Vanguard Predictive Planning for Advanced Analytics

What Sets Us Apart

Knowledge Automation System

Truly smart decision systems speed users and providers through layers of complex interaction — call-center support, guided troubleshooting, emergency response and more. Vanguard Knowledge Automation System (KAS) delivers the tools to design, build and manage all of that, starting with a highly efficient development environment. Write rule-based systems for large or advanced applications, or create expert decision trees with no programming required. Global industry leaders rely on KAS for both high-volume processing and mission-critical decision making:

  • Customer support
  • Health triage
  • Diagnosis & treatment
  • Retirement planning
  • User query
  • Emergency response
  • Training
  • Website product search
  • Order placement
  • Call-scripting
  • Regulatory adherence
  • Troubleshooting

Business Solutions

  • Call Center Scripting: The call-center mission is best-possible support at the lowest possible cost. But these naturally competing objectives force managers into zero-sum analyses of the quality-cost balance. Vanguard is different. Our solution is double barreled to fire on both targets simultaneously. Learn more.
  • Web Self-Service: Enhance your website with intelligent, interactive applications. Capture visitor attributes and behaviors. Customize service delivery and experience. Help people find the right products, place orders, and troubleshoot. Sound like a lot? Learn more.
  • Web Applications: Take web services a step further. Build decision-support systems ranging from wizard-style help desks to predictive analytics applications. Publish systems as live, web applications for public use or for your corporate Intranet. Learn more.
  • Expert Systems: Build automated help desks, diagnostic tools, claims-processing applications and more — no programming required. Changes and updates are almost WYSIWYG easy. Learn more.

Business Rules Automation

Vanguard Knowledge Automation System lets you easily build automated desktop and web applications for vital business uses such as:

  • Process Automation
  • Decision Automation
  • Claims Processing
  • Application Reviews
  • Data Analysis
  • Operations Monitoring
  • Business Rules Systems

Custom User Interface

Knowledge Automation System includes two separate development interfaces:

  • Vanguard Studio – A desktop development environment for creating desktop or web-based applications using an intuitive interface and a simple programming language. Vanguard Studio automatically constructs a diagram that matches the logical structure of your application, a key visual aid for breaking down complex, ill-structured problems.
  • Vanguard CMS – A web-based, expert-system development tool for non-programmers. Vanguard CMS makes it easy for anyone to build applications using a simple interface and an inherently intuitive system.

Usage Statistics

Usage statistics in Knowledge Automation System increase the efficiency of your project by helping you discard unused questions and options while identifying most popular topics. Here are just a few of the available usage statistics:

  • Comprehensive Usage – Comprehensive usage statistics provide a summary of usage stats, as well as usage analysis information. Summary stats include the number of times and the average length of time a specific question appears. Usage analysis includes the number of user sessions by day, day of the week, and time of day, as well as session-duration statistics.
  • Top Referrers – Top referrers statistics include information about the web addresses that link to your project, including the number of user sessions that are the result of a referral, and the average time spent in your application by each user.
  • Top Users – Top users statistics include information about usage according to the IP address of each user, including which users have initiated the most sessions with your application, and the average time spent in your application by each user.

The Vanguard Difference

Vanguard Software has two-decades experience building business-analytics systems for many of the world’s most influential and respected companies. We’re uniquely qualified to help you realize above-market returns on what we know to be unmatched business-analytics software.

Components

Featured resources

White paper

Advanced Analytic Forecasting
 

Case study

Aurobindo saw a 99% increase in inventory utilization

White paper

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

Automate your supply chain planning

With Vanguard Predictive Planning, most of the supply chain planning process can be automated through artificial intelligence, prescriptive analytics, a robust rules engine, and extensive workflow.

Planners are left to make potential overrides and provide oversight for exceptions. Through a unified IBP platform, organizations can now understand the true end-to-end implications of any sales forecast or demand change in real-time.

Results

“Billions [of dollars] in operating margin and trillions in market capitalization separate supply chain winners from losers,” according to AMR Research.


Best-in-class planners see:

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reduction in inventory

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stronger perfect order fulfillment

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shorter cash to cash cycle times

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fewer stockouts than competitors

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."

 

Ana Rodriguez

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"

 

Brent Phillips

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.”

 

Renee Thomas Jacobs

CEO, Buy Auto Parts

"From the first time we loaded our data into Vanguard, we've been happy with the results. Between heigtening 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."

 

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."

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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