Kinaxis RapidResponse Software


 

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.

 

Kinaxis RapidResponse - Scorecards
 
  • Kinaxis RapidResponse - Scorecards
    Scorecards
  • Kinaxis RapidResponse - Worksheets
    Worksheets
  • Kinaxis RapidResponse - Interactive charts
    Interactive charts
  • Kinaxis RapidResponse - Dashboards
    Dashboards
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 10

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Aarthi from DXC. Technolgies
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Functional Advantages

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Response by the Users and experts in Supply chain Community is Excellent.

Pros

It is User-Friendly. It is easy to Navigate (to say from One workbook to the other or from one worksheet to the Other). Instant MRP which helps the planner to do what is Impact on Analysis. In software perspective, it is easy to implement Business Solution for Complex issues using various Functionalities in RR. Scorecards and Dashboards helps Management to have a Long Term Visibility.

Cons

In current version Mobile edition, it has only limited Functions like Viewing Dashboards and Scorecards. It will be greatly helpful if it is extended. Application gets slow at times. (to say when we open certain workbooks related to DSB). Speed can be improved.

 
 

Sudharsan from Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Kinaxis RapidResponse is so fast

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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.

 
 

Donny from Xilinx Inc
Specialty: High Technology
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Kinaxis Rapid Response Review

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Ease of Use, Flexibility,Great Customer Support team, Easy to explain results
On the cloud options is great

Cons

As their company grows, it's getting harder to get answers especially on their engine results from their development teams. It didn't used to be this way.
It's understandable because I can imagine they must have gotten tons of question from more customers now.

 
 

Niranchan from DXC.Technologies
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Kinaxis Upgradation

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Im being a beginner to RR, we would like to explore and get knwoledege in it. Wondering how to start and where to start from. It would be great if we get some online free training.

Pros

Initially we were using the old version of Kinaxis 2014.6. In which our workflow took almost 6 to 8 hours to gets completed. To say DCA9 chain takes 1 hour and DCA Chain takes appromiately 3 to 4 hours. Due to this, we users were able to get their data only after 4 to 5 hours after the completion of DCA. But after the Upgradation to 2016.2 DCA9 gets completed in 20 mins and DCA gets completed in 2 Hours hardly. Due to which our workflow gets completed very soon. We are able to start our Process and the Inbounds too early and we are able to give the outputs to the downstream very earlier than before. This makes the users more comfortable and satisfying. In the next upgrade we can expect much more than this.

Cons

Im a beginner to RR. I have just 10 months on hand experience in RR. I need to explore and get the atmost usability of RR. In such a case Training courses and online video coaching seems to be too high in cost for us to be get used of it. It would be highly helpful and encourageble if it reaches even to the Beginner level to afford for it.

 
 

Fathima from DXC Technologies
Specialty: High Technology
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Fast Simulation Tool Which feel great to use this .

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

This is really a business demanding supply chain tool. Great Job.

Pros

I have been previously working on i2 JDA tool, which will take a week to get the result for the changes made. Now after started using Rapid response tool, I am truely impressed with the immediate results. Also it integrates the suppliers, planners data which give us a overall view. Now working in 2016.2 version.

Cons

As i have started using upgraded version for one month, struggles to navigate through the resources. Might be i will get use to it.

 
 

Arun from HPE
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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.

 
 

aruna from DXC Technology
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Kinaxis - KNOW SOONER ACT FASTER

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Kinaxis RapidResponse is at the Heart of Supply Chain Management!!

Pros

Kinaxis transforms the way companies run their supply chains and their businesses. Ease to use as it is kind of microsoft excel ,provides constraint based planning analytical .enables customers to drive tangible business outcomes by both improving and accelerating analysis and decision making within and across supply chain functions and even across organizations.THE BEST S&OP tool. provide a 24/7 support

Cons

it is difficult to design. if we want to modify or add any new table or field in rapid response data model it need server to be restarted so we need to wait till the restart completes .Training and knowledge is costly comparatively .

 
 

Gandhi Nathan from HPE
Specialty: High Technology
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Rapid Response - A Cloud based Beast App

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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.

 
 

Baalaji from DXC Technology
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Kinaxis - Rapid response - the next Generation's SCM planning Giant tool !!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Overall RR is flexible and user friendly for usage. As a project manager I see good performance with other SCM tools which in turn makes user community more happy.

Pros

Excellent Planning tool.
Easy to use as its look and feel is similar to MS Excel.
Provides Constraint based planning effectively.
Robust in demand planning.

Cons

Needs to improve features in Supplier collaboration area.
Sometimes Kinaxis Rapid Response tool throws unexpected errors.

 
 

karthick from HPE
Specialty: High Technology
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Impressive Experience of Kinaxis

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

If possible simplifying author guide of Kinaxis would be good for more Application Users.

Pros

Constraint planning defined in very good way. Inventory control usage is high and it works properly where it is taking 30% reduction of excess.
The flow of demand supply and balancing is quite good. The advantages like, User friendly, Good in speed. Hopefully, it will be one of the best planning simulation tool in upcoming years for all manufacturing industry that matters.

Cons

Nothing much on software related. where some of the scripts are not working in only some cases. Apart from that everything is fine.

 
 

Shanmuga priyan from DXC Technology
Specialty: Other Durable Goods
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Simple, yet Powerful Supply Chain Planning Tool

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Technology Perspective:
i. Easy to understand [with simple researches on its components]
ii. Clear Architecture [The structure of the tool and process it performs is comparatively clear than an other tool which I worked on before]

Business Perspective:
i. Fast, Faster, Fastest tool to provide planning output [I worked on another tool, which takes a week for planning, but this tool does it in a day]
ii. Provides a Stage to Collaborate the Calculated System output with human adjustments based on real time facts.

and much more..

Cons

In my opinion, the tool can be used more effectively if some options for communication between technical and business people [a person-to-person communication option] is included.

 
 

Siva Sankar from HPE
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

For Planing it is very good tool

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

it is a very good tool for future generation.

Pros

1.Inside the SAME tool, we have Demand Management,Master Planning and Order Promising functionality.
2.NO intermediate databases nor data transfers.
3.The "MRP Run" takes a few seconds (trademark of RR, runs in-memory)
4.Capability to simulate several MRP systems (SAP, Baan,…)
5.Capable of doing multiple simulations and seeing immediately the results (and capable of indicating the changes)
6.scenario simulation capabilities

Cons

1.Some times in the workbook if we have more data it is throwing unexcepted error.
2.For calculation fields, we don't know how RR is calculating and giving the results.
3. some times if the script runs it is not providing profer logs.

 
 

Venkatesh from HPE
Specialty: High Technology
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

About Kinaxis tool and it's features

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

N/A

Pros

Kinaxis is the best the planning simulation tool for our Supply chain Management's next generation all over the world

Cons

Kinaxis is having a mobile application. But it is only for Scorecard and Dashboard. So expecting more features in this. This is not a Cons, but expectation.

 
 

Sharath Krishnan from HPE
Specialty: High Technology
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

One of the best SCM tool i ever worked with in last 10 yrs

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

expect more features and UI support in demand planning side

Pros

Rich set of functionalities
very convenient and ease of use for both end users and admins
very quick in internal calculation and user friendly

Cons

Integration with other interfaces and data load error handling
less features in user administration



 
 

Prasath from Hewlett Packard enterprise
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

kinaxis - Fast and accurate Analytical Planning

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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.

 
 

Benzihar from Sanmina
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Kinaxis RapidResponse is an amazing tool for supply chain professionals!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Can increase application speed when accessing calculated worksheets like 'whereconsumed for demand,ctp activity etc

Pros

Instant simulation
Easy to author resources(wbs/ws etc)
Easy to export and import our own data
Can use as reporting tool and as well as whatif simulation tool etc

Cons

Sometimes it is very slow and unresponsive
Cancellation not happens quickly in calculated table based worksheets

 
 

Jason from Axcelis Technologies
Specialty: Industrial Machinery & Equipment
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Enables productivity where ERP falls short

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Rapid Response is a dynamic system, that is so much easier to use for supply chain planning than traditional ERP. It has an intuitive interface, is extremely fast, and allows me to make decisions that are based on sound data through the use of scenarios and simulations.

Cons

The system does come with a fairly heavy price tag, however ROI can quickly be realized.
Some of the administration functionality can be tedious.

 
 

Bill from Axcelis Technologies
Specialty: High Technology
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Rapid Response is a very powerful tool that completely revolutionizes a companies supply chain process.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Pros

-Can manage, create and compare multiple scenario's at once.
- With a few skills can get a great deal of utility from the application.
- Easy to export and robotize
- Has Built in metrics that are very useful

Cons

- Training courses are relatively elementary
- Not for everyone, hard to use for some more basic computer users.
- With many scenario's and Filters can find yourself using wrong set of data.

 
 

Anand Raj from Sanmina
Specialty: Electronics
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Good to have a tool like Rapid response

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

On a technical point of view, its very ease to use and get the instant result which we need.
User Interface is more cache and attractive.

Cons

Lag in customer support for On-premises customers.
Need to more user-friendly for Rapid response administrators.
Need to have a feature to kill any long query from the backend, still, we are depending on the front-end of the application to kill.