Accelerator Days

The 3-day program on the Supply Chain Triangle

“This training provided an overview of what S&OP is all about. This overview enables me to see the bigger picture instead of treating each planning process individually.”

Supply Chain Manager, Food industry

“This was the 3rd time I followed a training by Solventure Academy. The team is perfectly able to explain the theory well with examples from the field to make it more clear.”

Supply Chain Manager, High-tech company

As Solventure Academy we organize open training sessions or Accelerator Days to boost your knowledge and insights into the Supply Chain Triangle. Up to you and your team to discover the ambition and challenges of each of the corners of the Supply Chain Triangle and learn how to bring it all together. As a result, you will strengthen the alignment within your company and, most of all, let S&OP become the heartbeat of your business.

Upcoming Accelerator Days in 2021

During our upcoming Accelerator Days we will start with a focus on the 3 pillars of the Supply Chain Triangle; Demand, Inventory, and Supply Planning. Throughout this supply chain training, we will dive deeper into the alignment of those 3 planning challenges and how you enable harmony in your S&OP process by including segmentation, finance & strategic aspects. As a result, each module is a full-day program consisting of in-depth knowledge, interactive discussions, and fun exercises.

What to expect?

  • gain new insights on various planning challenges & boost your S&OP maturity
  • get an understanding of how they interact & what you can do to harmonize them
  • sharpen your vision during peer-to-peer and cross-industry discussions
  • challenge yourself to look beyond your own role & responsibilities
  • gather working points to enable further alignment in your supply chain processes
  • connect to fellow supply chain professionals by sharing best practices and joining interactive discussions
  • play a few rounds of a value chain simulation game (The Fresh/Cool Connection) developed by Inchainge

What’s still the same?

In a mix of theory, plenary and group discussions, exercises, thought provokers, a business game, and some serious fun, we will guide you through the Accelerator Days journey! Check the tab ‘Practical details’ for more info about the upcoming session.

The 3-day program

Morning: Supply Chain Triangle Dynamics and Introduction to S&OP

  • Discover the dynamics in managing supply chains
  • Understand the tension and balance between service, cost, and cash
  • Get introduced to S&OP as being the supporting process to bring balance in the triangle by enabling cross-functional decision making

Afternoon: Understanding and Planning Demand

  • Discover and discuss drivers for demand
  • Understand how quantitative and qualitative approaches can work in unison
  • Learn demand planning process best practices, and reflect on steps to take to make this a true cornerstone of the S&OP process

These topics and many more will be covered during this session, supported by advanced content material, insightful and fun exercises, and challenging discussions.

Morning: Understanding and Planning Inventory

  •  Discover the different purposes of inventory
  • Understand the different replenishment methods that are available
  • Translate to inventory targets and see how planning and managing these is a key enabler for balancing the supply chain triangle

Afternoon: Understanding and Planning Supply

  • Discover the different planning levels and horizons and their functions
  • Understand how to account for complexity and constraints in the supply plan
  • See how crucial it is to link and combine the different planning levels to provide the right information on the right level at the right moment

These topics and many more will be covered during this session, supported by advanced content material, insightful and fun exercises, and challenging discussions.

Morning: Bringing it together with Executive S&OP

  • Discover the challenges in turning S&OP into a real decision-making process
  • Understand how segmentation will help in keeping the right focus
  • Disclose gaps in your current S&OP organization and find ways to the process so it becomes a heartbeat at the center of the organization

Afternoon: Towards Strategy-Driven S&OP by Integrating Finance and Strategy

  • Discover how market strategy links with supply chain
  • Understand the importance of alignment with finance and financial targets
  • Find the means to build the bridges between finance, strategy, and supply chain and to move supply chain from the backroom to the boardroom

These topics and many more will be covered during this session, supported by advanced content material, insightful and fun exercises, and challenging discussions.

Obviously, the Accelerator Days target professionals involved in those specific planning processes of the supply chain. However, we strongly recommend the participation of anyone with responsibilities in any domain that is affected by or involved in the Supply Chain Triangle. So, are you from demand planning, customer service, procurement, sales, inventory management, human resources, manufacturing, IT and systems integrations, or other, and do you carry a responsibility in guiding the business in the right direction, we will be glad to reserve a seat for you. And while you’re at it: why don’t you bring along some colleagues and come with your own cross-functional team?

We ask only for one prerequisite for attending the Accelerator Days: be knowledgeable about some basic concepts and terminology about the topic, so that from the very start of the day, we can deep dive into very useful content, exercises and discussions, thereby generating the most value out of the training, for all attendees present. Don’t be alarmed. We will provide the expected basic knowledge upfront, so you can familiarize with it if needed.

Welcome, all of you!

UPCOMING session

  • Date: October 20 – 22, 2021
  • Format: Classroom training
  • Location: BluePoint Antwerp – Filip Williotstraat 9, 2600 Antwerpen (view on Google Maps)
  • Registration: is open! Subscribe by completing the registration form.

What’s new?

We foresee multiple timeslots for our Accelerator Days if they can be organized in a physical classroom setting. This gives you more flexibility to join one or more modules during the year. The upcoming session will take place in October from Wednesday, Oct 20 till Friday, Oct 22.

To ensure the right amount of interaction, networking, and energy, we implement a go/no-go decision point one month before each session, based on the number of subscriptions. In case of a no-go, all subscriptions stay valid for a future session of your choice; we will contact each subscriber to check the possibilities for upcoming sessions.

Our main teachers:

Sacha De Backer
Sacha De BackerDirector Solventure Academy
By connecting expertise, exercises and lots of enthusiam, Sacha shows how S&OP becomes the heartbeat of your planning processes.
Prof. dr. Bram Desmet
Prof. dr. Bram DesmetBook author & Keynote Speaker
By interconnecting supply chain, strategy and finance through financial metrics, Bram shows how supply chain has become the centrepiece of the strategy discussion.

Below we’ve listed some Frequently Asked Questions and their response. Just open the text box by clicking the question you also had in mind. In case you’d like more information on other subjects, use our contact form to get in touch.

We know from experience that industry-specific decisions with regards to the S&OP process are made at certain levels. But this does not mean you cannot learn from them. By understanding why this industry tackles their process in such a way, you broaden your S&OP vision. Next, we encourage our participants to interact with each other and share experiences. Every process improvement has its own successes and possible pitfalls no matter which industry you are in. Step out of your comfort zone and learn from your peers.

We strongly recommend the participation of anyone with responsibilities in any domain that is affected by or involved in the Supply Chain Triangle. Meaning anyone from supply chain but also sales, finance, procurement, IT,… is warmly invited. Certainly when you are planning/executing a supply chain project that affects multiple departments, bring your colleagues along so you can shape one vision to take your project to a next level.

One thing that is guaranteed is that you’ll go home with at least one working point that you can implement in your own process the next business day. For each role attending this program, the takeaway can be quite different, so why don’t we let previous attendees do the talking:

“It is a good training and it indeed provides you with a good insight between the practical and theoretical way of thinking and pushes you in some way to think more out of the box than stay within a kind of ‘comfort’ zone”

“This training provided me with an overview of what S&OP is all about. Having this overview enables me to see the bigger picture instead of treating each planning process individually.”

“The topics as such are not new to me, but how it is presented and communicated gives a refreshing view. By reusing provided examples, I can trigger my own team members and challenge managers to take the next step in S&OP maturity.”

After filling out the registration form you will receive a personal confirmation email within the next business day. This confirmation email validates that we welcome you to the Accelerator Day module(s) of your choice and that we’ll arrange all the necessary material & catering.

We send out the invoices in the same week the session takes place.

We understand that certain circumstances can prevent you from joining our session. Let’s see if you can join one of the upcoming sessions or if a colleague can step in and use your seat. When we are not informed and have a no-show, we will charge the participants fee.

“This training provided me with an overview of what S&OP is all about. Having this overview enables me to see the bigger picture instead of treating each planning process individually.”

Supply Chain Manager, Food industry

“I was also looking for a training session that would give me more insights on the different roles within the entire S&OP process. Thanks to the Accelerator Days I now have a better view on those roles besides my own day to day operation.”

Demand Planner, Food industry

“I’m a big believer of continuous improvement, so even with a high experience within S&OP, I’ll use opportunities like the Accelerator Days to see the S&OP domain from a different angle.”

Senior Inventory Specialist, Manufacturing company

“The Solventure Academy team brings a lot of energy to these sessions. Some icebreakers and light discussions at the beginning of each session created the perfect vibe to encourage each participant to engage.”

Business Process Analyst, Manufacturing company

“By reusing the explanation of S&OP concepts, the provided examples from the training or even by using some graphs, I’m able to communicate even better with my own team members and managers about those topics.”

Business Process Analyst, Manufacturing company

“This was the 3rd time I followed a training by Solventure. Knowledge & theory wise the training is build up correctly. The Solventure Academy team is also able to explain the theory well with examples from the field to make it more clear.”

Supply Chain Manager EMEA, High-Tech company

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Full Package

€1.750,- (excl. VAT)

  • 3 full days of training

  • Syllabus and training material

  • Educational webinars

  • Coffee breaks and lunch for each day

  • Network opportunities

  • Evening activity

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1-day package

€599,- (excl. VAT)

  • 1-day of training

  • Syllabus and training material
    of the module
  • Educational webinars

  • Coffee break and lunch

  • Network opportunity

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