Manugistics-Oliver Wight Form Strategic Alliance to Enable Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) for Consumer Goods Companies

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Manugistics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANU), a global leader in synchronised supply chain management solutions, announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with Oliver Wight, pioneers and leading business process providers of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). The first phase of the alliance will be to offer joint S&OP education courses specifically designed for the Consumer Goods industry.

The education courses will help consumer goods companies navigate the integration of people, process and technology to help companies work smarter, faster and more profitably than their competitors.

"Manugistics is delighted to partner with the pioneers and market leaders in S&OP business process methodology," said Manugistics Senior Vice President of Consumer Goods Ron Kubera. "This alliance will enable our Consumer Goods' clients to design a world-class S&OP process, drive key stakeholder buy-in and behavioural change and successfully implement and support the process by leveraging our best-in-class technology solutions. Our relationship with Oliver Wight further illustrates Manugistics' commitment to help clients meet the real-time needs of a synchronised supply chain and to stay one step ahead of demand."

"S&OP is no easy task, and when it comes to supply chain management, alignment between all the functions of an organisation is critical to a business operating successfully," said S&OP expert and senior principal of Oliver Wight Pete Skurla. "Our mission is to educate companies so they can better understand the processes involved to achieve optimal results within their supply chain. We look forward to offering education courses and seminars through our Manugistics alliance that address the people, process and technology challenges of successfully implementing an S&OP solution in the Consumer Goods industry."

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