Oliver Wight Americas Announces Availability of the White Paper Avoiding Atrophy in Your Planning Process by Dennis A. Daniel

This new white paper, the newest in the Oliver Wight series of informative guides on industry best practices, defines Integrated Business Planning and Integrated Planning and Control, and outlines the causes of a decline in the business planning processes that can lead to atrophy.

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New White Paper - Avoiding Atrophy in Your Planning Process

“The atrophy of the planning process often occurs when business leaders become comfortable and fail to properly maintain or improve the company’s planning processes,” Dennis Daniel, principal, Oliver Wight Americas.

New London, NH (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

Oliver Wight Americas today announced the availability of a new white paper, Avoiding Atrophy in Your Planning Process, by Dennis A. Daniel. This new white paper, the newest in the Oliver Wight series of informative guides on industry best practices, defines Integrated Business Planning and Integrated Planning and Control, and outlines the causes of a decline in the business planning processes that can lead to atrophy. The author presents a variety of scenarios that lead to planning process degradation including the reassignment of key players, a failure to replace critical resources, and a weakening of data integrity. Daniel also demonstrates that the removal of any number of critical steps from the Integrated Business Planning process, as documented in The Oliver Wight Class A Checklist for Business Excellence, such as a product management review, can strip integration from the process, and eventually lead to atrophy and a silo mentality.

“The atrophy of the planning process often occurs when business leaders become comfortable and fail to properly maintain or improve the company’s planning processes,” said Dennis Daniel, principal, Oliver Wight Americas. “After all of the hard work and success of the initial deployment, the planning processes and tools can begin to weaken after only a few short years.”

Business leaders involved in any stage of the business planning process will benefit from reading this white paper. It includes examples of planning processes that have atrophied; solutions for avoiding atrophy; what companies that sustain, and continue to improve, their planning process have in common; and how to diagnose your company and determine whether processes have atrophied. In addition, the author describes how Oliver Wight can perform a diagnostic evaluation to help companies understand their strategic and competitive business priorities as compared to their current planning processes and procedures. The results are then compared to best practices as defined by The Oliver Wight Class A Checklist for Business Excellence, Sixth Edition.

To read this Integrated Business Planning white paper, become a member online.

About the Author
Dennis A. Daniel, a principal with Oliver Wight Americas, has led the development of several planning and control classes for hundreds of employees and led the deployment of LEAN and Six Sigma programs in a number of manufacturing sites. Dennis has multiple ERP and S&OP deployments to his credit as an educator and coach. Over his 34 years in industry, he has extensive experience in aerospace and defense - responsible for manufacturing deployment of several major defense programs; semiconductor capital equipment - electro-optics, robotics, and metal fabrication; and high-purity chemicals. His executive-level positions with Hughes Aircraft, Applied Materials, and ATMI span manufacturing operations, planning and control, new product introduction, and business process re-engineering. Most recently, he served as founder/president of a business coaching firm specializing in executive-level operations for small/mid-cap companies in Central Texas.

About Oliver Wight Americas
Oliver Wight Americas’ principals have been both thought leaders and hands-on practitioners in manufacturing for more than 40 years. As a global business management consulting and education firm, the company specializes in helping organizations work smarter, faster, and better than their competitors. Our principals are seasoned professionals who have real-world manufacturing experience. They are able to transfer this knowledge to the people at all levels of an organization, providing tools to help organizations internalize that knowledge and achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The largest worldwide consultancy of its type, Oliver Wight has offices throughout Europe, North and South America, and the Asia/Pacific Region.


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