Many supply chain leaders view Sales & Operation Execution (S&OE) as a bridge between S&OP and execution. Although metaphorically it helps to identify the complimentary power of S&OE, however it does not reflect the real value and power of S&OE. We believe that S&OE is a more complete version of S&OP in the evolutionary process. S&OE is closer to execution but it is also more accurate version of S&OP. It is actually a digital twin of the physical supply in its ultimate form.
On the other hand, by adding more detail to the model, that is if S&OP can handle more detailed data (most cannot), then the model can be more accurate and financial projections are more precise. To this end S&OE is a continuum to S&OP and not a bridge to execution for S&OP. There is really no distinct separation between S&OP and S&OE. The only way that would happen is if you implement them separately instead of transitioning from one to the other by adding more detail. This is why a uniform data model becomes critical to merging planning and execution. In the absence of that, you end up with two separate models of your supply chain with S&OP feeding the wrong information to S&OE; and the latter trying to make some impossible assumptions made earlier possible! That is the reason why S&OP requires so much manual intervention and wasting planners time to make it work! Think of S&OE as a grown-up version and evolved version of S&OP. Thus, when you acquire S&OP you have a vision of where you would be when the time comes for autonomous planning and formation of digital twin. For more information on S&OE click here.