The Spreadsheet You've Always Dreamed Of
RapidResponse® uses a universally intuitive and highly configurable spreadsheet interface. Workbooks are the 'workhorse' of RapidResponse.
What it is:
Workbooks are the Excel-like user interface that provides powerful and flexible viewing, filtering, aggregation, drilling, and editing of all RapidResponse data.
RapidResponse includes a library of pre-defined, standard workbooks that support a wide variety of supply planning, demand planning and S&OP processes. You can also tailor existing workbooks or self-configure your own to support additional business processes.
How it works:
- Workbooks are created through configuration, not programming.
- They use intuitive drag-and-drop functionality and clickable options to expose grouping, sorting, filtering, formatting and graphing functionality, designed for end-user configurability.
- Workbooks are exposed to users through user/group publishing rights in order to provide security and enable the creation of role-specific configurations of RapidResponse.
- Most of the workbooks are viewed with a hierarchy so you can view data at a high, aggregate level, or at a lower, more detailed level. You may also, at any time, view the intersection of two or more hierarchies.
- Workbooks are self-documenting. Authors of workbooks can introduce their own help and documentation, which is viewable by the end user.
- Workbooks can be localized so users view their information in the language most natural to them. See for yourself: (1) (2)
How it's different:
Workbooks provide the capability to deploy RapidResponse solutions quickly because they can be created and managed by the business community without the headaches of long wait times associated with IT projects.
They are extremely flexible so they can support both standard and custom business processes and can be easily altered over time as processes change.
They are also extremely intuitive because they are modeled on Microsoft Excel which means that the business user learning curve is short and shallow which contributes to fast deployments.
Why it's important:
- Provides information the way the user wants to see it…and work with it.
- ZERO custom coding means upgrades happen without rework investment.
- One simple, consistent and broadly configurable UI mechanism ensures rapid and broad user adoption.