As always, this year’s IBP Boost Camp was based on the concept of “learning by doing”: hardly any PowerPoints but getting to work yourself in a realistic but virtual environment. Participants from very diverse companies including Albert Heijn, FrieslandCampina, Nexperia, Brocacef, Shimano, Stedin and Puratos tested their S&OP / IBP skills in “The Cool Connection”, Involvation's new IBP simulation.
This open program is based on two powerful learning principles, guaranteeing a steep learning curve:
During the physical workshop, it once again became apparent that Change Management is the biggest challenge for successfully realising IBP. In an inspiring session Igor Kuettschreutter, Global S&OP Manager at Heineken, showed what it takes to successfully roll out IBP in a global concern. Next to applying IBP in The Cool Connection, the Heineken presentation was another highlight of this training program.
During the closing drinks, possible for the first time after two years of virtual workshops, it turned out that the participants had gained a lot of new insights. Lessons learned showed big differences between the participants, depending on their companies and current S&OP maturity levels. It obviously makes quite a difference whether you are a retailer, a vendor or an infrastructure company. Equal for everyone: the road to IBP may be long, but it leads to a highly valuable dot on the horizon!