The goals of any consulting company are quite
- Produce high-quality analysis, insight, and recommendations;
- Turn single-project customers into long-term clients.
Accomplishing the first goal requires a combination of expertise
and the best modeling and simulation tools available. Accomplishing
the second goal is a bit more challenging. While high-quality
analysis, insight, and recommendations are certainly part of the
process, you need to go above and beyond your client's expectations
in your deliverables.
The Vanguard System™ helps consulting companies in every
industry profitably accomplish these goals with cutting-edge
collaborative modeling capabilities, a unified suite of modeling and
simulation methods, and active model delivery over the Web.
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 models and applications,
Analyze alternatives using state-of-the-art
modeling and simulation techniques, Automate
routine decisions using expert system technology, and
Improve overall management effectiveness of
your client 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
clients operate intelligently.
Here are just a few of the ways Vanguard helps consulting
companies be more efficient and profitable:
- Flexibility and power: As a unified solution,
Vanguard truly enables you to build any analytical model or
application that your client needs - including business models
that range from simple economic analyses to massive strategic
planning simulations, and turn-key applications that range from
online forecasting tools to regulatory compliance systems. The
sky's the limit.
- Collaborative modeling: Let many individuals
simultaneously contribute to the modeling effort to increase
expertise while reducing build time. Like building blocks, easily
combine their knowledge, assumptions, and historical data into
- Instant Web applications: With a few clicks,
Vanguard turns models into interactive Web applications. Let your
clients access the models anytime from anywhere, fully exercise
the models in real-time, and distribute the results to everyone
that needs them.
- Reusable model library: You do not have to
re-invent the wheel with each new modeling effort. Simply search
your model library to find similar or related models that you can
update, specialize, or link to in real-time.
- Knowledge automation: Create expert systems
that guide users through complex processes using automated
question-and-answer sessions. Reduce your client's administration
costs while improving their productivity.
- Rapid bid preparations: Reduce bid preparation
time by reusing components from your previous bids and projects
and by automating routine or complex analysis.
The knowledge a business needs to make decisions effectively is
divided between individuals spread throughout the organization. The
Vanguard System frees you from having to rely on the analysis of a
single planner with second-hand knowledge of critical operations, and
instead, involve key individuals directly in a collaborative planning
Vanguard's collaboration abilities go well beyond simple
communication strategies like Web conferencing. Instead, Vanguard is
based on principles of knowledge capture. Individuals throughout an
organization describe to the system how they make decisions or
perform particular tasks using our innovative model-based approach.
In doing this, users capture knowledge, or know-how, that is specific
to their 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'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 your client's future risks and
opportunities so that you can help then act rather than
Vanguard combines all of the most powerful and essential
quantitative methods in management with features of spreadsheets,
artificial intelligence tools, and math applications to produce an
advanced business modeling system. Vanguard's specific capabilities
- Forecasting - for extrapolating historical
performance data to aid in planning.
- Monte Carlo Simulation - for modeling
uncertainty to help manage business risk and simulate complex
- Decision Tree Analysis - for choosing the best
course of action when future outcomes are uncertain.
- Sensitivity Analysis - for determining which
assumptions drive your decisions most.
- Optimization - for finding the best solution
to very complex problems subject to business constraints.
- General Modeling and Problem Solving - for
tackling logically complex problems and communicating your ideas
- Data Analysis - for pulling valuable
information from historical or experimental data.
- Advanced Analytics - for building models that
push the envelope in state-of-the-art business analysis.
- Application Development - for building
mission-critical applications based on Vanguard.
Vanguard's layered capabilities
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 client's management team
repeat the same analysis monthly, you have people in their team
describe how they perform their analysis. In effect, the Vanguard
System learns the process and can repeat it for them.
You deliver business automation via an easy-to-use Web interface
and without the need for an expensive IT development.
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 alone. Taken together, however, Vanguard sets a new
benchmark in management systems. It will improve your client's
decision-making by improving the analysis on which these decisions
It will improve the quality of your analysis by encouraging
collaboration and the application of state-of-the-art techniques. It
will improve your productivity by simplifying the modeling process
and by encouraging reuse of prior work. By focusing on ways to
improve management teams rather than simply analyzing operational
data, Vanguard has the potential to transform your client's
"The diversity of model requirements
within our client base (scope, scale, complexity, accessibility,
etc.) has fueled our persistent survey and acquisition of what we
consider best-in-class modeling tools.
We have now adopted Vanguard System as our core tool and strongly
recommend it to professional modelers using anything else."
"Our clients have embraced the graphical user
interface in the Web-based models and (unlike the response to similar
models created in other environments) are visibly excited about using
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