There are so many great advantages to cloud-based solutions for S&OP. In the customer relationship management (CRM) space, Salesforce.com has proven that point handily. Now, few people question the cost effectiveness or flexibility of putting CRM systems in the cloud.
Similar to Saleforce.com, DemandCaster is part of this new generation of cloud-based technologies. With low up-front costs, DemandCaster is relatively easy to launch and offers tangible savings, quickly.
Compared with licensed software solutions, that reduces both risk and costs.
A Costly Mistake
Here's an example of what I mean. A few months back, DemandCaster Consulting started a project with a large US manufacturer. They had a complex operation, with multiple manufacturing facilities and warehouse locations.
When we engaged with the client, they'd already purchased a large, well-know demand solution (a competitor's solution, actually). But they were having some difficult problems, and they wanted our help to implement an S&OP process.
More to the point: The client had already spent over $300,000 on the product and countless internal hours, but some 6 months later, they still couldn't run a reliable forecast using their system.
Even so, they were married to it. There was no running away from a $300,000 investment. We agreed to help them get their system off the ground and development an effective S&OP process.
Picking Up the Pieces
But pressure was mounting. They needed to run their business. So we took the fastest approach we could: We implemented DemandCaster. The logic was that we'd run DemandCaster in parallel with their other system until the latter was working effectively.
The results were impressive. With DemandCaster, we were able to run forecasts using their data from input to generation in less than one week, compared with 6 months (and counting) via on the other system.
We also calculated optimal inventory levels and requirement plans only one week after the forecast were generated.
'If We Knew Now What We Knew Then'
To say they are now kicking themselves is an understatement. We proved an important business point. DemandCaster is far more effective than systems built for larger companies, at a fraction of the price. Across the board, they have commented on DemandCaster's ease of use and robust features. Moreover, they're staying with DemandCaster.
As mentioned, this month, we're offering 30 days of complimentary access to DemandCaster.
Get started on a trial by following a simple 3 step process:
- Click on the Free Trial button below and complete the trial request form.
- Within 24 hours one of our DemandCaster experts will contact you and walk you through the data requirements, provision your trial account, and provide a brief tutorial on how to use DemandCaster.
- You then prepare your data, upload, and get started.
Your complimentary trial does not commence until you have loaded reliable data into DemandCaster. Throughout your trial we will answer your questions by email or phone to assure you maximize your time evaluating DemandCaster. If you need more time to complete your evaluation - just ask!