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The value of the Forecast: Use Server system preference determines whether forecasts are generated on a separate Siebel component in the background as a batch job, or whether they are generated locally. This allows the client to work while the forecast is generated. The effect of this system preference varies for the different types of Siebel client as follows:
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.
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 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 must be enabled.
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