Demand Planning.Net: Are you Planning By Exception?
Demand Planning.Net
demand planning, forecasting, and exception management

What is Usability?

Usability Consulting for Forecasting Software applications

Demand Planning Net offers Usability consulting - where we come in and improve the usability of your statistical tool by performing model tuning, setting the right tool parameters and finally training in statistical modeling. We develop segmentation and create forecast classes so statistical model strategies can be matched to different segments.

Demand Planning Net has worked with several companies helping them leverage the statistical features in their software applications. Most applications inherently have the statistical power to develop effective baseline forecasts. A good statistical baseline is an important starting point for any good demand plan.

Secondly, most software tools allow you to create exception thresholds so you can manage the forecasting process by exception. Leveraging the exception features allows you to create a streamlined monthly workflow.

Our consulting offering is an eight to ten week project that covers most usable features of the tool. We offer this usability consulting service for SAP APO, Oracle Demantra, Logility, JDA Manugistics and i2.

When you have a Usable tool, you should be able to answer these questions.

  1. How many forecast profiles you have in your system? How many you should have?
  2. Why are outlier thresholds important?
  3. Suppose one of your nicely behaved product is showing sudden declining trend in forecast. Why? How will you control it?
  4. Am I using a Pareto Approach in my planning process?
  5. Why does my system mostly give me flat forecasts? How do I fix this?
  6. What are Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Sigma and Theta? How do I leverage these parameters?
  7. What is the correct level to model so as to improve the overall accuracy at the SKU level?
  8. Are there products and customers that are better left to the tool’s automated modeling strategy?

Please contact us if you want to set up an exploratory call at or 781-995-0685.

Read our approach on how to improve APO usability with effective stat modeling - SAP-APO-DP_ModelTuning_v2.pdf

You can see more details on our website

Contact Us to schedule a complementary initial consultation to discuss how we can bring value to your SAP APO process.

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