Collaborate and Explore “What-If” Scenarios

The ability to evaluate various possible scenarios is important for a business looking to manage uncertainty and risk. Current business intelligence platforms however do not provide robust sandbox capabilities where a business user can both simulate and collaborate over various potential scenarios without impacting other users.

Analysts must be able to explore “what-if” scenarios so that businesses will be ready to react to a variety of potential occurrences. The ability to collaborate with others while evaluating these “what-if” scenarios is particularly useful. The Armanta Sandbox instantaneously allows a user to change data, calculations or analytics and see the results in a test area. They may then share the changes with other users so they can collaborate on a suitable outcome if the scenario were to play out. The analyst is able to simulate scenarios based on the entire spectrum of enterprise data, potentially hundreds of terabytes, and analytics. The Armanta Sandbox is very scalable with the amount of data. It is highly efficient, storing just the incremental changes to the underlying data and not requiring the entire set of data to be copied when a sandbox is created or modified.

The Intelligence Cache automatically manages the dependencies implied by the new data and calculations that have been modeled. As a simple example, suppose a manufacturer is using Armanta to analyze changes to their global supply chain. If a supplier has proposed modifications to their pricing, the manufacturer could instantly invoke a Sandbox, make the proposed changes and Armanta would automatically re-compute all of the manufacturer’s business reports that depended on that specific supplier. Similarly, if the supplier’s price had any other downstream effects on the manufacturer’s business processes those too would be automatically recomputed. Again, Armanta manages this web of dependencies automatically and there is no additional effort required by the customer. In cases where a user wants to research changes to business processes but not update the entire system, the Sandbox becomes a valuable tool. Dependencies within each individual Sandbox are managed independently.