Founded in 2000, Steelwedge is an integrated business planning and Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) technology support provider which has gained significant momentum in the supply chain technology arena. Steelwedge’s cloud-based S&OP software solutions connect people, process and technology to power a single view of a company’s business.This provider’s named global customers include Applied Materials, Hospira, Jaguar Land Rover, Monsanto,Lenovo, Nissan, Nvidia, Spansion, among others.
Supply Chain Matters has featured a number of prior commentaries related to this provider and this author has been featured in prior Steelwedge sponsored webinars and events.
In May of 2013, we called reader attention to Steelwedge’s S&OP Insight module, powered by a separate analytics engine that combines online analytics and planning to deliver contextual planning to analyze decisions related analysis of product demand or inventory segmentation and service level planning for key customers. We found, after witnessing a demo, a neat provision for customers to be able to add other analytical “apps” to these capabilities, and then incorporating them into the S&OP process. In late December, our commentary focused on the company’s newest “app” available on the AppExchange, named Sales Pipeline Bridge, which is designed to leverage information within the Salesforce.comForce platform. The new extension supports the ability of planners to tap into sales pipeline data and over time, weigh early consumer sentiment factors regarding newly released or existing products. Another potential benefit is the ability to reconcile pipeline-based forecast data with order history, causal data and other data sources to provide S&OP process participants another layer of overall product demand intelligence.
This is a vendor that understands the needs for enabling more predictive and insightful S&OP process for many industry supply chains and we are pleased that they are our latest sponsor. Readers can click on the Steelwedge logo in the sponsor panel to gain further information on products, services and customer case studies.
Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor