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Sales & Operations Planning

Turn Competing Objectives into Synchronized Plans

Vanguard Sales and Operations Planning helps predict all facets of supply and demand to improve production scheduling, inventory management, logistics, supply-chain management and financial planning. Our application synthesizes inputs from sales, operations, marketing and finance into centrally-stored forecasts that update in real time across distributed systems. From raw material to market ready, Vanguard has the capacity to unite people and systems in shared planning processes that improve value-chain efficiency, customer service and your bottom line.

Why Vanguard S&OP

It’s a fact. Integrated companies out maneuver those cleft by silos. We didn’t spend two decades in supply-chain management just to realize this. We did it to engineer the best enterprise planning software in market – one that balances advanced analytics with communication and workflow mastery.

It’s more than words. Collaboration brings into view oft-missed criteria such as promotions, cannibalization, competitor actions, supply changes, and phase-outs. Multiple work fronts converge from all sides to speed projects along.

Vanguard Sales & Operations Planning is the collaborative nexus. We deliver a unified system through which your various teams share and contribute. Any authorized project partner can layer historical data with suggestions or foreknowledge from his vantage in the enterprise. Critical info that once languished in silos flows straight into the work stream. No longer are forecasts based solely on history. No longer are assumptions woefully incomplete. Our goal is to help you build these bridges – digital, and human.

A sure way to boost profit is to boost productivity — a workforce marshalled together.


Vanguard Sales And Operations Planning is part of the Vanguard Forecast Server™ product line. Forecast Server’s collaborative, web-based applications unite roles, teams and departments in achieving the most accurate forecasts in the world – bar none.

  • Synthesize inputs from multiple remote users in real time and from any device to increase detail and buy-in.
  • Run exhaustive simulations faster than any competitor.
  • Integrate outputs directly with existing ERP systems.
  • Tap source data directly to eliminate spreadsheet cut-and-paste, manual processing, errors, version confusion, and static reports.
  • Promote adoption using a highly intuitive interface, time-saving automation, dynamic reporting options (dollars, units, etc.), and minimal required software or statistics knowledge.
  • Forecast demand for new, growth, and mature products.
  • Monitor crystal-clear audit trail to easily manage user access, assumption changes, and proposals.
  • Let world-class advanced analytics determine your optimal statistical method for each forecast, or select an override to reflect foreknowledge not present in your data.
  • Monitor accuracy and forecaster performance over time.
  • Drill down through line items to reveal forecast assumptions in micro detail.
  • Roll up data for innumerable macro views. Slice and dice across products, customers, regions, etc.
  • Forecast demand for new, growth, and mature products.

The Vanguard Difference

Vanguard Software has two-decades of experience building advanced forecasting and planning systems for many of the world’s most influential and respected companies. We’re uniquely qualified to help you realize above-market returns on what we know to be unmatched business-analytics software.