Inaugural Integrated Planning & Optimisation Summit (IPOS'12) Draws Almost 500 Delegate

March 10, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
SolveIT Software Pty Ltd, a leading provider of enterprise software for supply & demand optimisation and predictive modelling, announced today that the 2012 Integrated Planning & Optimisation Summit (IPOS'12) held on February 27th and 28th at the Adelaide Convention Centre (, drew almost 500 delegates. The summit was hosted by SolveIT Software and Schneider Electric, and was the largest and most comprehensive event of its kind.

"We are enormously pleased with the turnout for the Integrated Planning & Optimisation Summit," said Mr Matthew Michalewicz, Managing Director of SolveIT Software. "The gala dinner exceeded 500 people and the main conference attendance was just shy of that number. Based upon the vast number of participants and their positive feedback on the event, SolveIT Software and Schneider Electric will be making IPOS an annual event, with plans for a larger, 3-day event in 2013."

Delegates represented a wide range of companies and industries, including many from the mining and bulk handling sector, such as Anglo American, Anglo Coal, API, Asciano, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, BHP Billiton Olympic Dam, BHP Billiton Coal, BHP Billiton Cannington, BMA Coal, CBH Group, Crossland Resources, Emerald Group, Fortescue Metals Group, GrainCorp, Hancock, Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator, Iluka Resources, Incitec Pivot, MEC Mining, MMG, Oakajee Port & Rail, One Steel, Pacific National Coal,Patrick Terminals, Port Kembla Coal Terminal, Port Waratah Coal Services, Port of Melbourne, QR National, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Rio Tinto Coal, Rio Tinto Simandou, Santos, Viterra, Wellard Group, Woodside Energy, Xstrata Coal, Xstrata Copper,and Xstrata Zinc.

Topics covered included optimisation, simulation, data and source systems, integration, KPI setting, process improvement, change management, sales & operations planning, breaking down business silos, as well as many applied optimisation case studies.

Speakers included Dr John Gattorna, author of Dynamic Supply Chains; futurist Mike Walsh, author of Futuretainment; Mr John Ansley, CIO of Linfox; Mr Peter Bates, CIO of Xstrata Copper; Mr Aaron Dunton, Supply Chain Manager of Nufarm Australia; Mr Michal Postula, Director of Strategy & Innovation for Operation and Optimisation Solutions at Schneider Electric; Mr Scott Githens, Supply Chain Effectiveness Manager at OneSteel; Ms Jenny Francis, Information Systems Director for Pacific National Coal; Mr Christain Sim, General Manager of Supply Chain Planning for Treasury Wine Estates; Mr Mike Lomman, Managing Director of OpX Solutions; and Mr Rohan Davidson, CIO of Rio Tinto Iron Ore.

Key sponsors of IPOS'12 were CSC, Innodev, InnovateSA, Manufacturing Focus, Rubicon Red, Saxton Speakers Bureau, and SMT Consulting. For more information, please contact Jody Chiem from SolveIT Software at (08) 8221 5533 and visit the event website at:

About SolveIT Software Pty Ltd

SolveIT Software Pty Ltd is an Australian company specialising in supply & demand optimisation and predictive modelling. With more than 100 employees across 5 offices, we offer enterprise software for advanced planning & scheduling, supply chain network optimisation, demand planning & forecasting, and predictive modelling. Our mining software applications cover exploration management, mine planning & scheduling and mine-to-port logistics optimisation. Customers of SolveIT Software include Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Rio Tinto Simandou, Xstrata Coal, Xstrata Copper, Xstrata Zinc, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, BMA Coal, Fortescue Metals Group, Pacific National Coal, Crossland Resources, Viterra, Visy Industries, Pernod Ricard Pacific, Amcor, CBH Group, Incitec Pivot, ElectraNet, Foster's Group, PFD Food Services, Liquor Marketing Group, and the Australian Defense Science and Technology.

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