How to Improve the Accuracy of Your Forecasts

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Increased competition, lower margins, and more customer demands mean that distributors have to provide better product availability and more services with fewer profit dollars. To accomplish this, estimates of future use of stocked items must be as accurate as possible. Discover how analyzing weighted averages, trend factors, and other formulas can help you accurately anticipate—and manage—future demand for your products.

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The Business Trouble with Spreadsheet Sprawl

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Watch this video white paper to learn how to transform your spreadsheet-only processes so you can create flexible and timely plans, budgets, and forecasts. Read More

Acumetrics Demo: Improve Your Planning with IBM Cognos Express

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See how a plastics manufacturing company improved its planning capabilities by integrating its sales, operations, and financial forecasts. Read More

Modern Finance In The Digital Age: Plan and Predict Best Practices

The “3rd platform” continues to be a driving force of change within the global business economy and investors are increasingly more interested in businesses that can leverage big data. For the financial well-being of a company, implementing best practices for planning and prediction based on big data is crucial.

All aspects of business must keep pace and respond to changing forecasts and markets, creating value with the use of digital technologies. In developing uniformity of high-quality information across departments, as well as the ability to access data anywhere, businesses become more efficient. Generating operational data from a range of users within your company enables your finance organization to develop forecasts, business plans, and future models as well as market strategies. When planning applications are more strategic, teams are better able to predict and plan for the next move.

In today’s world of big data and quickly shifting international business markets, CFOs must understand that success depends on the ability of businesses to embrace and use digital information. In this white paper, learn how to develop best practices by replacing outdated and complicated spreadsheets with new modern applications that provide support to a variety of users, not just those involved in finance. Also learn how drive planning can be facilitated by cloud-based applications, and how to adopt driver-based rolling forecasts to allow for faster decision making.  Read More

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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. Read More

Case Study: Peerless Pump

Peerless Pump has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing pumps for more than 80 years. The company was basing component stock levels on historical data, as it did not have the ability to accurately forecast customer demand. But with forecasting and demand planning software that increased forecast accuracy, the company has nearly doubled its sales over the past four years, while keeping inventory levels constant. Read More

Order Forecast Collaboration: Benefits for the Entire Demand Chain

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When raw materials providers, manufacturers, and retailers work together to calculate future order needs, they can all act on the best information available. Successful order forecast collaboration requires all members to share risks if forecasts vary, and to discuss issues as they arise. Accurate order forecasts drive sales increases, inventory decreases, and better decisions. With so many benefits across the entire demand chain, shouldn’t you look into order forecast collaboration with your partners? Read More
 
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