Online Workshop: Business Forecasting Techniques, Best Practices & Application Using Forecast Pro

Live Online Interactive Workshop

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Workshop Overview

You will leave this comprehensive three-day educational course with an understanding of forecasting techniques, including how they work and how to apply them in a real business environment. The workshop surveys the most commonly used business forecasting methods and will cover the following:

  • How various forecasting methods work
  • Pros and cons of each method
  • How to implement best practices in Forecast Pro (via demonstrations using real-world examples)

The core of the workshop is 13.5 hours of live interactive presentations presented over a 3-day period. During the live sessions you will have the opportunity to pose questions to the instructors in real time as well as interact with the other attendees.

The workshop also includes 2 weeks of access to the workshop’s streaming channel. The streaming channel provides on-demand access to prerecorded versions of the 8 modules presented in the live sessions along with 4 additional modules not covered in the live sessions.

One-on-One Post Workshop Consulting Session

Have you ever run into a forecasting challenge and wish you had an expert you could turn to for help? Now you can!

Workshop attendees have the exclusive opportunity to add a personalized one-hour consulting session with one of the instructors. Take advantage of this limited offer to spend time with a forecasting expert at the significantly reduced price of $100!

This exclusive consulting session is your opportunity to apply what you learned in the workshop with hands-on guidance from an expert. This time is personalized to your specific needs, whether that’s addressing specific challenges you’re facing, working one-on-one with an instructor using your own data, or gaining invaluable insights from a forecasting expert.

This session can be booked at your convenience, but must be completed within 30 days after the conclusion of the workshop. Feel free to include any other members of your team that may benefit from this exclusive consulting session.

Who should attend?

The workshop is valuable for anyone whose job responsibilities include preparing or analyzing forecasts—some prior knowledge of statistics is helpful but not essential. The tutorials use Forecast Pro and real-world data to provide a deeper understanding of the forecasting methods and to show best practices; these lessons are applicable regardless of which forecasting software your organization uses.

 

Registration

Registration Fee: The registration fee is $495 USD per attendee. A Team Discount price of $395 per attendee is available to organizations registering 3 or more attendees. As a workshop attendee, you can add a private one-hour post workshop consulting session with an instructor for an additional $100. This session can be booked at your convenience, but must be completed within 30 days after the conclusion of the workshop.

Class size: Due to the interactive nature of the live presentations, attendance is limited to 25 and attendees will be registered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Hours: July 23 – 25, 2024: The workshop will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day (USA Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)).

December 3-5, 2024: The workshop will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day (USA Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)).

Cancellation Policy: The workshop is limited in size and we ask that if you must cancel to please inform us as soon as possible. Attendees may receive a full refund if cancellation is made 14 days or more prior to the start of the workshop. Registrants who fail to attend or cancel less than 14 days before the start date are not entitled to receive a refund. Personnel substitutions may be made at any time.

Instructors

Eric Stellwagen

Eric Stellwagen is the co-founder of Business Forecast Systems, Inc. (BFS) and the co-author of the Forecast Pro software product line. With more than 30 years of expertise in the field, he regularly presents workshops and publishes on the topic of business forecasting, and is widely recognized as a leading educator on the subject. Drawing upon his extensive consulting experience helping organizations to address their forecasting challenges, Eric infuses his classes with practical approaches and uses real-world data to illustrate concepts. He has worked with many leading firms including Coca-Cola, Kraft, Merck, Nabisco, Owens-Corning and Verizon and has presented workshops for a variety of organizations including APICS, the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), the Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the University of Tennessee. Eric served on the board of directors of the IIF for 12 years and is currently serving on the practitioner advisory board of Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.

Sarah Darin

Sarah Darin hasSarah Darin 20  years of experience with statistical consulting, sales forecasting, regression modeling and marketing analytics. Sarah holds a Master’s of Science in Statistics from the University of Chicago, where she also served as a Lecturer for two years. She has consulted for clients across a broad range of industries, including Consumer Packaged Goods, Telecommunications, Technology, Retail, Automotive and Finance. Before joining BFS, Sarah was Vice President of Consulting Services at Nielsen where she focused on custom analytic solutions for the CPG and Expanded Vertical practices, teaching customers how to efficiently integrate, manage, model and forecast large-scale datasets. Sarah’s ability to understand and explain statistical concepts in the context of real-world, messy data makes her an ideal instructor for this workshop. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.

Franklin Rea

Franklin Rea brings over 15 years of expertise in data analysis, technology, marketing operations, and mathematics to his role at BFS. With a background in the enterprise software sector, Franklin has navigated varied industries such as cyber-security, campaign management, and sales training and enablement. In addition, he has worked as a college-level mathematics instructor.  At BFS, Franklin serves as a trainer and solutions consultant, assisting clients in maximizing their utilization of the Forecast Pro software, and providing a problem-solving approach and valuable insights to everyday forecasting questions. Franklin holds an M.S. in Mathematics from Northeastern University and received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

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