Demand Works offers a progressive range of solutions for collaborative forecasting with Smoothie®. There are three primary approaches for collaborative forecasting with Smoothie and two primary user interfaces including Microsoft Excel® and Smoothie Collaborators. Together, and in combination with the Smoothie Mambo server, they provide a spectrum of choices that can be tailored to the unique needs of each user and your business objectives and infrastructure.
Automated Collaboration with Smoothie Collaborators
The optional Smoothie Collaborator client provides end users with extensive functionality for reviewing and modifying forecasts. Smoothie Collaborator clients enable interaction with plans at flexible levels of aggregation, using alternative units of measure, prices or costs, etc. They also provide advanced graphic and spreadsheet-based views, the ability to interact and 'what-if' directly with the statistical forecasting functions, optional visibility to reference forecasts and other related demand information, plus easy viewing and exchange of notes with other users. Collaborators can even export graphs or spreadsheets.
The Smoothie Mambo server software tightly controls the information that users are allowed to view and/or modify, and forecast adjustments and notes are seamlessly synchronized with the host plan when users connect to the server. As with spreadsheets, Smoothie Collaborator users can conveniently work off-line while traveling or meeting with customers.