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You can create forecasts on the client or the server. For mobile (local database) users, create forecasts on the client. For connected (zero-footprint) users, create forecasts on the server. The system preference Forecast: Use Server has no impact on forecasts in these two cases.
When you use the Siebel mobile client in a connected mode, the system preference Forecast: Use Server determines whether the forecast is run on the server. By default, it is set to
Before changing this setting, make sure that you provide the correct information in the configuration (.cfg) files on each client machine. In the ServerDataSrc section, make sure that you provide the correct settings for the GatewayAddress, EnterpriseServer, and RequestServer.
You should also make sure that the Forecast Service Manager server component is enabled on enough application servers (at least one) to handle the amount of people who will forecast. The Forecast Service Manager server component is a batch mode server component used to submit forecasts to the server when Forecast: Use Server Task system preference is enabled, when forecasts are not running on a local database, and when the user is either a manager or the view mode is other than My. The Forecast Service Manager server component allows users to create forecasts on the server in the background. In general it is a good idea to enable this server component. One reason not to enable it is if your forecasts are very small and can be done while a user waits. As such, if your organization will be creating corporate snapshots, or forecasts with details, the server component should be enabled.
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