Which Edition of Forecast Pro is Right for You?
To satisfy different needs, three editions of Forecast Pro are availableForecast Pro Unlimited, Forecast Pro TRAC and Forecast Pro XE. Which edition is right for you, depends on a number of factors including how many items you need to forecast, which forecasting techniques you need to use, how you manage forecast adjustments, and whether or not you need to work with others to establish the final forecast.
Forecast Pro Unlimited and Forecast Pro TRAC are comprehensive forecasting systems designed for larger-scale forecasting jobs, collaborative forecasting, working with complex hierarchies, maintaining multiple forecast overrides, documenting your forecasting sessions and integrating with other systems. Most users of these solutions are preparing and updating forecasts on an on-going basis (e.g., every week, every month, etc.).
Forecast Pro Unlimited and Forecast Pro TRAC provide the foundation for creating a sustainable, well-documented forecasting process. If you:
- forecast more than 100 items on a routine basis; and/or
- collaborate with others to create the final forecast; and/or
- make judgmental forecast adjustments that need to be documented,
then Forecast Pro Unlimited and Forecast Pro TRAC are the only editions of Forecast Pro that you should consider.
Forecast Pro TRAC contains all of the functionality found in Forecast Pro Unlimited and adds:
- Multiple units of measure
- "Shuffling" (on-the-fly hierarchy changes)
- Exception reporting
- Integration of Multiple Forecasts for S&OP
- Customizable Forecast Worksheets
- Accuracy Tracking
If you need any of the above functionality then Forecast Pro TRAC is for you.
Although Forecast Pro XE uses the same underlying forecasting methodologies found in Forecast Pro Unlimited and Forecast Pro TRAC, it is a very different solution. Forecast Pro XE is a desktop analysis tool designed for use by individuals who are forecasting less than 100 items and whose primary goal is to generate accurate statistically based forecasts (as opposed to manipulating the forecasts after they are generated). It is the only version of Forecast Pro that includes dynamic regression modeling and it also provides more detailed custom modeling options and diagnostic displays than other versions of Forecast Pro.