The Demand Planning module is part of Vanguard Forecast Server™, an enterprise platform that combines sales, operations, and financial forecasting and planning capability to drive all aspects of your Integrated Business Planning (IBP) or S&OP process. Demand Planning accommodates a full range of forecasting approaches from simple judgement-based processes to advanced-analytic modeling and simulation.
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Demand Planning features a highly intuitive user interface with robust workflow automation, visualization, and reporting to help knowledge workers of all stripes tap the power of the module’s underlying statistical forecast engine. User-oriented features include automated ABC classification (to group items by any possible stratification rule), and various workflow and documentation tools that stamp all forecast preparation and management activities by time, user, and reasoning.
Best-in-class reporting features begin with the Vanguard Software Pivot Table. This dynamic tool gives you drag-and-drop control of report views based on any hierarchical sequence available in your data, such as region, product line, customer, etc. From there, apply filters to constrain reports to any combination of tagged attributes in your data. Manage time horizons (history and forecast), as well as time periods (days, weeks, months [calendar or 4-4-5], quarters, and years). Hover-over individual cells to visualize pie charts, time-based charts, bar graphs and more. Easily export data to Excel for additional manipulation.
Other reporting features include:
- Forecast vs. Actual
- Continuity Report
- Gap Analysis and Gap Detail
- Exceptions Report
- Forecast at any time period, including 4-4-5
- Flexible product hierarchies with unlimited levels
- Bill of Materials expansion (BOM)
- Time-based BOMs that can change over time
- BOM elements with their own lead times
- Multiple units of measure (MOU)
- Conversion to financials (COGS, revenues, profit, etc.)