The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning – IBF is a membership organization recognized worldwide as the premier full-service provider of demand planning, forecasting, business analytics, S&OP (Sales & Operations Planning) education, benchmarking research, training, e-Learning, certification, world-class conferences, and advisory services. Since 1981, the IBF has been helping businesses improve their forecasting and planning performance in an effort to enhance growth, optimize supply chains, and improve their bottom line. It has been said that no other organization on the globe has as much depth in its educational content for S&OP, Demand Planning & Forecasting as IBF.

Having some of the world’s most well known global companies as its members, the IBF is constantly finding and disseminating better ways to manage demand, improve organizational efficiency, and company performance. By becoming an IBF member, you can ensure that you stay current with proven best practices, link with global professionals facing similar challenges, ascend in your career, and bring your organization to best-in-class levels in performance. The IBF is a pioneer in developing a Demand Planning, Forecasting, and S&OP Certification program that can help boost your credentials, as well as, give management greater confidence in its people. The IBF is known for two levels of certification: Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF®) and Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF®).

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.

Journal of Business Forecasting

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


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:

  • Certified Professional Forecaster
  • Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF®)
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.

Corporate Trainings

At the IBF, we offer demand planning, forecasting, and S&OP corporate training onsite at your location anywhere in the world. Our goal is to have an immediate impact on your operations and company performance. IBF trains professionals at all levels and onsite training can be applied towards IBF Certification.


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.

Benchmarking Research

Our research helps members and their companies determine how to achieve best-in-class status