Vanguard Predictive Planning™ for Workforce
Most workforce planning solutions model organizations’ hiring needs without an analytics-based driver. Vanguard Predictive Planning, forecasts capacity with market-leading algorithms, enabling true optimal performance to identify resource shortages or excesses. This is a key differentiator from most workforce planning solutions.
Unified planning delivered
Planning in silos is error-prone and gives sub-par results. Vanguard Predictive Planning, on the other hand, enables true unified planning. Changes in demand for a product or service will show real-time impact on workforce capacity plans and alert users of potential issues. Users can then run different what-if models to determine the optimal plan of action, balancing risks, costs, and other variables.
The ability to accurately gauge and position workforce demand against workforce capacity is critical. However, very few organizations do it well. Continuous change, unrealistic prioritization, too many projects, and inaccurate capacity evaluations pose a constant challenge. Meanwhile, failure to balance capacity supply and demand can sap workforce productivity, destabilize projects, and delay time-to-market and other critical ventures.
Vanguard Predictive Planning, an Integrated Business Planning (IBP) platform, automates capacity planning and applies advanced-analytic modeling and simulation to identify the optimal path forward under multiple scenarios. This cuts substantial time and cost from the planning process and enables decision-making based on calculated, best-possible outcomes. The results are as follows:
- Staff optimization
- Skill-demand shortage prediction
- Utilization optimization
- Capacity gap prediction
- Margin analysis
Featured case studies
“Billions [of dollars] in operating margin and trillions in market capitalization separate supply chain winners from losers,” according to AMR Research. Specifically, best-in-class planners see:
Reduction in inventory
Stronger perfect-order fulfillment (complete, accurate, and on time)
Shorter cash to cash cycle times
Fewer stock outs than competitors
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."
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.
Workflows are the backbones of every supply chain plan. Vanguard Predictive Planning offers users advanced, easy-to-define and easy-to-support workflows to enable both planning and S&OP processes.
Vanguard Predictive Planning comes with an industry-leading collaboration portal. Never again will organizations to never again have siloed planning or limitations to those who can collaborate.
Vanguard Predictive Planning is an integrated business planning platform that provides organizations with true end-to-end planning and visibility.
Master production scheduling
Vanguard Predictive Planning creates the optimal schedule for production based on rules and constraints.
Move from single-threaded what-if scenario planning to true simulation. Monte Carlo simulation instantly allows you to 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.
Complete support for unlimited what-if scenarios that you can save and share. Additionally, non-forecast owners can propose forecast changes for any scenario.
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.
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.
Mature supply chains manage by exception; Vanguard Predictive Planning enables extensive exception-based processes.
Vanguard Predictive Planning leverages machine learning algorithms as part of its artificial intelligence capabilities.
Market-leading statistical forecasting
Supply chain planning software offers usersan array of forecasting methods. Vanguard Predictive Planning is the most robust on the market, providing users with the most accurate results.
Vanguard Predictive Planning includes proprietary forecasting methods for near real-time 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.
Organizations should try to determine the leading indicators that impact
Vanguard Predictive Planning leverages artificial intelligence across multiple features of the platform including forecast method selection, demand prediction and pattern detection, and automation of tasks.
Workflows are the backbones of every supply chain plan. Vanguard Predictive Planning offers users advanced, easy-to-define and easy-to-support workflows to enable planning and S&OP processes.
Vanguard Predictive Planning automatically detects and excludes outliers from the forecast.
BI and dashboards
There is no need for a third-party BI solution. Vanguard Predictive Planning includes robust reporting and dashboard capabilities.
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 variables including SKU-location, SKU-warehouse, customer, and more.
In-memory what-if analysis
With support for millions of SKUs, Vanguard users can instantly forecast for any number of products and scenarios. Vanguard’s in-memory database (UHIO) enables lightning-fast calculations so users have no downtime.
Collaborative planning and forecasting
Vanguard Predictive Planning supports a wide array of SKU segmentation methods including, but not limited to, ABC, speed, cost, and service levels.
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