About RapidResponse

Delivered as a set of configurable applications, Kinaxis RapidResponse is a supply chain management solution that helps large enterprises with planning. RapidResponse offers organizations the supply chain planning and analytics capabilities they need to manage multiple interconnected supply chain planning processes. RapidResponse connects data, processes, and people in a single environment to assist with operational and financial performance. RapidResponse is used by organizations across several industries, including aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial, high-tech (consumer electronics and semiconductors), life sciences and consumer products. RapidResponse applications include demand planning, supply planning, inventory management, order fulfillment, capacity planning, master scheduling, S&OP, supplier collaboration, material requirements planning and more. Organizations typically enter into customized subscription agreements with Kinaxis based on the number of end users in the organization and the applications requested. Founded in 1984, Kinaxis is headquartered in Ottawa Canada and has offices in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
RapidResponse Software - Demand forecasting
RapidResponse Software - Dashboard metrics
RapidResponse Software - Inventory management
RapidResponse Software - Scorecard
RapidResponse Software - Adaptive collaboration
RapidResponse Software - Geo mapping
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RapidResponse pricing

RapidResponse does not have a free version.

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RapidResponse Reviews

Feature rating

Value for Money
4.5
Functionality
5
Ease of Use
4.5
Customer Support
4
5 reviews of 25 View all reviews
Sudharsan R.
  • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 06/05/2017

Kinaxis RapidResponse is so fast

The Kinaxis Rapid Response is a very helpful and effective tool. It enables the user to monitor the performance of his business and keep him updated in every transaction. It works effectively even on complicated business environment. It is worth to keep.

Pros

Single Solution - RapidResponse is a single product that supports a complete end to end process and is fully integrated. There is no need for batch schedules to run to sync data between the capabilities of the solution. The S&OP, demand planning, supply planning, capacity planning, inventory optimization, collaboration, allocations, and what-if scenario planning are all within a single data model with a single user interface.
Rapid Scenarios - Within RapidResponse, any user can run a scenario in seconds. RapidResponse has a unique capability where the demand and supply balancing engine is always on and it runs in memory. This empowers users to be able to take a virtual copy of the entire database in a second, change any type of demand, supply, lead time, on hand, costs, etc. and run a the new plan within seconds.
Embedded Analytics - RapidResponse natively has dashboards that are drillable and are based in memory on the live database - there is no need to push data out to a data warehouse for analytics.
Flexible Exceptions - RapidResponse allows you to build your own exceptions and alerts to help with planner productivity. You aren't limited to the native exceptions within the planning tool - any sort of exception that you can define a rule can be easily deployed and users can be alerted via dashboards and alerts to their emails when the exceptions occur.
Integrated Financials & KPI Scorecards - Many planning tools can help planners answer the question whether they can support a plan, however, RapidResponse helps planners take that a step further and answer the question of which strategy should you plan to based on your KPIs important to your business. These KPIs can be financial based such as revenue, margin and costs or they could be numerical based such as fill rates, on time delivery to request percentage, or key constraint utilization.

Arun D.
  • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
4

4
Reviewed on 05/05/2017

Its a user friendly Supply Chain tool which makes planners life easy

I worked as a material planner for the first 5 years of my career and the last 4 years I am working as a Rapid Response Author and Administrator.

During the first 3 years, i struggled to do the material planning as we are doing all the planning related things manually using the excel sheets. Then we adopted Rapid Response and it helped me greatly in preparing the shortage reports and plan the Production lines.
Earlier I used to take 2 days to prepare some complex reports and with the help of rapid response, I was able to do that within 1 or 2 hours.
Also, it helped me to plan the inventories and mange the excess.
I helped me do the what if impact analysis Whenever there is a fluctuation in demand(Increase or Decrease).
Also normally we used to do the planning for 13 weeks,With the help of rapid Response we were able to do the planning for the next 1 year.
It improved the long term visibility.

I have used several planing tools and there is no best tool than this for a material planner.

As a developer also now I can easily implement the supply chain solutions to my customers.

Keep updating the tool and add new functionalities in the upcoming days.

Happy to be a kinaxis user as well as a developer.

Pros

It is a very user Friendly
Easy to navigate since it looks exactly like working in excel sheet
Long term Visibility of demand and supply.
We can easily do the What if analysis in case of increase or decrease in demand and plan the materials based on that.
Very Helpful in Excess and inventory management.
From the Software perspective
The coding is less complicated and easy to understand.
We can easily implement modern supply chain functionalities.
Scorecards and dashboards are an added advantage which helps the management in decision making.

Cons

Sometimes I feel like I don't have all the training materials to keep me up to date with all the functionalities that kinaxis offers to the customers
Due to this most of the time we say no to the customers although there is a way to implement the requested functionality in Rapid Response.
Please make the training materials more accessible so that the developers can implement the requested solutions.
Also, we feel the training cost is a little high for small companies to afford.

From the software perspective
Sometimes when we use the heavy tables in the workbooks it will take more time to load.It will be good if the tool performs a little faster.
Also please make sure to keep adding updates to the mobile application and also take steps to create awareness to promote the mobile application.

Sebastian Z.
  • Industry: Medical Devices
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
5
Ease of Use
3
Customer Support
3

4
Reviewed on 05/12/2018

Rapid Response Review

Pros

It maked it easyer to forecast and aim inventory projections.

Cons

Its not as rapid as it claims. Its pretty heavy and it takes too long to update.

Gandhi nathan B.
  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
4

5
Reviewed on 05/05/2017

Rapid Response - A Cloud based Beast App

One of the best ever app in the market...keep rocking guys..

Pros

Rapid Response provides users the ability to simulate different business scenarios, test a thought out solution, collaborate and perform necessary data changes to the system in real time. Also to anticipate market demand, positioning enterprise resources to meet demand and fulfilling demand as it is realized.
As it is cloud based, we can access it anywhere, anytime. No need to install the app in a different machine for the first time use. Only Java is enough. So its really a big advantage to all.The updated Version 2016.2 makes everything simpler in compared to its old versions. Things like scheduled tasks running for a long time and scenario changes and commit, etc...takes very less to time to complete in the newer version.

Cons

1. Sometimes RR App becomes inaccessible and keeps throwing some warning msgs, when network issues like WiFi or LAN got disconnected and reconnect again. So, in this case, we are not able to continue our work and supposed to close the app forcefully and re login is required to open the app.
2. It is good if we have a chat window inside the app, with currently signed in users.
3. If possible can we have some new background theme or customized one.

Prasath K.
  • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4

4
Reviewed on 05/05/2017

kinaxis - Fast and accurate Analytical Planning

when we are using the legacy planning system, the Workflow will take nearly 9-11 hours to complete. so the user need to wait till that time to view the data. but after migrated to kinaxis it took just 1 hour to complete our workflow. Most of the calculation are performed by kinaxis using analytical engine. and the what if Analysis allows the planner to compare multiple scenarios against one scenario

Pros

Scenario Planning
Best S&OP planning tool
Supporting what if Analysis
Easy to integrating various Source of information
Cloud based Application
Strong analytical Engine
Accurate calculation
Provide Constraint based planning
Easy to develop new process
Provide ability to create Score card , Charts
Support most of Statistical forecast algorithm
In Memory database
Supports version Control
Kinaxis Support team provides high quality product supports

Cons

we can not access/modify all the resource using Script. so some features can not be automated fully.
to view any records in table, we need to create worksheet. so for debugging purpose it take more time. If they provide a way to retrieve records by using a query method , then it will be easy to debug the issue. Atleast they can provide this functionality to admin.

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