IBF Video S&OP Unplugged: Future of S&OP, Metrics & Selling S&OP
Watch the video with leaders in S&OP, Demand Planning, and Forecasting

Leaders from St. John's University, Ciena, Combe and Medtronic discuss the future of S&OP, how to leverage Big Data, crucial forecasting metrics, and how to sell S&OP within the organization.

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  • Future of S&OP / Where is the Field Going
  • Talent Management in S&OP / Where do we Find Them?
  • Big Data / How Do We Leverage it?
  • Advancing S&OP / Obstacles that Hold it Back
  • Metrics / Forecast Value Add (FVA)
  • Forecast Error / Monetizing the Impact of Reducing i
  • Selling S&OP / Why Do We Need it?
  • Ingredients of Success / Secret Sauce for the Next Decade

Dr. Chaman L. Jain
Professor of Economics
St. John's University
Dr. Jain is Professor of Economics at St. John's University based in New York USA, where he mainly teaches a graduate course on business forecasting. He is also Chief Editor of the IBF's Journal of Business Forecasting. He has written over 100 articles, mostly in the area of forecasting and planning, and has authored/co-authored/edited nine books, seven in the area of forecasting and planning. His new book, "Fundamentals of Demand Planning and Forecasting," is the basis of IBF's body of knowledge. In a consulting capacity, he has worked for Brown and Williamson, Hewlett Packard, Union Fidelity Life Insurance Company, Prince Manufacturing, CECO Doors, Taylor Made Golf and Bilgore Groves. He has conducted workshops on business forecasting and planning for various organizations including Sweetheart Cup, Eastman Kodak, Jockey International, SABIC, Saudi Aramco, DU-Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. -Dubai UAE, and Symbios Consulting Group-Egypt, Goody-Saudi Arabia, Al-Nahdi Medical. He has made presentations on business forecasting and planning at IBF conferences / workshops, Council of Supply Chain Management, Informs, DMDNY in New York, John Galt Solutions and SAS. He has been invited by various institutions to speak on business forecasting & planning including University Technology Malaysia, Malaysia, School of Future Studies & Planning, Devi Ahilya University, India, and Apeejay Svran Institute of Management, India. He is the recipient of 1994 award of the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation for his best paper.
Patrick Bower
Sr. Director of Supply Chain

Patrick Bower has a wide area of expertise, including S&OP, Demand Planning, Inventory, Network Optimization, and Production Scheduling. A recognized expert on demand planning and S&OP, and a self-professed “S&OP geek” - Patrick was previously Practice Manager of Supply Chain Planning at the consulting firm, Plan4Demand where his client list included Diageo, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Foster Farms, Cabot Industries and American Girl. Patrick’s experience encompasses tenures with Cadbury, Kraft Foods, Unisys, and Snapple. Patrick also worked for the supply chain software company - Numetrix, and was Vice President of R&D at Atrion International. He was also the recipient of IBF’s 2012 award for Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning.

Andrew D. Schneider, ACPF
Head of Demand Planning & Analytics
Viega LLC

Andrew Schneider is a veteran supply chain and business science professional, with a 20 year career spanning journalism, sales, demand planning, analytics, emerging data sciences, strategy, and enterprise risk management. He is a thought leader for the IBF and a member of the esteemed advisory board, an ASCM award-winning fellow & certification holder, and an always-hungry learner of & contributor to the business planning field. He has vast experience across leadership & practitioner roles in CPG, Footwear & Apparel, Food & Beverage, and Medical Device sectors, along with systems implementation, COE deployment, and full supply chain transformation experience. Andrew is presently employed in a supply chain management role with Viega LLC, but also maintains his consultancy practice and is always available to network, consult, and serve. He is an IBF Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF).

Robert Sliter
Global Sales & Operations Planning Leader – Composites
Owens Corning
Rob is currently the Global S&OP Leader for the Composites Business Unit at Owens Corning. He has held several management positions during his 15 years with the company, having led teams in pricing, supply chain, and finance. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Rob worked as an ERP Systems Implementation Consultant during the Y2K boom period. During the past year, his Global Supply Chain Team has worked to transform the S&OP sequence of meetings for OC Composites with an emphasis on efficiency, focus, and decision making. Through this process, Rob’s team has delivered EBIT savings, 15% FGI reduction, and greater alignment between marketing, finance, and supply chain. Rob holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Pamelyn G. Lindsey
Director, Global Supply Chain Operations
Pamelyn is an experienced integrated business planning, S&OP and supply chain risk management professional. She is currently the Director of Global Supply Chain Operations for the Ciena Corporation, implementing best practices to improve revenue predictability, profitability and working capital. Prior to joining Ciena, Pam worked at DuPont for 25 years as an internal consultant and continuous improvement leader. Her experience includes leading a global SAP ERP supply chain improvement and transformation project, which resulted in successfully implementing advanced S&OP and scenario planning processes. Pam’s industry experience spans pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fluoro, and agricultural products. She is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional and certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
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