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Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 3: Performing the Data Analysis
By using software tools that help you forecast and work together with others inside your organization, and even with your customers, the forecasts may become

answering to a letter  be the foundation for answering that question. Then, by creating a cumulative distribution that shows the schedule changes by reason code, you will get an understanding of the size of this problem. Both inventory turns and customer service will go up if you can create a plan that is more flexible, responsive and accurate by attacking the root cause. That root cause might very well be the fact that visibility into the future demand ends with your enterprise. Additional information may be available from

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