Vanguard Predictive Planning
Dispelling misconceptions and mistrust around AI-enabled forecasting and planning tools.
With Artificial Intelligence capabilities automating more and more decisions and tasks in our personal lives, it can be a bit daunting to think of its expansion in the corporate world as well. Trusting a non-human entity to make decisions for your business seems risky, but it doesn’t have to be. The issue of trust may be the biggest hurdle modern organizations must face in reaping the real benefits of AI.
What AI-enabled planning looks like
A proper AI solution automates routine and non-routine decisions within its own parameters, and flags planners for human resolution when needed. The alerts and notifications that planners see are backed by as much knowledge as the system can provide, enabling well-informed human decision-making when decisions are out of scope for the system.
Autonomous (lights out) planning is not equivalent to planning in the dark – or having no control over your plans. Effectively, an AI-enabled tool performs work under human management. By freeing up planning time for human resources, organizations can jump from a reactive to a proactive planning approach instantaneously.
What AI-enabled planning doesn’t look like
No, there is no AI monster that is going to run amuck with your business plans.
The fact is AI & ML applications are not going to scale to the height of human ability – but they can often perform a breadth of tasks with higher accuracy. Processes, where time consumption is a significant opportunity cost to planners, can be confidently automated, and alert humans when higher level decisions need to be made.
Additional Benefits of AI vs Human Decision-Making
AI decision-making is not a replacement for forward-thinking leadership and strategic planning intelligence. But there are a few advantages (other than resource reduction) to using AI-enabled decision-making rather than human-led. Because machine learning algorithms can consider all possibilities in seconds, and self-correct when new information comes in, they are a more practical and accurate choice for many decisions.
Forecast method selection: each time new data enters the system, an AI-led tool will automatically self-check its forecast method selection to ensure the highest level of forecast accuracy. Time and time again, the machine learning algorithms have proven to produce more accurate forecasts for customers of the Predictive Planning Platform.
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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.