The Product Planning/Enterprise Integration Demonstration Facility (PP/EI DF) User’s Manual (UM) has been developed for a number of reasons. First, the UM will provide users with a background that is sufficient to successfully understand and operate this software tool. Second, the UM imparts the significant technical and research contributions that are implicit within the PP/EI DF. Finally, the UM discusses the main reasons that organizations should attempt to integrate, and thus, centrally plan resource allocations.
Because the PP/EI DF software has been programmed in Borland C++ for Windows, the resulting program is readily understandable and easy to use. Further, because of its graphic capabilities, the program is able to accomplish its purpose of imparting understanding of product portfolio concepts. It is suggested, however, that users who are unfamiliar with basic Windows functions, should consult their Windows manuals prior to attempting to use this program. An understanding of Windows will better ensure that users are fully able to utilize the PP/EI DF software.