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Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF)-est. 1982, is a membership organization recognized worldwide for fostering the growth of Demand Planning, Forecasting, and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), its mission.

The IBF provides education, benchmarking research, training, certification, conferences and advisory services on a global scale. IBF is instrumental in helping businesses increase cash flow, market-share, and growth by improving forecasting and planning performance. Learning, sharing, and advancing are the foundational cycle that IBF members and their companies experience. No other organization has as much depth and experience in providing educational content for Demand Planning and Forecasting as IBF.

IBF members include some of the world’s well-known global companies. The IBF is constantly updating and disseminating better ways to manage demand, improve supply chain efficiency, foster cross-functional participation, and increase organizational performance.

IBF members have access to proven best practices and links to global professionals that help them ascend in their careers, while bringing their organizations to best-in-class levels. The IBF is a pioneer in developing a Demand Planning, Forecasting, and S&OP Certification program that can enhance your knowledge, give management greater confidence and boost your credentials. One can start with the Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF®) certification, and grow with the Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF®) program. Join us today.

IBF Offers:

  • Benchmarking Research
    Our research helps members and their companies determine how to achieve best-in-class status.
  • Journal of Business Forecasting (JBF)
    Written by professionals, for professionals striving to improve S&OP, demand planning, forecasting, and supply chain practices. IBF’s flagship publication published quarterly, offers subscriber’s jargon-free, educational articles that apply immediately, another benefit of membership.
  • Global Events & Chapters
    IBF events unite industry leaders and experienced professionals from well-known companies to network and learn to enhance your career and your company’s growth. You’ll hear no theory at an IBF program, attendees receive step-by-step, practical solutions and best practices that can be applied in the field or at the office. There is no other venue where so many practicing S&OP, demand planning and forecasting professionals are found under one roof.
  • Educational Books
    The IBF offers books in demand planning, forecasting, and S&OP to support ongoing improvement in company performance. IBF offers books based on real-world applicability, you won’t find academic books here.
  • Membership
    Those that are passionate about planning and forecasting become IBF Members. IBF members include professionals from well-known multinational companies that span a broad array of industry sectors. By joining the IBF, you ensure your company keeps pace with best practices and new developments in the field.
  • Certification
    The IBF is a pioneer in developing a Demand Planning, Forecasting, and S&OP Certification program that boosts credentials, as well as gives management greater confidence in its team.

    The IBF offers two levels of certification:
    1. Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF®)
    2. Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF®)

International Institute of Forecasters

The International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), a non-profit organization founded in 1982, is dedicated to developing and furthering the generation, distribution, and use of knowledge on forecasting through the following objectives:

  • Develop and unify forecasting as a multidisciplinary field of research drawing on management, behavioral sciences, social sciences, engineering, and other fields.
  • Contribute to the professional development of analysts, managers, and policy makers with responsibilities for making and using forecasts in business and government.
  • Bridge the gap between theory and practice, with practice helping to set the research agenda and research providing useful results.
  • Bring together decision makers, forecasters, and researchers from all nations to improve the quality and usefulness of forecasting.

Learn more about the IIF, history and accomplishments and become a member!