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    Leadership Forum

Executive Level Forum

IBF's Leadership Forum is designed to provide high-level management and their associates with the latest successful practices in Business Planning, S&OP, and Forecasting used today.

The Forum will have 4 Executive Discussion Streams:

Executive Stream 1: Building A Data Driven Organization: Organizational Design For Demand Planning In The Big Data Age

Executive Stream 2: The Competitive Advantage OF The Future Is S&OP: Becoming The Powerful Minority Who Successfully Implement S&OP

Executive Stream 3: In The Age Of Big Data, People Are Still King: Talent Management To Build the Next Generation of Planning Professionals

Executive Stream 4: Raging Against The Machine? World-Leading Technology Practices for Integrated Planning

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  • Forum Schedule
    Oct 17, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration | Visit with Exhibitors
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Executive Stream 1: Building A Data Driven Organization: Organizational Design For Demand Planning In The Big Data Age

If you don’t transition your company to a data driven culture, you could be left behind. We now compete not so much on price or quality, but on our ability to interpret data. And given that predictive analytics and AI have reached a tipping point, we must look at organizational design for Demand Planning differently. We must get a strong handle on the fundamentals, so we can use statistical forecasting effectively and get the necessary inputs, but also lay the foundations for artificial intelligence and machine learning. In this one of a kind executive stream, you’ll learn how industry leaders develop powerful processes from the ground up to leverage multiple inputs such as market plans, sales plans, and industry information more effectively, and in the process give all areas of the business the benefit of analytics insight. Hear the brightest and best discuss why this structure is key to reducing bias across the organization, and what new functions are required to deliver value in this new analytics era.

What it comes down to is greater integration, and developing organizational design around the idea that sharing information across functions is key to gaining a competitive edge. This high-level forum will reveal how you yourself can be at the vanguard of this change in your organization, giving you the knowledge and skills to develop a data driven roadmap with Demand Planning, sell it to leadership and make your company fit for the Big Data age.

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL GAIN INCLUDES:

  • How to determine the optimal Demand Planning structure for your organization based on size and business complexity
  • How to link improvements in Demand Planning to key value-drivers (e.g. Service, Cost, Inventory)
  • How to track the ROI of a Demand Planning program through FVA (Forecast Value Added)
  • How to build collaboration within and outside the organization with methods that work
  • How to lay the foundation for artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • How to provide analytics insight to all areas of the business

At this year’s IBF Leadership Forum, we will look at various aspects that contribute to a business’ success while utilizing limited resources effectively. Join us for an in-depth discussion on the importance of forecasting and right-sizing resources.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Morning Break | Visit with Exhibitors
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Executive Stream 2: The Competitive Advantage OF The Future Is S&OP: Becoming The Powerful Minority Who Successfully Implement S&OP

Amidst all the fanfare of artificial intelligence and machine learning, there’s a very interesting statistic that reveals immense opportunity in mastering the basics – only 32% of companies are successfully balancing demand and supply. That is to say, that despite S&OP being around for 30 years, most companies are not doing it right. This makes successful implementation of S&OP a key competitive advantage. Not only that, it is key to having a supply chain that can keep up with the insights delivered by predictive analytics.

In this leadership stream is your opportunity to learn how the world’s best ensure all assumptions are met for better S&OP.And how they manage roles, responsibilities and processes to achieve true cross-functional participation, alignment and accountability across all departments. What’s more, you’ll hear how industry leaders are positioning S&OP to deliver results in the age of Big Data. Not only that, you’ll be able to overcome one of the greatest challenge companies face today – managing omnichannel demand. Together we will address the changing world, roles, and technology for S&OP and collaborative planning processes. This is your chance to do what most companies have failed to do – deliver a robust and value-adding S&OP process that works for today, and tomorrow.

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL GAIN INCLUDES:

  • How to integrate global activities into the process and keep S&OP sustainable and fun as your company matures
  • How to incorporate scenario planning, risk management, and demand shaping into S&OP
  • Leveraging finance, new products, and other processes in the S&OP process
  • How to get a handle on planning in an omnichannel environment
  • How to achieve true cross-functional participation, alignment and accountability in S&OP across all departments
  • How S&OP can drive better end-to-end planning, including logistics & transportation
  • How to track and measure S&OP effectiveness

At this year’s IBF Leadership Forum, we will look at the power of S&OP as a tactical and strategic business planning tool.Join us for an in-depth discussion on the importance of S&OP in the 21st century

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch | Visit with Exhibitors
1:05 PM - 3:00 PM
Executive Stream 3: In The Age Of Big Data, People Are Still King: Talent Management To Build the Next Generation of Planning Professionals

As a leader, it is up to you to hire the talent you need to perform a range of functions and deliver value to the planning and S&OP process. That’s hard enough at the best of times but is even more challenging as technology and organizational structures are evolving. But one thing remains constant: we need analytical skills, technological know-how, domain expertise and interpersonal skills. There’s something even bigger we must strive for, however, and that is reaching talent management maturity. Mature companies have a highly developed system for talent management that incorporates culture, training, career pathways, and performance-based management. This ensures that you attract the right people, make sure they add value, and have the right career opportunities so they become highly effective value drivers for the long-term.

In this executive stream, you’ll hear senior level panelists from a variety of companies and industries sharing strategies that have worked to best recruit, develop and retain talent in the field of demand management, predictive analytics, and S&OP. You’ll see what skills are required in this crucial transitionary period, how to find and develop them, and know how to define roles and responsibilities. This is a unique opportunity to see how senior panelists see the bigger picture, envision future requirements, and inspire and nurture the next generation of forecasters, analysts, planners and data scientists.

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL GAIN INCLUDES:

  • How to inspire the next generation for forecasting and planning career opportunities
  • The right balance of specific skills needed to succeed
  • What types of training and coaching programs are needed for the changing planning landscape
  • What incentive plans are being used by best-in-class leaders to recruit and retain talent

At this year’s IBF Leadership Forum, we will look at how you can ensure that planning and forecasting has a leadership role in your company, with the right teams involved. Join us for an in-depth discussion on talent management and embracing change for your business’ future.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Afternoon Break | Visit with Exhibitors
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Executive Stream 4: Raging Against The Machine? World-Leading Technology Practices for Integrated Planning

How often have your colleagues expressed concern or frustration with their forecasting and planning systems? In today’s business environment, we require effective and flexible planning and forecasting software, as well as analytical and reporting tools that are adaptable to our changing needs. We continue to evolve in an environment that demands greater sophistication in terms of presentation, speed and accuracy. Big Data is exploding with a growing number of variables and complex relationships that can be analyzed and understood – and technology underpins every element of this evolution. When organizations fully utilize these new and expanding resources for planning, it can provide a real competitive advantage. But it is easier said than done; companies continue to roll-out systems without having well-structured demand planning and S&OP processes in place, and management of master data continues to be a never-ending work in progress. Not only that, companies often “go live” without their teams having essential training and coaching on process management, data management, analytics, and relevant metrics.

Join this unique session to get a handle on how leaders in the field approach technology and deploy it with maximum effect. We will be discussing whether functionality updates are growing faster than our maturity levels, whether we should invest in new and “advanced” technology and expect our teams to play catch-up, and whether we should blame poor results on systems or the lack of best practices and qualified talent. Join us in this session to learn how companies are leveraging technology for world class insight and reporting, and how you can be the vanguard of technological change in your own company.

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL GAIN INCLUDES:

  • Which types of technology best suit your demand planning and forecasting process
  • How to start a technology search and avoid technology pitfalls, and tips and tricks for quick, easy access to data and decision making
  • What a “best practice process” looks like and determining the right balance with technology tools
  • How to use software applications to gather input and feedback, and leverage social media data, POS data and more

At this year’s IBF Leadership Forum, we will bring to light the innovative technology solutions companies are employing to make powerful planning decisions. Join us for an in-depth discussion with executives who have lessons learned to share from their experience automating processes.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
VIP Leadership Dinner and Reception
Pricing
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Leadership Forum
VIP Leadership Dinner & Reception
Breakfast and Lunch
Best Practices Conference
October 22-23, 2019
Cocktail Reception
October 22, 2019
1-day Forecasting & Planning Tutorial
October 20, 2019 (Active IBF Members ONLY)
IBF Membership
(1 Year)
IBF CPF Certification Exams
Fundamentals Of Demand Planning & Forecasting Book
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The IBF Advantage:

IBF members include well-known company professionals that span a broad array of business sectors. By joining our organization, you can make certain that your company sets up the right forecasting & planning process and uses the best techniques available. Moreover, you can be sure that your forecasting and demand planning staff has the proper knowledge and skill set for success.

As an IBF member you receive:

  • A subscription to the Journal of Business Forecasting, which is primarily written by and geared toward practitioners.
  • Our Research Reports which include valuable benchmarking information and provide you with eye opening information on various topics in Business Forecasting and Planning.
  • Special discounts on our Conferences, Workshops, Training Seminars, Certification Program, as well as on any new products and services we will offer in the future.
  • Access to Journal of Business Forecasting Past Articles (FREE)Access to our growing online Knowledge section & Action Templates
  • Complimentary 1-day Tutorials at select Global events ($1000 USD Value)
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