Demand Works offers a range of solutions for collaborative forecasting. Demand collaboration user interfaces include both online and offline options.
Online Forecast Collaboration
Smoothie? Server?and Cloud Smoothie? offer a rich yet secure and easy to understand web user interface for salespeople. Security is tightly controlled, so sales users can only view and modify plans for their own customers or territories. Depending on need, sales users can also drill into detailed transactions, plan in alternative units or currencies, and view recent or period-to-date sales. And, they can interact with plans at customer, regional or product family levels. Since salespeople don’t need the full functionality that planners require, we offer less expensive “collaborator” licenses, either individually, or in bundles of 10, 20, 50 or more.
Automated Collaboration Using Excel and Email
For offline review, we also offer a macro-enabled spreadsheet user interface for collaboration.?Excel and email are widely used within corporations and many companies already utilize Excel for collaboration. Since most sales users are already familiar with?Excel, little or no training is needed.
Licensed collaborators can work with either user interface: The browser for rich functionality and real-time access to data; or the collaborative Excel spreadsheets for basic off-line forecasting. Spreadsheet distribution can be automated on the server. When finished, collaborators can send their adjustments (including notes) to power users for importing and consolidation with other forecasts.