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  • “Forecast Pro continues to be the most comprehensive desktop forecsting ‘toolbox’ I’ve seen. ” -Terry Juszynski, Warner Lambert

     

    Forecast Pro Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I need to have knowledge of statistics or economics to use Forecast Pro?

    Forecast Pro is very easy to learn and easy to use. It does not require a background in forecasting, statistics, or economics. Forecast Pro?s built-in expert selection system analyzes your data, selects the appropriate forecasting technique, builds the model and calculates the forecasts ? it even explains its reasoning in ordinary English!

    Is it possible to get a live demo of Forecast Pro?

    Yes. If you are familiar with what Forecast Pro offers, and want to take action to learn more, you may request a live demo ?even using our own data. For more information about Forecast Pro demos,Click here

    How can I try Forecast Pro with my own data??

    If you are interested in trying out Forecast Pro risk-free, take advantage of the 30-day money-back guarantee! Order a full working version of Forecast Pro and test it with your data. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your order, return the software and receive a full refund of your purchase.

    After I purchase a license of the software, how do I get started??

    The best way to get some familiarity with Forecast Pro is to work through the tutorial section of the Forecast Pro manual. The comprehensive tutorial consists of structured lessons using sample data that guide you step-by-step through all operations of the program. Most users acquaint themselves with Forecast Pro’s general forecasting capabilities within hours of installing the program.

    However, to get the best out of Forecast Pro we recommend 1 to 3 days of onsite or web based training from us.
     
    Click here to learn more about the different training opportunities we offer.

    What forecasting methodologies does Forecast Pro offer?

    The Forecast Pro family of products offers a full range of forecasting methodologies designed to meet most business forecasting needs.
    Consult ” Which Edition of Forecast Pro is Right For You ” for a list of the methodologies offered in each edition.

    Is Forecast Pro available in languages other than English?

    Yes ! French, German, Japanese and Spanish versions of Forecast Pro are also available.

    Are on-site product training and consulting services available?

    Yes. we offer on-site training and consulting at your location.
    Please Contact SCBS for more information about these services.

    How much does Forecast Pro cost?

    Forecast Pro is an affordable forecasting solution, with pricing starting at about USD1295 for the Forecast Pro XE Edition. For further information,
    Please Contact SCBS.

    Are academic discounts available?

    Yes, we offer special discounts for qualified academic users as well as site licenses for qualified academic institutions. Please Contact SCBS if you are interested in using Forecast Pro in an academic setting.

    How do I get my data into Forecast Pro?

    Forecast Pro can read data directly from spreadsheet files (including Excel and Lotus spreadsheets), ASCII text files and ODBC-compliant relational databases (e.g., Access, SQL Server, Oracle, etc.). Forecast Pro’s flexible data input formats allow you to easily import your data from virtually any source.

    How do I save my forecasts and output the results from Forecast Pro?

    Forecast Pro makes it easy to save your forecasts and output your results. The forecasts, confidence limits and safety stock values can be saved to spreadsheet files (including Excel and Lotus spreadsheets), ASCII text files, XML database files and ODBC-compliant relational databases.

    The audit trail which contains a detailed narrative from Forecast Pro?s expert system about which forecasting model was chosen and how for each series forecasted can be edited, printed or saved to disk at any time.

    Forecast Pro Unlimited and Forecast Pro TRAC provide additional ways to document your work:

    Item reports can capture any information found in the forecast report in a concise format.

    Forecast document files allow you to save your current forecasting session and return to it later or share it with colleagues.

    Forecast override files allow you to save forecast overrides, along with supporting comments, and recall them in a future session.

    What operating systems is Forecast Pro compatible with?

    Forecast Pro is fully compatible with all recent and latest Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    What databases can Forecast Pro be used with?

    Forecast Pro can be used with virtually any database system, including Microsoft Access, SQLServer and Oracle. Data transfer (from your database to Forecast Pro and back) can be accomplished using spreadsheet files or ASCII text files. You can even link Forecast Pro directly to your database using an ODBC connection.

    Can I integrate Forecast Pro with other software systems (such as ERP, DP and SCM solutions)?

    Yes. Integrating Forecast Pro with your existing software systems is straightforward. Forecast Pro has been formally integrated into many commercially available systems.

    How easy is it to install Forecast Pro?

    Installing Forecast Pro is quick and very easy. The Forecast Pro CD contains an automatic Windows-based installation program, which guides you step-by-step in installing the program.

    What are the minimum system requirements to run Forecast Pro?

    Forecast Pro ships with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions that run under all current Windows platforms. Forecast Pro requires a minimum of 512 MB of RAM and 30 MB of hard disk space. With such modest hardware requirements, Forecast Pro can run on virtually any Windows-based computer!

    Must I install the program from CD? Can I download the installation files from a website?

    Although the most common method of installing the program is from CD, you can also download the latest installation files from the Forecast Pro website. Please Contact SCBS for detailed instructions on how to do this.

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