Business Analytics Suite™ Monte Carlo simulation

What sets us apart

Write code, run Excel, or buy Vanguard

Do your analytic tools sharpen or dull your competitive edge? Business Analytics Suite (part of Vanguard System) is a modeling and simulation platform that delivers above-market capabilities for above-market outcomes.

Enterprise-grade capability

In building Monte Carlo simulation models, you have three basic options:

  • Build from scratch using a low-level programming language
  • Load up a spreadsheet that has a Monte Carlo simulation add-in
  • Create your model using Vanguard Business Analytics Suite

Building from scratch allows for high-performance models, but development costs can be prohibitive and the resulting models are difficult to update. Spreadsheet models are easier to build, but performance is limited. Vanguard offers the best of both worlds.

Business Analytics Suite combines the ease of spreadsheet modeling with the power of custom tools. Our solution handles projects hundreds of times larger than spreadsheet models, and runs simulations thousands of times faster. Our collaborative environment kicks it up further by opening the door to diverse contributors from across the enterprise. This drives efficiency in the modeling process and increases the accuracy of results, especially for large undertakings. In short, Vanguard’s enterprise-class modeling solutions remain head-and-shoulders above the fray, unmatched in capacity, speed, and accuracy.

Lightning fast

A single computer running Vanguard can perform a Monte Carlo simulation 10 to 100 times faster than Excel. This performance is on par with custom programmed models. But we didn’t stop there. Vanguard also supports grid computing, a network of computers that can perform a simulation thousands of times faster than a spreadsheet. Setting up a computer grid is as simple as ‘permissioning’ Vanguard to use spare CPU capacity on your company’s or work group’s computers. The result is supercomputing power without the supercomputing budget.

Model capacity

Imagine linking together all of the individual spreadsheet models you’ve built to create an enterprise model. This would reveal how risks in one project area are affected by other projects; or, reveal ahead of time what problems will arise when different projects compete for the same resources.

Portfolio modeling requires a level of capacity well beyond that of spreadsheets. It also requires an architecture that links together models built by different people using different time frames, currencies, units of measure, etc. Vanguard makes this possible through a component-based, collaborative modeling infrastructure.

Featured resources

Business Analytics Suite™ Monte Carlo simulation 1

White paper

Advanced analytics forecasting
 
Business Analytics Suite™ Monte Carlo simulation 2

Case study

Aurobindo saw a 99% increase in inventory utilization

Business Analytics Suite™ Monte Carlo simulation 1

White paper

Portfolio Review to Full S&OP with Cloud-Based Advanced Analytics

Customer testimonials

Joachim Schwarzkopf MBA, PhD

Senior Portfolio Manager, Novartis – Vaccines & Diagnostics

"We are making strategic decisions that have long-term impacts on our business. Without Vanguard, we would not have the visibility and analysis we need to make the right decisions."

 

Jim Cafferty

Lead Evaluator for Winzer

“One vendor stood head and shoulders above the others through the process — Vanguard Software. Vanguard consistently worked harder and provided more tangible, high-quality data and answers to questions than any other competitor.”

Vijay Ramadoss

IT Technical & Management Expert

"Vanguard is really easy to use and allows you to quickly pull demand data to use to support the business. Vanguard’s staff is always willing to help out with any question/concern I have about the system/information. Vanguard’s onsite training was extremely beneficial to help learn the tricks of the tool."

Vijay Rama

Geoffrey Taylor

Logistics and Inventory Manager, AFT Pharmaceuticals

 

"We looked for a software which could deliver the necessary requirement for our business and allows for customization. Vanguard has that capability and proven to be a reliable software, with a good supporting team behind it."

Cameron Yee

Business Analytics Manager, Buy Auto Parts

 

"After reviewing five different forecast systems, Vanguard excelled in all our requirements. Vanguard has great visualization and interface tools to assist with Ad-hoc and strategic analysis. The ability to measure statistical forecast accuracy greatly adds merit to the competency of the system. What really sold us was the exceptional customer service support to maximize the full potential of the software."

David White

Business Intelligence Manager, Endeavour

 

"After the initial Pre Sales demonstrations to our prospects, the most common statement is not whether they wanted to go ahead, it is when should we start the trial."

Ewelina Piasecka

Demand Planning Manager, Sensata Technologies

 

"Vanguard brought massive, positive improvements to purchasing, confidence, and stock reduction. Their system helped us stabilize production. That saved us money, but it also enabled us to grow the business more sustainably. Instead of managing spikes in demand, we achieved much greater stability in production scheduling and fulfillment."

Curt Mason

Financial Analyst, Francesca's

 

"We use Vanguard to effectively create and distribute sales plans to our field leadership to help them manage their business units."

Dave Palew

Director of Supply Chain, Aurobindo Pharma USA

 

"At its core, Vanguard Forecast Server is a user-friendly forecast generator with powerful analytical tools and easy-to-read reports. As users become more adept with the system, their ability to manage and manipulate forecasts increases tremendously. The results are consistently more accurate forecasts, time and again, and better forecast accuracy leads directly to a better bottom line for our business."

Marcia Ferrill

Assistant Director, Planning and Development – Kansas Department of Transportation

 

"Vanguard's forecasting process makes us so much more effective as an agency, especially when every dollar really counts."

Patty Thompson

Sr. Accountant, SDOT

 

"South Dakota DOT had heard from another State DOT about how they forecast their cash, and because we had been looking for that type of system, we spoke with that agency and decided to inquire about getting a similar system tweaked to fit our needs."

Tim Oligmueller

Director of Business Intelligence, Keen Footwear

 

"The reason I chose Vanguard was the quality of the pre-sales support and assistance in setting up a proof of concept with our actual data. While functionality was similar between all the choices your team and immediate sales support are what closed the deal."

Chris Patterson

Demand Planning Manager, Natrol

 

"Vanguard is a premier forecasting tool for businesses of all sizes. The data flexibility, reporting tools, continuous support is why we chose Vanguard over other software solutions."

Carl Turner

Vice President of Supply Chain, Mayne Pharma

 

"Our company grew rapidly with the acquisition of a large number of products that more than doubled our sku (stock keeping units) base. We were implementing a robust Sales and Operations (S&OP) process and needed a tool to assist our team in forecasting demand. We evaluated multiple solutions and continued to return to Vanguard based on their solution and the quality of their design and support team. Since implementing Vanguard we have seen a substantial improvement in our forward looking forecast as measured by our Mean Absolute Percentage Error. We are confident we made the right selection in choosing Vanguard."

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