The Official Planning System of Record, Differentiation, and Innovation

Planning System of Record

Supply chain performance relies on forward-thinking Supply Chain Planning (SCP) and business forecasting, a coveted place where executives can solve for future problems – today. Supply Chain Planning maturity is an evolution that typically begins with an inwardly-focused, push-production strategy; and morphs into a responsive, integrated, and demand-driven supply chain with the right investment and process-goal alignment.

A Unified Planning System

While each department may need their own plan for various reasons, integrating plans on a unified platform, and forming a Planning System of Record (SOR), will allow for the application of advanced analytics, predicting future scenarios and prescribing optimal actions. In a unified Planning SOR, we can feed that analysis back into the process, optimizing plans in real time. But all of that innovation and automation relies on a system that is unified end-to-end, one that supports a single view of the truth, regardless of departmental input.

Vanguard will:

  • Integrate and synchronize previously siloed plans across functions/departments
  • Enable a single version of the truth
  • Allow cloud-based creation, collaboration, management, and visualization of plans in real time
  • Provide end-to-end visibility and alignment across your organization
  • Optimize plans in real time with predictive and prescriptive analytics

Differentiated processes, innovative insights

Another marker of SCP maturity is the native support of industry-specific processes in the integrated planning system. Such process, all supported by Vanguard, include:

With configurable workflows, Sales & Operations planning is more intuitive than ever. This real-time aspect of Vanguard Predictive Planning allows organizations to balance demand with supply and capacity, evaluate probabilistic-based plans with tradeoffs, and track performance in one place.

Optimize inventory strategies across the entire network with true Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization. Model outcomes utilizing different inventory strategies to see which will produce the optimal result (clients see inventory reductions of 10-30%). Increase service levels while cutting inventory by automating the inventory planning process.

Leveraging powerful advanced analytics forecasting on a unified, cloud-based platform will improve foresight and strengthen reaction power, meaning that you are better able to sense upcoming demand, react to it, and shape it to achieve business goals.

Deploying a supply chain planning solution like Vanguard as an SCP System of Record, Differentiation, and Innovation will place key knowledge in the hands of decision-makers, empowering them to shape future outcomes.  Rising to the occasion is a planning solution that can integrate previously siloed plans, differentiate processes, predict the future, and prescribe the best courses of action.

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About Vanguard Software

Vanguard Software introduced its first product for decision support analysis in 1995. Today, companies across every major industry and more than 60 countries rely on the Vanguard Predictive Planning platform. Vanguard Software is based in Cary, North Carolina.

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