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aPriori Product Cost Management

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aPriori software and services generate hard-dollar product cost savings for discrete manufacturing and product innovation companies.It change the way companies calculate and manage product costs, enabling more informed design, manufacturing and sourcing decisions that drive significant cost out of products, both pre- and post-production.

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aPriori review by Steve C.
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"Past experience, ongoing recommendation"

What do you like best?

The ability to run cost evaluation from the earliest stages of concept, in defining data driven targets, incorporating internal manufacturing, logistics, post assembly process, procurement, supply chain, etc. differentiates aPriori from the other tolls in the marketplace. I have been to various other conferences - and the focus of presentations is "what you can do to estimate cost," while aPriori has an ongoing focus on "how can we improve our tool to make your job better."

What do you dislike?

Because of the advanced level of logic and data integration, the time to release for new features - particularly earth-shattering innovations, is long - but in the need to balance frequency of releases and training to use the new technology there is a customer call for less frequent upgrades. I also see a disconnect between user customization and sharing of "missing" data (particularly expansion and incorporation of machines and/or materials not currently in the OOTB databases) in a timely and efficient manner.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get confirmed buy-in and support from the top executive level, integrating it into existing processes with the recognition that cost is, first, a factor in optimizing returns along with other engineering or manufacturing factors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My current position is with a company that, while interested in the use and application of aPriori, is an Engineering Services provider and, as such, does not own a subscription to aPriori. Part of my role is to demonstrate the usability and returns of aPriori with companies who already have it and can provide a temporary seat. My major focus as a consultant, then, is to find a way to bridge the gap between making the case for more inclusive and far ranging application to Senior and Executive Management while most of the existing activity is with middle-management.

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aPriori review by Andrew Arul Rose A.
Andrew Arul Rose A.
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"It is a very good tool for the business in the area of product cost management"

What do you like best?

I like the accuracy of the process cost details available in apriori. The in depth data in calculating the costs in all the cost models are excellent. This software helps to create impact faster which is the requirement in the current competitive business scenario.

What do you dislike?

Cost modelling is bit requires more training to start. In this challenging world, impact or cost savings is the important need of the hour. Creating customized cost model is the need of the hour. Apriori should come up with the solution so that we can create the cost models on the fly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I will recommend apriori to all OEMs who having complex product lines. Software will help to create a good insight on the product cost & manages the cost excellently.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We could able do get the cost insights of the product lines. We could able to cost the products faster with greater accuracy.

What Pricing solution do you use?

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aPriori review by Dave O.
Dave O.
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"Product Cost Management for Enterprise"

What do you like best?

The aPriori cost modeling application allows users of all experience the ability to generate cost estimates. The manufacturing processes available are robust and continuing to increase as upgrades are released (every 6 months). The product allows for complete customization to emulate any environment. Data can be aggregated or segregated specific to user security requirements. Tool can be deployed across single or multiple regions (global) with accurate handling of currency. Support team is quick to respond supporting users to system admins in consistent manner.

What do you dislike?

Currently the product is a thick client desktop application requiring high powered computer hardware. aPriori is currently developing a web-based version of the application that will eliminate this barrier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

aPriori is an organizational commitment. In most cases, it is not a tool that you will experiment or lightly manage. It it perfect, no. There are specific manufacturing capabilities that do not exist however these are more unique processes rather than industry wide gaps. aPriori is founded upon utilization of CAD to drive the costing algorithms. Capability to develop cost without CAD does exist but requires users to have stronger knowledge of manufacturing process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The primary problem was to implement an enterprise cost modeling solution. Ability to drive consistency in application while having global capability to share information across a database application. aPriori has been applied to new product introduction and competitive cost analysis domains.

aPriori review by Laura S.
Laura S.
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"aPriori as a cost tool"

What do you like best?

That it takes in to account various factors that probably you could miss by accident, such as packing, painting, engraving, labeling, and it's helpful that the software let's you change the costs of them.

What do you dislike?

That some changes that you make in the GCD's doesn't affect the whole price as they should, such as the Roughness. Also, sometimes it's a little difficult to use the wright material for the cost models because not all the processes have all the materials in their material libraries.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would really recommend the software, but I would also say that this probably isn't for all the companies, before buying it, they should make an study of it and check it's capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The overcosting of the raw material for some parts, which sometimes gives us a quick win in some parts. Also sometimes it gives a different approach for the manufacturing of some products, which sometimes it's helpful to review.

aPriori review by Heath W.
Heath W.
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"Customizable, helps fill in the gaps"

What do you like best?

aPriori's ability to be calibrated and customized to our specific uses allows us to fill in the gaps. We especially like and use the Cost Model Workbench for the ability to create User Guided models which are not available as well as models we can use when 3D files are not available.

What do you dislike?

aPriori gives a lot of data as outputs. Would like to see a cleaner interface and one where we can get to the fields I want to see easier. Customizing reports more simply would be a benefit as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One business area we have been able to work on is identifying gaps where we could not model costs in the past. Now we can build cost models to do those. This provides extra resources in providing target costs and is useful in supplier discussions.

aPriori review by Rakesh S.
Rakesh S.
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"Most Efficient Product cost estimation tool of recent times!!"

What do you like best?

The detailed data base of different manufacturing processes is the biggest strength of this tool. The cost models are neatly built relying on this huge data. Customization of cost model is simple and the user is able to generate several insight over a cost model with out much effort. When we go for discussion on the table with the suppliers, the clarity in the cost model serves as a key for a successful negotiation.

What do you dislike?

The cost building logic is not in depth or vague in few areas. Still there is huge scope for improvement.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Apriori helps us in resourcing activities. It helps us in various cost down projects by enabling us to visualize the cost in different perspectives at a time.

aPriori review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Costing on the FLY"

What do you like best?

Fast Feel the Part or Product Cost

Helps to know what it could cost

Gives a Basic idea (Most economic Production)

Further it can be plotted for a supplier specific as per the Supplier Circumstances on the Shop Floor at Supplierl

What do you dislike?

Lack in few Process Set up Options

Need some more Logic for the direct Cost data

Enhancement required in Secondary Process and other Secondary Process where we need some initial investment setup for the machines as well

Recommendations to others considering the product

* Quick and Fast Feel of Cost

* Geometric Cost Driver Analysis for cost reduction

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used for VA/VE (IGW) idea generation workshop

As well as for VBN Value Based Negotiation with suppliers and Procurement

aPriori review by PREMKUMAR C.
PREMKUMAR C.
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"aPriori tool to explore the costing"

What do you like best?

It works with 3D model, user friendly. Required minimum inputs to run the costing at the same time offering flexibility to give lot of manual inputs also,

What do you dislike?

Special processes and some of the advance manufacturing machines and tools are not part of the current apriori. I hope apriori is working to adding this in the future versions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use aPriori for cost down projects to maintain the contribution in the challenging business environment. I am also using it for the new product development to meet the target cost.

aPriori review by Isaac A.
Isaac A.
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"Great Software"

What do you like best?

It is amazing how fast you can get a cost for a part using different processes and materials.

What do you dislike?

Secondary processes sometimes are not a realistic cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are getting new quotes from our suppliers and obtaining better prices.

aPriori review by Saravanakumar G.
Saravanakumar G.
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"The best companion for a Product Cost Management"

What do you like best?

The ease of costing with the centralized database for different mfg. process groups. Supports the business in getting the impact faster with accurate facts.

What do you dislike?

Customization to the users requires a lot effort, where it could be made much easier with the users to create the customized reports according to the need, Lack in doing Electronics

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Recommended for all manufacturers, especially to the OEs.

aPriori review by Marc-André P.
Marc-André P.
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"Accuracy, speed and ... Fun"

What do you like best?

Being able to get quick price at early stage of our developement process. The company is always trying to imporve the software. Support team is just too quick !

What do you dislike?

Learning curve is a little long and upgrade are not that easy to install if you are not an IT person

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cost visibity hard to get at an early stage. Get chinese supplier quote quickly

aPriori review by Tony M.
Tony M.
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"Solid package with user enabled features for costing"

What do you like best?

I like the comprehensive nature of the product throughout all the different types of materials and process types.

What do you dislike?

Errors that have very little detail or explanation as to why they occur.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better costing visibility of projects to engineering and commodity management.

aPriori review by Internal Consultant in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Internal Consultant in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
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"aPriori PCM solutions review"

What do you like best?

Getting early cost driver insight and instant feedback using aPriori during concept design

What do you dislike?

Depending on the characteristics of your product line, the out of the box manufacturing process logic and VPE logic needs configuration and calibration, requiring you to do data gathering and translating expert knowledge into formulas logic.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Launch new products at or below target cost, avoiding overpaying for outsourced parts, maximizing cost savings on re-design work, increase speed of request for quote responses.

aPriori review by Administrator in Construction
Administrator in Construction
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"Unique software package with 10+ Process groups"

What do you like best?

Well analyzed cost practices coverage in Sheet metal process

What do you dislike?

Still need to get some low priority costs like supplies cost details for process & salvage values of machines

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a unique software that covers 10+ process groups, Quick results to design changes & cost driver changes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Giving a starting point for our Suppler negotiations + Design implementations

aPriori review by User
User
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"aPriori Cost REVIEW"

What do you like best?

The output of information that provides, the accuracy on most of the things it performs

What do you dislike?

Lack of secondary processes and have more accurate ones

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good support

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Supply Chain, savings negotiating with suppliers

aPriori review by User in Machinery
User in Machinery
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"Great tool for cost modeling."

What do you like best?

friendly enviroment , easy to use and very accurate results. It cames with average rates for local suppliers and machines / processes avaiable

What do you dislike?

some cost analisys demands a lot of data form the process to be done (example = thermoformig sheet plastic ) , it could have an average information for the process and you jsut changes the specifics from your project

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

NPI , cost analisys , target for negotiation, etc.,

aPriori review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"Stéfano"

What do you like best?

It's easy and fast. I got a lot of results with aPriori.

What do you dislike?

I would like to create more VPE, special to Brazil.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wrong quotation - Cost reduction

aPriori review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"aPriori Costing"

What do you like best?

Process cost calculation methods are good

What do you dislike?

There is no redo options on this aPriori tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Realistic costing for the products on or before manufacturing

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