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.

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Contact:  Cindy Harder,, +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 1981, 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.

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Contact:  Jeff Scott,, +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: