As an intellectual anticipation of the future, planning is a creative process that, at best, is supported by a highly flexible, IT planning solution. At the same time, numerous basic conditions must be considered during corporate planning, for example, compliance with the planning process, audit requirements or consistency with master and actual data.
Depending on the company, the focus in this balancing act shifts between flexibility and rigid rules. It is crucial to balance both sides to gain acceptance for the planning solution.
The following aspects must be considered in most planning projects:
Ease-of-use of the planning solution as a critical success factor
Unlike reporting, data is actively captured during planning, which makes the ease-of-use of the solution even more important. Often, planners do not have a high degree of IT affinity (e.g. sales people), which means that the planning solution weaknesses affect both the acceptance and quality of the plan figures.
Flexibility upon structural changes
Predictability of new objects for which there are no master data yet or which do not yet exist in the historical actual data. Predictability for organizational changes, for example, for changed assignments of product groups to sales areas
Observance of planning processes
Planning often unfolds as a multi-level process which the planning solution must lead.
Example: (1) High-level targets through management > (2) Top-down capture > (3) Detail planning by business units > (4) Bottom-up capture > (5) Release>>>>
Logging, monitoring of planning progress, audit capability
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