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Steelwedge® Unites Demand Planning, Supply Planning and Response Management in the Cloud for SAP APO Alternative

PLEASANTON, Calif., Aug. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steelwedge, the leading provider of cloud-based planning solutions and services that help global organizations make smarter decisions faster, today announced its next-generation Demand Planning, Supply Planning and Response Management solutions unified on a common cloud platform. Steelwedge also is offering an alternative upgrade tailored to users of SAP APO (Advanced Planning and Optimization) and of ICON-SCM, which formerly was sold as the SAP® Supply Chain Response Management application by ICON-SCM.

Steelwedge Strategy Advisory Board chairman Michael Keppler founded ICON-SCM in 1992 and is an expert in helping companies build differentiating capabilities for enterprise supply chain processes.

“This achievement by Steelwedge completes a vision I’ve had for more than 20 years, that the highest performing supply chains require integrating supply, demand and response management to truly deliver on the promise of collaborative planning,” said Keppler. “Cloud technology has made this value even more accessible and efficient, and Steelwedge has now made it globally available and practical,” he added.

“Users of legacy on-premise planning systems cannot easily orchestrate ‘outside-in’ planning,” said Pervinder Johar, Steelwedge CEO. “SAP APO users, in particular, have long been frustrated by the lack of meaningful analytics they receive, as well as the long wait times to test planning scenarios and load data. They struggle to unify demand signals from customers, prospects and the market in general, easily align those with existing and anticipated supply, and then explore various “what if” scenarios to optimize how they respond when there’s a mismatch. We leverage the latest cloud technology, advanced analytics and expert thinking to enable supply chain stakeholders from inside and outside an organization to continuously collaborate and align on demand, supply and response decisions to capture first-mover advantages today, as well as build long-term market advantages,” he added.

To learn more about Steelwedge’s alternative upgrade program for SAP APO and ICON-SCM users visit please visit http://info.steelwedge.com/sw-now-instead-of-sap-apo-promises.html.

Steelwedge’s PlanStreaming planning solutions enhance a company’s ability to make more informed planning decisions that consider revenue, margin and service level impacts across customer and supplier networks, based on a broad range of factors, including time horizons, customers, suppliers, business units, products and geographies.

Gartner categorized Steelwedge as a leader in its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Sales & Operations Planning System of Differentiation, and a Visionary in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record. To view a copy of the S&OP report, go to 2015 Magic Quadrant for Sales & Operations Planning System of Differentiation.

About Steelwedge
Organizations use Steelwedge’s cloud planning platform and services to align product, sales, demand, supply, strategy, operations and financial decisions across roles, geographies, products, time horizons, channels, customers and suppliers to improve efficiency and outcomes. Steelwedge’s PlanStreaming cloud platform combines predictive, prescriptive and responsive analytics and technology to equip organizations to be ready to act in time with opportunity, especially in highly competitive markets where continuous planning is essential and efficiently responding to changing conditions is advantageous. To learn more about Steelwedge, visit www.steelwedge.com.

Media Inquiries: Will Haraway wharaway@steelwedge.com 404.593.8320

Source: Steelwedge