Fall forecasting events


If you need an excuse to get out of the office and perhaps learn a thing or two this fall, here are three upcoming events:

Foresight Practitioner Conference: S&OP and Collaborative Forecasting

(Columbus, OH, September 25-26)

From the campus of Ohio State University, Foresight's editor Len Tashman and S&OP column editor Bob Stahl host a program with practical insights to improve S&OP and forecasting practices.

Of note are presentations on "The Impact of Sales Forecast Game Playing" by John Mello, and "How S&OP and Conflict Resolution Tools Align Human Energy" by Stewart Levine, author of Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict into Collaboration. Bob Stahl will also be moderating a panel of conference speakers and guest panelists Phil Dolci (CEO of Crosman Corporation) and Tom Wallace (S&OP author and thought leader).


Analytics 2013 Conference 

(Orlando, October 21-22, with pre-conference workshops Oct. 20, and post-conference training Oct 23-25)

After a large and successful event in London in June, the Analytics series returns to the US with two full days (and over 40 sessions) of the latest ideas, research, and best practices in the field of analytics. Session topics include forecasting, predictive modeling, data mining, optimization, big data, and visual analytics, along with industry case studies from financial services, health care, and retail.

I'll be delivering a workshop on Forecast Value Added Analysis on Sunday afternoon, as well as doing a regular session on "Forecasting with Big Data at Zappos.com" with Mauricio Jaramillo, Forecasting Manager at Zappos.

Be sure to take in the various SAS forecasting demos in the exhibit hall, and enjoy the famous Peabody Duck March.


IBF Business Planning & Forecasting: Best Practices Conference

(Orlando, November 5-6, with Leadership Forum Nov. 4)

I'll be co-presenting with Jonathon Karelse, President of Syncro Distribution, on "Tools for Evaluating the Forecasting Process." In addition, my colleague Charlie Chase (author of Demand-Driven Forecasting, 2nd Edition) and I will be signing free copies of our books.

Be sure to visit the SAS exhibit for product demos and witty repartee. (The witty repartee will have to do in lieu of marching ducks.)


About Author

Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is a longtime business forecasting practitioner and formerly a Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and is Associate Editor of their practitioner journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Mike is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (Wiley, 2010) and former editor of the free e-book Forecasting with SAS: Special Collection (SAS Press, 2020). He is principal editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions (Wiley, 2015) and Business Forecasting: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley, 2021). In 2017 Mike received the Institute of Business Forecasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 his paper "FVA: A Reality Check on Forecasting Practices" was inducted into the Foresight Hall of Fame. Mike initiated The Business Forecasting Deal blog in 2009 to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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