Executive Summary

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MUFI Rating & Risk for Delfoi Planner

MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability

Vendor: Delfoi Planner (Select For Vendor Profile)

Introduction

Delfoi is based in Finland. Delfoi started out as a operations research consultancy that would perform work like developing simulations for its clients – and over time Delfoi entered the packaged solution space. However, Delfoi’s technical consulting background makes them an exciting provider in this space.

Application Detail

Along with PlanetTogether, Delfoi is the only other production planning, and scheduling vendor we are aware of that can perform multi-plant planning – although it is still enhancing the functionality, whereas PlanetTogether’s functionality is more mature application overall. However, one of the major selling points Delfoi versus all other production planning, and scheduling vendors is that for buyers interested in receiving customized multi-plant planning, Defloi could adjust its application to these specific needs.

Delfoi has a decent user interface. It has easy to navigate tabs on the top and the bottom of the application as well as a series of time-saving functions. While still developing, the interface has potential. We found it superior to any all of the applications in the space except for PlanetTogether. The user interface between Delfoi Planner and AspenTech are not comparable as AspenTech provides a layout view instead of a Gantt chart. Delfoi’s application is just a few years old, and we expect it to grow into some interesting directions in the future. An example and explanation of the main Delfoi user interface are shown in the following screenshot.

Delfoi Scheduling Board

This is the Delfoi Planner scheduling interface. 

The Delfoi Planner is an interesting application that deserves a look. It is particularly appropriate for buyers that are looking for the following:

  1. Customization Intensive Buyers: For buyers that have customized requirements, as there is a reasonable likelihood that Delfoi could customize the application to the buyers’ needs. Buyers get the benefit of not starting from scratch – as Delfoi has an application already, but the buyer gets an experienced custom software development vendor. As Delfoi has a background in numerous analytical/exploratory projects, Delfoi can be engaged to both perform a discovery of the customs requirements, and then present how the Delfoi Planner could be implemented and customized to meet specific customized requirements.
  2. Cost-Sensitive Buyers: Delfoi is currently the cost leader in the production planning and scheduling space – something which should be considered in light of the fact that Delfoi offers custom capabilities – it is unusual for both of those features to be in the same software vendor.
  3. SaaS Buyers: While we expect this to change, currently Delfoi is the only software vendor that offers a SaaS solution for production planning and scheduling. This fits with point 2 above, as Delfoi can provide a fast implementation timeline and their SaaS solution, as with all application comparisons we have performed is less costly than the on-premises alternative. However, apparently, if Delfoi Planner is used as a SaaS. The solution, buyers will not be able to take advantage of Delfoi’s extensive customization capabilities. However buyers may begin with the SaaS version, and then migrate to an on-premises solution which is very customized – this allows the buyer to go live quickly, get their planners acclimated to the software while driving towards a longer-term solution that accounts for the specific customer requirements.

Long Range Production Capacity Planning

Delfoi is as of this writing developing a very interesting high-level capacity functionality into their application. It essentially uses the Delfoi Planner to provide a unique view into capacity. This is interesting to use because most capacity planning is either at an intermediate level – and merely the output of the supply and production planning system – or is more of an S&OP type of analysis at a very aggregated level. Generally packaged software does not meet the high level and long-term capacity planning needs of buyers – and we have participated in several consulting projects where we tried – unsuccessfully to reverse engineer extremely complicated capacity planning spreadsheets that took extracts from ERP systems, but built them up into the capacity view that the buyer needs to make their capacity decisions. This has been a long-running problem for companies, and we have found this issue at the client using multiple applications from different software vendors.

We think this application could be of interest to quite a few companies that are presently trying to solve this same question with a combination of planning system output and Excel. The product is currently being developed, and we will have pricing and other analysis of the application in the future.

MUFI Scores

All scores out of a possible 10.

MUFI Scores

Search for the vendor in this table using the search bar in the upper right of the table. Shortening Key: 
  • Ma. = Maintainability
  • Us. = Usability
  • Fu. = Functionality
  • Im. = Implementability
AppMa.Us.Ft.Im.Cat.
Average Score for Big ERP5.14.85.25.4Big ERP
Average Score for CRM6.26.25.15.9CRM
Average Score for Small and Medium ERP8.386.78.5Small and Medium ERP
Average Score for Finance8.88.888.8Finance
Average Score for Demand Planning7.67.277.1Demand Planning
Average Score for Supply Planning6.76.976.8Supply Planning
Average Score for Production Planning6.86.976.9Production Planning
Average Score for BI Heavy5.55.36.95.3BI Heavy
Average Score for PLM77.26.87.3PLM
Average Score for BI Light7.78.798.3BI Light
Arena Solutions Arena PLM10101010PLM
AspenTech AspenOne48107Production Planning
Birst88.5108BI Light
ERPNext10107.510Small and Medium ERP
Delfoi Planner866.57Production Planning
Demand Works Smoothie SP910710Supply Planning
Hamilton Grant RM1098.59PLM
IBM Cognos2.731.53BI Heavy
Infor Epiphany7865CRM
Infor Lawson8767Big ERP
Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions9959Finance
JDA DM97.588Demand Planning
Microsoft Dynamics CRM2322CRM
NetSuite CRM6433CRM
Netsuite OneWorld7788Big ERP
OpenERP788.587
Oracle BI4436BI Heavy
Oracle CRM On Demand4535CRM
Oracle Demantra533.54.5Demand Planning
Oracle JD Edwards World4136Big ERP
Oracle RightNow6745CRM
PlanetTogether Galaxy APS10101010Production Planning
Preactor8737Production Planning
QlikTech QlikView99109BI Light
Rootstock9899Small and Medium ERP
Sage X38878Big ERP
Salesforce Enterprise88.597.5CRM
SAP APO DP3432Demand Planning
SAP APO PP/DS2243Production Planning
SAP APO SNP3484Supply Planning
SAP BI/BW1.5242BI Heavy
SAP Business Objects32.573BI Heavy
SAP CRM4364CRM
SAP ECC336.53Big ERP
SAP PLM12.523PLM
SAP SmartOps4475.5Supply Planning
SAS BI6.5796BI Heavy
SAS Demand Driven Forecasting7897Demand Planning
Tableau (BI)9101010BI Light
Tableau (Forecasting)10859Demand Planning
Teradata86.39.76BI Heavy
ToolsGroup SO99 (Forecasting)7897Demand Planning
ToolsGroup SO99 (Supply)56107Supply Planning

Vendor and Application Risk

Delfoi is normally not going to be a standard packaged software implementation. Buyers drawn to Delfoi will be looking to solve custom requirement, as such, it is difficult to present general recommendations regarding risk management. In effect, buyers that have more custom requirements have in effect managed their risk by selecting a software vendor that is well versed in customizing their application.

Likelihood of Implementation Success

This accounts for both the application and vendor-specific risk. In our formula, the total implementation risk is application + vendor + buyer risk. The buyer specific risk could increase or decrease this overall likelihood and adjust the values that you see below.

Likelihood of Application Implementation Success and Failure

Estimates are for a typical project. A specific implementation requires details from the project to make a project-specific estimate.

Search for the application in this table using the search bar in the upper right of the table.
ApplicationProb of Implementation SuccessProb of Implementation Failure
Actuate0.770.23
SAP Smartops0.390.61
NetSuite CRM0.460.54
Sugar CRM0.620.48
Base CRM0.910.09
SAP CRM0.350.65
Salesforce Enterprise0.720.28
QlikTech QlikView0.820.18
Tableau (BI)0.980.02
SAP Crystal Reports0.460.54
Brist0.830.17
MicroStrategy0.70.3
SAS BI0.760.24
Oracle BI0.350.65
IBM Cognos0.230.77
Infor Epiphany0.580.42
Microsoft Dynamics CRM0.260.74
Oracle RightNow CRM0.410.59
Oracle CRM On Demand0.360.64
Teradata0.760.24
SAP Business Objects0.320.68
SAP BI/BW0.250.75
SAP PLM0.290.71
Hamilton Grant RM0.890.11
Arena Solutions0.960.04
Delfoi Planner0.70.3
Preactor0.640.36
PlanetTogether Galaxy APS0.960.04
AspenTech AspenOne0.550.45
SAP APO PP/DS0.270.73
Demand Works Smoothie SP0.930.07
ToolsGroup SO99 (Supply)0.820.18
Demand Works Smoothie0.960.04
Tableau (Forecasting)0.90.1
SAS Demand Driven Forecasting0.820.18
ToolsGroup SO99 (Forecasting)0.860.14
JDA DM0.570.43
Oracle Demantra0.330.67
SAP APO DP0.280.72
FinancialForce0.920.08
Intacct0.980.02
Intuit QB Enterprise0.80.2
ERPNext0.90.1
OpenERP0.780.22
Rootstock0.910.09
ProcessPro0.930.07
Microsoft Dynamics AX0.40.6
SAP Business One0.490.51
Sage X30.620.38
Infor Lawson0.580.42
Epicor ERP0.40.6
Oracle JD Edwards World0.310.69
Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne0.360.64
SAP ERP ECC/R/30.320.68
NetSuite OneWorld0.650.35

Risk Definition

See this link for more on our categorizations of risk. We also offer a Buyer Specific Risk Estimation as a service for those that want a comprehensive analysis.

Risk Management Approach

There are no special rules regarding managing the risk of a Defloi Planner implementation.

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