Beginners Guide To Cost Modeling, Its Benefits, And Should-Cost Modeling


By: Beroe Inc --

11 March, 2021

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 Cost Modeling

Understanding costs can help organizations save money and make more money in the process. Without a proper way of understanding costs, businesses can be at a loss, which means they will be losing out on big opportunities. What is cost modeling? In simple terms, cost modeling is the process through which businesses can understand the best cost to produce a product. It enables and empowers businesses to understand the most cost-effective way to produce goods. It is not for only large businesses but can prove to be useful for SMEs too. Cost modeling helps stakeholders take major decisions with regards to cost and this can help businesses in numerous ways.

What are the cost analysis methods? They are simply the tools that are used in analyzing costs or tools that help with cost modeling.

Benefits Of Cost Modeling

The benefits of cost modeling analysis are as follows:

Improves SRM

Cost modeling, when done with the right technology, has the potential to improve supplier relationship management of a business. This is because cost modeling enables businesses to understand and determine who the right suppliers are and how they can optimally get the raw materials required for production. This can help not only find a pool of suitable suppliers but can help build lasting relationships with those suppliers so they enter a mutually beneficial relationship that can help them in the long-term too. This helps strengthen their relationship and ensures transparency between the two parties.


Every business wants to make a profit and cost modeling helps them achieve it because it is comprehensive in nature. It enables the buyers in a business to negotiate well because they have a full understanding of what the best price can be. This allows them to put a fair price on the table and gives them negotiation powers that can be converted to high costs savings. While negotiation might not seem profitable at first, when the cost savings add up, it can mean big savings for a business. This can directly impact the bottom line of the business.

Increase profits

Cost modeling allows all the factors to be determined with relation to cost. And this complete information can enable businesses to look for new ways to save and maximize profits. For example, it can enable businesses to spot maverick spending, which can eat away on business profits and deter businesses from growing. It also helps determine the overpriced parts and helps with efficient cost-cutting which can help in increasing profits. This is particularly beneficial for large businesses that deal with high-end products that have high costs. There are companies that provide analysis of cost modeling for businesses that can make it easy for businesses.

Informed decisions

How well a business does and how successful it is at the time of adversity depends on the quality of decisions that are made during those times. Decisions are vital and cost modeling helps with better and smarter decision making. For instance, allocation of budget and planning becomes easier with the help of cost modeling. It can even help to develop new products as in-depth knowledge about the cost components is present as a result of the analysis. This can help with future projects and can pave the path in the right direction.

What Is Should-Cost Modeling?

You might be wondering what is should cost modelling? Should-cost modeling is also known as supplier cost analysis, clean sheet analysis, teardown analysis, open-book costing, and cost breakdown analysis. It is a process used to determine the cost of goods or services based on certain factors that contribute to the final cost. That is, it provides a way for you to find out the least cost of a good or service. The factors considered include those that impact the price of the goods or services. For example, overhead costs, costs of raw materials, and labor costs are some such factors that are taken into account. Should-cost modeling allows businesses to find out the various avenues through which they can save.

Should-cost modeling helps to accurately estimate costs so suppliers know how much a particular component can cost. This enables them to have an upper hand as they know the least that it can cost and thus allows them to have better negotiation power. This allows them to save more as they have better bargaining power. Those businesses that don’t have a thorough understanding of the cost drivers can price the various components incorrectly and thereby lose the opportunity to save and cut costs. Costs can increase when demand changes or there is a scarcity of resources and in such cases, it becomes vital to look for ways to cut costs. Should-cost modeling can help businesses achieve that.


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