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Sales and Operations Planning Part One: Identifying and Forecasting Demand
An effective sales and operations planning game plan results in fewer stock-outs, shorter delivery lead-times, higher on-time shipping percentages, a manageable

forecasting examples  Part One: Identifying and Forecasting Demand Sales and Operations Planning Part One: Identifying and Forecasting Demand Featured Author - Dr. Scott Hamilton - December 11, 2003 Introduction A firm''s sales and operations planning (S&OP) process starts with the definition of all demands for the firm''s goods and services. It formulates game plans that drive supply chain activities to meet those demands. Hence, an effective S&OP game plan requires consideration of both demands and supplies. The nature of Read More...
Analyzing Manhattan Associates’ Supply Chain Platform Play - Part 1
My recent article on Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH) and RedPrairie Corporation stated that these two vendors continue to duke it out at almost every large

forecasting examples  Management, Labor Management, Labor Forecasting and Scheduling, Slotting Optimization, Billing Management, Supplier Enablement, Hub Management,  Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)  solutions. Transportation Lifecycle Management has also long been Manhattan’s forte after the 2000 acquisition of Logistics.com . The suite optimizes all aspects of transporting product through supply chains by improving multiple product delivery dimensions, such as speed, accuracy, and cost. The suite covers the Read More...
Examples Of How Some Mid-Market Vendors Might Remain Within The Future Three (Dozen)? Part Three: Made2Manage Market Impact and User Recommendations
Smaller manufacturing enterprises are often more comfortable dealing with a vendor of a size and corporate culture similar to theirs. Examples of these markets

forecasting examples  management (SCM) (i.e., real-time forecasting, demand planning, infinite and finite capacity planning and scheduling), CRM, and BI. In addition, Made2Manage offers business collaboration tools, all of which are running on the Microsoft .NET platform, including an enterprise portal ( M2M VIP ) and an integration layer ( M2M Link ) that enables automated data exchange between disparate systems via XML and Web services technology. Wireless and mobile technology and Web-based training and support have also Read More...
Case Study: Fetco Home Decor
Fetco Home Decor, designer and wholesaler of fashion frames and other décor products, was relying on Excel spreadsheets to perform its forecasting process. The

forecasting examples  her three-year experience of forecasting with Excel spreadsheets: “I feel like I’m caught between hell and a dartboard!” The phrase resonated with the team because they have heard similar responses, though less animated, from hundreds of other customers who have made the switch from Excel to Demand Solutions. Although the company’s product lines are trendy and fashionable, Ward’s job was anything but glamorous and the Excel-based planning system only made it worse. Fetco Home Decor is a leading Read More...
ToolsGroup-Statistics-based Supply Chain Planning
ToolsGroup continues to carve out a space for itself in supply chain. Not satisfied with being the last remaining independent multi-echelon inventory

forecasting examples  a core statistics-focused demand forecasting capability. While many will argue the virtues of “top down” vs. “middle out” vs. “bottom up” forecasting (or a mix of these approaches), ToolsGroup has maintained a focus on bottom-up forecasting, particularly suited for fast, slow, erratic, and intermittent demand. (For a complete run-down on ToolsGroup, you cannot do much better than P.J. Jakovljevic’s piece from 2012, “ ToolsGroup—Going Back to Its SCP Roots .”) ToolsGroup, now with 250+ Read More...
The Future of Supply Chain Strategy for Consumer Electronics
To leverage opportunities presented by the explosion in consumer demand, consumer electronics manufacturers must tighten their forecasting, sourcing

forecasting examples  manufacturers must tighten their forecasting, sourcing, distribution, and inventory management strategies. They must also bring a more refined approach to supply chain management. Find out what capabilities they need to build in order to respond to consumer needs—while retaining flexibility in production, distribution, and logistics. Read More...
Transforming Spreadsheets: Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting for Midsize Companies
This white paper describes how workgroups and midsize companies can transform their spreadsheet-only processes to create flexible and timely plans, budgets, and

forecasting examples  Spreadsheets: Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting for Midsize Companies This white paper describes how workgroups and midsize companies can transform their spreadsheet-only processes to create flexible and timely plans, budgets, and forecasts. It outlines recommendations for implementing a complete performance management system, using an integrated reporting, analysis, and planning solution purpose-built for workgroups and midsize companies. Read More...
The Competitive Advantage of Business Intelligence Forecasting and Predictive Analysis
Technology and new business intelligence solutions have made it possible for the average enterprise to leverage complex predictive analysis using simple

forecasting examples  Advantage of Business Intelligence Forecasting and Predictive Analysis Technology and new business intelligence solutions have made it possible for the average enterprise to leverage complex predictive analysis using simple, intuitive tools. Predictive analysis is key to the competitive success of an organization, and the enterprise that is privy to clear and concise product, customer, sales, and market predictions will always have the competitive advantage in its market of choice. Find out how. Read More...
Taking Stock of Infor’s HCM “Inventory Items” - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started by expressing the “New Infor” sentiments (backed up with concrete examples and rationale) following my recent attendance of

forecasting examples  Stock of Infor’s HCM “Inventory Items” - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series started by expressing the “New Infor” sentiments (backed up with concrete examples and rationale) following my recent attendance of Inforum 2012 . Then the article provided some historical background and described the lineage of the products that currently form the Infor10 HCM portfolio. The article also detailed some technical and organizational issues on both the former heritage Infor and Lawson Software ’s Read More...
Harvest Solutions
We help companies address business issues related to sales forecasting, opportunity management, marketing automation, contact and activity management

forecasting examples  issues related to sales forecasting, opportunity management, marketing automation, contact and activity management, customer service, and management reporting. We a certified consultants for Microsoft CRM, SalesLogix, GoldMine, ACT!, and Crystal Decisions. Read More...
Unified Business Performance Management: How to Streamline Budgeting, Reporting, Analysis, and Forecasting
Why aren’t most companies able to achieve exceptional performance given that they have standard budgeting, analysis, and forecasting processes in place? It is

forecasting examples  Budgeting, Reporting, Analysis, and Forecasting Why aren’t most companies able to achieve exceptional performance given that they have standard budgeting, analysis, and forecasting processes in place? It is because they don’t have a unified, integrated financial management process. Discover the benefits of a unified approach and the technologies that enable companies to adopt business performance management (BPM) best practices in just days or weeks, at an affordable price. Read More...
How Best-in-class Plan, Budget, and Forecast in Today’s Dynamic World
Prospects for the global economy remain precarious. But effective financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting can enable successful decision making even in

forecasting examples  financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting can enable successful decision making even in periods of unprecedented change. Dynamic financial planning enabled through five key elements—process, organization, knowledge management, technology, and performance management—give business leaders the tools to take action and emerge even stronger. Find out how. Read More...
Sales Force Automation (SFA) RFI/RFP Template
Management of opportunities, sales forecasting, leads, accounts and contacts, activities, territories, contracts, quotes and proposals, partners, analytics

forecasting examples  Management of opportunities, sales forecasting, leads, accounts and contacts, activities, territories, contracts, quotes and proposals, partners, analytics, reporting, and more Read More...
Terra Technology
Terra Technology''s real time forecasting (RTF) solutions use pattern recognition mathematics to monitor daily demand signals. RTF is compatible with demand

forecasting examples  Terra Technology''s real time forecasting (RTF) solutions use pattern recognition mathematics to monitor daily demand signals. RTF is compatible with demand planning solutions from major enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain vendors, including Manugistics, SAP, and i2 Technologies. The company''s real time inventory (RTI) offering is a multi-echelon inventory optimization solution which includes the following capabilities: daily inventory target updates; full integration with conventional plan Read More...
Ten Steps to Evaluate and Select A Mid-Market Budgeting, Forecasting, and Reporting Solution
Business performance management (BPM) applications, particularly budgeting, forecasting, and reporting (BFR) solutions, bring high value to a mid-size company

forecasting examples  Select A Mid-Market Budgeting, Forecasting, and Reporting Solution Business performance management (BPM) applications, particularly budgeting, forecasting, and reporting (BFR) solutions, bring high value to a mid-size company. But embarking upon a BPM initiative can seem daunting. There are many factors to consider, including potential benefits, expected costs, etc. Read this step-by-step guide that helps these companies navigate through these factors and move forward with a BPM solution. Read More...

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