Oliver Wight release new statistical forecasting white paper

Business improvement specialists, Oliver Wight, have published a new white paper, ‘The Power of Insight: Statistical Forecasting as part of Integrated Demand Management’. Providing an insight into effective demand planning, it addresses the role of statistical forecasting meeting customer demand as efficiently and profitably as possible.

Authored by David Holmes of Oliver Wight Americas and Andy Walker of Oliver Wight EAME, the paper discusses the advantages that statistical forecasting can bring to a business when it is embedded across the organisation as part of an integrated demand management process, helping anticipate changes in demand well in advance, so the business can respond accordingly.

The white paper also highlights the shortcomings of statistical forecasting and why it is critical to design a statistical forecasting model that is right for the individual company, and for all employees to understand the subsequent data.

“All too often, processes and tools are addressed with vigour but people and behaviour not so,” says Holmes. “There is a tendency for an over-dependency on computer-generated forecasts, but without the intelligence, the forecast is just a number. Based on algorithms, forecasting tools take elements of history to fit out a projection of the future, but history doesn’t always repeat itself. Knowledge and processes must be in place before the right tools can be specified and a reliable statistical forecast established.”

The white paper explains that statistical forecasting is focused around three basic strategies; trends, seasonality and events. A trend-based forecast is best in a growth market, and can provide a good understanding of where demand is heading, event-based statistical modelling works well in highly volatile industries, and seasonality in creating cyclical patterns of demand.

“Statistical forecasting provides an invaluable baseline from which to build an integrated demand plan,” says Walker. “However, it must always be regarded as an input to the demand plan, rather than an output of it. This is where Oliver Wight comes in; we can teach you how to make sense of all your stats, and how best to use them.”

To download a copy of this white paper, please go here: http://www.oliverwight-eame.com/en-GB/news-events/white_papers_brochures/m/product/view/88


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Zoe Davis
Oliver Wight EAME              
zoe.davis@oliverwight-eame.com
www.oliverwight-eame.com

Steve Lipscombe
RONIN Marketing Limited
44 (0) 20 3326 5040
stevel@roninmarketing.co.uk
www.roninmarketing.co.uk 

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At Oliver Wight, we believe sustainable business improvement can only be delivered by your own people; so, unlike other consultancy firms, we transfer our knowledge to you. Pioneers of Sales and Operations Planning and originators of the fundamentals behind supply chain planning, Oliver Wight professionals are the acknowledged industry thought leaders for Integrated Business Planning (IBP).

Integrated Business Planning allows your senior executives to plan and manage the entire organization over a 24-month horizon, while Oliver Wight’s extended Supply Chain Planning and Optimization ensures your supply chain is designed and structured to deliver best-in-class customer service with minimal costs. 

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Oliver Wight believe that truly sustainable business improvement can only be delivered by your own people. So unlike other consultancy firms, we transfer our knowledge to you. We have a 40 year track record of helping some of the world's best-known organisations reach and sustain excellent business performance. With our team of professionals, offering a wealth and diversity of experience, Oliver Wight can help you define your vision of the future and inspire your people to drive change throughout your business, delivering performance and financial results that last.

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Oliver Wight, business improvement specialists, have released a new white paper on the value of statistical forecasting within a wider integrated demand management process.
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‘The Power of Insight: Statistical Forecasting as part of Integrated Demand Management’ was written by David Holmes of Oliver Wight Americas and Andy Walker of Oliver Wight EAME.
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There is a tendency for an over-dependency on computer-generated forecasts, but without the intelligence, the forecast is just a number. Based on algorithms, forecasting tools take elements of history to fit out a projection of the future, but history doesn’t always repeat itself. Knowledge and processes must be in place before the right tools can be specified and a reliable statistical forecast established.
David Holmes, Oliver Wight Americas Associate