Next week, I’m looking forward to attending the Kinaxis Annual User and Training Conference in Phoenix.  This conference has a rather appropriate name, Kinexions, a gathering of customers and prospects with interests around Kinaxis RapidResponse technology. We would like to inform Supply Chain Matters readers that this blog will be providing dispatches from this event most of next week, in addition to our regular commentary.

Kinaxis itself has been on a roll this past year, and the collection of RapidResponse applications has been garnering lots of interest.  In early October, the vendor announced RapidResponse S&OP Edition, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application brought out to address sales and operations planning process needs in fast changing industry environments.

In August, I had the opportunity to observe a demonstration of this application. S&OP Edition builds on the single data model and rapid planning capabilities of the RapidResponse platform, but adds a lot more in terms of the ability to support specific planning, execution and analysis needs related to S&OP.  The functionality is role-based (planning, operations, product management, finance, …) and provides rich capabilities with consolidated views of product demand and supply.  It is also event-driven, alerting which participants are specifically impacted by changed business scenarios. It includes an important hierarchical disaggregation/aggregation capability which can aide in quickly converting S&OP top level planning into a feasible unit level plan.  I was especially impressed with the user-friendly interface, audit tracking capabilities of various S&OP decisions, and the powerful, highly visual analytics and scenario-building capabilities of this application.

In addition to learning more about the introduction and early adopter customers of S&OP Edition, I’m also looking forward to meeting and connecting with supply chain planning and analysis professionals to get a check-in on current business challenges.  The conference agenda calls for interesting presentations from companies such as Cisco, Jabil, Research in Motion (RIM), Raytheon and Qualcomm. The Kinaxis team has been gracious in providing me a kiosk in the Ask the Pros area, and I’ll be available to meet and respond to questions during the afternoon sessions on both days. Some of you may be aware that I also serve as a guest blogger on the Kinaxis Supply Chain Expert Community web site, and I encourage readers of that community, along with this community, who are planning to attend next week’s Kinexions to stop by and say hello

Bob Ferrari

Disclosure: Kinaxis is one of other sponsors associated with the Supply Chain Matters blog.