Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Supply Chain Brain recognize the company for exceptional contributions to its customers and the industry

Belmont, Mass., February 29, 2012 – Smart Software, Inc., provider of industry-leading demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions, today announced that two respected supply chain industry publications, Supply & Demand Chain Executiveand Supply Chain Brain, have again chosen the company and its president to receive noteworthy industry awards.  In the July 2011 issue of Supply Chain Brain, Smart Software was nominated by its customers and selected as one of the world’s “100 Great Supply Chain Partners.”  In its February/March 2012 issue, Supply & Demand Chain Executive selected Charles Smart, President and CEO of Smart Software, as a “Provider Pro to Know.”  These awards recognize Smart Software and its president as leaders in supply chain management and acknowledge their strengths in thought leadership, technical innovation, and the ability to meet customers’ needs for forecasting and demand planning solutions.

“It’s always an honor to be selected as one of the supply chain industry’s leaders,” said Charles Smart, president and CEO of Smart Software.  “But it’s even more special to be nominated by our customers.  We are very pleased to be recognized for helping users of SmartForecasts® reduce inventories, cut costs, and improve customer service through improved inventory planning.  These awards make me very proud of everyone at Smart Software who work so hard on behalf of our customers.”

Provider Pros to Know Award
Supply & Demand Chain Executive‘s “Provider Pros to Know” recognizes a select group of individuals from a software firm or service provider, consultancy, or analyst/research firmwho have helped clients or the supply chain community address the major challenges facing organizations in the year ahead as the economy turns from recession towards recovery.  This is the seventh year in a row that Mr. Smart has been selected for this prestigious supply chain industry award.  According to the publication, “the men and women included in the 2012 Pros to Know exemplify the talent, knowledge, skills and effort necessary for supply chain leadership. They are an elite group leading the industry and their own enterprises into the evolving future.”

“Our annual list of “Provider Pros to Know” highlights the many thought-leaders who are helping to shape the supply chain industry and advance supply chain as a respected discipline in the enterprise,” said Barry Hochfelder, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.  “Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and knowledge base necessary for supply chain transformation, and in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, have earned them a place on this year’s Provider Pros listing.”

Mr. Smart, a co-founder of Smart Software, has managed the company’s growing role in developing innovative solutions to supply chain challenges for more than twenty-seven years.  He has helped pioneer numerous forecasting innovations, including the development of a patented solution for forecasting intermittent, or “slow moving”, demand.  He has written a variety of articles for professional and trade publications, and speaks to industry groups about effectively using demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions to reduce costs, improve customer service, and make better use of company assets.

100 Great Supply Chain Partners Award
Supply Chain Brain magazine chose Smart Software for its list of “100 Great Supply Chain Partners” for the sixth year in a row.  Smart was nominated for this distinction by several of its customers from manufacturing, distribution, and service parts organizations that use its flagship product, SmartForecasts, to achieve outstanding demand forecasting and inventory planning results.

“We received thousands of nominations this year, including many multiple nominations for the same company,” said Russell Goodman, editor in chief ofSupply Chain Brain.  “That no one can compel anybody to take time from their busy workday to send a message to us in itself says something very important about the services these nominees provide: their clients appreciate what they do for them.  But here’s the point:  Each has strengths that it brought to bear on the needs and challenges of its customer.  And each did its job so well that the customer clearly feels it emerged as a winner.”

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 flagship product, SmartForecasts, has thousands of users worldwide, including customers at mid-market enterprises and Fortune 500 companies, such as Abbott Laboratories, Otis Elevator, Mitsubishi, Siemens, Disney, Nestle, GE and The Coca-Cola Company.  SmartForecasts 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.smartsoftware.wpengine.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@smartsoftware.wpengine.com