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I have some questions about forecasting and hopefully you may have suggestions on how or org can better use the forecasting tool in Genesys Cloud.
To give more context, our organization call volumes are based on our seasonal activities and we generate our forecasts using the Weighted Historical Index method as it provides a way to manually change the source data.
When forecasting for January we look at the previous January and change the Forecasted source data from using the previous 8 weeks of data to look at a specific period in January.
Is there a better way to forecast base on our requirements.
#Forecasting------------------------------Melissa CallenderSenior Operations SpecialistOntario Teachers' Pension Plan------------------------------
Both WFM views and Performance views utilize Analytics queries. It is difficult to configure the performance view with the filters to exactly mimic the planning groups. So, first potentially large contributor to the differences is the non symmetry between queue(s), media type(s), and skill sets between planning groups in your BU and whatever your performance view filters are set to. The source data also has to combine potentially many items and utilizes weight averaging by offered count. So, even if you could duplicate the various individual parts in a Performance view, you'd still have to do math to combine to come up with the source data view. If you feel there is an issue, then I would recommend opening a support ticket.I would recommend automatic best method (ABM) if you want the benefit in seasonality, level shift changes, etc. You can always compare and contrast forecast accuracy/error between the two methods. ABM has shown to be much more accurate than WHI and becomes more accurate with more data. https://help.mypurecloud.com/articles/automatic-best-method-forecast-method-overview/:
The Automatic Best Method forecasting method is the most sophisticated methodology offered in workforce management. It includes:
This AI powered forecasting method creates individual forecasts with the lowest possible error using:
------------------------------Jay LangsfordVP, R&D------------------------------
Thank you for your insight.
I took a look at the documentation you provided and ABM does look like it should be the best method to use as "it is much more powerful with more historical data." However, "this methodology looks at up to 90 days of historical data."
Jay is there any plan to have ABM look at historical data more than 90 days in the past?
For example, when forecasting the first week of the year (our busiest period for call volumes) the results we see are half of what we typically receive in calls. We have call data from January 2019 onwards.
Is there any other tool anyone else would advise us on using that looks at the historical data that is more relevant (comparing January 2023 for predicting January 2024)
------------------------------Jay LangsfordVP, R&DOriginal Message:Sent: 09-22-2023 07:42From: Melissa CallenderSubject: Weighted Historical Index
ABM in fact will utilize all data available to determine volume and AHT. The 90d note you pasted is only specifically to determine intra-day arrival patterns.
@Daniel Chapdelaine from Product Management might be able to share current and planned functionality.
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