MUFI Rating & Risk – Preactor

MUFI Rating & Risk – Preactor

MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability

Vendor: Preactor (Select For Vendor Profile)

Introduction

Preactor is a UK based company that has developed a fast to implement and relatively easy to use production planning and scheduling application. Preactor is the most widely sold production planning and scheduling application in the world.

Application Detail

Preactor is a simple to production planning and scheduling application. It works off of heuristics, which are rules of thumb for making adjustments to the schedule.

Preactor Heuristics

What is referred to as APS rules are Preactor’s name for heuristics. Examples of heuristics are to address selective bottlenecks in the schedule or to schedule forward or backward. Preactor ships with some standard heuristics, but also allows for the use of custom scheduling rules or what is known as a custom heuristic which is developed for a specific client. These custom heuristics are written in C sharp for the future custom heuristic. Clients can make their custom heuristics one they learn how.

Preactor can simulate, but it is extremely limited. For instance, as heuristics are run the application shows the scores as per the following KPIs.

  • One Time
  • Setup
  • Inventory
  • Late Cost
  • Setup Cost
  • Inventory Cost

Preactor Comparison

The values at the bottom of the screen change with adjustments to the schedule. 

Preactor does not have an ability to take snapshots of these factors, but any analyst could of course type the numbers into a spreadsheet – and by placing the weights for the different KPIs, could develop a suitable output. However, this is a time-consuming way to find a solution and leaves a lot of better possible solutions on the table. Heuristic planning places a lot of the planning effort back onto the planner or scheduler.

Preactor has a poor user interface. It is easier to use than PP/DS but is only rated by us to be slightly better than PP/DS. When jobs are clicked and dragged during manual adjustment there is a somewhat limited ability to make system adjustments after this manual adjustment. It’s difficult to see factory planners and schedulers rapidly taking to this application.

Preactor is a lightweight application, but it is also not designed for large data volumes. This means that multiple instances of Preactor can be created to keep the data levels down, which is effective if as in many instances the customer is not trying to manage its many plants as part of a Superplant.

Preactor is a basic and relatively inexpensive application. It may be the right choice for companies that are just looking for a small improvement and at a low cost over whatever they are currently using. Of all the applications that we cover in this software category, Preactor can go live the most quickly. However, its long-term planning output quality will never be high because of the limited functionality within the application.

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Preactor is a relatively simple implementation. Most companies that are implementing Preactor are coming from ERP systems combined with Excel, not exactly a tough challenge to beat. Preactor does not have a very usable user interface, but it is usable enough to “get the job done,” and it is an improvement over whatever the combined system is that the vast majority of production planners/schedulers are presently using.

Likelihood of Implementation Success

Risk Management Approach

Preactor can provide a relatively quick boost in production planning and scheduling efficiency over ERP/Excel. There are no special requirements to implement Preactor efficiently.

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Enterprise Software TCO Calculator – Preactor

How it Works

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Details

  • Vendor Name: Preactor (See for Vendor Rating)
  • Software Category: Production Planning and Scheduling
  • Company Headquarters: 14785 Preston Road, Suite 550, Dallas TX 75254
  • Site: http://www.preactor.com
  • Contact number 972.789.5125
  • Delivery Mechanism: On Premises

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Project Planning Package – Preactor

How it Works

Fill out the form below for 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: Preactor (See for Vendor Rating)
  • Software Category: Production Planning and Scheduling
  • Company Headquarters: 14785 Preston Road, Suite 550, Dallas TX 75254
  • Site: http://www.preactor.com
  • Contact number 972.789.5125
  • Delivery Mechanism: On Premises

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References

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Chapter 7: How to Use the Reports of Analysts Like Gartner
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Chapter 9: Evaluating Implementation Preparedness
Chapter 10: Using TCO for Decision Making
Chapter 11: The Software Decisions’ Risk Component Model

Honest Vendor Ratings – Preactor

Introduction

Preactor specializes in partnering with tier 2 ERP applications such as Microsoft Dynamics AX. Preactor was acquired by Siemens in 2013. Siemens has other product planning applications such as manufacturing execution system called SIMATIC IT, and no doubt the acquisition was part of a large overall strategy to create a complete production application suite. Preactor has a large number of referenceable accounts. Preactor is the low-cost leader in terms of initial software acquisition cost.

Quality of Information Provided

Preactor knows that it is offering a simple solution, and their sales pitch focuses on how quickly Preactor can be brought live. Their primary counterpoint is to use SAP PP/DS as an example of a very expensive application that takes a great deal of time to bring live – which is true. We rate the accuracy of the information provided by Preactor to be about average.

Consulting and Support

We rate Preactor as above average in consulting and support.

Internal Efficiency

Obviously dealing with a conglomerate like Siemens means dealing with bureaucracy.

Innovation

Generally, Preactor’s innovation level would be expected to decline after the Siemens acquisition, but on the other hand Preactor never had a very high innovation level to begin with. They offer a simple tool, which is an upgrade over the production planning and scheduling functionality within ERP systems.

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