New Oliver Wight interactive workshop explains why business maturity is fundamental to performance improvement

An interactive workshop led by business improvement specialists, Oliver Wight, will allow delegates at the IBF Supply Chain Forecasting and Planning Conference to assess the maturity of their demand management processes so they can drive sustainable improvement. The workshop will take place at the Doubletree Hilton in Amsterdam, 20-21 November 2014.

Oliver Wight Partner, Debbie Bowen-Heaton explains why business maturity is so important: “Faced with increasing demands from customers and shareholders, organisations need to keep improving performance. But unless your business is ready to effectively deploy and support an improvement initiative it is likely to end only in failure. The right improvements have to be made at the right time, and in the right order. Only by understanding the true maturity of your organisation can a roadmap to business excellence be clearly defined.”

Workshop delegates will get the opportunity to assess the maturity of their own demand management processes using the Oliver Wight Maturity Model. Led by Bowen-Heaton, an expert in demand management, this practical workshop will provide a better understanding of the transitions required to progress on the maturity journey.

Fellow Oliver Wight Partner, Jerry Shanahan will also host an interactive session on supply chain benchmarking. Entitled ‘using benchmarking to create motivation for change’, the workshop will look at why companies should be benchmarking against their peers, which performance measures they should use, and how it can be a fundamental tool in driving change.

“An optimised supply chain is the key to competitive advantage. But if a business doesn't know how well it is performing, or what best-in-class performance looks like, how does it know where it can improve, or by how much?” says Shanahan.

The IBF conference, centred around the importance of forecasting in any supply chain or S&OP process, will gather some of industry’s top demand and supply chain professionals. Shanahan and Bowen-Heaton will be available over the two days to discuss benchmarking and business maturity issues via one-to-one meetings at the Oliver Wight stand. For more information email Zoe Davis at zoe.davis@oliverwight-eame.com


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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 

About Oliver Wight

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. 

Using the Oliver Wight Maturity Model to pursue our globally recognized Class A standard for best practice will determine a tailored improvement journey for you to develop your organization’s processes, and reach and sustain excellent business performance. With a track record of more than 40 years of helping some of the world's best-known organizations, Oliver Wight will help you define your company’s vision for the future and deliver performance and financial results that last.

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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 will lead an interactive workshop on demand management and business maturity at the IBF Supply Chain Forecasting and Planning Conference: Europe.
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Workshop delegates will get the opportunity to assess the maturity of their own demand management processes using the Oliver Wight Maturity Model. Led by Bowen-Heaton, an expert in demand management, this practical workshop will provide a better understanding of the transitions required to progress on the maturity journey.
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Oliver Wight Partner, Jerry Shanahan will also host an interactive session on supply chain benchmarking, entitled ‘using benchmarking to create motivation for change’.
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The IBF conference, centred around the importance of forecasting in any supply chain or S&OP process, will gather some of industry’s top demand and supply chain professionals. Shanahan and Bowen-Heaton will be available over the two days to discuss benchmarking and business maturity issues via one-to-one meetings at the Oliver Wight stand.
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Faced with increasing demands from customers and shareholders, organisations need to keep improving performance. But unless your business is ready to effectively deploy and support an improvement initiative it is likely to end only in failure.
Debbie Bowen-Heaton, Partner at Oliver Wight
The right improvements have to be made at the right time, and in the right order. Only by understanding the true maturity of your organisation can a roadmap to business excellence be clearly defined.
Debbie Bowen-Heaton, Partner at Oliver Wight
An optimised supply chain is the key to competitive advantage. But if a business doesn't know how well it is performing, or what best-in-class performance looks like, how does it know where it can improve, or by how much?
Jerry Shanahan, Partner at Oliver Wight