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FUTURCAST Stand Alone in Comparison with the FUTURCAST System Platforms

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Feature Stand Alone FUTURCAST
Sales & Operations
FUTURCAST
Assumption-based
FUTURCAST
Total Market
Users        
Single Yes      
Multiple remote   Yes Yes Yes
Multiple live     Yes Yes
Database        
Excel file (2 levels) Yes      
MS SQL relational (50 levels)   Yes    
Oracle relational (50 Levels)   Yes Yes Yes
Database Functionalities        
Adding, deleting codes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Restaging/merging codes   Yes Yes Yes
Discontinuing codes   Yes Yes Yes
Creating ABC classification   Yes Yes Yes
Managing monthly prices/discounts   Yes Yes Yes
Managing users   Yes Yes Yes
Creating/editing seasonal profiles   Yes Yes Yes
Data & Forecast Environment        
Multiple input data sources   Yes Yes Yes
Custom export to Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic data import & export   Yes Yes Yes
ERP integration   Yes Yes Yes
Maximum forecast products/codes 30 NA NA NA
Maximum forecast months 24 42 72 120
Forecasting Capabilities        
Multiple methods Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expert System Method Selection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Identifying & removing outliers Yes Yes Yes Yes
Identify & apply inherent seasonality Yes Yes Yes Yes
Apply seasonal profile   Yes Yes Yes
Custom data views   Yes Yes Yes
Top/down forecasting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Top/down forecasting (excluding products)   Yes Yes Yes
Multiple graphic options Yes Yes Yes Yes
Force yearly objectives to months Yes Yes Yes Yes
Force currency objective to units   Yes Yes Yes
Kit/pallet management*   Yes Yes Yes
Weekly forecasting*   Yes    
Force monthly objectives to weeks*   Yes    
Force Rx objectives to units       Yes
Forecast Modifications Capabilities        
Multiple event lines & drivers   Yes Yes Yes
Document independent events     Yes Yes
Distinguish market from product drivers       Yes
Insert comments to product series Yes Yes Yes Yes
Store/access multiple forecast scenarios   Yes Yes Yes
Store/access multiple market scenarios       Yes
Business Analysis Capabilities        
Best fit Bass diffusion model for new product forecasting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Key Performance Indicators (KPI)        
Variance analysis (at a code/level) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weighted Accuracy (point vs cumulative)   Yes Yes Yes
Bias Analysis   Yes Yes Yes
Forecast change analysis (rolling report)   Yes Yes Yes
Business Intelligence Reporting        
Micro/macro comparison to budget   Yes Yes Yes
Identifying best/worst performers   Yes Yes Yes
Price/volume analysis   Yes Yes Yes
Forecast consumption analysis   Yes Yes Yes
Supply Chain Capabilities        
Safety Stock calculation   Yes Yes Yes
Auto Conversion of Sales forecast to   Yes Yes Yes
Batch replenishment values*   Yes Yes Yes
Supply/demand balancing views   Yes Yes Yes
Integrated S&OP*   Yes Yes Yes

* Optional Capabilities

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