ISF 2023 Workshop | Business Forecasting: Techniques, Application and Best Practices

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Business Forecast Systems (the makers of Forecast Pro) will be running a preconference workshop at the 2023 International Symposium on Forecasting. The workshop is entitled Business Forecasting: Techniques, Application and Best Practices and will take place on Sunday, June 25th. We’ll also be exhibiting at the conference which takes place June 25-28—stop by and say hello!


Workshop Overview

This workshop surveys commonly implemented business forecasting methods, explains how they work conceptually, reveals their strengths and limitations, and offers best practices for applying them in a business environment.

Numerous real-life examples from a range of industries will be presented. The workshop will utilize the Forecast Pro software to illustrate how the techniques are applied to corporate data.

You will leave the workshop with a working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative forecasting methods, enabling you to improve your forecast process and your forecast accuracy .


This workshop is part of the 2023 International Symposium on Forecasting. For more details on the event and how to sign up, visit the ISF website

Hours: The Business Forecasting Workshop will take place on Sunday, June 25th from 9am to 4pm.

Cost: There is a fee of $150 for this full day workshop. When registering for the symposium, you will be given the option to sign up.


Eric Stellwagen

Eric Stellwagen isEric Stellwagen 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.


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