Enterprise Software TCO Calculator – Demand Works Smoothie

How it Works

Fill out the form below for a your customized TCO calculation, as well as each of the supporting cost components that make up the TCO. The form does not have a “beginning or end.” The form is constantly calculating, so feel free to make constant changes and the application will auto-adjust.

Details

  • Vendor Name: Demand Works
  • Software Category: Demand Planning
  • Company Headquarters: PO Box 627, West Chester, PA 19381
  • Site: http://www.demandworks.com
  • Contact number 484-653-5345
  • Delivery Mechanism: SaaS or On Premises (Demand Works can also provide a SaaS delivery, but they primarily do on premises.)

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MUFI Rating & Risk – Demand Works Smoothie SP

MUFI Rating & Risk – Demand Works Smoothie SP

MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability

Vendor: Demand Works (Select For Vendor Profile)

Introduction

Demand Works is a highly innovative and small software vendor. Their level of innovation is entirely disproportionate to the size of their company. Demand Works is one of the vendors that we use as evidence that most of the innovation in enterprise software comes not from the most prominent vendors, but from the smallest.

Application Detail

We rate each application separately per a business process category. However, Smoothie offers both demand and supply planning from the same user interface. If used like this it would reduce the total cost of ownership even more as the software price goes up only incrementally and a company would receive an implementation and maintenance benefit of only having to manage one application. Unlike SAP products, where the advantage of using more applications is illusory because SAP applications are so different from one another, supply and demand planning within Smoothie use the same user interface, allowing one to transition from supply to demand and vice versa very smoothly. This is one of the major selling points of this application is that is exceedingly easy to use.

Smoothie Policies

 Smoothie SP can change values very quickly. This master data parameters can be adjusted individually. However, Smoothie SP allows any grouping of products to be selected and then to have their parameters changed as a group. This is leading edge master data parameter maintenance.

Just as with demand planning, Smoothie is the usability leader in the supply planning software category. Smoothie can be implemented quickly, and user adoption with the application tends to be high.

Smoothie SP does not have the complexity of the other applications in this category. It runs MRP, and DRP – these are the oldest supply planning methods. MRP creates purchase requisitions and production requisitions, while DRP establishes the transfer orders between the locations in the supply network. These are the same methods used in ERP systems, however, because the Smoothie SP interface is so easy to use, and because of the ability to quickly group products along with product and geographic attributes. Smoothie SP is offering a much more powerful solution for MRP and DRP, even thought the mathematics is not different from what is in ERP systems. MRP and DRP in Smoothie are far easier to use and better than doing MRP in ERP – we have performed MRP and DRP in Smoothie on projects and have been impressed with how much more transparency the application provides over ERP system based MRP and DRP.

Smoothie SP is a fine choice for any company that wants to improve its supply planning, that is not interested in committing to a more complex supply planning application. Smoothie SP can be brought up very quickly and can serve as a prototype environment. Any company which is using an ERP system for supply planning can very immediately improve the quality of it supply plan by using Smoothie SP in even a limited capacity.

MUFI Scores

All scores out of a possible 10.

Vendor and Application Risk

Demand Works Smoothie SP has one of the lowest combined vendor and application risks in the supply planning space. Smoothie SP only does MRP and DRP, two of the simplest methods of supply and initial production planning. It is the simplest method that is available among any of the applications profiled here and is an excellent choice for companies looking for an upgrade over their ERP system.

Smoothies consulting tends to be remote and especially in the early stages using an independent consultant can support an implementation. Not many independent consultants know Demand Works, so it may not be that simple to find an independent consultant for this task. We have worked extensively with Smoothie and are big fans of the application. If you require extra off-site or on-site support contact us.

Demand Works provides expert support, but they can also provide outsourced forecasting. This can significantly speed the implementation time and can give quality supply plans either in perpetuity or for a while before being transitioned to the buyer. Either way, Demand Works provides some options that can allow for a very low-risk implementation.

Smoothie comes in a desktop, server and also has cloud options. The server option is what differentiates Smoothie from the lower cost vendors in the demand planning space.

Smoothie has low training costs because the application is so easy to use.

Likelihood of Implementation Success

This accounts for both the application and vendor specific risk. In our formula the total implementation risk is application + vendor + buyer risk. The buyer specific risk could increase or decrease this overall likelihood and adjust the values that you see below.

Risk Definition

See this link for more on our categorizations of risk. We also offer a Buyer Specific Risk Estimation as a service for those that want a comprehensive analysis.

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MUFI Rating & Risk – Demand Works Smoothie

MUFI Rating & Risk – Demand Works Smoothie

MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability

Vendor: Demand Works (Select For Vendor Profile)

Introduction

Demand Works is a highly innovative small software vendor. In fact, their level of innovation is entirely disproportionate to the size of their company. Beyond just ranking their software along with their vision and implementation approach highly, Demand Works is one of the vendors that we use as evidence that most of the innovation in enterprise software comes not from the biggest vendors, but from the smaller vendors.

Application Detail

Smoothie is one of the value leaders in the demand planning space. In an area where applications attempt to outdo each other concerning the complexity of forecasting algorithms, Demand Works focuses on the parts of forecasting that most forecasting software vendors ignore, which are the following areas:

  1. The user interface and graphics
  2. Collaborative forecasting
  3. Auto parameter setting and the ease of use of best-fit forecasting
  4. File import and export
  5. Overall usability
  6. Attribute-based forecasting (both for top-down forecasting and navigation)

Some application have attribute-based forecasting (where attributes of the product are added to the product database – and these attributes can reflect product, geographic or company characteristics) however, Smoothie is the best at it. In fact, if a company were to use Smoothie and not use attributes, they would be missing out on some great functionality. These attributes can be used to both perform what is referred to as top-down forecasting — which is where a forecast is performed at one level in the hierarchy, and then pushed down to lower levels of hierarchy — but the attributes are also amazingly effective at allowing the user to navigate through the product/location database.  This allows groups of products to be highly efficiently managed and manipulated within the application. This type of functionality is traditionally greatly overlooked by corporate buyers.

Smoothie has multiple areas that make doing things in the application highly productive. For one, Smoothie will perform a best-fit procedure on products without requiring anything to be done by the user. A best-fit procedure matches the product’s demand history to the most appropriate forecasting method. Any product can have this best fit overwritten by through a manual override, but each product begins with being the best fit to a system selected forecasting method. This is so because a Smoothie’s best fit is automatically as soon as the data is loaded into the application.

Smoothie has very strong promotional management capabilities, as well as the ability to quickly adjust history so that there is something called a resultant history as well as the actual history. The forecast goes off of the resultant history – meaning the altered history. Several demand planning applications in the market cannot do this, and many ERP systems also cannot do this, and this means that these companies cannot hold multiple “versions” of demand history in the application — which is an enormous liability for forecasting. However, with Smoothie this functionality is not only standard but very easy to use. So during one project, we need to compare the forecast generated in one system with the manually adjusted forecast. This was easy to do because we simply added two reference rows, and then named these rows “Baseline Forecast,” and “Manual Forecast.” We could then very easily compare these two forecasts with the Smoothie forecast.

We rate each application separately per a business process category. However, Smoothie offers demand planning, collaborative demand planning, supply planning, inventory planning, finite capacity planning and S&OP,  from the same user interface. If used like this it would reduce the total cost of ownership even more as the software price goes up only incrementally and a company would receive an implementation and maintenance benefit of just having to manage one application. Unlike SAP products, where the benefit of using more applications from a single suite is mostly illusory because SAP applications are so different from one another, supply and demand planning within Smoothie use the same user interface. This allows one to transition from supply to demand and vice versa very smoothly, and drastically reduces training costs and has a corresponding increase in adoption. This is, in fact, one of the major selling points of this application is that is exceedingly easy to use. The following section just shows one random area of functionality within Smoothie.

Lifecycle Planning (and Other Adjustments) in Demand Works Smoothie

There are several ways to manage lifecycle planning in Smoothie. The first is more of a “one-off” approach, while the second is a systematic way of applying lifecycle changes to groups of products. Both methods are explained below:

Method 1: Copy and Paste Spreadsheet Functionality in Smoothie for Lifecycle Planning

The steps for this method are:

  1. Place the SKUs of the forecast you want to increase or decrease in value into a group, and then copy the time series to a spreadsheet.
  2. The percentage decrease or increase is then applied in the external spreadsheet (Excel for instance).
  3. Copy the changed values back to Smoothie’s internal spreadsheet in the application data sheet view.

An example of this is shown in the two screenshots below:

Smoothie Paste Multiply 1

In Smoothie, values in a single field or an entire row can be adjusted and imported from a spreadsheet. Data can be copied back as adjusted or can be increased by a certain value with the “Paste Multiply” function. Smoothie then asks for a value by which to multiply the copied values. To increase the values by 15 percent, one would type in 1.15 (for 115 percent) in this entry box. This is just one of the options available for performing a paste to forecast measure in Smoothie.

Method 2: Setting Lifecycle as an Attribute

Smoothie’s flexible attribute-based forecasting capabilities can be used for multiple purposes. Attributes are an adjustable mechanism for any type of grouping, and lifecycle planning is just another form of grouping— you are choosing to treat a group of products differently from the rest of the product database. An attribute can be created very easily in Smoothie by simply adding a column to the import file and titling it something like “Life Cycle.” Then, populate it with the different lifecycle categories that the company wants to apply to the product. The examples I have created below could be set up as attributes:

  1. Early-life
  2. Mid-life
  3. Late-life
  4. Soon to be obsolesced

However, any number of lifecycle categories is possible. These could be assigned to each product. Once a product is grouped in this way, it can be increased or decreased in as part of the group.

Life Cycle Grouping

Once placed into a group or attribute, the groupings of products can be increased or decreased by moving the sliders at the bottom of the screen. This can be done interactively without affecting the final forecast. When the change to be made has been agreed upon, the forecast can be saved. The forecast will have then been adjusted.

Smoothie also provides an application that can be used as a prototype environment, which can be used to validate other demand planning applications. We use it to troubleshoot habitually problematic applications like SAP DP. Its low cost can allow it to be purchased as a second demand planning application for any number of purposes.

Smoothie comes in a desktop, server and also has cloud options. The server option is what differentiates Smoothie from the lower cost vendors in the demand planning space. I demonstrated the desktop version in these screenshots. Demand Works gets most of its sales from its server version.

Smoothie has low training costs because the application is so easy to use.

MUFI Scores

All scores out of a possible 10.

Vendor and Application Risk

Demand Works Smoothie has one of the lowest combined vendor and application risks in the demand planning space. Smoothie’s consulting tends to be remote but for larger clients, but they also offer one site consulting.

Demand Works provides expert support and will work with consulting partners to offer training and integration. There are several options that can speed the implementation time of Smoothie and can provide quality forecasts. Either way, Demand Works provides some options that can allow for a very low-risk implementation.

Likelihood of Implementation Success

This accounts for both the application and vendor-specific risk. In our formula, the total implementation risk is application + vendor + buyer risk. The buyer specific risk could increase or decrease this overall likelihood and adjust the values that you see below.

Risk Definition

See this link for more on our categorizations of risk. We also offer a Buyer Specific Risk Estimation as a service for those that want a comprehensive analysis.

Finished With Your Analysis?

To go back to the Software Selection Package page for the Demand Planning software category. Or go to this link to see other analytical products for Demand Works Smoothie.

Smoothie and Us

Smoothie is one of our favorite applications in which to do consulting in because it is such a productive and practical application.

Enterprise Software TCO Calculator – Demand Works Smoothie SP

How it Works

Fill out the form below for a your customized TCO calculation, as well as each of the supporting cost components that make up the TCO. The form does not have a “beginning or end.” The form is constantly calculating, so feel free to make constant changes and the application will auto-adjust.

Details

  • Vendor Name: Demand Works
  • Software Category: Supply Planning
  • Company Headquarters: PO Box 627, West Chester, PA 19381
  • Site: http://www.demandworks.com
  • Contact number 484-653-5345
  • Delivery Mechanism: SaaS or On Premises (Demand Works can also provide a SaaS delivery, but they primarily do on premises.)

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Project Planning Package – Demand Works Smoothie SP

How it Works

Fill out the form below for your project planning estimate. The form does not have a “beginning or end.” The form is constantly calculating, so feel free to make constant changes and the application will auto-adjust.

Details

  • Vendor Name: Demand Works
  • Software Category: Demand Planning
  • Company Headquarters: PO Box 627, West Chester, PA 19381
  • Site: http://www.demandworks.com
  • Contact number 484-653-5345
  • Delivery Mechanism: SaaS or On Premises (Demand Works can also provide a SaaS delivery, but they primarily do on premises.)

Finished With Your Analysis?

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References

Risk Book

Software RiskRethinking Enterprise Software Risk: Controlling the Main Risk Factors on IT Projects

Better Managing Software Risk

The software implementation is risky business and success is not a certainty. But you can reduce risk with the strategies in this book. Undertaking software selection and implementation without approximating the project’s risk is a poor way to make decisions about either projects or software. But that’s the way many companies do business, even though 50 percent of IT implementations are deemed failures.

Finding What Works and What Doesn’t

In this book, you will review the strategies commonly used by most companies for mitigating software project risk–and learn why these plans don’t work–and then acquire practical and realistic strategies that will help you to maximize success on your software implementation.

Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 3: The Basics of Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 4: Understanding the Enterprise Software Market
Chapter 5: Software Sell-ability versus Implementability
Chapter 6: Selecting the Right IT Consultant
Chapter 7: How to Use the Reports of Analysts Like Gartner
Chapter 8: How to Interpret Vendor-Provided Information to Reduce Project Risk
Chapter 9: Evaluating Implementation Preparedness
Chapter 10: Using TCO for Decision Making
Chapter 11: The Software Decisions’ Risk Component Model

Project Planning Package – Demand Works Smoothie

How it Works

Fill out the form below for your project planning estimate. The form does not have a “beginning or end.” The form is constantly calculating, so feel free to make constant changes and the application will auto-adjust.

Details

  • Vendor Name: Demand Works
  • Software Category: Demand Planning
  • Company Headquarters: PO Box 627, West Chester, PA 19381
  • Site: http://www.demandworks.com
  • Contact number 484-653-5345
  • Delivery Mechanism: SaaS or On Premises (Demand Works can also provide a SaaS delivery, but they primarily do on premises.)

Finished With Your Analysis?

Once complete, see other analytical products for Demand Works Smoothie.

References

Risk Book

Software RiskRethinking Enterprise Software Risk: Controlling the Main Risk Factors on IT Projects

Better Managing Software Risk

The software implementation is risky business and success is not a certainty. But you can reduce risk with the strategies in this book. Undertaking software selection and implementation without approximating the project’s risk is a poor way to make decisions about either projects or software. But that’s the way many companies do business, even though 50 percent of IT implementations are deemed failures.

Finding What Works and What Doesn’t

In this book, you will review the strategies commonly used by most companies for mitigating software project risk–and learn why these plans don’t work–and then acquire practical and realistic strategies that will help you to maximize success on your software implementation.

Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 3: The Basics of Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 4: Understanding the Enterprise Software Market
Chapter 5: Software Sell-ability versus Implementability
Chapter 6: Selecting the Right IT Consultant
Chapter 7: How to Use the Reports of Analysts Like Gartner
Chapter 8: How to Interpret Vendor-Provided Information to Reduce Project Risk
Chapter 9: Evaluating Implementation Preparedness
Chapter 10: Using TCO for Decision Making
Chapter 11: The Software Decisions’ Risk Component Model