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February Professional Development Meeting

February 17, 2016
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
6461 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043

Harness Your Raw Data for
Enhanced Planning and Performance

Traditional production planning systems are increasingly being pushed to their limits.  With a mix of growing customer expectations, pricing pressures, volatile fuel prices, and an increasingly diverse supplier base, wastes abound in many supply chains.  This is where data analytics and big data provide a competitive advantage.  Data analytics is the science of examining raw data to help draw conclusions about information.  Global supply chains provide an excellent opportunity to utilize big data and data analytics.  Through better decision making, a company’s supply chain costs structure can be modified over time to improve profitability.

When planning future production, over the planning horizon, the required product mix and load in each time bucket must be determined.  Matching required production levels to existing resources can be challenging.  So the algorithms used to plan and schedule what actual work will be started at each manufacturing facility is very important to making sure the enterprise is profitable.

Production planners must work closely with other departments like marketing, sales, and logistics.  And making sure the combination of sales forecasts and actual customer orders truly represents (with a margin of error) reality is a must.  Therefore, the data analytic algorithms used to optimize performance measures is critical to the production planning group.  In addition to an accurate sales forecasts, an accurate estimate of productive capacity is also difficult.  This presentation will provide supply chain professionals with ideas for improving their own operations, by better utilizing their raw data for informed decision making.

 List Three Learning Objectives:
1.      Describe why production planning is so hard
2.      Explain the production planning hierarchy & its impact on SCM
3.      Define ways that production planning can minimize waste across the supply chain

About the Presenter:

Jack Cook, Ph.D., CFPIM, CSCP, CSQE

Jack Cook, Ph.D., CFPIM, CSCP, CSQE is a professor, speaker, author and consultant. He has been a professor for over thirty years, teaching operations and information systems at the Rochest er Institute of Technology, Washington State University, and SUNY Geneseo. He currently teaches at SUNY Brockport. His areas of expertise include supply chain management, lean thinking, information systems, operations management, and electronic commerce. Dr. Cook is a Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), and aMaster Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He has conducted review courses for APICS, ISM and ASQ certifications, and has developed and delivered many seminars and on-site training programs. His education includes a Ph.D. in Business Administration, an MSin Computer Science, an MBA, MA in Mathematics, and a BS in Computer Science.

About the Event:                                 

5:00 - 6:00 pm....Registration, Cash Bar & Networking
6:00-7:00 pm......Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm....Program

$30.00 Members & Guests 
$20.00 Full-Time Students & Memberts not in the work force.

Deluxe Buffet: Caesar salad, fresh fruit, olive salad, chicken francaise, meatballs, top round of beef, turkey & gravy, penne
pasta with marinara, mashed potatoes, green beans, glazed carrots, dessert

Notes: Reservations requested by Friday, February 12

Register: Online at or call APICS at PPM OffiCenter (716) 648-0972


$30.00 Member

$30.00 Guest Ticket

$20.00 Student Ticket

$20.00 Full Time Student ( but not an APICS member

$20.00 Member not currently in the workforce


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