Vanguard Software Releases IBP Connector for Dynamics AX and 365

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Vanguard Integrated Business Planning (IBP) delivers enterprise-class forecasting and planning with unmatched setup speed, data connectivity, ease of use, and ROI for new and existing installations.

Vanguard Software has outfitted its IBP platform for seamless, two-way integration with Microsoft Dynamics® AX and Dynamics 365 for Operations, the company announced today.

Dynamics AX and Dynamics 365 Connector

Vanguard’s new connector and integration toolset brings its best-of-breed forecasting and planning applications to AX users in days, versus weeks or months for other enterprise-scale planning platforms. The integration is ideal for organizations in various industries that use, or plan to use, Dynamics AX or its latest evolution, Dynamics 365 for Operations.

Vanguard IBP applications help organizations optimize production scheduling, inventory management, logistics, and financial planning. They are also fully integrated to drive the entire S&OP or IBP process.

“Unlike most other planning suites, the Vanguard IBP platform delivers easy, automated, two-way integration with AX in a manner that strictly follows Microsoft certification guidelines,” said Jamie Loeks, Senior Dynamics AX Specialist in Supply Chain for Argo Turboserve Corporation (ATC), a Supply Chain Management (SCM) services company focused on Nuclear, Aerospace, Industrial Supply Chain, and Distribution & Services Industries. “Vanguard’s integration technology automatically updates forecasts, min-max inventory levels and other key data across the two systems. As a result, these data are always current in Dynamics AX,” said Loeks.

Fast, Dynamic Integration for Fast, Dynamic ROI

“We understand the scale and complexity of the ERP investment, and the difficulty that organizations have showing a positive net return on the process,” said Neal Goffman, VP of Sales and Marketing for Vanguard Software. “That’s why we’ve geared our solution to drive value from ERP — and in short order.”

Goffman said Vanguard IBP applications can be integrated in days, which means improved forecast accuracy and optimization can start driving returns immediately. That’s in the form of lower safety stock, higher fulfillment rates, faster response to market changes, manual labor automation, and much more.

Vanguard IBP features detailed simulation and optimization modules that adjust for strong seasonal demand, limited historical sales, and more. It also features advanced automation, which applies the optimal forecast method (automatically), a key benefit for non-expert business users. Finally, collaborative workflow design ensures that the right people put the right knowledge and insight into the equation.


  • Complete set-up in days
  • Live synchronization with database
  • Dynamic data-push back to database: Forecasts, min-max inventory levels
  • Multiple implementation options: AX (AOS), files, web services
  • Unlimited time-series data capability
  • Strictly adherent integration technology — Microsoft Dynamics best practices
  • Web-based user access (on-premises and cloud) for real-time and remote data access, management, and reporting
  • Enterprise-class performance in capacity, speed, security, and accuracy

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 to reduce overstocks, optimize inventory distribution, reduce supply costs with an agile platform based on advanced algorithmic modeling. Based in Cary, North Carolina, Vanguard Software makes every supply chain more resilient through better forecasting, scheduling, and replenishment.