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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
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
Are Spreadsheets Sabotaging Your Profits?
Due to their limitations, using spreadsheets to manage mission-critical business functions is an unacceptable risk. The requirements for finding the right

forecasting examples  The use of collaborative forecasting in spreadsheet environments serves as a notable example. Accuracy can be increased significantly through the use of collaborative efforts within the supply chain. Forecasts that are created within a single organization are often built with the limited facts or input available from within the operation. Wilson (2001) provided examples of negative results from a lack of collaboration. He described how, at the end of a product lifecycle, incorrect forecasts can lead to 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
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
Kronos Launches Predictive Workforce Scheduling in Healthcare
Kronos has released a new forecasting application, Workforce Forecast Manager, available within the flagship Kronos Workforce Central suite of workforce

forecasting examples  has released a new forecasting application , Workforce Forecast Manager , available within the flagship Kronos Workforce Central suite of workforce management (WFM) applications for healthcare organizations, that predicts fluctuating labor demand by leveraging historical volume data. Healthcare organizations can use this application to deliver a more accurate workload plan and build the foundation of a predictive scheduling process.   To succeed in today’s challenging healthcare environment, providers Read More
On-Demand Software for BPM: Now Ready for Enterprise Adoption
Planning, forecasting, and reporting are among the business processes that, if strengthened with analytic software, can help companies improve their performance

forecasting examples  for Enterprise Adoption Planning, forecasting, and reporting are among the business processes that, if strengthened with analytic software, can help companies improve their performance. Due to time and expense of implementation, many mid-sized have been slow to aggressively adopt business performance management (BPM) solutions. See how on-demand BPM software is a low-cost, low-risk BPM solution that is likely to lead to an “early payback.” Read More
Case Study: Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort, needed a comprehensive software package to manage budgeting, consolidation, reporting, and forecasting. Its

forecasting examples  budgeting, consolidation, reporting, and forecasting. Its existing system was not automated and couldn’t handle all of the company’s data input. The new system, Cognos TM1, allows real-time adjustments to be made to schedules, budgets, and inventories, resulting in reduced costs. Find out about the other benefits. Read More
Roadmap Technologies
Roadmap Technologies provides advanced forecasting, data mining and collaborative planning software. The company began helping pharmaceutical, consumer goods

forecasting examples  Roadmap Technologies provides advanced forecasting, data mining and collaborative planning software. The company began helping pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and technology companies in 1988. Roadmap software has been deployed in apparel, consumer electronics, defense and aerospace, energy, technology and telecommunications. Roadmap is based in Beverly, Massachusetts, USA. Read More
Avercast
Headquartered in Rexburg, Idaho (US), Avercast, LLC provides inventory demand forecasting, distribution requirements planning (DRP) (including both DRP and

forecasting examples  LLC provides inventory demand forecasting, distribution requirements planning (DRP) (including both DRP and material requirements planning [MRP] capabilities), and sales and operations planning software. Avercast software is designed to help companies increase inventory turns, improve customer service levels, and reduce overall inventory levels, planning time, stock-outs, and back orders. Avercast''s Microsoft structured query language (SQL) database can be integrated into any enterprise resource planning Read More
IBM Cognos TM1
The IBM Cognos TM1 product is a multidimensional solution for budgeting, planning, forecasting, consolidations, reporting, and analytics. TM1 allows

forecasting examples  solution for budgeting, planning, forecasting, consolidations, reporting, and analytics. TM1 allows organizations to continuously monitor and manage overall business performance. It integrates with Microsoft Excel, and enables users to perform agile, self-service analysis of large, highly complex, and rapidly changing data sets with real-time response. IBM Cognos TM1 Web is a Web-enabled front end that provides read, write, and what-if modeling capabilities. IBM Cognos TM1 Executive Viewer is an Read More
Replacing Base-level Forecasting with Sense and Respond Demand Management
Significant changes are occurring in the global landscape that require a fresh look at one of the most important business processes in the supply chain—demand

forecasting examples  Base-level Forecasting with Sense and Respond Demand Management Significant changes are occurring in the global landscape that require a fresh look at one of the most important business processes in the supply chain—demand management. Companies that more accurately predict product demand and integrate a single view of demand into operational planning are poised to win in today’s competitive landscape. Read this white paper and gain strategic insights for accurate demand planning. Read More
Case Study: IAP Worldwide Services
IAP, a support services provider to the US Department of Defense and other federal customers, had to address the increasing challenges of forecasting and

forecasting examples  the increasing challenges of forecasting and budgeting. Its old financial system required time-intensive data entry and lacked the functionality for detailed resource planning and reporting. Of all business analytics products, IAP found Cognos TM1 offered the speed, agility, and Web-based functionality it needed. Read More

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