Business Analytics Suite™

A developer’s platform for modeling solutions

Business Analytics Suite™

Surpassing advantages in decision support, visual modeling, and simulation

Spreadsheets by themselves fall short of enterprise-scale modeling, but they remain effective tools when combined with an integrated and fully scalable modeling solution. That’s how we designed Business Analytics Suite — to give professional modelers surpassing advantages in decision support, visual modeling, and simulation while integrating familiar tools.

Vanguard Studio™

At the core of Business Analytics Suite is Vanguard Studio, the application development environment for building models and testing long-term business strategies. Our solution does not replace spreadsheets. Instead it picks up where they fall off, at the shift from simple, one-off analyses to enterprise-scale models. Spreadsheets are often components in our models, rolled up into high-level views.

Vanguard Server™

More than an add-on, Vanguard Server transforms modeling into a collaborative, enterprise process. Publish, catalog, and manage access to the applications you build (or that we build for you). Pull existing model sequences from a shared library into any work in progress.

Analytics

  • 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 courses of action to determine best possible outcomes. Learn more.
  • Sensitivity analysis: Determine which assumptions drive your decisions most.
  • 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.

Visual modeling

The divide and conquer approach to problem-solving: Our hierarchical-tree interface takes the divide and conquer approach to problem-solving. That is, to solve a complex problem you simply 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.

User-defined formulas built for almost any purpose: 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 for you to tackle complex, ill-structured business problems.

Intuitive illustration of analyses: With Vanguard’s tree structure, 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 feature makes it easy for someone who is unfamiliar with your model to quickly understand its function.

Automation

Automated Intelligence: Vanguard quantum leaps the competition in automated intelligence. A key example is forecast method selection. Our system pre-selects the optimal forecasting method (and method parameters) for your particular 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.

Forecast Wizard: 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).

Batch Forecast Wizard: Vanguard’s Batch Forecast Wizard prepares forecasts automatically for thousands of items at a time. The Batch Forecast Wizard is both extraordinarily fast and accurate.

Components

  • Vanguard Studio™: Web Application Development Environment and building bloc 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 determining 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 from throughout the organization to synthesize rigorous and realistic business models. This emphasis on knowledge focuses support on strategic decision making.

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

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."

 

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."

Technical features

 

Promotion planning

The ability to model and manage promotions (or integrate with third-party promotion tools) is a key differentiator of Vanguard Predictive Planning. With a robust set of techniques to model promotions, Vanguard Predictive Planning sets itself apart.

Master production scheduling

Vanguard Predictive Planning creates the optimal schedule for production based on rules and constraints.

S&OP workflows

Workflows are the backbones of every supply chain plan. Vanguard Predictive Plan includes advanced, easy-to-define and support workflows to enable planning and S&OP processes.

AI engine

Vanguard Predictive Planning leverages artificial intelligence in multiple aspects of the platform, including forecast method selection, demand prediction and pattern detection, and automation of tasks.

Demand profiles

Forecast automation and accuracy plus optimized inventory and operations increase profits and profitability by reducing stockouts, lost sales, emergency orders, and labor and customer acquisition costs.

Automatic detection

Vanguard Predictive Planning automatically detects and excludes outliers from the forecast.

Advanced workflows

Workflows are the backbones of every supply chain plan. Vanguard Predictive Planning offers users advanced, easy-to-define and support workflows to enable both planning and S&OP processes.

Exception-based planning

More mature supply chains manage by exception; Vanguard Predictive Planning enables extensive exception-based processes.

BI and dashboards

There is no need for a third-party BI solution. Vanguard Predictive Planning includes robust reporting and dashboard capabilities.

End-to-end planning

Vanguard Predictive Planning is an integrated business planning platform that provides organizations with true end-to-end planning and visibility.

Collaboration Hub

Vanguard Predictive Planning comes with an industry-leading collaboration portal, which enables organizations to never again have siloed planning or limitations to who can collaborate.

Machine learning

Vanguard Predictive Planning leverages machine learning algorithms as part of its artificial intelligence capabilities.

Demand sensing

Vanguard Predictive Planning includes proprietary forecasting methods for near real-time forecasts.

Real-time analytics

With a unified data model, Vanguard Predictive Planning delivers analytics in real-time as soon as any changes occur to the plan or data. Additionally, users can set alerts to be notified of such changes.

In memory what-if analysis

With support for millions of SKUs, Vanguard users can forecast instantly for any number of products and scenarios. Vanguard’s in-memory database (UHIO) enables lightning fast calculations so users do not have any downtime.

Simulation

Move past single-threaded what-if scenario planning to true simulation. Monte Carlo simulation lets you instantly run hundreds or thousands of scenarios with a range of variables.

Monte Carlo simulation

Plan based on probabilities and improve forecast confidence intervals using Monte Carlo simulation.

Market-leading statistical forecasting

Part of the value supply chain planning software brings to organizations is a library of forecasting methods. Vanguard Predictive Planning is the most robust on the market, providing users with the most accurate results.

Financial forecasts

While some solutions can “dollarize” plans, Vanguard Predictive Planning creates financial forecasts including cashflow, net income, and various financial reports out-of-the-box.

Top-down, bottom-up, and middle-out forecasting

Regardless of how your organization generates forecasts, Vanguard Predictive Planning supports it all. Vanguard also supports any combination of SKU-location, SKU-warehouse, customer, and more.

Collaborative forecasting

Collaborative planning and forecasting enhances supply chain integration. Vanguard Predictive Planning maximizes the collaboration potential for teams to exchange information internally and externally.

What-if scenarios

Complete support for unlimited what-if scenarios that you can save and share. Additionally, non-forecast owners can propose forecast changes for any scenario.

Causal forecasting

Organizations should try to determine the leading indicators that impact demand for their products. Vanguard Predictive Planning fully supports this analysis and forecasting technique.

Segmentation

Vanguard Predictive Planning supports a wide array of SKU segmentation methods including, but not limited to, ABC, speed, cost, or service levels.

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