Beyond the Forecast
Vanguard lets you go beyond forecasting by telling you exactly
what drives your forecast and what you can do about it.
- What-if analysis: Checks your forecasts under
- Sensitivity analysis: Reviews your forecasts
and determines which factors have the greatest impacts.
- Forecast optimization: Determines the best
possible decisions in order to improve future outcomes.
In addition, forecasts are always inputs to some other
decision-making process within an organization; so, Vanguard lets you
dynamically link your forecasts to these processes. For example,
Manufacturing can directly link to product demand forecasts from
Marketing and Sales and use them in real-time to optimally schedule
production as part of a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
Forecasting Software Comparisons
Vanguard offers the following products for business foresting:
Forecast Server - For the Business User
Vanguard Forecast Server helps you prepare high-quality forecasts
based on trends, patterns, and seasonality in your historical data,
upcoming events and promotions, and your insights into the future of
For more details about applications of our forecasting software,
Business Analytics Suite - For the Individual Modeling Expert
The Business Analytics Suite includes all of the
capabilities of the Operational and Strategic Forecasting
Suites, plus the ability to perform decision tree
analysis and business optimizations. This
product is designed for professional modelers who need the highest
level of functionality.
Once you have generated a good prediction model, the next step in
business planning is to use the model to test alternative plans in
the search for the optimal plan. The Business Analytics Suite
includes a very powerful optimizer that can automatically find the
optimal business strategy for you.
Vanguard's Stochastic Optimizer can solve any optimization
problem. There are no requirements regarding linearity,
discontinuities, or other model characteristics that limit virtually
all other optimization tools. The Stochastic Optimizer even supports
Grid-based computing, making it possible to solve massive problems
using spare CPU time on your colleagues' desktop computers.
For more details, refer to the Business Analytics
Suite product page.
Vanguard System - For the Expert Modeling Group
Each of the products above is deployed as a single-user desktop
application. The Vanguard System supports all of the
capabilities of all of the products above, but is deployed
as a Web-based, client server application that
supports many users. The server-based delivery makes it possible to
collaborate on large modeling projects and it lets
you link your models to internal applications.
For more details, refer to the Vanguard System product
Vanguard builds reports on-demand to help you visualize your
forecasts, understand portfolio effects, and see the impacts of
Vanguard will automatically find the
best forecast method and parameters to fit your historical
You can override Vanguard's selection
of forecast method, parameters, or both.
Advanced Outlier Rejection technology
will automatically identify missing data or inconsistent data
that should be excluded from your forecast analysis.
Vanguard's Outlier Rejection will even
detect level shifts that are common when the addition or
deletion of inventory items affects a related item.