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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.

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