# Forecast Factor Calculation

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2023-04-13T19:07:16.7433333+00:00

In our organization's Microsoft Dynamics environment, there is a setting within each opportunity labeled "Lifecycle/Ramp Years". For example, an opportunity might have a setting such as "8/1.5". This signifies that an opportunity is expected to have a life cycle of 8 years and take 1.5 years to reach peak value. 8 years of a life cycle would have 32 quarters (8*4). The "Lifecycle/Ramp Years" setting is a hyperlink that brings the user to a "Forecast Logic" page. On this page, there is a setting listed as "Forecast Factor" and then there is a break down of the percentage volume expected to be captured in each quarter. It appears that each Lifecycle & Ramp Year combination has a unique "Forecast Factor". The percentage volume of a given quarter can be determined by multiplying the ratio of "quarter setting / Forecast Factor" by the lifetime volume. My questions are as follows:

• How is forecast factor calculated and how does it relate to the "Lifecycle/Ramp Years" setting?
• What is the shape of the lifetime volume profile? It appears to be some form of an S-curve, maybe based upon a hyperbolic cosine? Thanks in advance!!
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2023-04-17T01:06:37.21+00:00

@Curran, Ryan, Thanks for posting in Q&A. From your description, it seems the issue is with Dynamic 365. You can contact the technical support in the following link to get help.

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/get-started/support/#technical-and-community-support

Thanks for your understanding and have a nice day!