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Sara Brumbaugh
Sara Brumbaugh
Ceres Analytics

Managing Principal

Sara Brumbaugh is Managing Principal of Ceres Analytics, a consultancy specializing in applied mathematics, statistics, and machine learning. Sara’s roots are in business forecasting: she’s worked with the IBF for over 20 years, and is the 2015 recipient of IBF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Sara’s work in predictive analytics began with construction of forecast drivers to predict stock returns. Her recent work supported genetic brain research at Harvard Medical School. Other recent work includes, patent-pending algorithms to detect financial fraud, and genetic models to predict success of cancer chemotherapy. Sara holds a masters in Economics from Florida State University, and is a currently pursuing a second masters (Biology) at Harvard University.

Eric Wilson, ACPF
Eric Wilson, ACPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

Director – Thought Leadership
Eric is a predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. He is the Director of Thought Leadership at the IBF. Prior to this he worked as the Director of Demand Planning at Escalade Sports, Director of Demand Planning at Berry Plastics, and Director of Demand Planning & S&OP at Tempur Sealy International. In 2016, he received the Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning award from the IBF. He is an IBF Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) with over 20 years of experience. Eric is a visionary in his field, a frequent speaker and panelist for many executive forums and professional conferences, and has written numerous articles in publications such as The Journal of Business Forecasting and APICS Magazine. He is also the author of the books Cultural Cycles and Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting & Planning.
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“This event was very informative and there were great ideas presented that I will be using to improve our forecasting process.”
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As we enter the data age, leading organizations are leveraging advanced methods, models, and approaches to improve forecast accuracy, automate forecasting processes, and better understand consumer behavior. The results are tangible: increased cash-flow, reduced inventory, and improved customer service. IBF’s Advanced Demand Planning & Forecasting Boot Camp is a training program designed to give practitioners the tools to take business planning performance to the next level. This is both for practitioners looking to build models themselves, as well leaders who need to understand inputs and outputs to lead advanced analytics projects.

This program takes forecasters and demand planners beyond time series forecasting and opens up the world of AI and predictive analytics, allowing you to extract unprecedented value from the data your company holds, as well external data including social media, product reviews and much more. You’ll learn the different analytics models including Regression, Clustering, Artificial Neural Networks, Decision Trees and others, and how to prepare and manage data to leverage these next level techniques. This includes approaches that can be used for scenario planning and what-if analysis allowing you to react to whatever the future brings, including black swan events that provide the kind of extreme demand and supply shocks we saw in 2020 and 2021.

Why YOU should Attend:

  • Get expert instruction that takes you beyond Time Series forecasting to advanced analytics including AI, predictive analytics and machine learning.
  • Learn cause-and-effect techniques that drive unprecedented consumer insight and improved forecast accuracy.
  • Designed for both practitioners looking to use advanced models and leaders looking to understand the predictive analytics landscape.
  • Learn how to manage and prepare data for advanced analytics.
  • Put your questions to leading S&OP, Demand Planning, Forecasting, Predictive Analytics & Data Science professionals.
  • Gain concrete knowledge of your software’s capabilities and its ability to correctly interpret your software’s output, while understanding the techniques it uses.
  • Learn advanced Data Science applications with machine learning and predictive analytics for forecasting.
  • Learn advanced models like Regression, Decision trees, Clustering, Artificial Neural Networks and more.
  • Prepare for the Advanced IBF certification exams: ACPF
  • Earn 10 points towards IBF recertification
  • All this and much more...
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Sara Brumbaugh
Ceres Analytics
Managing Principal
Eric Wilson, ACPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning
Director – Thought Leadership
Virtual Boot Camp Schedule
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  • Boot Camp Day 1
    Nov 9, 2022
  • Boot Camp Day 2
    Nov 10, 2022
  • Boot Camp Day 3 (optional)
    Nov 11, 2022
Day #1: Introduction to Business Forecasting, Planning & Leadership
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
MODULE 1: Key Pillars of Advanced Business Forecasting
  • The role of AI in demand planning and forecasting
  • Types of analytics and uses
  • Traditional business forecasting vs. predictive analytics
  • External data and uses
  • What-if Scenario Planning
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM (ET)
Morning Break
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM (ET)
MODULE 2: Worst Practices
  • How to Identify common worst practices across processes, data analytics, people and technology
  • What can go wrong if worst practices are followed
  • Misconceptions surrounding demand planning and forecasting
  • How to avoid worst practices and implement best practices
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
MODULE 3: Predictive Analytics and The Business Forecasting Process
  • Key elements of the forecasting process
  • Defining the project and business need
  • Exploring data
  • Predictive modeling
  • Training models
  • Collaboration
  • Communicating outputs
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)
Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (ET)
MODULE 4: Data Analysis & Management
  • Data analysis and data mining
  • Types of data
  • Data mining techniques
  • Data cleansing and cleaning
  • Data visualization
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM (ET)
Afternoon Break
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM (ET)
MODULE 5: Clustering
  • Segmentation, classification and clustering
  • Application of clustering in business forecasting
  • Constraint based clustering
  • K-means method
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
MODULE 6: Types of Models
  • When to use which approach
  • Advanced statistics and data models
  • Building a model
Pricing
Early Bird Rate
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$899.00
$799

Member’s discount: -$50

GOLD PACKAGE
$1,149.00
$1,049
PLATINUM PACKAGE
$1,278.00
$1,178

Member’s discount: -$50

DIAMOND PACKAGE
$1,528.00
$1,428
4TH FREE - DIAMOND GROUP
(4 PERSONS FOR PRICE OF 3)
$4,584.00
$4,284
Diamond Certify Package (ACPF)
$2,758.00
$2,658
DIAMOND CERTIFY PACKAGE (CPF)
$2,778.00
$2,678
Diamond Group Package
(2 Persons)
$3,006.00
$2,806
PLATINUM GROUP PACKAGE
(2 PERSONS)
$2,506.00
$2,306
ADVANCED FORECASTING BOOT CAMP
NOVEMBER 9-10, 2022
PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS & THE USE OF BIG DATA WORKSHOP
NOVEMBER 11, 2022
1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO JOURNAL OF BUSINESS FORECASTING
(INCLUDED WITH IBF MEMBERSHIP)
ACCESSS TO 30+ YEARS OF ARTICLES AND IBF RESEARCH
(INCLUDED WITH IBF MEMBERSHIP)
COST OF FORECAST ERROR CALCULATOR
(BUILD BUSINESS CASE FOR PLANNING RESOURCES (INCLUDED WITH IBF MEMBERSHIP)
SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNTS AT FUTURE IBF EVENTS
(INCLUDED WITH IBF MEMBERSHIP)
FREE FORECASTING TUTORIAL AT SELECT IBF EVENTS
(INCLUDED WITH IBF MEMBERSHIP, $1000 Value)
BENCHMARKING RESEARCH REPORTS
(INCLUDED WITH IBF MEMBERSHIP)
ACPF CERTIFICATION EXAMS
3 EXAMS
CPF CERTIFICATION EXAMS
3 EXAMS
BOOK: PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS FOR BUSINESS FORECASTING & PLANNING
(FREE SHIPPING)
BOOK: FUNDAMENTALS OF DEMAND PLANNING & FORECASTING
(FREE SHIPPING)
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