A developer’s analytics forecast

Business Analytics Suite™

Get better decision support, visual modeling, and simulation

Spreadsheets, by themselves, fall short of enterprise-scale modeling, but they remain effective tools when combined with an integrated and fully scalable modeling solution. That’s how we designed Business Analytics Suite — to give professional modelers surpassing advantages in decision support, visual modeling, and simulation to improve every analytics forecast.

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Improve Every Analytics Forecast

Surpassing advantages in decision support, visual modeling, and simulation

Spreadsheets, by themselves, fall short of enterprise-scale modeling, but they remain effective tools when combined with an integrated and fully scalable modeling solution. That’s how we designed Business Analytics Suite — to give professional modelers surpassing advantages in decision support, visual modeling, and simulation while integrating familiar tools.

Vanguard Studio™

At the core of Business Analytics Suite is Vanguard Studio, the application development environment for building models and testing long-term business strategies. Our solution does not replace spreadsheets. Instead, it picks up where they fall off – at the shift from simple, one-off analyses to enterprise-scale models. Spreadsheets are often components in our models, rolled up into high-level views. Learn More.

Vanguard Server™

More than an add-on, Vanguard Server transforms modeling into a collaborative, enterprise process. Publish, catalog, and manage access to the applications you build or that we build for you. Pull existing model sequences from a shared library into any work in progress. Learn More.

Analytics

  • Forecasting: Extrapolate historical performance data to guide strategic planning. Learn more.
  • Optimization: Subject complex problems to business constraints to find optimal solutions. Learn more.
  • Data analysis: Pull valuable information from historical or experimental data.
  • Decision tree analysis: Balance the risks and rewards of unique courses of action to determine best possible outcomes. Learn more.
  • Sensitivity analysis: Determine which assumptions drive your decisions most.
  • Web development: Transform models into interactive web applications. Learn more.
  • Monte Carlo simulation: Model uncertainty to help manage business risk. Simulate complex systems to determine the probability of potential outcomes. Learn more.
  • General modeling: Tackle logically complex problems and communicate your ideas clearly.

Visual modeling

The divide and conquer approach to problem-solving: Our hierarchical tree interface takes the divide-and-conquer approach to problem-solving. That is, to solve a complex problem, you simply divide it into two or more simpler components. To solve these component problems, apply the same process again, breaking them down into still finer elements. The result is a hierarchical tree.

User-defined formulas built for almost any purpose: Like spreadsheets, Vanguard trees are networks of user-defined formulas built for almost any purpose. Unlike spreadsheets, Vanguard automatically constructs a diagram that matches the logical structure of your model as you go. This visual outline makes it easier for you to tackle complex, ill-structured business problems.

Intuitive illustration of analyses: With Vanguard’s tree structure, your models are outlined and inherently presentational. The root node represents the solution you seek, and each branch provides increasingly detailed information about how that solution is derived. This feature makes it easy for someone who is unfamiliar with your model to quickly understand its function.

Automation

Automated Intelligence: Vanguard leads the industry in automated intelligence and predictive analytics forecast. A key example is forecast method selection. Our system pre-selects the optimal forecasting method and method parameters for your particular data. Other features that combine advanced analytics with automation include: Outlier Rejection to reduce the effects of inconsistent data, Level-Shift Detection to account for changes in underlying business conditions, In-Sample Testing to evaluate competing methods, and Fourier Spectral Analysis to identify seasonal patterns and business cycles.

Forecast Wizard: Vanguard’s Forecast Wizard guides you through all aspects of preparing a forecast. This includes importing historical data, finding the best forecast methods, and preparing output reports. Forecasts can run automatically (Vanguard chooses the best forecast method and parameters), semi-automatically (you choose the method and Vanguard chooses the optimal method-specific parameters), or manually (you choose the method and parameters).

Batch Forecast Wizard: Vanguard’s Batch Forecast Wizard prepares forecasts automatically for thousands of items at a time. The Batch Forecast Wizard is both extraordinarily fast and accurate.

Components

  • Vanguard Studio™: Web Application Development Environment and building block of the Vanguard application universe. Learn more.
  • Monte Carlo Simulation: Modeling uncertainty to simulate complex systems, reveal probabilities of outcomes, and help manage risk. Learn more.
  • Forecasting: Extrapolate historical performance data to predict and plan for the future. Learn more.
  • Decision Tree Analysis: Visual and analytic decision support to map the best course of action. Learn more.
  • Optimization: Linear programming and stochastic optimization to allocate resources most efficiently.
  • Web Development: Fine-tune models built with Studio as interactive, content-rich web resources. Learn more.

Vanguard Analytics Forecast in action: A deeper dive

  • Decision Support: Apply decision tree analysis and Markov simulations to determine your best course of action. Learn more.
  • Monte Carlo Simulation: Have your analytics tools kept pace with competitive business demands? Learn more.
  • Modeling and Simulation: Analytics forecast power for probative, predictive analyses. Scalability for enterprise growth. User-centric interface and architecture for maximum use and output. Learn more.

Why Vanguard System?

Vanguard System is knowledge-centric rather than data-centric. In addition to history, it captures management estimates and functional knowledge from throughout the organization to synthesize rigorous and realistic business models. This emphasis on knowledge focuses support on strategic decision-making.

Client Results

“Billions [of dollars] in operating margin and trillions in market capitalization separate supply chain winners from losers,” according to AMR Research. With Vanguard Predictive Planning™, best-in-class planners see:

15%

Reduction in inventory

17%

Increase in perfect-order fulfillment (complete, accurate, and on time)

35%

Increase in perfect-order fulfillment (complete, accurate, and on time)

90%

Increase in perfect-order fulfillment (complete, accurate, and on time)