Forecast Less and Get Better Results

Forecasting and planning conventions dictate that planning far into the future is a necessity. But is long-term planning really the most productive way to organize your business? No, not really. Detailed forecasts and plans are needed only inside the “planning time fence”—a critical period for acquiring specific components and building certain products—and for many companies, only four to eight weeks into the future.

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Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting Software Evaluation and Selection Guide

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