10 Best Dynamics 365 Business Central Demand Forecasting Software in 2021
1. Streamline — Free Dynamics 365 Business Central Demand Forecasting Software
Pros of using Streamline
- Forecast, plan, and place orders twice as fast.
- Reduce stockouts by up to 98%.
- Reduce excess inventory by 15-50%.
- Increase inventory turnover by 35%.
- AI-powered and enterprise-grade software solution.
- Implementation of the system in 1-6 weeks.
- The Free Edition is free forever for up to US$ 1M in annual revenue.
“If you are using Excel spreadsheets for Demand & Supply planning, move quickly to this software that will certainly make your planning much more efficient, capitalize benefits very fast, and make your life much easier.”
Demand forecasting is a systematic process targeted to develop an estimate of an expected forecast of future demand based on historical sales data. Demand forecasting drives all company’s plans including demand, supply, purchasing, manufacturing, material requirements, and financial plans.
Why Streamline Dynamics 365 BC demand forecasting software?
1. Fast and intuitive user interface
Inventory planning has to be accomplished efficiently and effectively. Therefore you can concentrate on long terms goals and business development.
2. Seamless integration of company data sources
Bidirectional connectivity allows you to pull in data from your sales system into Streamline, as well as automatically export the forecasted order information back to your ERP system.
3. Smooth and fast implementation process
A successful implementation requires the coordination of many variable factors. We are well ware of the the gamut of sales and ERP systems available on the market nowadays. Thus, we will make sure you and your team are ready to go on promptly.
4. Ideal fit of the business process in your company
Your inventory planning solution needs to be aligned with your business goals and with all of the other processes in your company.
There are many factors to consider when choosing an inventory planning software system for your company. These might include the total cost of ownership of the chosen solution, reliability, high quality support, and finally, your ability to evaluate all features before making the decision.
5. Syncing ordering dates across SKUs
What do you do if your Min/Max replenishment strategy built-in into the ERP system throws a purchasing signal for one SKU, but other SKUs of the same supplier do not need replenishment yet? Min/Max ordering signals come per item while businesses issue purchase orders per supplier. So you either ignore the alert and have a shortage later or purchase a full container excessively. As opposed to ERP methods, Streamline raises purchasing signals per supplier. Streamline software predicts all purchasing signals during the next order cycle via a discrete-event simulation and purchases beforehand to have a smooth purchasing process with constant order cycle, or purchasing full containers (order cycle is variable), or EOQ.
6. Replacing formulas with Discrete-event simulation
Inventory replenishment is based on calculating future inventory levels during the next lead time and sometimes beyond that. That means your formula needs to account for numerous upcoming consumption and replenishment events. Sometimes it’s doable, but once you start dealing with event schedules like a shipment schedule or multiple orders in transit Excel gives up almost immediately.
While our competitors usually simplify calculations without colliding events realistically, Streamline creates a timeline with a one-day resolution and puts all schedules onto the timeline. Then Streamline executes the event sequence giving us the most accurate information about the company’s inventory levels with one-day precision. Sometimes it’s just a more precise method compared to replenishment formulas, but in many cases, it’s the only way to accommodate for the real-world supply chain complexity.
7. Using AI (Artificial intelligence) to forecast demand
Estimating seasonality, price elasticity, or top-down forecasting is not enough nowadays. Market changes very dynamically, and it’s hard to predict if your history of sales is yet relevant enough to the current situation and can be used to extrapolate into the future. That’s an area where we use our proprietary AI, so we only apply time series forecasting techniques, predictors, and level changes if AI says it’s appropriate to apply – just like if you are keeping an eye on every SKU every day.
8. Group EOQ (Economic order quantity)
Are you using EOQ in your work? If not, it is worth giving EOQ a closer look as this inventory planning concept significantly reduces your holding and ordering costs. Unfortunately, classic EOQ is calculated per SKU and not a group of SKUs. In a real-world supply chain, purchase orders contain several SKUs, if not hundreds. While Streamline supports classic EOQ calculation, it also offers group EOQ that goes far beyond the traditional approach making EOQ applicable to purchase orders with groups of SKUs.
That becomes possible thanks to the ability of Streamline to sync the order date for a group of items. Then Streamline moves the synchronization barrier back and forth to find the best order cycle for the group of SKUs and automatically minimizes the combination of holding and ordering costs.
Demand forecasting in Streamline
Let us take a closer look at Streamline features specific to demand forecasting:
- Accurate Demand Forecast
- Forecast Approval System
- Revenue Planning
- Flexible Manual Adjustments
- New Products Forecasting
Too much manual work in Excel?
Streamline your planning today:
- Forecast, plan, and place orders twice as fast.
- 90-98% reduction in stockouts.
- 15-50% reduction in excess inventory.
- 35% higher inventory turnover.
- 10-40X ROI in the first year. 100% ROI in the first month.
- GMDH Streamline already manages over $5 billion in inventory for retailers, wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers, and ecommerce worldwide.