Unlike other solutions, RapidResponse® supports the simulation of virtually anything—supply change, demand change, BOM change, business policy change, capacity change, pricing change and more – so teams across your organization can collaborate on multiple "what-if" action alternatives to make quick and informed decisions.

Our patented what-if analysis technology lets you model your entire data environment in seconds, regardless of its size, to give you end-to-end visibility into your supply chain and mitigate risk.

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In RapidResponse:

  • Each scenario appears as a separate instance of the entire dataset (master data, BOMs, 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, to 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. 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.

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RapidResponse’s what-if analysis is ideal for supporting a large and diverse community of supply chain roles and processes.

Fast

Embedded in the RapidResponse in-memory computing engine are sophisticated supply chain analytics that can perform demanding calculations in seconds. Scenario simulations can produce instant results to help you make informed decisions that can positively impact your business.

Unlimited and concurrent

Thousands of simulations can be supported concurrently within a single instance of RapidResponse. Because it's fast and easy, the capability can be leveraged fully and often. This is different from advanced supply chain planning systems where computing power must be rationed, scenario parameters are limited, and collaboration is not built-in.

Compared and contrasted

You can test multiple scenarios and compare them to each other or to a baseline. You can project the impact of various "what-if" alternatives and evaluate their achievement against relevant operations performance metrics so you are choosing objectively among a full range of options.

THE RESULTS?

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Ultimately, it all comes down to making better decisions faster.

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Take action with a full and detailed understanding of the projected impact, not just an aggregated assumption.

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Make decisions in complete consideration of other available alternatives.

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Analyze events and activities with greater speed and accuracy, which will drive down planning cycles and improve customer response times and service levels.

Dramatic improvements in the speed of performing what-if analysis

On average, by how much has RapidResponse decreased the amount of time it takes to perform "what-if" analysis (scenario simulations) to determine the impact of a supply / demand change?

More accurate what-if analysis in half the time

We have reduced the time it takes to complete a what-if analysis by 50% while improving the accuracy of our data.

Improved scenario planning

[RapidResponse] dramatically improved our scenario planning, both in speed and analytical capability. We now make capacity decisions in days vs. weeks, respond to customer upsides the same day, and reduced our S&OP analysis time for operations from 7 days to 3.

Unmatched S&OP scenario planning speed

The speed in which scenarios can be created and analyzed has gone from 24-48 hours to 10-30 minutes in our S&OP process with RapidResponse. Planers use scenarios to hone in on a solution that may involve changing and recalculating the scenario multiple times - that would take 24 hours for each cycle in our SAP planning tools.

Cutting down the planning cycle

RapidResponse put the power of performing scenarios back into our users' hands versus our administrators. We reduced the execution time of the planning cycle by 10+ days.

Eliminated 2 hours of manual data work per day

Most of our teams are using RapidResponse for quick reporting, and for sending what-if scenarios back to their internal teams and customers. This has saved them a lot of time because they no longer have to manually create reports from JDE via our old customized what-if capabilities. On average, it took us a couple hours a day to complete the data. We are now sending out an alert that is available each morning for the users to access the data when they get into work and send it off to the customer.

Scenario simulations on-the-fly

RapidResponse gives us immediate results of "what if" scenario simulations, without changing or affecting actual planning parameters.

Better analysis across processes

Benefits since using RapidResponse include: increased revenue opportunity recognition; much quicker S&OP scenario analysis; improved data mining; and more accurate inventory analysis.

RapidResponse what-if analysis is a highly differentiated capability

89% of surveyed organizations rated RapidResponse's what-if scenario analysis as 4 out of 5 or higher in terms of how differentiated the capability is compared to the competition.

Executive decision making

RapidResponse has improved management's ability to make decisions based on choices and consequences, and the speed at which they do so.

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