliver in full, on time to cost, manage the pound notes and integrate all business functions in doing so, just like muscles in a body.
Despite all these opportunities, most companies fail when in it comes to implementing or upgrading and maintaining their ERP system.
There are many horror stories where the implementation of ERP has created havoc and lost margins by not being respected during their implementation and use.
Ask simple questions to identify how effective your system is, such as: –
“Do my people use excel spreadsheets outside of the system?”
“Do I trust the data within my system?”
“Do the reports generated help me make good decisions?”
“Do all functions use core data from the system to produce reports or do they have to fudge?”
These questions are nothing to do with IT just simple common sense. You need to use common sense to fix any issues probably outside of IT using front end systems to pull data from the heart of the system and present it in such a way that Management can quickly recognise what the issues are and what needs to be done to fix them.
Clive Whitegate can help you through the fog of IT but there are no one size fits all solutions and it is all based on data accuracy and having processes to Virus Hunt and correct poor-quality data.
Sales and Operations Planning
Sales and operations planning (S&OP), sometimes known as aggregate planning, is a process where executive level management regularly meets and reviews projections for demand, supply, and the resulting financial impact. S&OP is a decision-making process that makes certain that tactical plans in every business area are in line with the overall view of the company’s business plan. The overall result of the S&OP process is that a single operating plan is created that identifies the allocation of company resources, including time, money and employees.
Companies that have an effective sales and operations planning process are improving their visibility across their enterprise. They can improve product management, improve promotional planning, minimize unnecessary build ups of inventory and sometimes most importantly create robust Financial Forecasts that you and your Team can believe and work towards…
Effective S&OP Systems are few and far between. Comments like: –
“The Sales guys will not keep their pipeline data up to date!”
“The Sales guys will not turn up to meetings!”
“Ops never achieve their deliveries anyway!”
“Suppliers always let us down!”
“Finance cannot use S&OP data in forecasts they have to fudge it first!”
At the end of the day we work within a highly complex Eco-System with variables outside of our control, but we can simulate and Forecast the “What Ifs” and we can help develop full Digital Twins of your business within its Eco-System.
Clive Whitegate can help to improve your S&OP through to full Digital Twinning using common sense solutions in a down to earth way.
3SI Security Systems, a specialist provider of products and services to protect cash, have used Clive Whitegate to provide business and operations expertise in their HQ facility in Brussels.
They have proved to be valuable partners, delivering excellence in organisational management, operations processes, HR development and risk assessment across the European organisation. They have engaged with the business and the people, understood the key issues, and created effective strategies to address them. They continue to give excellent support to ensure the very significant recovery that they supported is maintained.
They have engaged with the business and the people, understood the key issues, and created effective strategies to address them. They continue to give excellent support to ensure the very significant recovery that they supported is maintained.