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Smart Software for Service-level Driven Forecasting


The issue of forecasting intermittent demand has been one that has plagued companies forever. Many very smart people have tried to tackle it; many vendors like to say they focus on it. Few vendors make it as singular a focus as Massachusetts-based Smart Software. Principals Charles Smart, Nelson Hartunian (Ph.D.), and Thomas Willemain(Ph.D.) have been studying the issue for almost 30 years, have

forecasting growth  particularly difficult; neither is forecasting demand when there has been a consistent and steady growth in the level of demand. This is not to say that forecasting is easy, but forecasting steady demand, or steadily growing demand, is relatively straightforward. Volatile, intermittent demand is another matter altogether. Demand that has numerous, unpredictable spikes in certain periods, and other periods where there is no demand, can make for a particularly challenging forecasting scenario. Working with Read More

CRM without Compromise: A Strategy for Profitable Growth


When implementing customer relationship management (CRM), organizations often lose sight of their customers and focus on efficiency gains instead of looking at the bigger picture from a customer perspective. But organizations that can build a business-centric system flexible enough to quickly respond to changing customer needs will have a sustainable competitive advantage and enjoy profitable growth for years to come.

forecasting growth  allows for more accurate forecasting and greater sales efficiency. It helps you spend marketing dollars more wisely and target promotions more effectively. It improves an organization''s ability to stock a retailer''s shelves and shape demand during times of constrained supply, improving consumer loyalty while reducing administrative time. Integrated sales and marketing also increases the speed of decision making and time to market. Organizations need to give up their internal, departmental views and Read More

Strategies for Profitable Growth: Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing


The aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturing industry is always changing. That’s why A&D manufacturers are constantly seeking better ways to manage complexity, cut costs, and boost productivity. In pursuit of these objectives, A&D manufacturers are looking beyond standard practices to new business strategies that promise solid business results. But which strategies and practices are right for your company?

forecasting growth  management capabilities, helps improve forecasting while comprehen- sive parts-management capabilities help ensure a positive customer experience. MOVE TOWARD A LIFE-CYCLE SUPPORT MODEL A&D manufacturers are increasingly required to consider support and maintenance concerns in original design plans '' especially under DoD initiatives such as network-centric warfare and performance-based logis- tics. This requires long-term planning that takes into account the costs asso- ciated with an asset over its Read More

Transition for Manhattan Associates Necessary for Long Term Growth


Based in Atlanta, Georgia, $78 million Manhattan Associates, Inc. develops, markets, and supports supply chain execution systems for distribution center management and Internet fulfillment. 1999 was a difficult year for the vendor, marked by reorganization and management turnover in the midst of rapid corporate expansion. Completing its transition to an Internet enabler will be important for Manhattan's long term future.

forecasting growth  and CPFR (Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment).. Heavy reliance on direct sales: Essentially all of Manhattan''s products are sold via direct sales. The high overhead is evident in the company''s sales and marketing expenses, which account for over 36% of total expenses. Certain third party integrators receive finder''s fees from Manhattan and represent the company''s only quantifiable indirect channel. Vendor Predictions Manhattan will unveil a definitive Internet strategy that will focus Read More

Strategies for Profitable Growth: Chemical Industry


You may have survived the slowdown of the last few years, but you must still find new growth opportunities to stay competitive. However, you can only cut so much. Midsize businesses in particular need to ask new questions: What strategies and practices are right for the company? And what are the best solutions for facilitating—and even improving them?

forecasting growth  application such as sales forecasting, this data can be uploaded into the SAP system to immediately assess the results of a changed sales forecast. ARE YOU READY?   STRATEGIES AT A GLANCE   Connect business processes Integrate plant and commercial activities Innovate customer services Collaborate with customers and suppliers Build a demand-driven supply chain Track relevant business KPIs   INDUSTRY-STANDARD PRACTICES VERSUS INDUSTRY-LEADING PRACTICES Trends show that many midsize organizations are Read More

Positioning for Growth at Gibraltar Industries


As the number one supplier of cold-rolled strip steel in North America, Gibraltar Industries wanted to keep the ongoing cost of IT reasonable. Having experienced the high cost of maintaining heavily customized software systems, it decided to use an off-the-shelf enterprise resource planning (ERP) package that was specific to its industry and that effectively supported resource sharing across facilities.

forecasting growth  for Growth at Gibraltar Industries As the number one supplier of cold-rolled strip steel in North America, Gibraltar Industries wanted to keep the ongoing cost of IT reasonable. Having experienced the high cost of maintaining heavily customized software systems, it decided to use an off-the-shelf enterprise resource planning (ERP) package that was specific to its industry and that effectively supported resource sharing across facilities. Read More

Case Study: All-in-one CRM System Supports Rapid Growth


In 2003, marketing strategies firm Piranha Marketing was rapidly growing to meet the needs of its expanding customer base. The company wanted to find a way to manage its disparate customer relationship management (CRM) software packages while continuing to increase its customer base for all services. Find out how it ended up increasing its conversion rate by 15 percent—and shortening its sales cycle by 50 percent.

forecasting growth  Study: All-in-one CRM System Supports Rapid Growth In 2003, marketing strategies firm Piranha Marketing was rapidly growing to meet the needs of its expanding customer base. The company wanted to find a way to manage its disparate customer relationship management (CRM) software packages while continuing to increase its customer base for all services. Find out how it ended up increasing its conversion rate by 15 percent—and shortening its sales cycle by 50 percent. Read More

Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting: Managing in Uncertain Economic Times


New economic conditions are driving companies to become increasingly cautious about the near future. But focusing on improving flexibility to dynamically account for change shifts focus away from budget accuracy—putting you at risk of falling short of shareholder expectations. To achieve best-in-class status, you must plan, budget, and forecast more efficiently for improved agility, accuracy, and corporate performance.

forecasting growth  Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting: Managing in Uncertain Economic Times New economic conditions are driving companies to become increasingly cautious about the near future. But focusing on improving flexibility to dynamically account for change shifts focus away from budget accuracy—putting you at risk of falling short of shareholder expectations. To achieve best-in-class status, you must plan, budget, and forecast more efficiently for improved agility, accuracy, and corporate performance. Read More

Case Study: Customer and Data Management System Helps Maintain Growth, Increase Revenue


During a period of rapid growth, MSI—an IT solutions provider—found its business software applications couldn’t keep up with the amount and diversity of information pouring into the company. The lack of a centralized customer relationship management (CRM) system also caused problems with MSI’s partners. Learn how MSI found a solution that integrated its CRM and enterprise resource planning (ERP) processes and information.

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Financial Forecasting: Room for Improvement for People, Process and Technology


Preparing an accurate forecast in this volatile business climate is challenging. Still, it is critical for businesses to be able to predict outcomes for the next month, quarter or year, and be able to respond quickly when the actuals vary significantly from the forecast. Forecasting may be equal parts art and science, but the most dialed-in enterprises report using a solid, collaborative process for generating accurate forecasts.

forecasting growth  significantly from the forecast. Forecasting may be equal parts art and science, but the most dialed-in enterprises report using a solid, collaborative process for generating accurate forecasts. Read More

Acquisitions Fuel Vendor Growth in the Enterprise Applications Field


Infor cites continued organic growth, license revenue from new customers, and install base cross-selling and up-selling as key growth drivers for the group. The acquisition of Formation Systems and Geac can only fuel Infor growth.

forecasting growth  Fuel Vendor Growth in the Enterprise Applications Field More Acquisitions Both SSA Global and Infor continue to grow through the acquisition of companies that extend the scope of their offerings. New Vendor Acquisition Strategies in the Enterprise Applications Field and The Impact of the Assembler Strategy in the Enterprise Applications Field began an examination of these acquisitions. We continue by examining Infor''s acquisition of Formation Systems and Geac . This is Part Five of the Read More

Driver-Based Planning for Budgets and Forecasting


Line managers and finance staffs are frustrated by the inadequacies of spread-sheet based planning systems for delivering useful budgets and rolling forecasts. A major problem is the disconnect between the operational elements of a business and financial plans. What's missing is driver-based planning, a best practice methodology where financial plans incorporate assumptions about business activities which are modeled to drive financial data such as revenue projections, headcount, spend-ing and capital requirements. Learn how driver-based planning, empowers managers to do better budgeting and, in particular, improve the accuracy and decision making usefulness of rolling forecasts.

forecasting growth  Planning for Budgets and Forecasting Line managers and finance staffs are frustrated by the inadequacies of spread-sheet based planning systems for delivering useful budgets and rolling forecasts. A major problem is the disconnect between the operational elements of a business and financial plans. What''s missing is driver-based planning, a best practice methodology where financial plans incorporate assumptions about business activities which are modeled to drive financial data such as revenue projections, Read More

Case Study: Small Retail Chain Gears Up for Rapid Growth


Elephant Pharm, a start-up retail chain in the natural health and wellness retail market, needed a software solution to help the company compete with the bigger players in the industry, and to achieve rapid growth. The retailer found the right software with Aldata Solution.

forecasting growth  Study: Small Retail Chain Gears Up for Rapid Growth The Client : Elephant Pharm, a start-up chain in the natural health and wellness retail sector. The Major Challenge : To find a retail solution that would grow with the company and help it develop into a multinational chain. The Operational Issues : A lack of enterprise-wide inventory visibility, the need to run the business at both a centralized and decentralized level, and the need for a sales reporting function at a more granular level. The Read More

Best Practices for Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting


Corporate budgeting, forecasting, and reporting presents a formidable challenge to most companies, regardless of size or industry. Companies that are able to address budgeting obstacles and improve their process will not only be rewarded with more accurate budgets, more timely re-forecasts, and improved decision-making, but also foster a disciplined financial management culture that will deliver a true competitive advantage

forecasting growth  Practices for Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting Corporate budgeting, forecasting, and reporting presents a formidable challenge to most companies, regardless of size or industry. Companies that are able to address budgeting obstacles and improve their process will not only be rewarded with more accurate budgets, more timely re-forecasts, and improved decision-making, but also foster a disciplined financial management culture that will deliver a true competitive advantage Read More

Achieving Growth: New Accounts versus Up-selling to Existing Accounts


A recent survey of chief executive officers has found that growth is again the number one priority, overtaking cost-cutting as their previous top concern. Can enterprise application providers to take advantage of this new focus?

forecasting growth  Growth: New Accounts versus Up-selling to Existing Accounts Observation of Recent Events The enterprise application software industry has historically been characterized by the quest for new accounts. However, as market penetration increased, opportunities for new accounts lessened. Now many vendors are betting on the replacement market to serve as their new account vehicle. But do companies want to replace their existing application software? Part One of the Achieving Growth: New Accounts Read More