|"Play" with Assumptions
Do you prefer visually-appealing, simple and meaningful charts rather than table after table of numbers?
With the Planners Lab you use drag-and-drop to easily "play" with the assumptions in real time and on the fly – immediately revealing the consequences of the changes.
|Discover and Learn Is learning a primary benefit of applications software? Yes – and that is truly the case with the Planners Lab. It allows you to personally interact with data to quickly discover and learn what was previously unknown. This helps to avoid costly surprises caused by programming errors and misunderstandings.|
|Surface Assumptions. What are "assumptions?" Assumptions are the logical underpinnings to explain or describe how a business functions. Example assumptions are Growth Rate = 20 percent for the first two years and then flattens at 18 percent; Price = $22 in the first quarter and then grows at 5 percent per year; etc. You need assumptions to build a model and you need a model to answer "What If" questions. These assumptions, invisible in most decision-making processes, are often more important than the output numbers themselves.|
|Explore Various Sources of Data.
Where does the data come from that is seen in Planners Lab charts?
It comes from the simulation models which you build with the Planners Lab software.
Data that is input to drive the model comes from a variety of sources - opinions, experience, intuition, market research, Excel, SQL and other databases, polls, magazines, TV, colleagues – wherever data is normally obtained.
|Communicate and Collaborate. With the Planners Lab software at the center of the problem solving process, issues such as team communication and collaboration, different viewpoints and different assumptions are quickly surfaced and resolved. The Planners Lab serves as a friendly, non-obtrusive and unbiased "facilitator."|
|Be a Model Builder an Executive Viewer or Both. The Workgroup version provides complete Planners Lab functionality. This version follows the Macromedia philosophy of occasionally connected. The Viewer version is for visualizing results and asking "What If" questions via a Web browser. Model building is not available in this version.|