Vanguard Predictive Planning™ for Advanced Analytics
What sets Vanguard apart
Business Analytics Suite™
Spreadsheets alone fall short of enterprise-scale modeling. However, they remain effective tools when combined with an integrated and fully scalable modeling solution. Vanguard designed Business Analytics Suite gives professional modelers advantages in decision support, visual modeling, and simulation while integrating familiar tools.
At the core of Business Analytics Suite is Vanguard Studio™, the application development environment for building models and testing long-term business strategies. It doesn’t replace spreadsheets; it picks up where they fall short, at the shift from simple, one-off analyses, to enterprise-scale models. Spreadsheets are often components in Vanguard models, rolled up into high-level views.
Vanguard Server transforms modeling into a collaborative, enterprise process. Publish, catalog, and manage access to the applications you build (or that Vanguard builds for you). Pull existing model sequences from a shared library into any work in progress.
- 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 course of actions to determine best possible outcomes. Learn more
- Sensitivity analysis: Determine which assumptions drive your decisions.
- 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
Vanguard’s hierarchical-tree interface takes the “divide and conquer” approach to problem-solving. To solve a complex problem, 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.
Like spreadsheets, Vanguard trees are essentially 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 to tackle complex, ill-structured business problems.
Vanguard’s tree structure is also intuitively illustrative of analyses. 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 makes it easy for someone who is unfamiliar with your model to quickly understand its function.
Vanguard quantum leaps the competition in automated intelligence. A key example is forecast method selection. Vanguard pre-selects the optimal forecasting method (and method parameters) for your 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.
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).
Vanguard’s Batch Forecast Wizard prepares forecasts automatically for thousands of items at a time. It is both extraordinarily fast and accurate.
- Vanguard Studio™: Web Application Development Environment and building block of 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 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: Analytic 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 across the organization to synthesize rigorous and realistic business models. This emphasis on knowledge focuses support on strategic decision making.
Automate your supply chain planning
With Vanguard Predictive Planning™, the supply chain planning process can be automated through artificial intelligence, prescriptive analytics, a robust rules engine, and extensive workflow.
Planners can make potential overrides and provide oversight for exceptions. Through a unified IBP platform, organizations can understand the end-to-end implications of any sales forecast or demand change in real-time.
“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:
Reduction in inventory
Increase in perfect-order fulfillment (complete, accurate, and on time)
Shorter cash-to-cash cycle times
Fewer stock-outs than competitors
What our clients have to say
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."
Director, Enterprise Applications and Integrations
"Vanguard has enabled Skullcandy to be more automated and calculated with our Demand Planning. The usability and thorough on-boarding and configuration process offered by Vanguard enabled us to completely migrate from our historical software very quickly"
Director of Demand Planning at Traeger Grills
“Our team selected Vanguard Software because we believe they are the best solution for our current demand planning needs and future supply planning needs.”
CEO, Buy Auto Parts
"From the first time we loaded our data into Vanguard, we've been happy with the results. Between heightening our understanding of sales cycle curves, the immense flexibility, and responsiveness of the platform, and providing a single view of all items and categories, we've had a very positive experience."
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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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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