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IBF’s Business Planning, Forecasting & S&OP: Best Practices conference is our flagship event of the year.

SESSION TRACKS

ESSENTIAL — NEXT-LEVEL — VANGUARD

  • Join the largest gathering of global professionals from well-known brands, representing all industries with S&OP/ IBP, Demand Planning, Supply Chain, Forecasting, and Analytics/ Data Science responsibilities
  • Meet other professionals from Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, Executive Management, and other key functions in the S&OP/ IBP process
  • Learn how to bring change to your organization for better S&OP and operations planning
  • Truly learn how to reach Integrated Business Planning (IBP) at your company
  • Bring your organization to best-in-class levels in performance through better business planning & forecasting
  • Learn step-by-step from lessons learned and case studies shared by well-known global companies
  • Get instant feedback on your specific challenges and truly network during our Round-Robin Round-Table Discussions
  • Enjoy further networking during our after conference cocktail reception
  • Take advantage before or after the conference of our exceptional location in the heart of Disney World and Orlando
  • All this and more
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Past Conference Schedule
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  • Tutorial
    Oct 20, 2020
  • Leadership Forum
    Oct 21, 2020
  • Conference Day 1
    Oct 22, 2020
  • Conference Day 2
    Oct 23, 2020
  • Exam Day
    Oct 24, 2020
IBF Members Only
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
TUTORIAL REGISTRATION
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1-DAY FUNDAMENTALS OF DEMAND PLANNING & FORECASTING TUTORIAL (IBF MEMBERS ONLY– FREE)

MORNING | 9:00 AM–12:10 PM

ROLE OF FORECASTING IN THE ORGANIZATION

  • Benefits and its impact on supply chain, management decisions, financial plans
  • Responsibilities/Accountability
  • Consensus development and management support
  • Relationship to other decision and planning processes
  • Cross-function participation and involvement

S&OP & FORECASTING PROCESS

  • Process design and interfaces
  • Cross-functional involvement and consensus building
  • Forecaster competencies & skills
  • Forecast user Information needs
  • Risk and error tolerances

FORECAST ERROR MEASUREMENT

  • Importance of error measurement and analysis
  • Sources and remediation of error
  • Interpretation and application of error metrics
  • Mean Absolute % Error (MAPE)
  • Weighted Mean Absolute % Error (WMAPE)
  • Error analysis and cost of error

DATA MANAGEMENT AND DATA CLEANING

  • Data identification and definition
  • Structure of time series data
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Identifying and adjusting for anomalies

12:15 PM–1:15 PM | LUNCH


AFTERNOON | 1:20 PM–4:30 PM

HOW TO FORECAST WITH TIMES SERIES MODELS – THE MOST WIDELY USED METHOD OF FORECASTING

  • Importance of pattern identification
  • Time series model development
  • When to use time series models
  • Advantages and disadvantages of time series
  • Event adjustments and when to use
  • Underlying assumptions
  • Widely used time series methods – averages, naïve model, exponential smoothing, decomposition, trend, seasonal, and other time series methods

REGRESSION ANALYTICS – FORECASTING AND EVALUATING CAUSES OF VARIATION IN DEMAND

  • An Overview of Regression Analysis
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Application in estimating effects of promotions, pricing, advertising, and other program actions

NEW PRODUCT FORECASTING – FORECASTING OVER LONGER TIME PERIODS WITH GREATER UNKNOWNS

  • Challenges of New Product Forecasting
  • Product lifecycle structure and estimation
  • Qualitative forecasting methods
  • Overview of Quantitative and Qualitative forecasting methods
  • Expected error and accuracy
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
EARLY LEADERSHIP FORUM REGISTRATION
Pricing
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(Expires in 48 days, 17 hours)
LEADERSHIP FORUM
OCTOBER 21, 2020
VIP LEADERSHIP DINNER & RECEPTION
OCTOBER 21, 2020
BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 22-23, 2020
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
COCKTAIL RECEPTION
OCTOBER 22, 2020
1-DAY FORECASTING & PLANNING TUTORIAL
OCTOBER 20, 2020 (Active IBF Members ONLY)
IBF MEMBERSHIP (1 YEAR)
IBF CPF CERTIFICATION EXAMS
FUNDAMENTALS OF DEMAND PLANNING & FORECASTING BOOK
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Put the IBF to Work for You!

Become an IBF Member and Start Improving Your Forecasting & Planning Performance Today.

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)
Upcoming Events & Trainings
November 20 – 22, 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands
w/ 1-Day Planning & Forecasting Analytics Tutorial...
February 10 – 12, 2020
Scottsdale, Arizona USA
Making Integrated Business Planning a Reality at Your Organization...
June 18 – 19, 2020
Chicago, Illinois USA
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Event Location
Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort
+1 407-238-3500 (mention IBF Group)
Via Encinas, 9560, Orlando, Florida, 32830, USA
IBF Sleeping Room Special Rate: $226 (USD)/ night
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