MUFI Rating & Risk – Demand Works Smoothie SP
MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability
Vendor: Demand Works (Select For Vendor Profile)
Demand Works is a highly innovative and small software vendor. Their level of innovation is entirely disproportionate to the size of their company. Demand Works is one of the vendors that we use as evidence that most of the innovation in enterprise software comes not from the most prominent vendors, but the smallest.
We rate each application separately per a business process category. However, Smoothie offers both demand and supply planning from the same user interface. If used like this, it would reduce the total cost of ownership even more as the software price goes up only incrementally and a company would receive an implementation and maintenance benefit of only having to manage one application. Unlike SAP products, where the advantage of using more applications is illusory because SAP applications are so different from one another, supply and demand planning within Smoothie use the same user interface. This allows one to transition from supply to demand and vice versa very smoothly. This is one of the major selling points of this application is that is exceedingly easy to use.
Smoothie SP can change values very quickly. This master data parameters can be adjusted individually. However, Smoothie SP allows any grouping of products to be selected and then to have their parameters changed as a group. This is leading-edge master data parameter maintenance.
Just as with demand planning, Smoothie is the usability leader in the supply planning software category. Smoothie can be implemented quickly, and user adoption with the application tends to be high.
Smoothie SP does not have the complexity of the other applications in this category. It runs MRP, and DRP – these are the oldest supply planning methods. MRP creates purchase requisitions and production requisitions, while DRP establishes the transfer orders between the locations in the supply network. These are the same methods used in ERP systems, however, because the Smoothie SP interface is so easy to use, and because of the ability to quickly group products along with product and geographic attributes. Smoothie SP is offering a much more robust solution for MRP and DRP, even though the mathematics is not different from what is in ERP systems. MRP and DRP in Smoothie are far more comfortable to use and better than doing MRP in ERP – we have performed MRP and DRP in Smoothie on projects and have been impressed with how much more transparency the application provides over ERP system based MRP and DRP.
Smoothie SP is an excellent choice for any company that wants to improve its supply planning, that is not interested in committing to a more complex supply planning application. Smoothie SP can be brought up very quickly and can serve as a prototype environment. Any company which is using an ERP system for supply planning can very immediately improve the quality of its supply plan by using Smoothie SP in even a limited capacity.
All scores out of a possible 10.
Vendor and Application Risk
Demand Works Smoothie SP has one of the lowest combined vendor and application risks in the supply planning space. Smoothie SP only does MRP and DRP, two of the simplest methods of supply and initial production planning. It is the simplest method that is available among any of the applications profiled here and is an excellent choice for companies looking for an upgrade over their ERP system.
Smoothies consulting tends to be remote and especially in the early stages using an independent consultant can support an implementation. Not many independent consultants know Demand Works, so it may not be that simple to find an independent consultant for this task. We have worked extensively with Smoothie and are big fans of the application. If you require extra off-site or on-site support, contact us.
Demand Works provides expert support, but they can also offer outsourced forecasting. This can significantly speed the implementation time and can give quality supply plans either in perpetuity or for a while before being transitioned to the buyer. Either way, Demand Works provides some options that can allow for a very low-risk implementation.
Smoothie comes in a desktop, server and also has cloud options. The server option is what differentiates Smoothie from the lower cost vendors in the demand planning space.
Smoothie has low training costs because the application is so easy to use.
Likelihood of Implementation Success
This accounts for both the application and the 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.
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