Special Edition: Leveraging Predictive Business Analytics – Journal of Business Forecasting Winter 2015

Predictive Business Analytics, the practice of extracting information from existing data to determine patterns, relationships and future outcomes, is not new; it has been used in practice for many years. What is new, however is the massive amount of data, so-called Big Data, now available, that can better support decision making and improve planning & forecasting performance. Additionally… Read more>>

Improving Forecast Accuracy: Using Lean Principles to Improve the Forecasting Process

Nearly all supply chain practitioners are familiar with, or have been trained on, the use of Lean/Six Sigma tools for reducing waste and improving processes. However, these tools are often thought of as techniques only for addressing manufacturing quality and efficiency. In recent years, Lean practitioners and educators have found the tool set to be just as effective for improving business… Read more>>

Forecast Value Added (FVA) – Series 2 Interview

Interviewer: Michael Gilliland, SAS This month’s interview is with Shaun Snapp, founder and editor of SCM Focus, where he provides independent supply chain software analysis, education, and consulting. Shaun's experience and expertise spans several large consulting companies and at i2 Technologies before staring SCM Focus. He has a strong interest in comparative software design… Read more>>

IBF Webinar Series – Alan Milliken: Transforming Big Data into Supply Chain Analytics

Alan Milliken recently presented an outstanding IBF webinar entitled Transforming Big Data into Supply Chain Analytics. Alan's presentation on the use of Big Data was not only informative but extremely insightful.  Using practical examples, Alan explained the significance of using descriptive analytics (e.g. reports, KPI's, dashboards) to report performance, how the use of predictive… Read more>>

“Big Data” Takes Center Stage at IBF Best Practices Conference and Leadership Forum

I recently attended the IBF Best Practices Conference and Leadership Forum in Orlando this past fall. Prior to my current role, I was a 15 year veteran practitioner and conference presenter in forecasting, S&OP, and planning. I’ve had the privilege of attending many presentations from experts all over the globe discussing S&OP, demand planning process development, metrics, etc…… Read more>>

Forecast Value Added (FVA) – Series 1 Interview

Interviewer: Michael Gilliland, SAS This month our interview is with Jonathon Karelse, a recognized Demand Planning and S&OP thought leader, frequent speaker, moderator, and panelist at IBF and supply chain events. Jonathon is graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management's Executive Program in Value Chain and Operations Management. He was the youngest ever Executive at Yokohama… Read more>>