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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 for mutual funds.She has developed customer-level response models in marketing, along with product optimizations in market research.Her current work focuses on bioinformatics in medicine and science.Sara holds a masters in Economics from Florida State University.

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

Director of 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 Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) 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 book Cultural Cycles.
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Sara Brumbaugh
Ceres Analytics
Managing Principal
Eric Wilson, CPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning
Director of Thought Leadership
Past Virtual Boot Camp Schedule
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  • Boot Camp Day 1
    Dec 7, 2020
  • Boot Camp Day 2
    Dec 9, 2020
  • Boot Camp Day 3 (optional)
    Dec 11, 2020
Day #1: Introduction to Business Forecasting, Planning & Leadership
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
MODULE 1: Fundamentals of Business Forecasting & Planning
  • Learning Objectives
  • S&OP Overview
  • Demand Planning Overview
  • Why do Businesses Forecast and Plan?
  • Summary
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM (ET)
Morning Break
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM (ET)
MODULE 2: The Forecasting Process and the Roles of Cross-Functional Team Members
  • Learning Objectives
  • Forecasting Process & Roles of Cross-Functional Team Members
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Supply Chain/Production and Logistics
  • Human Resources
  • Natural Biases
  • Summary
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
MODULE 3: Consensus Forecasting & the Communication Process
  • Learning Objectives
  • Problems of Multiple Number Plans
  • Consensus is Critical
  • Best Communication Practices
  • Gaining Upper Management Buy-In Agenda
  • Reporting Forecasts
  • Presenting Forecasts
  • Summary
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)
Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (ET)
MODULE 4: Driving Business Value
  • Learning Objectives
  • Major Characteristics of S&OP
  • S&OP Monthly Cycle Timeline
  • Ingredients of Successful S&OP Process
  • Summary
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM (ET)
Afternoon Break
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM (ET)
MODULE 5: External Collaboration and CPFR
  • Learning Objectives
  • What is CPFR
  • CPFR Model
  • CPFR: Challenges and Keys to Success
  • CPFR Benefits
  • Summary
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
MODULE 6: Data Management
  • Learning Objectives
  • What you Need to Know about Data
  • Univariate Time Series Model Elements
  • Pattern Recognition: Linear Patterns
  • Exponential Smoothing Models
  • Data Analysis
  • Random Noise
  • Forecastability Analysis
  • Data Analysis Checklist
  • Summary
Pricing
Regular Rate
(Expires in 1 hour)
SILVER PACKAGE
$899.00
$899

Member’s discount: -$50

GOLD PACKAGE
$1,149.00
$1,149
PLATINUM PACKAGE
$1,278.00
$1,278

Member’s discount: -$50

DIAMOND PACKAGE
$1,528.00
$1,528
4TH FREE - DIAMOND GROUP
(4 PERSONS FOR PRICE OF 3)
$4,584.00
$4,584
DIAMOND CERTIFY PACKAGE
$2,778.00
$2,778
DIAMOND GROUP
(2 PERSONS)
$3,006.00
$3,006
PLATINUM GROUP PACKAGE
(2 PERSONS)
$2,506.00
$2,506
1-Day Predictive Analytics Workshop ONLY
$799.00
$799

Member’s discount: -$50

Demand Planning & Forecasting Boot Camp
(December 7, 9, 2020)
1-DAY PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS & USE OF BIG DATA WORKSHOP
DECEMBER 11, 2020
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 IBFMembership)
CPF CERTIFICATION EXAMS
3 EXAMS
BOOK: FUNDAMENTALS OF DEMAND PLANNING & FORECASTING
(FREE SHIPPING)
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MARCH 17-19, 2021
Chicago USA
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