DemandCaster Joins Plex Systems

We have important and exciting news to share. DemandCaster is now part of Plex Systems, the industry leader in cloud-based enterprise resource planning solutions. DemandCaster began partnering with Plex about a year ago. In that short time, we’ve achieved tremendous success together in helping customers transform everything from supply chain planning to manufacturing execution. That kind […]

New Requirement Planning Planner Action Layout

Back in October we shared a new planner action requirement planning layout with our users. The objective of the new planner action interface was to make it less cluttered and, what we hope, easier to use.  We are pleased to announce the release of the new layout. The prior planner action included a lot of extra information related […]

Additional Demand Plan Edit Update

As noted in the post “New S&OP Module Demand Plan Editing Queuing Feature,” we released a means to queue demand plan edits made to the demand plan prior to running a full update. With this update, we neglected to mention that the update included a new edited field color code that denotes if a level […]

New S&OP Module Demand Plan Editing Queuing Feature

We released an important new demand plan editing feature for our S&OP Demand and Supply Planning module users. In the past, when you make a user edit to the demand plan, that edit would be immediately applied to the entire demand plan and in turn prevent any further updates while the change is applied. When you have […]

The 7 essential Excel tricks every Excel user needs to know

Here at DemandCaster, we use Excel every day. In fact, the original version of DemandCaster was built using Excel and a number of advanced Excel tricks. All DemandCaster reports are defaulted to output as Excel and Excel can be used to easily prepare and then upload user defined forecasts and other updates as tab delimited text files. Our […]


3 Questions to Ask as you Prepare for an S&OP meeting

Have you ever figured out a problem on your own, just by asking yourself the right questions? Have you ever had that boss or mentor that guides you on the right path by asking questions rather than just giving you answers? What can we learn by asking ourselves or our peers the right questions? In my […]

Are Product Reviews part of your S&OP Process?

Do you review your product portfolio on a regular basis? Understanding the profitability or potential profit-loss, demand behaviors, life-cycle management, new product introduction, and different pricing strategies of your products is extremely important. The cross-functional collaboration between departments that the S&OP process provides, creates the perfect forum for periodically reviewing your product line, whether quarterly […]

Sales Forecast

Sales Forecasting, Honesty is the best Policy?

Were you ever told as a child, “Honesty is the best policy?” My mother lived by this rule, “Always tell the truth! No exceptions!” she would say.  But of course, she had her exceptions, she once told me, “If I ask how my cooking was, the answer is delicious, true or not!” We all develop our own […]

Unconstrained Forecast or Constrained Forecast? Why do they matter?

When it comes to Sales and Operations Planning,  stakeholders at all levels can sometimes find it hard to understand different concepts and the important underlying strategy involved. One of the most important topics I have found in the S&OP process that seems to drive people crazy is The Unconstrained Sales Forecast vs. The Constrained Sales […]

Free S&OP Excel Template Series: Budget vs. Plan

The next free S&OP Excel Template is here!!! The fourth release in the Free S&OP Excel Template series is an important report that helps evaluate Budget vs. Plan. One of the main questions the executive team will always ask in the S&OP process is the variance between budget and plan. It is important to understand […]