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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Features and Functionalities

Licensing Forecast Pro

Data Input and Output

Compatibility with Other Applications

Installation Issues

Do I need to have knowledge of statistics or economics to use Forecast Pro?

Forecast Pro is very easy to learn and easy to use. It does not require a background in forecasting, statistics, or economics. Forecast Pro’s built-in expert selection system analyzes your data, selects the appropriate forecasting technique, builds the model and calculates the forecasts – it even explains its reasoning in ordinary English!

Is it possible to get a live demo of Forecast Pro?

Yes. If you are familiar with what Forecast Pro offers, and want to take action to learn more, you may request a free live demo over the Web—even using our own data. For more information about Forecast Pro demos, click here.

How can I try Forecast Pro with my own data?

If you are interested in trying out Forecast Pro risk-free, take advantage of the 30-day money-back guarantee! Order a full working version of Forecast Pro and test it with your data. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your order, return the software and receive a full refund of your purchase.

After I license the software, how do I get started?

The best way to learn Forecast Pro is to work through the tutorial section of the Forecast Pro manual. The comprehensive tutorial consists of structured lessons using sample data that guide you step-by-step through all operations of the program. Most users acquaint themselves with Forecast Pro’s general forecasting capabilities within hours of installing the program.

Most Forecast Pro users never undergo any formal product training, however, for those who want to "hit the ground running" BFS offers a variety of training options including public training workshops, on-site classes and remote-based sessions with a live instructor. Click here to learn more about the different training opportunities we offer.

What forecasting methodologies does Forecast Pro offer?

The Forecast Pro family of products offers a full range of forecasting methodologies designed to meet most business forecasting needs. Click here to learn more about the forecasting methods included in Forecast Pro.

Is Forecast Pro available in languages other than English?

Yes — Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish versions of Forecast Pro are also available. Please consult our International Distributors listing for more information.

Are product training and consulting services available?

Yes. BFS offers a variety of consulting and training options including public training workshops, on-site classes and remote-based training with a live instructor. Click here to learn more about the different consulting and training opportunities we offer.

How much does Forecast Pro cost?

Forecast Pro is an affordable forecasting solution, with pricing starting at $1,295 USD. Please consult the ordering page for pricing details on the entire Forecast Pro product family.

Are academic discounts available?

Yes, we offer special discounts for qualified academic users as well as site licenses for qualified academic institutions. Please contact us if you are interested in using Forecast Pro in an academic setting.

How do I get my data into Forecast Pro?

Forecast Pro imports data in a variety of flexible, easy-to-create formats including Excel and Lotus spreadsheets, Text files and ODBC. These flexible formats allow you to easily import and export data from virtually any source.

What operating systems is Forecast Pro compatible with?

Forecast Pro is fully compatible with all the latest Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems.

What databases can Forecast Pro be used with?

Forecast Pro can be used with virtually any database system, including Microsoft Access, SQLServer and Oracle. Data transfer (from your database to Forecast Pro and back) can be accomplished via ODBC or using spreadsheet files or text files.

Can I integrate Forecast Pro with other software systems (such as ERP, DP and SCM solutions)?

Yes. Integrating Forecast Pro with your existing software systems is straightforward. Forecast Pro has been formally integrated into many commercially available systems— consult our partner solutions listing for applications which have integrated Forecast Pro as the “forecasting engine” of choice.

Can I embed Forecast Pro into a custom application my firm is developing?

Yes. As the market leader in business forecasting software, Forecast Pro is the obvious choice for software developers looking to add state-of-the-art forecasting to their applications. Click here to learn how you can integrate Forecast Pro’s powerful forecasting technology with your application.

How easy is it to install Forecast Pro?

Installing Forecast Pro is quick and very easy. The Forecast Pro CD contains an automatic installation program, which guides you step-by-step in installing the program.

What are the minimum system requirements to run Forecast Pro?

Forecast Pro ships with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions that run under all current Windows platforms. Forecast Pro requires a minimum of 512 MB of RAM and 30 MB of hard disk space. With such modest hardware requirements, Forecast Pro can run on virtually any Windows-based computer!

Must I install the program from CD? Can I download the installation files from a website?

Although the most common method of installing the program is from CD, you can also download the latest installation files from the Forecast Pro website. Please contact us for detailed instructions on how to do this.