Vanguard Predictive Planning™ for Sales
Vanguard Predictive Planning is a native cloud planning that leverages advanced analytics to predict future sales. Combine this capability with the human element and insight into new account wins (and losses), and your sales teams and their stakeholders are always updated, coordinated, and working collaboratively.
Forecast preparation is fully automated. Accuracy is optimized through state-of-the-art algorithms. Reports and dashboards are instantaneous and dynamic. All plans are unified, thus ensuring real-time changes to the sales forecast appear in downstream plans when they happen. In short, Vanguard Predictive Planning enables your organization to improve and connect sales.
Sales forecasting, optimized
One of the most time-consuming tasks for sales teams is creating sales forecasts. Vanguard automatically analyzes historical sales data and incorporates the trends, seasonality, and other patterns it finds into baseline forecasts. Vanguard also creates forecasts for product launches, replacements, and phase-outs. From any device, at any time, sales reps can quickly review these automatically prepared forecasts and easily adjust and override them based on their knowledge of customers, competitors, and market trends. Now, organizations can combine the human aspect of forecasting with the most accurate system-generated forecasts available.
Why Vanguard Predictive Planning™
Automate planning processes with a powerful AI engine and an unlimited number of strategy choices and constraints. Build advanced workflows, set alerts and notifications, and manage by exception. Provide planners with the most accurate and up-to-date predictions that will result in harmonious, goal-based decision-making across all plans.
Leverage team wisdom in meaningful ways with Vanguard’s Collaboration Hub. Broadcast messaging, system-wide searching, and hashtagging are all supported by the built-in, actionable collaboration feed. Incorporate the team’s hard-earned wisdom while staying true to the data. Plug in key knowledge to improve forecast and planning accuracy.
Remain resilient against variability with Vanguard’s market-leading advanced analytics: artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and an optimization engine. Analyze what-if scenarios with the support of Monte Carlo simulations to understand the probabilities of various outcomes. Turn uncertainty into profit.
Enable end-to-end visibility and alignment. At the heart of Vanguard Predictive Planning™ is our Unified High-Performance In-Memory Object (UHIO) database which supports a unified data model across all plans. Watch a change to the sales forecast impact the demand, supply, capacity, production, and financial plans 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
Automate supply chain planning
With Vanguard Predictive Planning, most of the supply chain planning process can be automated. A combination of artificial intelligence, predictive and prescriptive analytics, a robust rules engine, and advanced workflows makes this possible. This automation and accuracy layered onto a truly unified IBP platform allows organizations to understand and act on the end-to-end implications of potential decisions.
Industry analysts agree that automating as many decisions as possible helps improve efficiencies and the maturity of supply chain teams. Automation is an important step for supply chains to scale and support growth in a cost-effective manner.
Improve forecast accuracy
Forecast accuracy is one of the most underrated aspects of supply chain planning software, mostly because everyone agrees that a point forecast is always wrong. What they miss, however, is that the forecast range (confidence intervals) is what needs to be correct. How that range is calculated is the crucial differentiator. Monte Carlo simulation offers a superior confidence interval (range) when compared with typical point techniques. It analyzes hundreds or thousands of scenarios in seconds to generate the intervals. Vanguard clients make use of these exceptional forecasts through our platform to better optimize inventory and operations, and improve financial performance.
Reduce costs, minimize stockouts, and improve profits and customer satisfaction
Market-leading supply chains keep optimal inventory levels to avoid lost sales and stockouts while improving customer satisfaction. It all starts with the forecast. Supply and production plans cannot be optimized if their input (the forecast) is poor. Improved forecast accuracy boosts both plans (supply and production). In turn, your organization will see a reduction in stockouts, optimized safety-stock levels, and a reduction in inventory carrying costs, thereby increasing your working capital. A by-product of this improved accuracy is an increase in customer fulfillment and satisfaction while lowering inventory levels. This is the desired result for any supply chain; Vanguard Predictive Planning helps you achieve it.
Supply chain digitization
Whether your organization ison the verge of a digital transformation or in the midst of one, Vanguard Predictive Planning is a key software component for the journey. Vanguard is a native cloud supply chain planning platform that is inherently digital. Leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced analytics, and omni-channel support, Vanguard will transform your supply chain planning processes overnight. Improvements to your service levels, costs, agility, inventory levels, and processes are continuously optimized, resulting in operational excellence. Vanguard helps your organization leverage more mature and transformative features of the platform. For example, Vanguard integrates disparate data sources such as inventory, shipments, and customer orders to yield a more accurate forecast, anticipating problems before they occur.