In its highly cyclical, build-to-order environment, Varian Semiconductor (now Applied Materials) required a response management solution that would help them not only satisfy customer demand in short order, but quickly and effectively respond to ever-present product and engineering changes, reduce excess and obsolete inventory levels, and avoid or address other potential performance impediments. Using RapidResponse’s what-if analysis capabilities, Varian has improved its inventory management and is better able to meet customer commitments.