Vanguard Forecasting Add-on
Nail-down time-series forecasting and statistical analysis. The Vanguard Forecasting Add-on provides various techniques to expose trends and patterns in sales or other historical performance data. These nuances are the basis for predicting performance. Additionally, Vanguard Forecasting’s arsenal of 21 algorithms, the help wizard, and extensive data import/export features delivers unparalleled depth, ease, and accuracy. This is direct feedback from global industry leaders.
Many forecasting tools feature the same basic forecast methods. Some even automate forecast-method selection. Trouble is, getting this part wrong yields unusable results. Vanguard Software leads the market in advanced software automation, particularly in selecting optimal methods and setting optimal method parameters.
Combine expert system technology with advanced analytics:
- Outlier Rejection to reduce the effects of extreme events or inconsistent data
- Level-Shift Detection to factor changes in underlying business conditions
- In-Sample Testing to evaluate competing methods
- Fourier Spectral Analysis to identify seasonal patterns and business cycles
- It all happens automatically, in a fraction of a second. Let Vanguard do the math. You focus on results.
Interactive and Batch Operation
Vanguard Forecast Wizard guides you through all aspects of forecast preparation — importing historical data, defining optimal forecast methods, and preparing 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).
Vanguard Forecast Wizard prepares forecasts for thousands of items at a time with extraordinary speed and accuracy.
Data Import & Export
Vanguard supports a wide variety of methods for integrating data and business systems:
- Excel spreadsheets
- Enterprise systems
- Web applications
- Files (CSV, etc.)
Vanguard also supports Web services (WSDL / SOAP), XML read/write, and other communications functions that allow you to build custom protocols.
Vanguard applies two decades of R&D into delivering the most accurate forecasting available, hands down. Almost invariably, customers choose Vanguard Forecasting over the forecasting modules included in their enterprise planning systems (Oracle, SAP). Put simply, Vanguard delivers better results in less time and at a fraction of the cost.
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 true end to end implications of any sales forecast or demand change 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