Author: Maria Simos

Strength In Numbers.

Last night while I was at the joint APICS/IBF/CSCMP Holiday Networking Collaborative in Boston, MA these three words came to mind, “Strength in numbers.”  But before I can explain these three simple words, I should first explain all the abbreviations, right?   APICS is the Association for Operations Management, IBF is the Institute of Business Forecasting and CSCMP is the Council… Read more>>

S&OP or Supercalifragilistic- expialidocious… Something Quite Atrocious?

This is a good question. As I traveled down to Florida for the IBF’s Supply Chain Planning & Forecasting: Best Practices Conference w/ Advanced Practices in S&OP Forum I wasn't sure which was harder to explain as a concept.  After a few days at conference I can, with confidence, say that Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is much easier.  I'll save my understanding… Read more>>

Seeing Past the Nouns

What do battery operated lawnmowers, $1B of crop protection annual R&D and making chemical drum orders on your iPhone have in common? More than you would think. All of these things have been used as examples of how the world's leading companies are working to improve their supply chain planning and forecasting process at this year's IBF Supply Chain Planning and Forecasting Best… Read more>>

The Magic of S&OP

Teamwork, collaboration, transparency and increased profitability. Sounds like some Disney Magic, right? Well based on the experiences shared from the panel at the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning’s kickoff event on Sunday dubbed the 'Advanced S&OP Practices Forum' it's in fact real and achievable.  The panel, which was an opening to IBF’s Supply Chain Planning… Read more>>

The JBF & Me: 30ish Years of Growth

When the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF) was formed, I was still in diapers. Around the same time that Dr. Jain had the novel idea of bringing business practitioners together to learn and grow together I was only crawling over my father's journal article notes. I didn't know it at the time, but early in the lifespan of the IBF my father, Dr. Evangelos Simos, was already… Read more>>

The Buzz on Demand Planning & Forecasting Software

A big treat in attending a conference is not only learning from attendees, but also having the benefit of one-stop shopping when it comes to vendors in the exhibit hall.  These vendors travel across the country, often times lugging huge displays, screens, white papers and swag to meet with current and potential clients and share with them what their software can do to help assist in their… Read more>>