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In two years, the SAP Integrated Business Planning solution has gone from “notable” to “leader” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record report.

Not only is this endorsement a great achievement for SAP’s product, it’s a testament to the company’s strategy and to the dedication of hundreds of customers that have implemented the solution.

After Gartner named SAP Integrated Business Planning a leader in its latest report, I posed a few questions to Martin Barkman, vice president and global head of Digital Business Planning Solutions at SAP, about what role supply chain planning plays in digitalization and why businesses need a planning platform now more than ever.

The evolution of supply chain planning

How have supply chain planning processes evolved?

"Over the last few years, supply chain planning has evolved from a siloed, people-centric, manually intensive, operations-focused process to a pivotal business planning function that transforms companies to be more customer-centric, predictive, and automated with visibility across the entire supply chain network."

How can SAP Integrated Business Planning tie into a company’s digital transformation?

"SAP Integrated Business Planning is anchoring digital transformations and enabling the intelligent enterprise at companies across all industries and geographies. To enable a digital transformation, companies are recognizing the importance of having a connected digital business planning platform that can capture new demand and supply signals across the supply chain network while at the same time being integrated with core ERP systems and processes."

What does a digital business planning platform enable?

"Having this planning platform facilitates better, faster, and sometimes automated or touch less decisions to be made through innovations in areas such as machine learning and pattern recognition."

What are some of the business benefits of SAP Integrated Business Planning?

"With SAP Integrated Business Planning, companies can simplify and automate the planning process across the end-to-end supply chain. This accelerates the speed and improves the accuracy of planning decisions, thus enhancing how strategic business opportunities and risks are evaluated and addressed. We are seeing companies improve KPIs related to revenue, margin, working capital, and customer service while also opening up new opportunities for differentiated business models."

A leader in more ways than one

With SAP Integrated Business Planning being named a leader in Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record, the solution is now recognized as a leader in all of Gartner’s planning-related Magic Quadrant reports.

In May 2017, it received the same distinction in Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation.

Gartner has reached a consensus on the superior capabilities of SAP Integrated Business Planning. It’s time your enterprise experienced the power of a leading supply chain planning solution.


To learn more about SAP Integrated Business Planning click here.