A solution to all this is a planning cloud that enables business users across organisations to build their own models to test and operationalise their plans, manage complex multi-dimensional models, collaborate across functions and regions all in real-time. Businesses need an agile platform that can help businesses realise their vision of integrated business planning across all key lines of business. This means one could connect an annual operating plan to an S&OP plan while providing closed-loop feedback to finance and manpower plans. This would be an actual strategic deployment of IBP that enables the democratisation of the planning process.
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