Smart Software and Visual Data Group Announce Strategic Partnership

Smart Inventory Planning & Optimization™ provides software foundation for Visual Data Group’s supply chain planning practice.

Belmont, Mass., November 14, 2018 – Smart Software, Inc., the leading innovator in demand planning and inventory optimization software, and Visual Data Group, a well-established software implementation and business optimization consulting group, today announced their partnership to address the supply chain planning needs of mid-market manufacturers and distributors.  Visual Data Group will sell and deploy Smart’s next generation web platform, Smart Inventory Planning & Optimization (Smart IP&O™) as an integral part of its Sales, Operations and Inventory Planning (SIOP) practice.

“There is tremendous pressure on small and midsized organizations to outcompete, outmaneuver, and ‘out lean’ their Fortune 1000 competitors,” says Jim Harder, Visual Data Group’s President and CEO.  “Beating large, established vendors requires better business processes, the ability to do more for less, with a fraction of the resources.  This is our mission – to help our clients drive efficient supply chain operations that outperform their competitors.

Visual Data Group will utilize Smart IP&O as its software framework to help their customers reduce inventory, improve service levels and streamline their SIOP program.  Smart IP&O is an integrated suite of native web applications for demand planning, inventory optimization and supply chain analytics that enable a data-driven SIOP process.  Core capabilities include scenario-driven planning to model inventory performance, Smart’s unique, patented approach to intermittent demand, ease of collaboration, and transparent integration with customer ERP systems of choice.

“Visual Data fills a crucial role for Smart Software,” says Greg Hartunian, President and CEO.  “Our software enables customers to streamline their planning process, reduce inventory and improve service levels.  But taking full advantage requires the expertise and perspective to consider requirements, set goals, and to develop the supporting business process that ensures adoption and benefits. These are the qualities that Visual Data brings to the table.”

About Visual Data Group

Visual Data Group, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has been helping customers across North America since 2009. Our organization has decades of experience working with companies with real world opportunities. Experience and maturity matter. We are expert in using data to drive business. Our successful projects include inventory optimization, sales analysis, customer and product profitability, and all aspects of supply chain management.

Learn more at:  www.visualdatagroup.com

Contact:  Cindy Harder, charder@visualdatagroup.com, +1 440.892.3328

About Smart Software, Inc.

Smart Software, a leading innovator in demand planning and inventory optimization software, offers Smart IP&O, an integrated suite of web-based demand planning, inventory optimization and supply chain analytics applications.  Founded in 1984, Smart serves a wide range of manufacturing, distribution, and transportation organizations including The Home Depot, FedEx, SCIEX, DisneyLand Resorts, MARS, BC Transit, Metro-North Railroad and many, many more.

Learn more at:  www.smartcorp.com.

Contact:  Jeff Scott, jeffs@smartcorp.com, +1 617.489.2743 ext. 209


For more information, please contact Smart Software, Inc., Four Hill Road, Belmont, MA 02478.
Phone: 1-800-SMART-99 (800-762-7899); FAX: 1-617-489-2748; E-mail: info@smartcorp.com

Smart Software and ArcherPoint Team Up to Launch Smart IP&O for NAV

Collaboration Provides Smart Inventory Planning, Forecasting, & Optimization for Microsoft NAV

Boston MA., June 5, 2018 – Smart Software, Inc. is excited to announce the successful integration of its cloud-based Inventory Planning and Optimization software with Microsoft Dynamics NAV to create Smart IP&O for NAV.  Smart Software partnered with ArcherPoint Inc., a Microsoft Dynamics ERP Gold Partner and full-service provider for Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 to build the connector.

Smart Software is a global provider of next generation 100% web-based demand planning, forecasting, and inventory optimization solutions. ArcherPoint created the connector to integrate Smart Software’s tools with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The new integration brings the cloud-based Smart IP&O (Inventory Planning and Optimization) into the latest version of Microsoft’s ERP solution. By seamlessly integrating strategic planning in Smart IP&O with operational execution in Dynamics NAV, business users can continuously predict, respond, and plan more effectively in today’s uncertain business environment.

Jim Benson, sales executive from ArcherPoint says, Smart Software helps our customers by delivering insightful business analytics for inventory modeling and forecasting that drive ordering and replenishment in the latest version of Microsoft NAV. With Smart IP&O, our customers gain a means to shape inventory strategy to align with the business objectives, while empowering their planning teams to reduce inventory and improve service. In today’s supply chain, it is no longer enough to simply manage inventory. It must be optimized.”

The Smart/NAV integration makes all transactional data in NAV, such as shipments, sales orders, receipts, inventory on hand, and more, available in Smart IP&O’s data model. Smart IP&O brings this data to life leveraging field-proven analytics and forecasting methods. This enables executives and their planning team to identify operational inefficiencies, accurately forecast demand, model the financial and customer impact of current and proposed inventory policies, and return optimal planning parameters and forecasts to drive replenishment.

Greg Hartunian, CEO of Smart Software stated, “Businesses that leverage inventory optimization and forecasting technology are able to better understand their operations, lower costs, improve customer service, and outperform the competition. We look forward to working closely with ArcherPoint to help our joint customers achieve these key benefits.”

To learn more about the Smart IP&O for NAV and how it can help your business, please join us for a free webinar, Wednesday, June 27 at 2pm ET. We will provide a demo on the software, uses, and benefits of the product.  To register for the webinar please visit: https://www.archerpoint.com/events/lunch-and-learn-archerpoint-smart-inventory-planning-and-optimization

About Smart Software
Smart Software, a leading innovator in demand planning and inventory optimization software, offers Smart IP&O, an integrated suite of web-based demand planning, inventory optimization and supply chain analytics applications.  Smart Software has collaborated with ArcherPoint to develop an automated integration with Microsoft Dynamics NAV, enabling the transparent flow of data and results to drive Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning.  Founded in 1984, Smart serves a wide range of manufacturing, distribution, and transportation organizations including The Home Depot, FedEx, SCIEX, DisneyLand Resorts, MARS, BC Transit, Metro-North Railroad and many more.  Learn more at www.smartcorp.com.

About ArcherPoint
ArcherPoint has built a business around adaptive innovation. Regardless of industry, companies look to ArcherPoint as a business solution provider and partner they can depend on to deliver results. Our history with Microsoft Dynamics NAV dates back to the product’s beginnings. Today, our team includes experts all over the world, not only in Dynamics NAV solution designdevelopment, 24/7 support, and upgrades, but also in accounting, manufacturingretaildistribution, and other key areas of business. With a commitment to quality service, ArcherPoint is dedicated to helping companies realize true business value by giving them access to world-class ERP solutions that will grow with them to meet their needs now and in their future.


For more information, please contact Smart Software, Inc., Four Hill Road, Belmont, MA 02478.
Phone: 1-800-SMART-99 (800-762-7899); FAX: 1-617-489-2748; E-mail: info@smartcorp.com

“Choosing and Achieving a Target Service Level” by Smart Software Co-Founder Profiled in Spring 2018 Issue of Foresight

Belmont, Mass., May 17, 2018 – Smart Software, Inc., provider of industry-leading demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions, today announced that the Spring 2018 issue of Foresight Magazine features Dr. Thomas Willemain’s article “Choosing and Achieving a Target Service Level.”  Len Tashman, Editor of Foresight states: “Tom Willemain describes the primary considerations for setting service-level targets, explaining how software can serve as a valuable aid in this endeavor and offering a case study to illustrate a relatively simple approach – what he calls “service level wins and losses” – by which a company can evaluate how well it is achieving it’s service level goals.  The case study also reveals how important it is to utilize appropriate probability models rather than rely on traditional defaults such as the Normal distribution of demands.”

To read the entire article and to learn more about Foresight please visit https://foresight.forecasters.org/

About Smart Software, Inc.
Founded in 1984, Smart Software, Inc. is a leader in providing businesses with enterprise-wide demand forecasting, planning and inventory optimization solutions.  Smart Software’s demand forecasting and inventory optimization solutions have helped thousands of users worldwide, including customers at mid-market enterprises and Fortune 500 companies, such as Otis Elevator, Mitsubishi, Siemens, Disney, FedEx, MARS, and The Home Depot.  Smart Inventory Planning & Optimization gives demand planners the tools to handle sales seasonality, promotions, new and aging products, multi-dimensional hierarchies, and intermittently demanded service parts and capital goods items.  It also provides inventory managers with accurate estimates of the optimal inventory and safety stock required to meet future orders and achieve desired service levels.  Smart Software is headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts and can be found on the World Wide Web at www.smartcorp.com.


For more information, please contact Smart Software, Inc., Four Hill Road, Belmont, MA 02478.
Phone: 1-800-SMART-99 (800-762-7899); FAX: 1-617-489-2748; E-mail: info@smartcorp.com

Smart Inventory Planning & Optimization to be Showcased at Epicor Insights

Belmont, Mass., May 14, 2018 – Smart Software, Inc., provider of industry-leading demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions, today announced that Epicor Software will present Epicor Smart IP&O, a joint solution for inventory planning, forecasting, and optimization at Epicor’s annual customer conference in Nashville, TN from May 21 – 24 .  Smart Software will also be on hand to profile the solution in booth # 5 in the Solutions Pavilion.

Smart Software and Epicor’s collaboration  brings the cloud-based Smart IP&O (Inventory Planning and Optimization) into the latest version of the Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Smart Software’s Chief Technology Officer, Sree Menon states “it’s no longer enough to simply manage inventory. By seamlessly integrating strategic planning with operational execution, Smart IP&O enables Epicor ERP users to continuously predict, respond and plan inventory helping lower costs and improve service.”

The Epicor Sales Engineering team will demonstrate Epicor Smart IP&O in two sessions:

“Introducing Epicor Smart Demand Planning & Inventory Optimization”
Thursday, May 24 at 8:00 AM
Tennessee Ballrom B

“Moderniza las Operaciones de tu Cadena de Suministro con la Plataforma Epicor Smart Inventory Planning and Optimization”
Thursday, May 24  at 10:20 AM
Ryman Studio H/I

Epicor Insights 2018 will bring together more than 3,000 users of Epicor’s industry-specific ERP solutions for the manufacturing, distribution, and service industries. Customers who attend will have dedicated education tracks focused on their specific products and solutions, plus more opportunities to network across products and industries. To learn more, visit https://www.epicor.com/customers/insights/default.aspx

About Smart Software, Inc.
Founded in 1984, Smart Software, Inc. is a leader in providing businesses with enterprise-wide demand forecasting, planning and inventory optimization solutions.  Smart Software’s demand forecasting and inventory optimization solutions have helped thousands of users worldwide, including customers at mid-market enterprises and Fortune 500 companies, such as Otis Elevator, Mitsubishi, Siemens, Disney, FedEx, MARS, and The Home Depot.  Smart Inventory Planning & Optimization gives demand planners the tools to handle sales seasonality, promotions, new and aging products, multi-dimensional hierarchies, and intermittently demanded service parts and capital goods items.  It also provides inventory managers with accurate estimates of the optimal inventory and safety stock required to meet future orders and achieve desired service levels.  Smart Software is headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts and can be found on the World Wide Web at www.smartcorp.com.


For more information, please contact Smart Software, Inc., Four Hill Road, Belmont, MA 02478.
Phone: 1-800-SMART-99 (800-762-7899); FAX: 1-617-489-2748; E-mail: info@smartcorp.com

Smart Software VP of Research to Present at ISF 2018

Dr. Tom Willemain to lead ISF session on Time Series Dissaggregation

Belmont, Mass., May 14, 2018 – Smart Software, Inc., provider of industry-leading demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions, today announced that Tom Willemain, vice president for research, will present at the International Symposium of Forecasting from June 17 – 20 in Boulder, CO.

Dr. Willemain, will present a tutorial on Time Series Dissaggregation and how the approaches he’ll outline can improve the quality of demand forecasts.  Imagine that you must provide daily forecast results but can only obtain historical demand at monthly or weekly levels.   Often times, granular demand data is not available.  How do you proceed?  Converting aggregate quarterly, monthly, or weekly data to daily data is example of the time series dissaggregation problem. Dr. Willemain will discuss current solutions to this problem and press an improved solution.

As the premier, international forecasting conference, the ISF provides the opportunity to interact with the world’s leading forecasting researchers and practitioners. The attendance is large enough so that the best in the field are attracted, yet small enough that you are able to meet and discuss one-on-one. The ISF offers a variety of networking opportunities, through keynote speaker presentations, academic sessions, workshops, meals, and social programs. In addition, representatives of leading publishing, software, and other related companies are on hand to discuss their most recent offerings.

About Dr. Thomas Willemain
Dr. Thomas Reed Willemain served as an Expert Statistical Consultant to the National Security Agency (NSA) at Ft. Meade, MD and as a member of the Adjunct Research Staff at an affiliated think-tank, the Institute for Defense Analyses Center for Computing Sciences (IDA/CCS). He is Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having previously held faculty positions at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also co-founder and Senior Vice President/Research at Smart Software, Inc. He is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the Military Operations Research Society, the American Statistical Association, and several other professional organizations. Willemain received the BSE degree (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Princeton University and the MS and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His other books include: Statistical Methods for Planners, Emergency Medical Systems Analysis (with R. C. Larson), and 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics in statistics, operations research, health care and other topics. For more information, email: TomW@SmartCorp.com or visit www.TomWillemain.com.

About Smart Software, Inc.
Founded in 1984, Smart Software, Inc. is a leader in providing businesses with enterprise-wide demand forecasting, planning and inventory optimization solutions.  Smart Software’s demand forecasting and inventory optimization solutions have helped thousands of users worldwide, including customers at mid-market enterprises and Fortune 500 companies, such as Otis Elevator, Mitsubishi, Siemens, Disney, FedEx, MARS, and The Home Depot.  Smart Inventory Planning & Optimization gives demand planners the tools to handle sales seasonality, promotions, new and aging products, multi-dimensional hierarchies, and intermittently demanded service parts and capital goods items.  It also provides inventory managers with accurate estimates of the optimal inventory and safety stock required to meet future orders and achieve desired service levels.  Smart Software is headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts and can be found at www.smartcorp.com

SmartForecasts is a registered trademark of Smart Software, Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


For more information, please contact Smart Software, Inc., Four Hill Road, Belmont, MA 02478.
Phone: 1-800-SMART-99 (800-762-7899); FAX: 1-617-489-2748; E-mail: info@smartcorp.com

Smart Software Founder’s NSA experience Profiled in New Book

Belmont, MA, February 1, 2018 – “Working on the Dark Side of the Moon” provides the first, ground-level look inside the super-secret National Security Agency (NSA) and a shadowy think tank affiliated with it. The book was launched originally last year and is now available to Smart Software customers. The author, known to many Smart Software customers as demand forecast expert and trainer is also a statistics professor who volunteered for a year-long sabbatical tour of duty in the NSA.  He ended up spending several years with the agency moving between business, academic, and the secret worlds. This book records his impressions of people and places never before described in such intimate detail.

A deeply personal account of the years spent within the most secretive organization in the world, Working on the Dark Side of the Moon explores the range of emotions an outsider experiences while crossing over to the “inside.” It also shows the positive side of an Agency whose secrecy hides dedicated men and women devoted to protecting the country while honoring the Constitution. 

Willemain writes, “The very secrecy that enables NSA to be effective also cripples its ability to explain its positive contributions. Into this void are projected grossly distorted views of what NSA does and what NSA
people are like. This book puts a human face on the people who work in this secret world: their character, motivations, frustrations, sense of humor. Readers can develop a more balanced and nuanced view of NSA and its people.”

About the Author
Dr. Thomas Reed Willemain served as an Expert Statistical Consultant to the National Security Agency (NSA) at Ft. Meade, MD and as a member of the Adjunct Research Staff at an affiliated think-tank, the Institute for Defense Analyses Center for Computing Sciences (IDA/CCS). He is Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having previously held faculty positions at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also co-founder and Senior Vice President/Research at Smart Software, Inc. He is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the Military Operations Research Society, the American Statistical Association, and several other professional organizations. Willemain received the BSE degree (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Princeton University and the MS and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His other books include: Statistical Methods for Planners, Emergency Medical Systems Analysis (with R. C. Larson), and 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics in statistics, operations research, health care and other topics. For more information, email: TomW@SmartCorp.com or visit TomWillemain.com.

For more information please email tomw@smartcor.com or visit www.tom.willemain.com 

 


For more information, please contact Smart Software, Inc., Four Hill Road, Belmont, MA 02478.
Phone: 1-800-SMART-99 (800-762-7899); FAX: 1-617-489-2748