Faster allocations with the most accuracy and the least use of people and computer resources.

There is simply no allocation software available to equal OverheadCAM.

Performance. OverheadCAM is fast and scales to handle the largest allocations. It can do allocations in a small fraction of the time required by other allocation software.

A large scale test was performed on an HP Integrity Itanium computer under HP-UX, using what is now a prior generation entry-level server. A test file generator was used to generate files: There were 2700 allocation rules, 1800 of which were in reciprocal relationships with other rules. There were 1,050,000 transactions that were allocated with the rules. The allocation was completed in 75 seconds, producing full outputs. No other software can come close to this result. It can be reproduced at any time.

OverheadCAM's startling performance is largely due to improved software technology. The patented algorithm uses an innovative mathematical model of allocations. The math has been algebraically manipulated and simplified, removing much un-obvious redundancy from the calculations. The impletation also benefits from an innovative numerical computing technique.

Accuracy.The sources of OverheadCAM's accuracy are Reciprocal Allocation, speed, and tracing: The Reciprocal Allocation method is essential for accurate allocation. This reflects the ubiquitous situation where service departments sevice each other as well as other entities. While this situation is the norm, it is not usually handled in allocation software. If implemented, it is done in a limited and cumbersome way. To see more, display a white paper on Reciprocal Allocation . (Click your browser's "Back" button to return.)

OverheadCAM's speed (as well as scalability) contributes to accuracy in 3 ways. First, it permits using as many allocation rules as are necessary to model a complex organization well. There are no limits because of arbitrary software requirements or performance needs. Second, it enbles modeling complex organizations by having many steps and many reciprocal relationships among the rules, without arbitrary limits on the number. Third, it enables reruns when necessary. It would be too bad to have to choose betweem ruining a financial close schedule versus using bad data and risking a restatement of results.

Good tracing contributes to accuracy. If managers can undersatnd the effect of a complex set of allocation rules, the normal pull and tug of competing interests with an organizations will reveal any needed improvements to the rules. OverheadCAM has complete tracing. For each amount coming in to be allocated, OverheadCAM provides exact information on where each it came from, what initial rule it was applied to, and what amounts went to each receiving organization or account. For each amount ultimately allocated to a receiving organization or account, OverheadCAM provides exact detail on where the entering amounts came from. This is a challenging achievement for Reciprocal Allocation. The information is made available for analysis or reporting.

Ease of use. Ease of use falls into four categories. From the business side, there is specification of allocation rules. From the technical side, there is integration, formatting data, and operations.

The job of developing allocation rules can be greatly complicated if there is a requirement to deal with arbitrary restrictions imposed by the software. An individual allocation rule is really pretty simple. Here's an example: HR expenses go 50% to cars, 40% to trucks, 10% to IT. The power of these rules is enhanced when they cascade through other rules or model reciprocal relationships among service organizations.

The individual rule is still just as simple, though. OverheadCAM does not require that rules be grouped into steps: these rules allocate to others in a first step; the others allocate to still others in a second step, and so on. Each rule simply allocates to the appropriate destinations. The situation is similar for reciprocal allocation. It is not necessary to group small numbers of rules and denote them as a reciprocal group. In both these cases OverheadCAM does the work of inferring structure, and is still remarkably fast.

Display a white paper on integration to see why integration is easy. (Return by clicking the "back" button in your browser.) OverheadCAM is designed from the ground up for integration.

Virtualy every ERP system has the capability of exporting tables into files. OverheadCAM can be configured to take data in just about any format: fixed files, CSV, XML, etc. The size and position of fields is specified in a configuration file that only has to be built once.

The primary operational advantage of OverheadCAM is it's speed. A program that runs quickly is easy to schedule and easy to rerun, if necessary.