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Streamline Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP)

Manufacturers face increasing challenges to maximize both profitability and customer service. Product mixes are more diverse, industrial supply chains more complex, and customer requirements more demanding. Attempting to manage this new industrial supply chain requires more than a hodgepodge of partially connected databases and BI tools.

Automate and optimize industrial supply chain

Vanguard IBP for Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) is a unified cloud planning system that automates forecasting processes while applying best-in-class analytics to optimize capacity planning, production throughput, and service and inventory levels. Vanguard easily explodes Bill of Materials (BOM) from finished goods forecasts, and provides complex portfolio analyses and what-if testing using Monte Carlo simulation. In fact, Vanguard is one of the only forecasting & planning platforms built with state of the art modeling and simulation to holistically analyze varying courses of action (and outcome probabilities) under unlimited scenarios.

To improve margins, Vanguard reduces costs by automating routine and complex decision-making processes, and by connecting manufacturers in real-time with suppliers and buyers for improved supply chain efficiency and customer service. All of this maximizes the effectiveness of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), including Integrated Business Planning (IBP) with full financial integration.

Advanced analytic forecasting and planning

Vanguard IBP for Manufacturing Resource Planning supports all types of data synchronization, including near real-time point-of-sale (POS) transactions. This enables Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) collaborations that cut costs out of the supply chain to benefit both you and your vendors. The system’s advanced-analytic modeling and simulation capabilities support omni-channel sales and delivery while ensuring optimal inventory and labor — down to the store level. All of this is key to balancing product breadth and depth for best-net-profit assortment allocations that span thousands of SKUs and potentially hundreds of locations.

Best-in-market usability

Leverage Vanguard Software for part, or all, of your S&OP or IBP process: from sales forecasting to supply planning to financial forecasting and budgeting. Vanguard can integrate all of these distinct applications on a single platform designed to unify management estimates, exceptions, and data. The UI integrates seamlessly with your business processes, enabling diverse teams and users to communicate and collaborate. Plus, all changes and updates are dynamic, system-wide. Change your demand plan, and see that change reflect instantly in your inventory order schedule – on the same screen.

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“Vanguard satisfied all of the business requirements we were looking for in an end-to-end S&OP solution and at a very competitive price. It is a solid solution, giving you get a lot of bang for your buck.” -Dusty Hanson, Operations Planning Analyst at Memjet

Features

  • Demand forecasting
  • Product mix/portfolio analysis
  • Sales and operations planning (S&OP)
  • Supply chain planning
  • Information sharing

  • Operational efficiency
  • Equipment diagnostics
  • Surveys and research
  • Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO)
  • Artificially Intelligent forecast method recommendation

  • POS Demand Sensing
  • New Product Forecasting
  • Promotional Forecasting
  • Sell-to and sell-through forecasting
  • Bill of Materials (BOM) Support

Benefits

  • Predict demand for final products and raw materials, even when historical data is scarce.
  • Optimize product portfolios, pricing, and promotions.
    Product development: Estimate life-cycle costs and forecast adoption across all channels.
  • Enable real-time collaboration between Marketing & Sales and Operations to ensure production capacity can profitably support customer demand (and vice versa).
  • Optimize your supply chain network, inventory levels, distribution plans, and more.
  • Involve suppliers and customers in planning processes. Dynamically receive their latest demand and material availability estimates.

  • Conduct process improvement/Six Sigma projects to reduce costs, cycle times, and waste.
  • Expertly guide operators, technicians, and support agents through complex troubleshooting processes using automated question-and-answer sessions.
  • Know your market and understand your customers' needs, wishes, and opinions using online surveys.
  • Increase service levels; reduce safety stock; improve turns and profitability.
  • Automate the selection of the best-possible forecast methods and parameters.

  • Spot and respond to demand trends and signals in real time; improve downstream replenishment.
  • Optimize product transitions; identify cannibalization effects; respond automatically to seasonality and trends.
  • Optimize inventory levels and production scheduling.
  • Improve demand sensing and demand-supply planning.
  • Streamline production; eliminate errors, delays, and compliance failures.

Vanguard Software Applications

Our collaborative, web-based forecasting applications unite roles, teams and departments in achieving the most accurate forecasts in the world – bar none.