Executive Summary

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MUFI Rating & Risk for Preactor

MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability

Vendor: Preactor (Select For Vendor Profile)


Preactor is a UK based company that has developed a fast to implement and relatively easy to use production planning and scheduling application. Preactor is the most widely sold production planning and scheduling application in the world.

Application Detail

Preactor is a simple to production planning and scheduling application. It works off of heuristics, which are rules of thumb for making adjustments to the schedule.

Preactor Heuristics

What is referred to as APS rules are Preactor’s name for heuristics. Examples of heuristics are to address selective bottlenecks in the schedule or to schedule forward or backward. Preactor ships with some standard heuristics, but also allows for the use of custom scheduling rules or what is known as a custom heuristic which is developed for a specific client. These custom heuristics are written in C sharp for the future custom heuristic. Clients can make their custom heuristics one they learn how.

Preactor can simulate, but it is extremely limited. For instance, as heuristics are run the application shows the scores as per the following KPIs.

  • One Time
  • Setup
  • Inventory
  • Late Cost
  • Setup Cost
  • Inventory Cost

Preactor Comparison

The values at the bottom of the screen change with adjustments to the schedule. 

Preactor does not have an ability to take snapshots of these factors, but any analyst could of course type the numbers into a spreadsheet – and by placing the weights for the different KPIs, could develop a suitable output. However, this is a time-consuming way to find a solution and leaves a lot of better possible solutions on the table. Heuristic planning places a lot of the planning effort back onto the planner or scheduler.

Preactor has a poor user interface. It is easier to use than PP/DS but is only rated by us to be slightly better than PP/DS. When jobs are clicked and dragged during manual adjustment there is a somewhat limited ability to make system adjustments after this manual adjustment. It’s difficult to see factory planners and schedulers rapidly taking to this application.

Preactor is a lightweight application, but it is also not designed for large data volumes. This means that multiple instances of Preactor can be created to keep the data levels down, which is effective if as in many instances the customer is not trying to manage its many plants as part of a Superplant.

Preactor is a basic and relatively inexpensive application. It may be the right choice for companies that are just looking for a small improvement and at a low cost over whatever they are currently using. Of all the applications that we cover in this software category, Preactor can go live the most quickly. However, its long-term planning output quality will never be high because of the limited functionality within the application.

MUFI Scores

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
Average Score for Big ERP5. ERP
Average Score for CRM6.
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. Heavy
Average Score for PLM77.26.87.3PLM
Average Score for BI Light7.78.798.3BI Light
Arena Solutions Arena PLM 10101010PLM
AspenTech AspenOne48107Production Planning
Birst 88.5108BI 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
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 ECC336.53Big ERP
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

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Preactor is a relatively simple implementation. Most companies that are implementing Preactor are coming from ERP systems combined with Excel, not exactly a tough challenge to beat. Preactor does not have a very usable user interface, but it is usable enough to “get the job done,” and it is an improvement over whatever the combined system is that the vast majority of production planners/schedulers are presently using.

Likelihood of Implementation Success

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.

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ApplicationProb of Implementation SuccessProb of Implementation Failure
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
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
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
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
Intuit QB Enterprise0.80.2
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 Management Approach

Preactor can provide a relatively quick boost in production planning and scheduling efficiency over ERP/Excel. There are no special requirements to implement Preactor efficiently.

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