Lokad launches its first Envision Workshop, teaching students (and supply chain specialists) how to analyze retail suppliers using Lokad's probabilistic, risk management perspective.
Gaetan Delétoille's PhD research on MOQs - a surprisingly under-researched area of supply chain - introduced the w-policy, something Lokad integrated into its solution for daily inventory decision-making.
Matthieu Durut, second employee at Lokad, defended his PhD back in 2012 for his research work done at Lokad. This PhD paved the way for the transition of Lokad toward cloud-native distributed computing architectures, nowadays critical to deal with large-scale supply chains.
Benoit Patra, first employee at Lokad, defended his PhD back in 2012 for his research done at Lokad. This PhD brought radically novel elements to the supply chain theory, and set the stage for the future development of Lokad's probabilistic forecasting approach.
Over the years, Lokad has gained some notoriety, and we have earned the privilege of being part of an increasingly large number of RFI (request for information), RFP (request for proposal) and RFP (request for quote) related to supply chain optimization.
Lokad offers a flat monthly fee for software and expert services, ensuring optimal supply chain performance. Traditional optimization software fails due to inadequate maintenance. Lokad's supply chain scientists maintain automation, requiring ongoing engineering resources to prevent reverting to inefficient spreadsheet management.
The engineering teams at Lokad have spent the last decade refining _Envision_, a specialized programming language dedicated to the predictive optimization of supply chains. As it turns out, most supply chain optimization challenges are, well, _weird_ (for a lack of a better word) and mainstream software technologies fall flat on their faces when confronted with such challenges.
In many, probably most, large companies operating a supply chain, the IT department has years of backlog. The backlog is made of a myriad of glitches, inconsistencies, or fragilities that could be fixed but aren’t. Besides creating vast bureaucratic overheads, this endless series of pointless annoyances demotivates everyone.
The broad field of machine learning (ML) provides a wide array of techniques and methods that cover numerous situations. Supply chain, however, comes with its own specific set of data challenges, and sometimes aspects that might be deemed basic by supply chain practitioners do not benefit from satisfying ML instruments – at least according to our standards.
Almost exactly 18 months ago, I wrote a post to celebrate passing 3,000 subscribers on LokadTV. That post, in fact, was written almost 18 months after we celebrated passing 1,000 subscribers. Curiously enough, we passed 1000 subscribers about 18 months after we began actively promoting the channel.
The state of supply chain communication is dismal. By way of anecdotal evidence, for the last couple of months, my daily morning routine consists of attempting to find one post – just one – that qualifies as _worthy of interest_ to an audience of supply chain minded people – in order to have it shared on news.lokad.com. This seemingly simple exercise proves exceedingly difficult. Most days, I do not succeed.
The last couple of years haven’t been kind to supply chains. In fact, the only thing that hasn’t been in short supply appears to be forces of disruption':' lockdowns, wars, inflation, etc. As a result, a newfound interest in ‘resilient’ supply chains has emerged.
Aeronautics companies are fundamentally risk adverse – for very good reasons – and this reflects in the management of the companies’ activity in every area. However, this mentality can be a hindrance when it comes to supply chain, as avoiding risk and not integrating the very concept of risk at the heart of the supply chain means losing sight of what you are optimizing.
Supply chain data present themselves almost exclusively as relational data such as orders, clients, suppliers, products, etc. Those data are collected through the business systems - the ERP, the CRM, the WMS - that are used to operate the company.
The stochastic gradient descent (SGD) is one of the most successful techniques ever devised for both machine learning and mathematical optimization. Lokad has been extensively exploiting the SGD for years for supply chain purposes, mostly through differentiable programming. Most of our clients have a least one SGD somewhere in their data pipeline.
The ambition of news.lokad.com is to create a vibrant online community. No terms to accept, no forced login, no ads, no monetization plan, just a plain discussion text-based board, with a voting system to let the most interesting contributions surface.
Transcript of the talk given by Joannes Vermorel at the Ecole polytechnique in Palaiseau (France) on Friday, June 3rd for the symposium 'Artificial Intelligence, Digital and Climate Change'.
The price tag of a piece of software ranges from nothing, as it happens with open source, to quite a lot - enterprise software leaning heavily towards the latter. However, operating a piece of software always involves some degree of overhead. The notion of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) precisely tries to capture the cost in full, taking into account both direct and indirect costs.
Over the years, it has become increasingly frustrating to witness that most companies seeking to improve their supply chain performance are setting themselves up for failure through their own RFP (request for proposals) and RFQ (request for quotes) processes.
Supply chains involve a patchwork of enterprise software. These software layers have been gradually, and sometimes haphazardly, rolled out over the last four decades. The venerable EDI (Electronic data interchange) may sit next to a blockchain prototype.
The previous articles mostly examined how individual workers executed Envision scripts. However, both for resilience and for performance, Envision is actually executed across a cluster of machines.
During execution, thunks read input data and write output data, often in large quantities. How to preserve this data from the moment it is created and until it is used (part of the answer is on NVMe drives spread over several machines), and how to minimize the amount of data that goes through channels slower than RAM (network and persistent storage).
Like most other parallel execution systems, Envision produces a directed acyclic graph (DAG) where each node represents an operation that needs to be performed, and each edge represents a data dependency where the downstream node needs the output of the upstream node in order to run.
A Supply Chain Optimization pipeline covers a wide range of data processing needs':' data ingestion and augmentation, feature extraction, probabilistic forecasting, producing optimal decisions under constraints, data exports, analytics, and dashboard creation.
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. The hammer long favored by the supply chain community has been time-series and, as a result, in supply chain circles all problems look like time-series forecasts. The hammering temptation is compounded by the extensive literature that exists on time-series forecasting beyond supply chain use cases.
Incrementalism in supply chain includes improving the forecasting accuracy, improving the service level, reducing the stock level, reducing the lead time. Despite its prevalence among large companies, this approach rarely yields any tangible benefit.
In terms of predictive optimization, most supply chains are stuck in the early 1990s. As we started to address the root cause of predictive optimization failures, Supply Chain as a Service emerged as our business model.
The emergence of a terminology is, at best, a haphazard process. Supply chain is no exception and, in hindsight, a sizeable portion of supply chain terminology is inadequate. Confusing terminology hurts newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike. Newcomers struggle more than they should with accidental complexity. Practitioners may not realize that the premise of their field ismore shaky than it appears.
Lokad employs a team of around 30 supply chain scientists. The scientist is responsible for the data pipeline, the forecasts, the economic modelling and the end-game decisions. But how many SKUs do they manage?
18 months ago, LokadTV had reached 1000 subscribers. Since that time, our audience has now tripled reaching 3000 subscribers. We remain committed to bringing topics of genuine interest to the supply chain community.
Most web apps feature web APIs styled as REST, yet Lokad features FTPS and SFTP, which may appear surprising. However, this choice is intentional, why did Lokad choose to go this route?
My first professional supply chain experience happened back in 2004. At the time, I was a computer science student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), a university in Paris. My interests covered a wide range of wholly theoretical subjects, yet, I was also intrigued by the idea of testing out those theories in the wild.
Captain Obvious has been working overtime in supply chain. His natural leadership has inspired many who are now following the same path. Yet, underneath the uniform, there is little to be found but a great deal of confusion.
Many domains are complex, irredemiably so, and supply chain is certainly one of them. So what could an itemized list of tricks help you to achieve?
A single smartphone could technically run a predictive inventory allocation for a very large retail network, yet why do so many companies have such slow systems in place?
I would like to share some insights into my motivations, as a CEO, for undertaking such a series of supply chain lectures. It boils down to the four key challenges faced by Lokad.
Lokad’s supply chain practice is to refresh all the data pipelines - forecasts included - at least once a day. Why is that?
Wading through the miasma of supply chain technologies remains a challenge. What can help to guarantee success?
Lokad have come at the 6th position in the M5 Forecasting competition out of 909 competing teams. It’s an impressive feat.
Module-by-module comparison between classic APS (Advance Planning and Scheduling) systems and the quantitative supply chain as implemented by Lokad.
Envision, the domain-specific language (DSL) of Lokad, was engineered to address challenges where Python will never deliver cost-effective solutions.
When we started our Youtube channel just over a year and a half ago, we never imagined we'd reach this milestone.
What are the importance of feedback loops and how do we use them in our forecasts
What solutions can Quantitative Supply Chain provide for large manufacturing companies?
The most common strategy (tragedy) for software solutions remains replicating behavior that's essentially "human".
"Machine should work; People should think." vs "Built for people not perfection". Two different visions.
Technical insights on how two challenges are addressed from a differentiable programming perspective.
The path to unlock a series of supply chain scenarios that were before seen as largely intractable.
How much novelty does "Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning" really bring to the table for supply chains?
How zedfuncs algebra can be leveraged for probabilistic forecasting.
A new Envision feature for business-intelligence-on-steroid capabilities.
Are large scale calculations through cloud computing worth the cost?
Two brand new features to improve the overall user experience and aesthetics of our dashboards.
While random forests are no longer state-of-the-art machine learning they still offer advantages.
2018 has been a fantastic year for Lokad and we're looking forward to 2019.
This popular cloud-based inventory management software is now natively supported by Lokad.
With so much information to convey, how do you make a website that's elegant and user friendly?
Backtesting is simple and elegant, but is it really a silver bullet?
Learn more about how Lokad continues to deliver superior forms of supply chain optimization
With our new TV channel we aim to bring clarity to a wide range of topics.
We're thrilled to have a new home that's twice the size of our previous location.
Learn more about the ACM programming contest and why we've become a Gold sponsor.
In-memory databases used to be an IT buzzword, but it hasn't aged well
Discover why your supply chain deserves what machine learning and big data have to offer
Thanks to CRPS Lokad cracked its aerospace & fashion challenges, but it's not without its flaws
See how deep learning and GPU computing can change the forecasting landfield.
Join our team for the 2017 edition of MRO Europe.
Piwik, an open source web tracking software, is now natively supported by Lokad.
Probabilistic forecasts applied to aviation discover Spairliners video case study.
A useful feature where demand is very steady and non-sparse.
When data is lacking in depth, correlations can be leveraged to improve accuracy through text mining.
The problem is not data-processing capabilities. The real challenge is to make sense of all your fields.
A retranscription of Lokad's talk at Vizions 2017. A new paradigm for the Fashion industry's supply chain.
An infographic to better understand the stock reward function for computing the ROI for your stock.
Discover the role of the Supply Chain Scientist, the keystone of a Quantitative Supply Chain initiative.
Forget the Open-To-Buy-method and manual pairing between collections. Think probabilistic forecasting.
Discover what working in our ML department entails and the complex challenges that need to be tackled.
Test your supply chain performance through 12 questions. Where do you stand?
Read our new supply chain manifesto and learn how this approach can transform your supply chain.
Find new ways for displaying KPIs and detailed legends with our latest tiles.
Learn the importance of data preparation and the typical length of a proper set-up phase.
Forecasting promotions can be a nightmare. See how our forecasting engine deals with uncertain futures.
When throwing more machines at a data processing problem is not always the right solution...
For supply chains conventional IT wisdom often doesn't work, but compilation might just save the day.
Discover how histograms can help you deal with uncertain future lead times or demand.
How about joining the team and helping us dig into data?
Envision now offers the possibility to specify a color for each line chart. Start beautifying your dashboards!
You're game for a bit of C#/.NET? How about joining the team?
The future is uncertain, learn how Lokad has embraced this through an algebra of distributions.
Two new file formats are now supported, for an even faster transfer of your data.
Discover what Machine Learning and high dimensional statistics can bring to your supply chain.
Check out the latest upgrade of our code editor for faster coding.
Despite vendors' claims, optimizing supply chains is hard. Learn why most POCs fail at the initial stage.
Lokad's answers on a comparative study on inventory optimization softwares.
It is now possible to upload arbitrarily large files through your favourite web browser into Lokad.
Natural joins are limited. Discover how to process a much broader range of tabular data.
Lokad has transformed so much, from data and business drivers integration to probabilistic forecasts.
Stitch Labs, a multichannel inventory management software, is now natively supported by Lokad.
Discover our new automation feature that offers both orchestration and scheduling possibilities.
Learn more about our new non-linear solver function for MOQ issues.
Aligning the scoring function with the business drivers and the iterative aspect of replenishment.
Are you willing to discover our in-house programming language Envision? Join the team!
Ordering lead times, volume and weight constraints, learn how to make the most out of your shipments.
Discover the new articles added in our knowledgebase concerning pricing strategies.
Local indicators, thresholds, hidden co-variables, discover why price elasticity can be a poor fit.
What's the similarity between the streetlight, a drunkard and forecasts?
Magento, a content management system for e-commerce, is now natively supported by Lokad.
The retail platform Shopify is now natively supported by Lokad.
See how cumulated uncertainty can quickly turn you forecasts into a worsless piece of information.
Netsuite, an extensive business suite, is now natively supported by Lokad.
Our new blog meant to gather the most frequent misguided responses to supply chain problems.
Discover our brand new Premier subscription plan, for an end-to-end inventory optimization service.
Let's shed some light on data qualification, the second largest cause of projects failures.
Do you want to be at the very heart of Lokad's growth? How about joining the team?
SkuVault, a warehouse management software, is now natively supported by Lokad.
Competera, a competitive price monitoring app, is now natively integrated within Lokad.
A new feature meant to help you calculate your margins when you buy and sell in multiple currencies.
Discover why having an accumulation of indicators at the same time may do more harm than good.
A proper organization of your data is key in an optimization initiative. Discover how this feature can help.
Accurate forecasts are a fairytale, see how Lokad counteracts this.
Competitive intelligence is fundamental in commerce. We're on the look for a price monitoring partner.
Our inventory forecasting and our pricing optimization capabilities are now merged to improve their efficiency.
Lokad is now supporting a built-in integration with EasyCron to help you schedule a reports refresh.
Manage the inventory settings within your account by uploading a specific Excel sheet acting as repository.
Unleashed Software, a SaaS inventory service, is now natively supported by Lokad.
Discover how to schedule an execution in our inventory forecasting app using SetCronJob.
The road towards integration continues, learn how to execute Priceforge projects with Salescast.
Vend, a POS software, is now natively supported by Lokad
Discover our new plans based on the size of your business, and start the optimization of your supply chain.
See what our new, fully customizable, Salescast dashboards can do for your business challenges.
Salescast now has a brand new "Project creation wizard". Learn more!
Are you passionate about data and ready to tackle a series of quantitative challenges? This job is for you!
Discover how our new forecasting engine can tackle the challenges of the aerospace market.
Discover in this book how our own technology can bring your company to the next stage of profitability.
Here's a short list of the worst offenders when it comes to statistical oddities.
How about joining the team? Our business is growing fast and we're looking for talented developers more than ever.
Discover how our solution reduces the consequences of a supplier stockout without increasing your inventory.
Discover our latest additions to Priceforge, for a faster data import and more control over your scripts.
Linnworks, an order management software, is now natively supported by Lokad.
Import in 1-click your Brightpearl data into Salescast or Priceforge with our new web app.
An honest (and fun) review of software vendors' most common claims about their product.
Two new features allowing you to schedule a daily automated setup that will refresh your data and runs.
How to avoid that your forecasting models are only accurate at predicting the past, not the future.
It is now possible to edit the layout of Priceforge's dashboards, for a more ergonomic visualization.
Price elasticity is a misleading metric, learn how to work around it.
Discover why a transition from an implicit pricing strategy to an explicit one is what your business deserves.
Are you willing to participate in the growth of Lokad by attracting new customers? This job is for you!
Thanks to quantile forecasts, service levels can now be measured with high accuracy. Discover how.
Stop the automated retrieval of your prices by competitors with this free add-on for Prestashop.
Sales, inventory, prices, web traffic, all your data in one app for a better understanding of you pricing strategy.
Stop the automated retrieval of your prices by competitors with this free add-on for Magento.
Where inventory optimization is concerned, classic methods often make no sense. Discover why.
We now offer a new Salescast plan, which is addressed to companies under 5 million USD of turnover.
Our app protects prices from being automatically retrieved by competitors, learn more in this video.
Megaventory, a Saas solution dedicated to inventory and order management, is now natively integrated into Lokad.
Are you willing to put your competences in C#/.NET/MVC or Azure for our Big data app? Apply now!
Have a look at this video dedicated to Salescast, our inventory optimization webapp.
See how Lokad protects you from the risk of losing money, due to the automated retrieval of your prices.
Discover MoreForecast.com, and automate the data transfer between Salescast and Shopify.
A Salescast export format is now available for eCommhub powered merchants.
QuickBooks is now connected to Lokad through Websiglity's eCommerceConnector.
Salescast support is now available when you deal with kits, bundles, assemblies and bills of materials.
Discover this whitepaper, jointly published with Brightpearl, on Quantitative Inventory Optimization.
There is no optimization without measurement. In the case of promotions, what are you actually measuring?
When are forecasts produced? How are they used? Our beliefs in terms of optimizing the forecasting process.
The quality of data is often underestimated. See why this becomes a problem when forecasting promotions.
A transition towards flat files, for a faster, easier and more secure transfer of your data.
Discover how to reduce the risk of overstocking by performing a second quantile calculation.
Magento, one of the most popular e-commerce softwares, is now integrated into Salescast.
Do not store kits and store all kits pre-assembled, see how mixing the two approaches can maximise the ROI.
Passionate about Big Data? With one of the richest datasets in its field, Lokad is the right place to be!
Are you an expert in inboud marketing? This offer is for you!
Discover our quantum forecaster prototype built in Russia and see how it will apply to forecasting. (April fool's)
A new web interface has been released to allow you to upload your files directly from the web.
We launched a FTP hosting service, which allows you to upload and download files directly from Lokad.
Business days vs calendar days, reordering delays, etc. Stop the lead time calculation madness with our tutorial.
Read more about Lokad's participation at the 2013 parisian edition ot the Microsoft TechDays.
Discover our new webapp, designed to predict which SKUs are most likely to have inaccurate records.
FTP as a service, Shelfcheck and even more forecasting accuracy. Discover all the upcoming improvements.
Today we put a new integration option via flat files into production . See how it works.
Lokad is getting bigger! Meet the people who joined our IT, Biz Dev and Data Analyst departments.
Discover why money seems to be the one and only unit to be used to assess the performance of a forecast.
We are proud to announce that we opened a new sales office in Berlin to continue our growth!
Capture, store and exploit your data in a simple and efficient platform. All the benefits in an infographic.
Here we'll discuss our experience in Big Data in both eCommerce and retail.
Discover our new pricing plans specifically tailored to meet our customers needs.
Discover the new Salescast, from a demand forecasting engine to a complete inventory optimization solution.
Join the Lokad team at ECRTAG 2012 in Berlin, to discuss how Big Data can change supply chain.
Wired Magazine featured Lokad among the 100 hottest startups in Europe!
Thousands of parts, high service levels and infrequent demand. Our solution to address these issues.
Individual client analysis, measurement of promotions, massive scalability. See what Big Data can do for you.
Big Data can help marketers in the conversion of campaigns into profits. Discover the factors involved!
We compared a series of OOS monitoring apps, to identify which one performs better.
Wondering how a smartphone can manage up to 1 000 stores? Discover it in our whitepaper!
We compared a series of OOS monitoring apps, to identify which one performs better.
Too much inventory reduces the return on invested capital, too little diminishes profits. How to optimize ROI?
Discover what we consider to be the error metrics that wreak the most havoc for sales forecasting.
See through 3 unusual situations why quantile forecasts prove to be more accurate than classic forecasts.
Discover in this video what quantiles are, how they work and their advantages.
Sensibility, precision and latency 3 unfavorable options to be balanced. See how!
Learn about the most significant technology upgrade Lokad has had since its launch 6 years ago.
The gains generated by more forecasting accuracy shouldn't be fuzzy. See how we calculate them.
Discover the two formulas that we developed to help you make the most of these two concepts.
Due to manpower constraints, retailers do very little of their market basket data. Learn what Big Data can do.
Even better forecasts, Shelfcheck, Hub and plenty of other projects. Discover what lies ahead.
OOS can do a lot worse that just degrade the forecasting accuracy, OOS can also improve it...
Long time-series are more visual and appealing. Lokad opposes instead short time-series - discover why!
Questions about _under the hood_ details of Lokad are frequent. So, here are our forecasting engine's secrets.
Salescast is 15 months old and it was time for an extensive user interface redesign.
We are now accepting payments in Bitcoins and offering a special discount for early adopters.
Discover why sensibility and precision are the two fundamental metrics when judging an OOS system.
The Ufa center will allow us to grow by working with the best people in the fields of statistics, cloud computing, etc.
We started working on Shelfcheck, a new product meant to help retailers improve on-shelf availability.
Three different topics written by three different members of the team. Keep on reading.
This documentation upgrade explains Salescast's scope, its position against our competitors and much more.
Learn how Lokad "Embraces the cloud" in this article published on Europe's magazine for the ESM sector.
Discover the potential of cloud computing through this talk with the Director of Business Intelligence at Microsoft.
See how Lokad can identify patterns that would otherwise have been lost though the sales aggregation process.
Learn how to reverse your thinking and go against what seems logical for more accurate demand forecasting.
Discover our new FAQs covering the topics of seasonality, trend, product life-cycle, promotions and more.
You can now start using your PayPal account to log into Lokad.
Discover the new version of our call center calculator based on cloud computing.
Get to know our new CEO, and Lokad's projects for 2011, through this interview.
Forecasting accuracy, CallCalc, internationalization, just a few of our projects for 2011. Discover them all!
Learn why Lokad does not provide any explicit feature supporting data cleaning.
Nearly stand-alone, with just a single dependency toward XStream, discover our newly released feature.
Understand why we strive to deliver demand forecasts rather than sales forecasts.
What is Lokad? What do we do? Learn the answers with this video. Take a look!
Our guidance and frameword on efficiently building solutions for the cloud.
We joined forces with dbSync, to improve the connection between QuickBooks' data and Lokad.
See why, with a 90° rotation, you can have much more input data available for your advanced models.
Take a look at the maths and learn why a classical safety stock calculation is less than optimal.
Lokad has been chosen among 3 000 participants and we are extremely proud of this recognition!
Cloud computing offers more scalability and accuracy. Discover Lokad's architecture on Azure.
Salescast is live! Don't worry about data integration, we take care of it. Get your forecasts now!
Let's welcome the 3rd version of our API, for a faster and easier use of our services.
The relationship between service level, safety stock & forecasting accuracy is sometimes fuzzy. Let's clarify.
We got rid of the manual registration step. You are now just a few seconds away to start with Lokad!
The two species entail very different technologies. Discover our current setup and our next challenges.
Discover how our Free Trial with 30 USD of pre-paid services works and start improving your forecasts!
Wilkommen to the German translation of our website!
Accuracy measurement accounts for half of the complexity of our forecasting technology. See why.
Our app now shows your forecast consumption, to comply with our pay-as-you-go pricing.
Discover our new Q/A forum powered by StackExchange, and get rid of all your doubts!
Happy 2010! Here at Lokad we start with the publication of the User guide for Tags and Events.
Lokad has been selected among more than 25 000 startups for the Microsoft BizSpark program.
Once upon a time, there was a little company with little funds, but great ambitions... Lokad's fairytale
Discover our new pay as you go pricing service and start optimizing your inventory.
Read about Lokad's forecasting technology using Azure, Microsoft's clouding computing platform.
We are not an on-premise solution. The 3 reasons why the Internet is essential throughout the process.
Contrary to what some believe, Min/Max neither defines nor prevents any inventory optimization strategy.
A new pricing, 2 vertical apps, an easier integration with 3rd party apps and more. Our plans for 2010!
We are on Twitter! Follow Lokad and the members of our staff for the latest updates.
High service levels do not come for free. Discover the impact of varying lead times on this.
Learn more about the root cause of lead time variation and how Lokad takes it into account.
We don't deliver models, we deliver forecasts. Learn the benefits of our setup.
Promotions are vital for any business. See our approach and how to make the most out of them.
After spending 14 months at ParisTech, we have now moved into a bigger location close to Place d'Italie.
We supported the NormaleSup crew at the Tour de France à la Voile 2009 and ended up on the podium!
Let's welcome Christoph Rüegg, an experienced developer who will help us develop our technology.
You can now register through OpenID or add your OpenID credentials to your Lokad account.
A new developer has joined the team to help us develop the next generation of forecasting tools.
Are you guesstimating product launches? Discover what our Safety Stock Calculator can do for you!
Two releases focused on reliability and performance through the migration towards our Forecasting SDK.
Do we have ONE favorite model? Definitely not, our technology is much more complex.
We started migrating towards Windows Azure, for unlimited scalability and even better forecasts.
A 6 hour technical downtime will be necessary in order to upgrade our storage system.
Are you a Magento user, willing to test our mock app that reports stock covers? Keep on reading!
From virtually non-existent to mainstream. The challenges of a constantly evolving field.
Overfitting is a real business problem and it costs money. See our recipe to counterbalance the risks.
A gentle introduction to our company. What we do, our apps and a complete focus on forecasting.
After analysing 1000's of promotional events, we've been led to some very interesting findings.
Discover the new version of our Software Development Kit for Microsoft .NET.
We have released an Add-in that will instantly enhance Excel 2007 with our powerful cababilities.
Wondering why the forecasts you get from Lokad are simply flat? Here is the answer.
Our Software Development Kit now fits into a single assembly, for a more practical use.
We have proudly been selected as Startup of the week on the BizSparksDB by Microsoft.
We welcome the new version of our Call Center Calculator, supporting events on top of raw call volumes.
To wish you a wonderful new year, we released the 2.0 version of our Lokad Safety Stock Calculator.
Learn more about our participation at the Microsoft round table and the 2008 ARD forum.
Discover the new version of our forecasting API and Lokad SDK, a development-oriented library.
On Dec 1st, Lokad will be taking part in a round table dedicated to Software+Services strategies.
Read our founder's review of Cloud Computing companies such as Azure, Amazon, Google, etc.
Discover how tags will allow our API to produce statistical forecasts with little or no data.
Learn why events are essential to further refine the quality of the forecasts we deliver.
Our Safety Stock Calculator now supports Open ERP, an open source management solution.
Discover why so many companies leverage their respective communities to better fulfill their goals.
Seasonality, as well as weekly and daily patterns, are natively handled by Lokad.
Learn how to get started with LSCC, how to import your data and how to generate reports.
2018 has been a fantastic year for Lokad and we're looking forward to 2019.
Our new version is more reliable for large datasets. Discover all the other improvements.
We do not wait for errors to happen. Thanks to cross-validation we can anticipate them.
Discover how to predict the volume of calls and optimise staff levels with our latest app.
A release that comes with several improvements, including an improved data import from Excel.
Can't wait to talk to us? Here are our phone numbers for the USA and France.
Both ADempiere and Compiere are now supported by our Safety Stock Calculator thanks to Crimzone.
Following your comments, we improved our Safety Stock Calculator.
Discover our partnership with Kirix Strata. Data analytics and advanced forecasting at your service!
Learn more about our new addition to our Developer's corner.
Willing to learn how to perform basic forecasts with Excel? Our guide is for you!
We took part in the Seedcamp day in Paris to discuss with many inspiring enterpreneurs.
The release comes with 6 newly supported apps - QuickBooks and Shop-Script among others.
The Mayor discussed with our founder the benefits that our solution could have for the city of Paris.
The release supports numerous third party apps including Sage, Magento, PrestaShop, and others.
We removed two buttons. Get the latest version of your reports in just one click.
We just added a special section on our website to gather the information dedicated to developers.
The new application will provide reorder points optimization and stock coverage analysis.
This latest release includes bugfixes and a major performance improvement.
We've renamed our parameter for period referencing for improved forecasts.
The release includes, among other things, a new provider for Excel.
All our integration components are released as open source for a greater control on your IT infrastructure.
Discover our new application, completely dedicated to the call center industry.
We added a careers section to our website. Discover all the open positions!
The IDEES program is rewarding the 25 most innovative French startups each year. Fingers crossed!
Learn why Lokad has decided to extend the Web API with estimated forecastst errors.
A new addin capable of retrieving data from 20 third party apps and much more has been released today.
We started working on an analytics application that will be dedicated to inventory optimization.
We are working on a solution dedicated to safety stock calculations, to better handle exceptional sales.
Discover why our software makes a difference when it comes to forecasting in this comparative article.
This topic is often left unanswered. Discover with us how to increase forecasting accuracy.
See why Lokad relies on statistical correlations instead of focusing on industry segments.
Learn how to use our Forecasting Web Services through this complete Python tutorial.
Today's release includes a series of improvements and fixes. Discover them all in our detailed changelog.
Discover why increasing your forecast accuracy here and now is key to increasing accuracy tomorow.
A new tutorial for C++ has been published. Check it out!
Although the two terms can be used as synonyms, in fact they are not. Discover why.
Read our guide on how to calculate safety stocks with sales forecasting.
If the forecasting process is too complicated and time consuming, are there benefits? We choose simplicity!
Discover our position concerning forecasting errors and the error function(s) we use.
Don't let perceived quality stop you. To make the most of Lokad, you need to know how statistical forecasting works.
Lokad's statistical forecasting applied to staff management. Have a look at our case study.
Lokad is not using any silver-bullet model. What we use is the best available model for a specific situation.
Do not hesitate to grant Lokad a few Ohloh stacks, in order to increase our open-source contributions.
Lack of planning leads to failure; instead, strategic planning is the key to grow your business.
Discover all the potentialities of this add-in for Microsoft Excel.
If you think that your business doesn't need forecasts, you are sorely mistaken...
Our Lokad Desktop Sales Forecasting has been supporting Paypal since the version 1.1.3.
Beside the product life cycle and the type of firm, there are many criteria to be evaluated.
Discover our new app, meant to help you forecast future workloads and the right amount of staff needed.
See why it is useful to combine different technologies' forecasts in order to gain more accuracy.
Two new periods have been introduced to support call center workload forecasting.
What should a forecasting software for micro-commerces include? Discover it in this article.
A practical guide on how to convert W3C web server log files into time-series.
We consider that these top 8 reasons can be consolidated into 2 main obstacles.
Read more about Swivel, a one-of-a-kind Web 2.0 for data sharing.
We are working for you! By uploading your data, you make it possible for us to improve our forecasts.
Let's have a look at the different uses of the term "Forecasting Software"? Where do we (you) stand?
Future values are unknown, but statistics (and Lokad) do propose solutions to this problem.
The new version comes with a dedicated Get Started dialog that will facilitate the retrieval of your reports.
Customer feedback is gold. That's why we can't wait to read your replies to our survey!
We released a new version of our pricing page. All our plans at a glance!
Learn the subtle but important distinctions between these two concepts.
The more you forecast, the more you pay but with a discount. See the rationale behind our pricing formula.
We started localizing the content of our website. Let's welcome our FR and DE versions!
Discover how to benefit from our Partner Plan, specifically adressed to eCommerce retailers.
We are very proud to announce that Lokad has been listed both by Microsoft and Open Bravo. Have a look!
Discover the new, more appealing, version of our website.
If you want more add-ons, support us on Sourceforge.net!
Lokad now retrieves all your Paypal sales history to generate sales forecasts reports.
The Lokad SF.NET project has now its own source code search engine. Try it out!
The release includes a bugfix concerning the time-serie aggregation and much more.
Discover Forecasting for Business, for a broadened topic coverage, and keep posting!
Our Web Services are receiving more and more recognitions. Discover the latest.
The new version of our Desktop Sales Forecasting comes with a native support for 5 apps.
To improve our customer support system we released a new, dedicated platform for customer support.
Both our Forums and Community are back on track. Enjoy!
Migration is now completed. Don't forget to update the URL used by your Lokad add-on.
The release comes with a few bug fixes correcting the sales aggregation.
Our Professional Plan will be removed soon. Current customers will be upgraded at no extra cost.
A migration of our Web Services is on its way to reduce downtime and improve performance.
We have now re-released the sales forecasting add-ons.
We moved our Web application to a new location, to improve performance and reduce downtime.
We set up our own web forum, for a better forum software, no ads and a shorter URL. Check them out!
Hobli, a custom e-commerce solution, has become our first IT services partner.
Discover the latest additions to our app, local caching, progress bar, bugfixes and much more.
To better differentiate our products, we unveiled a new series of icons.
We now support Dynacom both under MS Acces and under MS SQL Server.
This release comes with performance improvements and a support for MS Office Accounting 2007.
The new release includes an improved performance, a massive code refactoring and much more.
Os Commerce customers will from now now benefit from Lokad's unique expertise in sales forecasting.
Discover our partnership program. We are looking for software editors, IT providers and hosting providers.
Mediachase, a leading eCommerce Framework, has listed Lokad among its 3rd party solutions!
We are very proud of those figures, considering that Lokad has only been active for a couple of months.
Discover the history behind our name. From our first project up until now.
You can now get daily/weekly/monthly sales forecasting within your admin panel in osCommerce.
Our Desktop Sales Forecasting now supports QuickBook. See how to connect it with our tutorial.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Why toy mathematical expressions are not gold when you deal with real-world business data.
Rewarded contributions and no upfront payment. Just a few of our new T&C. Discover more.
Lokad automatically detects implicit relationships between time-series. Discover the benefits.
Start getting your sales forecasts integrated into your favorite accounting/commerce/ERP application.
We are currently extending our application support spectrum. Discover which apps are on the pipeline.
Our community website is now supported by the wiki platform ScrewTurn.
A new addition meant to facilitate RAD approaches while integrating our technology into your business.
Synchronize the sales data of you eCommerce platform with Lokad with this add-on.
Lokad's Sandbox, a replicate of our production website, is now widely accessible for free.
Learn how to use our Web Services through a series of tutorials in Java, PHP and C#.NET.
Get the latest information about Lokad on our new community wiki hosted on WetPaint.
Discover our new prices, specifically designed to be more competitive on the webshot market.
Interested in a sales forecasting module? Register now to be awarded 6 months of free Lokad services.
Learn more about the vital differences between these two concepts.
Learn how to perform the basic operations associated with your Lokad account.
Discover our .Net project illustrating how to perform a round-trip with our Web Services.
We have started to work on various applications that will be released under BSD licence. Stay tuned!
Find here a summary of what you will see in our User Guide.
Our documentation part will be filled soon to address your main questions about forecasts and Lokad.
See why you should instead aggregate the different time-series into one before performing a forecast.
We have released the first version of Lokad. Feel free to give us your feedback, it's highly appreciated!
As our first release approaches, discover more about Lokad's time-series forecasting technology.