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Free S&OP Excel Template Series: Budget vs. Plan

The next free S&OP Excel Template is here!!! The fourth release in the Free S&OP Excel Template series is an important report that helps evaluate Budget vs. Plan. One of the main questions the executive team will always ask in the S&OP process is the variance between budget and plan. It is important to understand […]


Free S&OP Excel Template Series: Demand vs. Supply

Here at DemandCaster we are truly humbled by the incredible amount of positive feedback we received after the first post in our Free S&OP Excel Template Series. If you missed our first free template, Forecast Consumption click on the link to check it out. I am really excited about releasing this next template, Demand vs. […]

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Free S&OP Excel Template Series: Forecast Consumption Template

Here at DemandCaster we are excited to announce our new blog series focused on different Microsoft Excel templates we will be giving away for free. The new blog series is inspired by the launch of our new custom reporting feature in our DemandCaster software. Below you will find a short introduction of the Custom reporting feature followed […]

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Do you K.I.S.S your S&OP Process?

Do you K.I.S.S your S&OP Process? For those who think I’m crazy, lets start by explaining the K.I.S.S principle, it is an acronym that stands for Keep it Simple, Stupid! You may still think I am crazy, lets be honest, simple and the S&OP process just don’t seem to go together or do they? Can […]

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Top 3 Demand Planning and Supply Planning Software Features

I recently posted a discussion question in a number of Linkedin S&OP groups asking: “What are the top 3 Demand planning and supply planning software features you could not live without?” After writing my 3 part blog series; The painful saga of S&OP Software , I grew curious as to which software features others hold in high regard. I […]


Sales and Operations Planning versus Budgeting, is there a difference? Does it matter?

When we deliver sales and operations planning training to our DemandCaster customers, there is often confusion between the sales and operations planning and budgeting processes. The root cause of the confusion is that traditionally, budgeting is done annually and is rarely if ever changed throughout the year. We have seen this most often in traditionally managed […]

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2014 Year in Review

2014 has certainly been an exciting year for us at DemandCaster. From adding new customers, new features, and rolling out a new design and layout, we are excited for what the future holds. We would like to take this opportunity to review 5 major improvements and features we introduced this year. New Web Design: Our new […]