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Number Forecaster Help

Number Forecaster (NF) is an analytics tool that puts the most valuable information about your number inventory combined with industry rate center availability at the fingertips of the user. NF allows the user to consider historic, current, and projected utilization and inventory data to make informed and timely decisions regarding forecasting and ordering.  Number Forecaster has two primary screens:

  1. Number Forecaster Dashboard :  The dashboard is the first screen displayed.  It provides filtering capabilities and a high level summary of the Numbering Inventory in the filtered rate centers.
  2. Rate Center Details:  The rate center details screen appears when a rate center on the dashboard is selected and includes detailed information specific to that rate center.

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Important : The data for Number Forecaster is generated daily, in the early morning. All calculations and information including the MTE, Consider Ordering By dates, and PAS Available Blocks are updated daily, not in real time.

Click a link below to go directly to a specific Number Forecaster topic.

Setting the Dashboard Defaults (for use by NF Administrators)

Using the Number Forecaster Dashboard

Using the Rate Center Details Screen

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- Setting the Dashboard Defaults -

The purpose of the Set Default Parameters  screen is to allow the NF administrator to format the Dashboard for all users, so it displays the data the way your company uses it.

To set the defaults on the dashboard you must have Number Forecaster administrator privileges. Changing the dashboard defaults sets the default filters and screen display for all users in the account.

If you have administrative privileges, the Set Defaults link is displayed on the dashboard. To set the default values, click the Set Defaults  link on the dashboard. The Set Defaults  screen allows the user to set the defaults in 3 categories.

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- Set the Default Parameters -

The purpose of the Set Default Parameters  function is to allow the administrator to set the data filters to a common value for all users upon opening the Dashboard  page.  You should set the default parameters in a way that makes sense for all NF users at your company.  Users may edit these filters and values during their own session to perform additional analysis.  The parameters you include/exclude effect the graphic and the data filtered in the Rate Center Information table.

There are 3 Default Parameters:

  •  Display all Rate Centers Scheduled to Exhaust within (Months):  Including this parameter displays only rate centers exhausting within the user defined period, regardless of forecasts or projections that have been made. For example, if the period is defined as 3 months and the current month is January, any rate center expected to exhaust in the current month of January or in the next 3 months (February, March, or April) is displayed.
  •  Display all Rate Centers with an Average Monthly TN Growth Rate Exceeding:  Including this parameter displays only rate centers with an average monthly growth rate (based on the change in assigned TNs) exceeding the user defined value. For example, if the value is defined as 100, any rate center with an average growth rate of 101 or greater is displayed.
  •  Display all Rate Centers with PAS Available Blocks less than:  Including this parameter displays only rate centers having less blocks available in PAS than the user defined value. For example, if the defined value is 5, any rate center with 4 or fewer blocks will be displayed. Note : The PAS Available blocks are updated once per day; the values are not real-time.

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To set the default parameters:

  1.  Check or uncheck the desired parameters.  A checked parameter is turned on.
  2. Define the criteria in the boxes to the right of each checked parameter
  3. Click Save  when you are ready to save the changes on the screen.

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- Set the Default MTE Calculation Type -

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The purpose of the Default MTE Calculation Type parameter is for the NF Administrator to establish, for all users, how the MTE is calculated for a rate center throughout Number Forecaster.  Users may not change this calculation method during an individual session.

The default MTE calculation is used in three places:

  1. On the Home  screen applet
  2. To filter the Dashboard, including the graphic
  3. On the Rate Center Detail  screen, in the Rate Center Details section

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Calculation Types:

 

Type Description
Calculate MTE using only Reported Block Information

The Projected Month to Exhaust will be calculated using only the block information you reported to Neustar, regardless of what the industry says you own.

If you own blocks that you do not report, they are not included in the MTE calculation.

Calculate MTE using Industry Assigned Blocks

The Projected Month to Exhaust will be calculated using the block information the industry says you own, regardless of what you have reported to Neustar.

If you do not report on blocks the industry says you own, a 0 is used for utilization the MTE calculation for that block.

Calculate MTE using Industry Assigned Blocks, excluding blocks assigned within the last 90 days

The Projected Month to Exhaust will be calculated using the block information the industry says you own, regardless of what you have reported to Neustar, but it will exclude any pooled blocks that were assigned to you in the last 90 days.

If you do not report on blocks the industry says you own, a 0 is used for utilization the MTE calculation for that block.

 

To set the default MTE calculation type:

  1.  Select one MTE calculation option that best serves everyone on your account
  2. Select, at minimum, the corresponding MTE column for your selection as "included" in the Rate Center Information Table.  See Set the Default Columns in Rate Center Information Table for instructions.
  3. Click Save  when you are ready to save the changes on the screen.

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- Set the Default Columns in the Rate Center Information Table -

The purpose of the Set Default Columns function is for the NF administrator to define, for all users, which data should be used for rate center analysis.  Users may not change these selections during an individual session.  This function also allows customization of the order in which the columns are displayed in the Rate Center Information table.

The Available  list contains the columns available, but not currently displayed in the Rate Center Information table. The Selected  list contains the columns displayed in the Rate Center Information table and the order they are displayed (the order from top to bottom corresponds to how they will be displayed from left to right).

To select columns and change the order in which the columns are displayed:

  1.  Click on the column(s) in the Available  list and drag them to the Selected  list or click the right arrow button to move the selected Rate Centers to the Selected  list.  Use the left arrow or drag the column back from the Selected  list to the Available  list to remove the column from the display.
  2. Click the column name within the Selected  list and either drag or use the up and down arrows to adjust the order of the columns vertically within the Selected  list.  The arrows with an extra line above or below them move the column as far as possible in the displayed direction.  The first column in the Selected  list displays as the first column in the table.

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Important :

1.  Some of the columns are grouped by the calculation method:

  •  (Reported Block Inventory)
  • (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)
  • (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

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These columns use the specified calculation method to calculate their values and should be placed next to each other when specifying the column order.  Doing this allows them to share a categorical title on the Rate Center information table, which decreases the size of the table and reduces the need for scrolling.  For example, put all selected columns using (Reported Block Inventory) next to each other.  Note : you do not have to select all columns in a given category.  

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2.  You must select the MTE  column for the category associated with the selected MTE Calculation Type .  This is to ensure the Rate Center Information table always displays the correct exhaust calculation based on your desired calculation method.  Note :  You may also include columns that use the other MTE calculations in the display.

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Column Definitions

 

Column Description
Market The market, defined by the customer, associated with the rate center.
State The state associated with the rate center.
Rate Center The name of the rate center.
NPA The NPA of the rate center.
PAS Available Blocks The Number of Blocks available at the Pooling Administration for the Rate Center. This is updated once per day, not in real time.
Next Forecasted Order The month and year of the next order that has been forecasted in this rate center. 
Average Monthly TN Growth The average TN growth based on the change in assigned TNs for the past six months. If less than six months utilization data is available, the available months is used to calculate the average growth.
Inventory – Reported (Blocks) The number of blocks reported in this Rate Center based on the utilization file provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.
Inventory – Industry Assigned (Blocks) The number of blocks assigned to this Rate Center based on industry sources, regardless of what was reported by the Service Provider.
Inventory – Industry Assigned less assigned w/in 90 days (Blocks) The number of blocks assigned to this Rate Center based on industry sources, regardless of what was reported by the Service Provider, excluding any pooled blocks assigned in the last 90 days.
MTE (Reported Block Inventory) The month to exhaust and year for the rate center, not considering future inventory or utilization forecasts.  This MTE is calculated using the blocks reported in the utilization files provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.
MTE (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The month to exhaust and year for the rate center, not considering future inventory or utilization forecasts.  This MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported in the utilization files, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

MTE (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The month to exhaust and year for the rate center, not considering future inventory or utilization forecasts.  This MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files, excluding the pooled blocks assigned in the last 90 days.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported in the utilization files, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Projected MTE (Reported Block Inventory) The month to exhaust and year for the Rate Center taking into account any forecasts (both utilization and pool block forecasts) entered into Number Forecaster. This Projected MTE is calculated using the blocks reported in the utilization files provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.
Projected MTE (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The month to exhaust and year for the Rate Center taking into account any forecasts (both utilization and pool block forecasts) entered into Number Forecaster. This Projected MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files. 

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported in the utilization files, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Projected MTE (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The month to exhaust and year for the Rate Center taking into account any forecasts (both utilization and pool block forecasts) entered into Number Forecaster. This Projected MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files, excluding the pooled blocks assigned in the last 90 days.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported in the utilization files, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Avg. % Utilized (Reported Block Inventory)

The average utilization percentage across all blocks assigned to the service provider for only blocks that were Reported.  Blocks that were not reported are ignored in this calculation.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation.

Avg. % Utilized (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The average utilization percentage across all blocks assigned to this service provider according to the industry, regardless of whether the blocks were reported.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Avg. % Utilized (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The average utilization percentage across all blocks assigned to this service provider according to the industry, that haven't been assigned within the last 90 days, regardless of whether the blocks were reported.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Consider Ordering Code By (Reported Block Inventory)

The month and year a code must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a code by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks reported in the utilization files provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.

Consider Ordering Code By (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The month and year a code must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a code by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files.

Consider Ordering Code By (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The month and year a code must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a code by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using blocks assigned by from the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files, excluding the pooled blocks assigned in the last 90 days.

Consider Ordering Block By (Reported Block Inventory)

The month and year that a block must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a block by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks reported in the utilization files provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.

Consider Ordering Block By (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The month and year a block must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a block by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files.

Consider Ordering Block By (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The month and year a block must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a block by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by from the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files, but it will exclude the pooled blocks that were assigned in the last 90 days.

 

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- Using the Number Forecaster Dashboard -

The Dashboard is the first screen displayed when you open Number Forecaster.  It provides filtering capabilities and a high level summary of the numbering inventory in the filtered rate centers. Click on a link below to go directly to a topic.

Filtering the Dashboard

Understanding the Dashboard Graphic

Reading the Rate Center Information Table

Exporting the Rate Center Information Table

 

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Filtering the dashboard is dynamic, meaning, when a filter is changed the rate center information table and visual display changes immediately to reflect the filter or filters.  

There are three (3) multi-selection, geographic filters. The geographic filters default to include all values upon initial entry to the screen.

 

  • Markets
  • OCNs
  • States

 

To filter the Dashboard using the geographic filters:

1. Click the down arrow next to the filter to select the desired values.  Check the box next to the value to select it.  Multiple markets, OCNs, or states may be selected.

 

  • Click the All  link next to each filter to include all values in the list. 
  • Click the None  link next to each filter to exclude all values from the list

 

2.  After selecting or deselecting the filter value(s), click anywhere outside the menu to finalize the selections and perform the filter.

 

There are three (3) data filters.  The dashboard always opens using the default filters and values set by your NF account administrator(s).

 

  • Rate Centers Schedule to Exhaust (within a user-defined number of months)
  • Rate Centers with an Average Monthly TN Growth Rate (exceeding a user-defined value)
  • Rate Centers with PAS Available Blocks (less than a user-defined value)

 

To filter the Dashboard using the data filters:

 

  1. To APPLY or REMOVE a filter, use the check box to the left of the filter. A check in the box indicates the filter is applied.
  2. To CHANGE the parameter on a filter that is already on, first modify the user-defined value by clicking in the box and entering the desired value, then uncheck and re-check the box to the left of the filter.

 

Note : A filter is applied using the value that was in the user-defined box at the time the check box was selected.

Use the Clear All Filters, Return to Default View  link to clear all of the filters you applied in this session and return to the NF administrator set default data filter values and to reset the geographic filters to All.

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- Understanding the Dashboard Graphic -

Functionality coming soon.

 

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- Reading the Rate Center Information Table -

The purpose of the Rate Center Information table on the Dashboard is to give you a high level picture of your numbering inventory.  It is meant to provide you with the information you need to identify the rate centers requiring more detailed analysis or immediate replenishment.

Rate Centers projected to exhaust within the next 3 months are highlighted in Red, regardless of the filters applied.

The NF Administrator for your account has defined the columns displayed in your view of the Rate Center Information table and the order the columns are displayed.  Columns that may be displayed in the table are:

 

Column Description
Market The market, defined by the customer, associated with the rate center.
State The state associated with the rate center.
Rate Center The name of the rate center.
NPA The NPA of the rate center.
PAS Available Blocks The Number of Blocks available at the Pooling Administration for the Rate Center. This is updated once per day, not in real time.
Next Forecasted Order The month and year of the next order that has been forecasted in this rate center. 
Average Monthly TN Growth The average TN growth based on the change in assigned TNs for the past six months. If less than six months utilization data is available, the available months are used to calculate the average growth.
Inventory – Reported (Blocks) The number of blocks reported in this Rate Center based on the utilization file provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.
Inventory – Industry Assigned (Blocks) The number of blocks assigned to this Rate Center based on industry sources, regardless of what was reported by the Service Provider.
Inventory – Industry Assigned less assigned w/in 90 days (Blocks) The number of blocks assigned to this Rate Center based on industry sources, regardless of what was reported by the Service Provider, excluding any pooled blocks assigned in the last 90 days.
MTE (Reported Block Inventory) The month to exhaust and year for the rate center, not considering future inventory or utilization forecasts.  This MTE is calculated using the blocks reported in the utilization files provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.
MTE (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The month to exhaust and year for the rate center, not considering future inventory or utilization forecasts.  This MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported in the utilization files, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

MTE (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The month to exhaust and year for the rate center, not considering future inventory or utilization forecasts.  This MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files, excluding the pooled blocks assigned in the last 90 days.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported in the utilization files, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Projected MTE (Reported Block Inventory) The month to exhaust and year for the Rate Center taking into account any forecasts (both utilization and pool block forecasts) entered into Number Forecaster. This Projected MTE is calculated using the blocks reported in the utilization files provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.
Projected MTE (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The month to exhaust and year for the Rate Center taking into account any forecasts (both utilization and pool block forecasts) entered into Number Forecaster. This Projected MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files. 

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported in the utilization files, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Projected MTE (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The month to exhaust and year for the Rate Center taking into account any forecasts (both utilization and pool block forecasts) entered into Number Forecaster. This Projected MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files, excluding the pooled blocks assigned in the last 90 days.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported in the utilization files, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Avg. % Utilized (Reported Block Inventory)

The average utilization percentage across all blocks assigned to the service provider for only blocks that were Reported.  Blocks that were not reported are ignored in this calculation.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation.

Avg. % Utilized (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The average utilization percentage across all blocks assigned to this service provider according to the industry, regardless of whether the blocks were reported.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Avg. % Utilized (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The average utilization percentage across all blocks assigned to this service provider according to the industry, that haven't been assigned within the last 90 days, regardless of whether the blocks were reported.

The utilization files provided by the Service Provider are the source for this calculation. If the block was not reported, a 0 is used in the calculation for that block.

Consider Ordering Code By (Reported Block Inventory)

The month and year a code must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a code by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks reported in the utilization files provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.

Consider Ordering Code By (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The month and year a code must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a code by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files.

Consider Ordering Code By (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The month and year a code must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a code by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using blocks assigned by from the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files, excluding the pooled blocks assigned in the last 90 days.

Consider Ordering Block By (Reported Block Inventory)

The month and year that a block must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a block by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks reported in the utilization files provided by the Service Provider, regardless of what the industry says.

Consider Ordering Block By (Industry Assigned Block Inventory)

The month and year a block must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a block by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files.

Consider Ordering Block By (Industry Assigned Block Inventory less Pooled Blocks Assigned within last 90 days)

The month and year a block must be ordered to comply with the PAS rules and receive a block by the MTE date.

The MTE is calculated using the blocks assigned by from the industry, regardless of what was reported in the utilization files, but it will exclude the pooled blocks that were assigned in the last 90 days.

 

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- Exporting the Dashboard Rate Center Information Table -

Click the Export to Excel  link on the upper right corner of the Rate Center Information table. The exported file includes ONLY the filtered data in the table and the columns currently displaying in the table.

To export data for all of the rate centers, ALL of the geographic filters (markets, OCNs, states) should be set to All and NONE of the data filters should be selected.

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- Using the Rate Center Details Screen -

The Rate Center Details  screen appears when a rate center on the dashboard is selected and includes detailed information specific to that rate center. Click on a link below to go directly to that topic.

 

Rate Center Details, Explanation

Reading the Rate Center Details Graph

Manipulating Future Utilization

Manipulating Pool Block Forecasts

Updating RIMS with Pool Block Forecasts (For RIMS Users only)

To Save or Cancel Forecast Changes

Adding Notes to a Rate Center

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- Rate Center Details, Explanation -

The purpose of the Rate Centers Details  section is to give you a high level overview of your numbering inventory in the selected Rate Center and to offer considerations regarding any potential ordering needs.  

The table below contains an explanation of each element presented to you in the Rate Center Details section.

 

Statistic Explanation
MTE The month to exhaust and year for the rate center, not considering future inventory or utilization forecasts.  The MTE is calculated using whichever default MTE calculation type has been set by the NF administrator(s).
Projected Exhaust Point (based on forecast) The month to exhaust and year for the Rate Center taking into account any forecasts (both utilization and pool block forecasts) entered into Number Forecaster.  The Projected MTE is calculated using whichever default MTE calculation type has been set by the NF administrator(s).
Next Projected Order (based on forecast) The month/year of the next block order that has been forecasted.
Average Monthly TN Growth The average TN growth based on the change in assigned TNs for the past six months. If less than six months utilization data is available, the available months are used to calculate the average growth.
PAS Available Blocks The number of blocks available at the Pooling Administration for the Rate Center. This is updated once per day.
Ordering Recommendations based on MTE:
Consider ordering Code By

Based on the MTE, if a code is needed for the next order, the month and year the order must be placed by, in order to meet the PAS business rules.

Analyze the average TN growth and the PAS available blocks for the rate center and determine if a new Code needs to be opened.

Consider ordering Block by

Based on the MTE, if a block is needed for the next order, the month and year the order must be placed by, in order to meet the PAS business rules.

Analyze the average TN growth and the PAS available blocks for the rate center and determine if a new block needs to be ordered.

 

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- Reading the Rate Center Details Graph -

The Rate Center graph displays the months on the horizontal axis and number of TNs on the vertical axis which is used to measure both inventory and utilization. There are 3 types of data on the graph:

 

Historical All columns on the graph to the left  of the current month are historical.  Up to 6 months of historical data is shown.  You may not edit historical data.
Projected/Forecasted

All columns to the right  of the current month are projected or forecasted.  11 months of projected data is displayed.  You may enter forecasted data for both utilization and pool blocks.  See Manipulating Future Utilization and Manipulating the Pool Block Forecast for instructions.

The presence of forecasted/projected data for a given month is represented by the following notations under the Month label:

 

  • Util+: indicates the presence of forecasted utilization data
  • Order+: indicates the presence of pool block forecasted data

 

Important:   If RIMS is being used to manage inventory, any RIMS Pooling Forecasts are pulled into number Forecaster and displayed as forecasted pool blocks.

Current

The current month is displayed in historical colors however it can display a combination of both actual forecasted data. You may enter forecasted data for both utilization and pool blocks for the current month. See Manipulating Future Utilization and Manipulating the Pool Block Forecast for instructions.

The presence of forecasted/projected data for a given month is represented by the following notations under the Month label:

 

  • Util+: indicates the presence of forecasted utilization data
  • Order+: indicates the presence of pool block forecasted data

 

 

 

  • To see the exact value or forecasted amount for a column, using your mouse, hover over the column.  A roll-over text box appears displaying the exact value for that column. Historical months display actual values
  • Current month displays both actual and projected/forecasted values combined
  • Projected months display only projected/forecasted values

 

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- Manipulating Future Utilization -

Modify future utilization to see the cause and effect of TN growth on your inventory needs.

There are two (2) ways to modify a rate center's future utilization:

Using the Graph

 

  1. Open the Rate Center Details  screen by clicking on a Rate Center row in the Rate Center Information table on the Number Forecaster Dashboard.
  2. In the Rate Center graph, Click on the TN Utilization (Projected)  column for the month you want to modify. A pop up window appears.
  3. Enter a positive or negative change (in TNs) and press ok . Note:  You may enter a value from -99,999 to 99,999.
  4. A Util+  notation appears below the month label for the edited month to show there is a utilization forecast on that month.

 

 

Using the Forecast Table

 

  1. Open the Rate Center Details  screen by clicking on a Rate Center row in the Rate Center Information table on the Number Forecaster Dashboard.
  2. Using the Forecast Table located under the graph, enter the positive or negative change  (in TNs) in the Utilization Forecast row for the month you want to update and select another cell in the table or click outside the table to display the update on the graph and update the detail calculations.  Note:  You may enter a value from -99,999 to 99,999.
  3. A Util+  notation appears below the month label for the edited month to show there is a utilization forecast on that month.

 

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- Manipulating the Pool Block Forecast -

Modify pool block forecasts to see the cause and effect of additional inventory on your exhaust rate.  There are two (2) ways to modify a rate center's forecast:

Using the Graph

 

  1. Open the Rate Center Details  screen by clicking on a Rate Center row in the Rate Center Information table on the Number Forecaster Dashboard.
  2. In the Rate Center graph, Click on the TN Inventory (Projected)  column for the month you want to modify. A pop up window appears.
  3. Enter a positive change (in Blocks) and press ok . Note:  You may enter a value from 0 to 999.
  4. A Order+  notation appears below the month label for the edited month to show there is a pool block forecast on that month.

 

 

Using the Forecast Table

 

  1. Open the Rate Center Details  screen by clicking on a Rate Center row in the Rate Center Information table on the Number Forecaster Dashboard.
  2. Using the Forecast Table located under the graph, enter the positive change  (in Blocks) in the Pooling Forecast (Blocks) row for the month you want to update and select another cell in the table or click outside the table to display the update on the graph and update the detail calculations.  Note:  You may enter a value from 0 to 999.
  3. A Order+  notation appears below the month label for the edited month to show there is a pool block forecast on that month.

 

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- Update the RIMS Pooling Forecast with Number Forecaster Pool Block Updates -

 

If RIMS is also active on your company's account, the Update RIMS Pooling Forecast  button appears.  The purpose of this function is to keep Number Forecaster, RIMS, and Pooling in sync.  When you update RIMS with the changes you made in Number Forecaster, the pool block forecasts are automatically sent to PAS.  Number Forecaster is automatically updated with any pool block updates made in RIMS and successfully submitted to PAS.

Press Update RIMS Pooling Forecast  to send the forecast change(s) to RIMS and the Pooling Administration.

Note :  To monitor the status of the block forecast submission to PAS, use the Set Forecast  function in RIMS. 

 

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- To Save or Cancel Forecast Changes -

Number forecaster is a tool designed to allow experimentation with data, including future utilization.  When leaving the Number Forecaster Rate Center Details  screen, you may save your changes, or revert back to the last saved changes.

 

To revert back to the last saved TN Utilization Forecast

Click the Revert back to last saved TN Utilization Forecast  link under the Forecast Table.

All utilization forecast changes made in the session are cancelled.

To revert back to the last saved pooling forecast

Click the Revert back to last saved Pooling Forecast  link under the Forecast Table.

All pooling forecast changes made in the session are cancelled.

To Save

To save the changes showing on the screen (both utilization and pooling forecasts), click the Save  button at the bottom of the Rate Center Details screen.

Note : If RIMS is also active on your Company's account, you are required to update RIMS and PAS with your pooling forecast changes in order to save the updates. See Update RIMS Pooling Forecast.

 

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- Adding Notes to a Rate Center -

 

A notes section is available at the bottom of the Rate Center Details  screen. Enter notes or edit the existing notes and press the Save  button to save the changes. Any user may view or edit the notes of another user.

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