Simulate Anything, Anytime…Seriously!
The simulation capabilities within RapidResponse® represent a core innovation and unique differentiator for our RapidResponse technology—Shhh… it's our secret sauce!
What it is:
Our patented "what-if" analysis technology lets you model your entire data environment in seconds, regardless of its size.
This rapid scenario analysis capability enables you to instantly understand the impact of a change on operations. Teams across the organization can collaborate on multiple action alternatives to make quick and informed decisions. Unlike other solutions, RapidResponse supports the simulation of virtually anything—supply change, demand change, BOM change, business policy change, capacity change, pricing change, and the list goes on. Mix and match any number of these within one simulation, or break them apart into separate scenarios.
How it works:
- Each scenario appears as a separate instance of the entire dataset (master data, BOM’s, inventory, WIP, supply demand, order policies, part sources, capacity constraints, etc).
- You perform "what-if" analysis by creating scenarios and modifying the data in them to simulate a change.
- Changes made in one scenario do not impact the data of record, nor any other scenarios. Scenarios can be private, or shared with teams.
- Scenarios can be evaluated against each other and against key metrics. Each party can review results and commit their best scenario.
- The impact of a change is measured by automatically calculating impacts across site boundaries, and down to the lowest level of detail.
- You are not limited from a technology perspective of what you can change—whether that is a change in data, working assumptions or business rules.
- Scenarios persist for as long as you wish them to (days, weeks, months, years) even after new data is updated in the system. see here (1) This scenario archiving is extremely useful for retaining an audit of the state of your supply chain at specific points in time.
- You can also record and publish best practices for specific situations.
How it's different:
The "what-if" analysis technology used to support scenarios allows thousands of simulations to be supported concurrently within a single instance of RapidResponse, which means it is ideal for supporting a large and diverse community of business roles and processes.
Because it's fast and easy, the capability can be leveraged fully and often, unlike advanced planning systems where computing power must be rationed, scenario parameters are limited, and collaboration is not built-in.
Why it's important:
- The planning and response cycle is quicker.
- Actions are based on complete and detailed analysis of alternatives.
- Decisions are made with full understanding of impact, not just an aggregated assumption.
- Ultimately, you make better, faster decisions.