As an Executive Manager your job is the "big
picture"; making sure that, at every decision, you
have strategic insight into:
- Corporate performance;
- Profitability and financial stability;
- Enterprise risk;
- Shareholder value;
You cant rely on "gut feel" alone.
Strategic decisions require analysis that quantifies the
financial and operational impacts of decision
alternatives at all levels of the enterprise. In
todays marketplace, your decisions need to be
robust to withstand changing business conditions; and,
your analysis must fully capture risks, uncertainties,
and the complicated interactions between different areas
of the business. Plus, given the pressures and
constraints you face, the analysis you need has to be
open and transparent, giving you at-a-glance
understanding so that you can quickly review assumptions,
run your own what-if analysis, and gain
Fortunately, you can have all of these qualities and
features in one sophisticated yet easy-to-use solution -
the Vanguard System™.
Bringing Together People, Analytics, and Systems
The Vanguard System™ is a comprehensive business
solution for improving the quality, reliability, and
speed of management decisions. It does this by helping
you Collaborate with colleagues
on important plans, Analyze alternatives
using state-of-the-art modeling and simulation
techniques, Automate routine
decisions using Expert System technology, and Improve
overall management effectiveness by adding
structure to a normally chaotic process.
Business improvement is all about working smarter.
Vanguard brings together the people, analytics, and
systems required to help your business operate
What Can Vanguard Do For You?
- Instant Web reports: With a few
clicks, Vanguard turns planning and analysis
models into fully interactive Web reports. Using
just a Web browser, access models anytime from
anywhere, exercise the models in real time, and
distribute results to everyone who needs them.
- Fully-quantified impacts:
Vanguard fully quantifies the financial and
operational impacts of decisions at all levels of
- Real-time results: Make
decisions based on the most up-to-date results.
Vanguard automatically updates your analysis in
real time to reflect changes in assumptions.
- Roll up / Drill down Analysis:
Roll-up analysis to see the high-level enterprise
impacts, or drill down into specific areas of the
business for greater detail and understanding.
- Knowledge capture: Vanguard
captures and combines the knowledge of
individuals throughout your organization to
create a Collective Intelligence that is
essential for testing business plans and
automating routine operations.
- Scalable: Involving a small
group, many departments, or the entire
enterprise, Vanguard supports planning and
analysis and knowledge automation activities of
Using the Collective Intelligence of Your Enterprise
The knowledge your business needs in order to plan
effectively is divided between individuals spread
throughout your organization. The Vanguard System frees
you from having to rely on the analysis of a single
planner with second-hand knowledge of critical
operations. Instead, it enables you to directly involve
key individuals in a collaborative planning process.
Vanguard's collaboration abilities go well beyond
simple communication strategies like Web conferencing.
Rather, Vanguard is based on principles of knowledge
capture. Individuals throughout your organization use our
innovative model-based approach to describe to Vanguard
how they make decisions or perform particular tasks. In
doing this, users capture knowledge, or know-how, that is
specific to your business. The Vanguard System can
combine the knowledge captured by many individuals to
create a Collective Intelligence that is useful
for testing business plans and automating routine
Vanguard Content Management System (CMS) is a Web-based knowledge capture development tool for non-programmers. CMS Web-based applications guide customers or employees through complex decision-making processes using interactive, automated question and answer sessions. They are core software applications that can improve the operational efficiency of your key business processes.
Forward Vision - Acting vs. Reacting
Vanguard's powerful modeling and simulation technology
allows you to test business alternatives in a virtual
world where mistakes are inexpensive. Instead of helping
you know only what has happened, Vanguard will
help you understand why. What's more, Vanguard
can help you anticipate future risks and opportunities so
that you can act rather than react.
There are a number of business modeling tools
available on the market. What's unique about Vanguard is
that it does modeling on an Enterprise scale. From the
ability to coordinate the work of hundreds of individuals
to the ability to run simulations at 1,500 times the
speed of spreadsheets, the Vanguard System's power is
Productivity Through Knowledge Automation
Many management processes were once considered too
complex or too fluid to automate. As a result, routine
business planning at most companies involves copying and
pasting data between spreadsheets, re-building old
models, and a significant amount of gut-feel
decision-making. Although this process can work, it is
very inefficient and expensive.
Vanguard improves the speed, reliability, and quality
of routine decisions by combining its business modeling
capabilities with Expert System technology. Instead of
having your management team repeat the same analysis
monthly, you have people in the team describe how they
perform their analysis to Vanguard. And, in effect, the
Vanguard System learns the process and can repeat it for
You get business automation via an easy-to-use Web
interface without the need for an expensive IT
Business Improvement in the Intelligent Enterprise
Whether it is knowledge-based collaboration,
simulations at 1,500 times the speed of spreadsheets, or
advanced Expert Systems technology, many of Vanguard's
capabilities are technological breakthroughs in and of
themselves. However, taken together, Vanguard sets a new
benchmark in management systems.
It will improve your company's decision-making by
improving the analysis on which these decisions are
It will improve the quality of your analysis by
encouraging collaboration and the application of
And, it will improve your productivity by simplifying
the modeling process and encouraging reuse of prior work.
Vanguard has the potential to transform your business
by improving management team decisions rather than simply
analyzing operational data.
We respect your privacy
and do not share your information.
"Vanguard System makes
decision-support models widely accessible to the people
who need them: decision-makers.
They can be made available anytime, from
any Web browser, with an easy-to-use and understand
The days of having to 'wait for the
modeler to re-run the model with alternative assumptions'
may be over."
Review - Vanguard System
OR/MS Today, June 2007