From the Farm to the Table: Leveraging SAP IBP for Orchestrating Demand & Supply Planning

  • Demand Planning – Manage Forecasts that not only leverage advanced statistical models offered by IBP & consensus Demand planning process but also how existing contracts received from Customers can influence the Final Demand Plan thereby increasing Forecast Accuracy
  • Supply Planning – Generate an Optimized Supply Plan (Procurement, Production & Transportation) that can be published to SAP ERP for execution considering various influencing factors like Forecast, Sales Orders, Contracts, Inventory Targets etc.
  • Product Availability – Ability to provide crucial inputs to planners that are used to come up with Product Mix for Finished Goods leveraging Version & Scenario capabilities in SAP IBP

Steven Birgfeld
VP, Information Technology and Services
Blue Diamond Growers

Steve leads the overall strategy, design and implementation of Blue Diamond Growers information technology services, working closely with the business to define solutions that provide value to our growers and our customers.

Steve has led strategic efforts of large scale application and infrastructure deployments throughout his career, including successful digital and e-commerce, security, cloud and business analytics solutions.  He brings a strong balance of technical, resource and financial management leadership.

Steve has been with Blue Diamond since March 2016. Prior to that, Steve has held a variety of Information Technology leadership positions including VP of IT and Workplace Services for Unisys; Chief Information Officer for Hostess Brands and CompuCom; VP of Information Technology for Quaker State; and acting Chief Information Officer for Booz Allen Hamilton.  In 2012, Steve was named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders.