Strategic planning is one of the most critical
activities that businesses perform. The resulting
decisions are far-reaching and greatly affect ultimate
successes or failures. The Vanguard System™ gives
you confidence that your decisions are the right
Adding Structure to Chaos
Strategic planning is so difficult because it involves
many interdependent facets of a company. Vanguard makes
the process of modeling these complex interactions easy
due to its sophisticated yet simple interface, which
enables you to capture expert knowledge from within your
company and apply it to your strategic planning efforts.
Leveraging your existing company knowledge with our
unique combination of Expert System technology and
advanced analytical methods gives you the power to grow
your company faster and more confidently.
With Vanguard, you are able to build comprehensive
planning models using the knowledge of expert employees
who are spread throughout your organization. In other
words, Vanguard frees you from having to rely on the
analysis of a single modeler with second-hand knowledge.
Instead, Vanguard directly involves key individuals in a
collaborative modeling process to create a collective
intelligence that is unachievable any other way. This
collective intelligence is captured as component models
in a reusable knowledge base, or model library, that
grows through continued use.
Vanguard automatically handles all of the intricate
complexities of combining models when they are built by
people in different countries using different currencies,
different time scales, and different update schedules.
Quantify your Strategic Plan
No strategic plan is complete without fully
quantifying the financial and operational impacts of
decisions at all levels of an organization. Even when
historical data is scarce, Vanguard knows how to
interpret your management estimates, assumptions, and
By simulating thousands of real-world scenarios at the
same time, Vanguard enables you test your plans in a
virtual world where mistakes are inexpensive. You can
test all your alternatives and choose the best course of
action; try your own what-if scenarios; or, let
Vanguard identify your most important risks and
opportunities so you know exactly where to focus your
Getting Stakeholder Buy-In
Vanguard also helps you get stakeholder buy-in for
strategic initiatives. Using our intuitive and
interactive Web reports, stakeholders can review
assumptions, explore the analysis, and even perform their
own what-if scenarios. Engaged stakeholders who
directly contribute to a planning and analysis process
are more likely to feel informed, confident, and willing
to give their support.
Benefits / Features
- Collaboration: Many individuals
simultaneously contribute to a strategic planning
effort. Like building blocks, easily combine
their knowledge, assumptions, and historical data
into models of complex decisions.
- Scalable: A small group or many
departments, Vanguard supports strategic planning
activities of any size.
- Roll up / Drill down: Roll-up
your analysis to see the effects on the
enterprise as a whole, or drill down into
specific areas of the business for greater detail
- Instant Web reports: With a few
clicks, Vanguard turns models into interactive
Web reports. Access your models anytime from
anywhere, fully exercise the models in real time,
and distribute your results to everyone who needs
- Easy integration: Vanguard
integrates directly with your existing business
systems such as databases, enterprise
applications, and even spreadsheets.
- Version control: Track who made
changes to your models and roll back assumptions
to any date and time.
Vanguard's forecasting software will help you answer
pivotal questions such as:
- What are the major risks we face now?
- How much cash do we need to be sure we
can cover all planned activities?
- In which projects should we invest to
maximize the portfolio effect and cancel
- Should we go forward with a planned
- How will acquiring a competitor affect
our expected profits and risks?
- Should we sell an underperforming
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