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Demand Management Software

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Demand Management

See what’s coming, keep products in stock, and shape demand to meet your goals

John Galt’s advanced demand management software starts with an industry-leading statistical forecasting engine and adds powerful demand management tools. Empower your planners to dramatically improve demand forecast accuracy and convert their forecasts into actionable plans.

With Demand Management you can overcome any planning challenge, including new product launches, changes in customer buying patterns, unplanned events, seasonality, and more.

See more key demand management capabilities listed below, all part of John Galt’s comprehensive supply chain planning software solution.

Demand Management

Statistical Forecasting

Gain the right footing for a highly accurate demand plan with advanced statistical forecasting capabilities in Atlas. Our proprietary best-fit algorithm PROCAST consistently outperforms the competition and delivers the most accurate forecasts in the industry. We are constantly updating our forecasting methods to take advantage of the latest advances in AI and machine learning.

  • Select from over 25 forecast models and 50 descriptive statistics
  • Automatically determine best-fit modelling and appropriate parameter/coefficient settings with our exclusive ProCast™ expert selection technology
  • Apply machine learning to iteratively improve forecasts with adaptive forecasting algorithms using John Galt's Supply Chain Analytics (formerly Scenario Analysis)
  • Create bucketed statistical forecasts using quarterly, monthly, weekly, or daily options
  • Produce forecasts based on numerous causal variables. Examples include socioeconomic, weather, social listening, and click-through/e-commerce data.
  • Cleanse demand anomalies from data automatically or manually
  • Blend statistical models over a defined timeframe
  • Create statistical forecasts for linked products based on attach rates
  • Create statistical forecasts in real time hierarchical models: top-down, bottom-up, and middle-out

Demand Planning

With an accurate demand forecast in hand, begin planning for demand. Atlas’ powerful capabilities enable you to quickly gather opinions from across your organization and apply them to the statistical forecast, creating a unified demand plan adjusted with internal business knowledge. You can develop multiple plans, share plans for viewing and adjustment using any unit of measure, and more.

  • Develop short-term and long-term plans based on demand lifecycles
  • Identify and flag exceptions where forecasts fall outside of user-defined tolerances
  • Organize useful notes at any level of the hierarchy
  • Adjust forecasts and see the impact in real time, including at any time level or any hierarchy: top-down, bottom-up, and middle-out
  • Enable different functions within the organization to view and adjust forecasts using their preferred units of measure
  • See forecast impact in multiple views scenarios using different parameter settings, such as price per unit to compare against your budget
  • Automatically analyze customer demand patterns to accurately prorate a monthly or weekly forecast to the daily level
  • Lock data input based on process steps, calendars, roles, etc.

Demand Shaping

Atlas’ demand shaping capabilities allow you to go beyond planning and begin shaping demand to meet sales targets or available supply. Demand shaping helps you understand the effect of events so you can plan correctly for promotions. Use Atlas to smooth disruptions in your supply chain, understand pricing changes & changes in customer buying patterns, and more.

  • Plan marketing events such as promotions, new product launches, store openings, and more
  • Derive statistical profiles of promotions based on past events
  • Separate base business from promotional business or other exceptional demand
  • Compare multiple event scenarios based on predefined or user defined parameters
  • Use product substitutions to entice customers to purchase specific products
  • Model new and retiring products from a library of life cycle profiles
  • Support product phase-in and phase-out by copying history and demand profiles from established items

Demand Sensing

As you continue to improve your planning process, demand sensing with Atlas brings you closer to a complete real-time picture of the demand that affects your business. Integrate and take full advantage of internal and external data sources, such as Point of Sale (POS) and real-time data. Demand sensing enables you to better synchronize demand and supply teams, improve customer service and keep products on the shelf, and see the effects of promotions early enough to correct course.

  • Translate downstream data with minimal latency
  • Discover relationships in large internal and external data sets to predict future sales
  • Update system multiple times daily with latest customer orders/demand signals
  • Input real-time data, such as shipping notifications, in the forecast
  • Suggest demand optimization actions based on short-term trends
  • Use social listening, weather data, and POS sales to sense shifts in demand and respond appropriately

Reporting & Analytics

Measure your success and find actionable insights with advanced reporting and analytics. Atlas supports best-practice S&OP reporting as well as over 50 standard reports, plus configurable reporting. Create reports that help you identify areas for improvement and share key performance knowledge with management.

  • Generate S&OP reports supporting a Stage 3 process
  • Learn from over 50 standard reports including Lag Analysis, Accuracy Reporting, and Budget Performance
  • Support your business process via configurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Use configurable product segmentation attributes to select and parameterize forecast models, e.g. ABC analysis, lifecycle stage
  • Compare multiple scenarios based on predefined or user defined parameters
  • Calculate demand segments based on historical demand and other parameters to identify relative priorities for various items/groups
  • Identify unprofitable SKUs and suggest for elimination
  • Incorporate big data to identify insights and support a better plan

Part of an End-to-End Planning Solution

Demand Management is the cornerstone of our modular Atlas Planning Suite. Watch the video presentation above to see how Demand Management creates a strong statistical foundation for demand planning and how it makes possible end-to-end supply chain planning in combination with additional Atlas software modules. Or use the links below to explore additional capabilities across the Atlas Suite.

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