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1969-2019

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1969

‘Oliver Wight’ founded in the United States of America by Mr. Oliver Wight

Man lands on the moon - "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"

Oliver Wight asks Walter Goddard to join the business with the words, “My prime objective is very simple; I’d like to make production and inventory control just a little bit better than it was before.”

The Beatles give their final performance, on 30th January, playing on the rooftop of Apple’s London office

1971

Oliver Wight and Joseph Orlicky develop Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP)

1972

SAP – short for Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung (System Analysis and Software Development) is founded in Germany

1973

Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark enter the European Economic Community, the EU

The mobile phone is invented by Martin Cooper whilst at Motorola

1975

While working with Oliver Wight, Darryl Landvater creates the Proven Path, as noted by Tom Wallace

Apollo-Soyuz is sent into space, making it the first joint American-Russian space flight

Bill Gates and Paul Allen found the Microsoft corporation

US companies, Steelcase, Tennant, Ohaus, Hyster achieve the equivalent of a modern-day Oliver Wight Class A accreditation

1976

Apple Computer is founded by Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak

1977

The first ‘Oliver Wight Checklist’ document is created, listing 20 questions to enable organisations to benchmark their performance

Oliver Wight evolves MRP into MRP II

The Atari 2600 is launched; priced at $199 and with nine different games, it becomes the first major at-home-video-game-console

1978

Louise Brown, the world's first test-tube baby is born in Oldham General Hospital in the UK, weighing 5lb 12oz

1979

Oliver Wight Education Associates is created, with Goddard as President. Eight Associates make up this new entity

Formation of Oliver Wight Video Productions and Oliver Wight Limited Publications

1980

The second ‘Oliver Wight Checklist’ is created and expanded to 25 questions

1982

Oliver Wight opens an office in the UK, under the name MRP Ltd.

1983

Ollie Wight, the founder of Oliver Wight, passes away at the age of 53

Oliver Wight launches Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP); a business management process designed to improve business performance

1984

Oliver Wight breakthrough into academia, with a Professorship Chair established in the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space

1986

An explosion in the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl in the USSR spreads radiation over Russia and Europe

1988

The third Oliver Wight Checklist is created

1989

The World Wide Web is invented by Tim Berners-Lee

The Berlin Wall falls, ending the 28 year separation of West and East Berlin

1990

Oliver Wight UK is officially established

MRP II evolves into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

1991

The Cold War ends following the dissolution of the Soviet Union

1993

Oliver Wight International replaces Oliver Wight Education Associates, with offices in the UK, Australia and the United States

Oliver Wight East, West, and Latin America are formed

The Fourth Edition Oliver Wight ABCD Checklist for Operational Excellence, book is published

Cummins Darlington becomes the first company to be awarded Oliver Wight’s Class A accreditation in the UK

1994

The Hubble Space Telescope finds evidence of black holes in the universe

1995

Oliver Wight Germany is established by Manfred Keller

1997

Walter Goddard retires from Oliver Wight and on the same day his son, David, joins the company

Hong Kong is handed back to China

1998

Oliver Wight Latin American and Oliver Wight Mexico merge with Oliver Wight East and West to form Oliver Wight Americas

1999

Oliver Wight commercialises the Maturity Model developed by Professor Ramchandran Jaikumar of Harvard University

The ‘Y2K Scare’ strikes fear into the hearts of institutions and citizens all over the world, as computer users and programmers (incorrectly) feared that computers would stop working on December 31, 1999 due to a ‘Millennium Bug’

2000

Oliver Wight EAME is established, with its HQ located in Gloucestershire, UK

The Fifth Edition Oliver Wight ABCD Checklist for Operational Excellence book is published

2001

Terrorists attack the World Trade Center in New York

2004

Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin create the social networking website, TheFacebook, whilst undergraduates at Harvard University

2005

Oliver Wight develops ‘Integrated Business Planning’ (IBP), the next generation of S&OP

The Sixth Edition Oliver Wight ABCD Checklist for Operational Excellence book is published

2007

The subprime mortgage collapse begins as prices for homes plummet, eventually culminating in the Global Financial Crisis

2012

Oliver Wight Asia Pacfic opens an office in Hong Kong, followed by an office in Singapore in 2014

2015

50 year anniversary of Singaporean Independence

2017

Oliver Wight publishes the Seventh Edition of the Oliver Wight Class A Standard for Business Excellence

2018

Fourth Industrial Revolution

Oliver Wight forms global team to develop and drive evolution of the Integrated Business Model and to extend OW thought leadership.

Oliver Wight celebrates its 50th Anniversary