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F2009 Business Forecasting Conference shows how to improve accuracy of predictions


Predictive analytics prepare organizations for economic recovery, improve competitive advantage

CARY, NC .– Hundreds of professionals and renowned experts in business forecasting will meet at F2009 June 1-2 in Cary, NC. This is SAS’ fourth annual business forecasting conference. F2009 provides a close-up look at best practices and new methods helping organizations prosper. SAS, the leader in business analytics, offers training and sessions to help forecasting professionals improve their companies’ ability to plan effectively. Attendees will also appreciate seeing the exhibits and networking with peers, technical experts and industry visionaries from around the world.

“In good economic times, companies may be able to get by with poor forecasting and inefficient operations; but now, none have that luxury,” said Mike Gilliland, Analytics Product Marketing Manager at SAS and F2009 planning committee member. “Analytics provides an invaluable advantage in tough economic times, helping organizations reduce waste and inefficiencies, and optimize performance.”

Now more than ever, employees must stay on top of their businesses and work smarter. Organizations that improve forecasting processes are positioned to see significant gains during the economic recovery ahead.

Keynote speakers include Oral Capps, Texas A&M University; Jonathan Crook, University of Edinburgh; Tony Bellotti, Credit Research Centre; Frank Diebold, University of Pennsylvania; and Michael Leonard, SAS. Session speakers represent StatCanada, Institute for the Future, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, University of Chicago, and HAVI Global Solutions, among other business, government and academic organizations.

“Last year’s event drew hundreds of forecasting professionals from more than a dozen countries,” said Jerry Oglesby of SAS, who is co-chairing this conference with Tom Fomby of Southern Methodist University. “The new ideas, contacts and education that attendees bring back from F2009 will improve forecasting in companies worldwide,” added Oglesby.

Globally recognized as an industry leader in analytics, SAS delivers consistent and reliable analysis of business information to produce insights for competitive advantage. Register for F2009 and post-conference training today.


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