Evolution and innovation
Over the years, he led the evolution of MRP into MRP II and evolved Production Planning into Sales & Operations Planning, the forebear of Integrated Business Planning. Yet, many organizations failed to install these processes and tools properly, so to avoid the pitfalls, Ollie developed the ‘Proven Path’, a step-by-step roadmap to successful implementation. And to evaluate progress, the original Oliver Wight Checklist was created in 1977; now known as the Class A Standard, it is in its seventh edition. By objectively answering the detailed questions in the Checklist, the level of proficiency of the organization could be determined and was categorized as A, B, C, or D. He established that the right set of tools and processes in the hands of educated users produces substantial improvements. As the word spread, Oliver Wight courses filled quickly. To meet the growing needs, a new entity was created in 1979: Oliver Wight Education Associates. Eight business executives, each with a Class A track record, were asked to join.