Operations departments work to maximize the value
produced by company resources such as equipment,
facilities, and people at the lowest possible cost.
Efficient business processes maximize the productivity
of your employees. Well-planned production schedules
maximize equipment utilizations and increase your
capacity for new business. Optimal inventory policies
reduce inventory costs and improve customer service
Each of these activities must carefully balance value
and cost. However, the analysis into this balance is
difficult, involving many people, competing priorities,
and varied sources of uncertainty. Vanguard makes easy
the process of modeling these complex interactions by
leveraging your company's collective intelligence and our
proven analytical methods.
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?
Here are just a few ways Vanguard supports operations
- Operational efficiency: Conduct
process improvement/Six Sigma projects to reduce
costs, cycle times, and waste.
- Capacity planning: Evaluate your
global capacity needs as your business grows and
expands. Perform operational and financial
justification studies for adding staff,
purchasing next-generation equipment, and
investing in costly new facilities.
- Sales and operations planning (S&OP):
Enable real-time collaboration between
Marketing & Sales and Operations to ensure
production capacity can profitably support
customer demand (and vice versa).
- Project analysis: Most projects
are complex, operate under tight budgets and
timelines, and involve many people and resources.
Vanguard can help elicit input from the right
people, forecast cost, and account for risks
properly during the planning phase to ensure your
projects stay on budget and on schedule.
- Resource optimization: Determine
how to most efficiently allocate scarce resources
such as people, equipment, and cash.
- Supply chain planning: Optimize
your production schedules, inventory levels,
distribution plans, and more.
- Expert Systems: Automate routine
processes and guide users through complex
decision-making processes using interactive,
Web-based question and answer sessions. Reduce
administration costs while improving the
consistency, reliability, and speed of
The new Content Management System (CMS) is a Web-based expert system 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. CMS assists operations groups in improving productivity by enabling them to automate decision-making processes quickly, regardless of their programming experience.
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