McDonalds, Wal-Mart and Sony Pictures Discuss Forecasting

Frustrated forecasters in most industries are currently confronted with huge uncertainties in today’s tough business climate. In the face of much change, forecasts and their underlying planning processes need to be more in-sync than ever before.

In addition, the collaborative aspect to forecasting has become fundamental and water-tight planning processes are a must for major organizations in every industry. Industry leaders from retail, pharmaceuticals, entertainment and manufacturing join to discuss innovations in forecasting at the annual Business Forecasting & Planning summit in Las Vegas on February 25th, 2010.

Wal-Mart’s Director US Strategy & Finance, David Hasler will highlight the need for improved partner collaboration with the retailer to leverage data from within the retail network to improve your forecast.

“Collaboration has always been a key piece in the forecasting puzzle” says Puja Pankhania of ForecastFocus. “What’s interesting now is the emphasis on improving the underlying processes that support the forecast; the Wal-Mart discussion will be interesting as it takes this idea a step further the retailer network as a whole and collaboration beyond internal infrastructures”.

ForecastFocus’ Business Forecasting & Planning 2010 summit has been created as a platform for visionary companies in the forecasting arena who are keen to clear the challenges and develop new approaches to improve forecasting at their company. With Google contributing to the discussion on revenue forecasting and Bayer Healthcare and McDonalds thrashing out the key stumbling blocks regarding effective planning processes this focussed event is a key appointment for your business diary.

See the event agenda, where statistical forecasting, new product forecasting and KPI’s are all up for discussion! To learn more about the conference, the topics and the confirmed speakers visit: