PRLog - Feb. 14, 2013 - MELBOURNE, Australia -- The originators of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), Oliver Wight, are lead sponsors of Akolade’s Australian Sales & Operations Planning Forum 2013 – the first event of its kind in the country. Taking place 13th-15th March at the Stamford Plaza in Melbourne, the event covers key industry topics, from S&OP and Globalisation, to Integrated Business Planning, Demand Forecasting and Continuous Improvement.
Attracting top industry leaders in S&OP, supply chain, demand planning, sales, operations and logistics nationwide, the S&OP Forum will provide a crucial insight into S&OP and IBP in the current Australian corporate climate. Global business improvement specialists, Oliver Wight, will be chairing Day One of the event, presenting on the evolution of S&OP to Integrated Business Planning (IBP), and hosting a workshop on implementing an effective IBP and S&OP framework.
“As Australia goes through a period of economic uncertainty and volatility, businesses are starting to realise that they can no longer rely on substandard sales, operations and planning frameworks and processes,’ explains Mike Reed, Managing Partner of Oliver Wight Asia Pacific. ‘Integrated Business Planning provides a holistic view of the business and has the power to drive superior results in today’s environment.”
Oliver Wight’s workshop on day three of the event ‘How to develop and implement an effective IBP/S&OP framework’, is designed to provide delegates with a thorough understanding of the roles and function of IBP and S&OP. There will be insight into five critical success factors, and an opportunity to discuss and critique organisation structures, responsibilities and accountabilities that lend themselves to better IBP/S&OP results.
“A strong IBP framework offers organisations a ‘window to future’, and this event will provide an essential overview for how businesses can achieve this. It’s an exciting conference for Australia; managers should leave reinvigorated to implement an effective and streamlined process, equipped with a good insight into how to develop the right culture, processes and tools for successful implementation,”
To register for your place visit: www.akolade.com.au (http://akolade.com.au/