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3rd Annual John Galt-- User Conference Highlights Best Practices In Forecasting And Demand Planning 

Larry Lapide of MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics keynotes event in Chicago

Chicago, IL., August 24, 2004- John Galt Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of forecasting and collaborative demand planning software, will hold its 3rd Annual User Conference on August 26-27 at Chicago's Drake Hotel.

Keynote speaker Larry Lapide, Ph.D., Research Director for the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, will address the role of software in forming an effective sales and operations planning process. Dr. Lapide, who was formerly a vice president and general manager at AMR Research, a leading industry analyst firm, is a recognized thought leader in supply chain business applications and technology.

Attendees at this year's User Conference will find a significantly expanded array of programs over previous conferences—including workshops, discussion groups and customer case study presentations geared to fulfilling the needs of both new clients and experienced users of John Galt's ForecastX Wizard and new Atlas Planning Suite, a richly functional solution for enterprise-scale implementations.

At the User Conference, an Extended Education program track will provide instructional sessions on statistical forecasting techniques, event modeling, DRP and inventory management. An Implementation track focuses on issues users may confront during implementation and techniques that can be deployed to maximize the value of their forecasting and demand management solution. And a Best Practices track will offer programs, customer success stories and—new this year—a series of process-oriented roundtable discussions.

Also new is a general roundtable discussion covering topics such as forecasting, sales and operations planning (S&OP) and inventory management. In addition, a two-day training session on John Galt Solutions' Atlas Planning Suited is being offered prior to the User Conference.

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About John Galt Solutions

Since its founding in 1996, John Galt Solutions has built a proven track record of providing affordable, automated forecasting and inventory management services for consumer-driven supply chains. We have an unmatched ability to configure tailored solutions for customers, regardless of size or business challenge, that save both time and money by compressing implementation periods and delivering intelligent information that positively impact your bottom line.

About the Atlas Planning Suite

John Galt's Atlas Planning Suite provides a comprehensive end-to-end supply chain planning solution to increase forecast accuracy, optimize inventory levels, and maximize supply chain performance. Key differentiators are superior value, rapid implementation, and the flexibility to support a wide range of business goals. Atlas’ modular design and extensive configurability empower customers to quickly solve their immediate challenges and grow to an end-to-end solution as their process matures. Companies across many industries use Atlas daily to optimize their supply chains and increase profits.

About ForecastX

ForecastX makes detailed and accurate business forecasting easy. This affordable software from John Galt Solutions combines a powerful statistical forecasting engine with Microsoft Excel to give any business an effective blend of forecast accuracy, ease of use, and flexibility. ForecastX has become the cornerstone of thousands of successful demand planning processes all over the globe in a wide range of industries.




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