Vanguard Studio™

What Sets Vanguard Apart

In multi-user setups, Studio is used with Vanguard Server™ to create a Web-based, collaborative modeling environment where you build models with Studio and make these models available to others using Server. Studio and Server are delivered together as a pre-configured application when you purchase the Vanguard System.

In single-user setups, you need only Studio to build models and perform high-end planning and analysis functions.

Studio and Spreadsheets

A good way to understand Studio is to compare it to spreadsheet applications. Studio and spreadsheets are similar in that both are desktop applications for building a wide variety of planning models. They are different in that Studio is more visually oriented, offers greater analytic capability, and provides an infrastructure for enterprise-scale collaboration and modeling. Studio does not replace spreadsheets; rather, it provides the functionality that spreadsheets cannot when shifting from simple, one-off analyses to enterprise-scale models. In fact, spreadsheets are an integral part of the Vanguard System. You can use existing spreadsheets as components in Vanguard models and Vanguard will roll-up the separate spreadsheets into a consolidated, high-level model. This way, you get the best of both tools.

Visual Interface

Studio’s hierarchical tree interface makes it easy to apply the Divide and Conquer concept 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, you apply the same process again, breaking them down into still finer elements. The result is a hierarchical tree.

Like spreadsheets, Vanguard trees are essentially networks of user-defined formulas that can be built for almost any purpose. Unlike spreadsheets, Vanguard automatically constructs a diagram that matches the logical structure of your model. This is a key benefit that makes it easier for you to tackle complex, ill-structured problems.

Vanguard’s tree structure not only provides a great way to solve business problems, it also provides a great way to present your analysis to others. With Vanguard, your models are inherently outlined. 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.

Analytic Capabilities

Studio will help you make business decisions that are more likely to yield favorable results by providing you with a rich set of techniques for dealing with risk, planning-contingent actions, and comparing competing alternatives where future outcomes are uncertain.

The system combines all of the basic quantitative methods in management with features of spreadsheets, artificial intelligence tools, and math applications to produce an advanced business modeling system. Unlike spreadsheet add-ons and special-purpose utilities, Vanguard’s analytic capabilities have been designed right into the core product, allowing you to seamlessly combine a variety of quantitative methods into high-performance business models.

Vanguard is specifically designed to perform a wide range of tasks required in business decision analysis. These tasks include:

  • General Modeling and Problem Solving – for tackling logically complex problems and communicating your ideas clearly.
  • Collaborative Modeling – for building large-scale, distributed models using a client/server system.
  • Data Analysis – for pulling valuable information from historical or experimental data.
  • Advanced Analytics – for building models that push the envelope in state-of-the-art business analysis.

Using one or more of the Vanguard Add-in products, you can build models that perform decision analytics using methods such as:

  • Forecasting – for extrapolating historical performance data to aid in planning.
  • Decision Tree Analysis – for choosing the best course of action when future outcomes are uncertain.
  • Sensitivity Analysis – for determining which assumptions drive your decisions most.
  • Monte Carlo Simulation – for modeling uncertainty to help manage business risk and simulate complex systems.
  • Optimization – for allocating resources most efficiently using linear programming and non-linear techniques.
  • Application Development – for building mission-critical applications based on Vanguard.

Enterprise-scale collaboration and modeling

Perhaps Studio’s greatest strength is that of scale. In order to build realistic enterprise models, you need three things:

  1. Ability to involve many people in the modeling process
  2. Virtually unlimited capacity and speed
  3. Support for the full spectrum of decision analysis methods

Vanguard delivers all three of these. Used alone, Studio lets you break down complex models into a collection of smaller, linked component models that encourage collaboration and reuse of prior work. Used in a multi-user environment as part of the Vanguard System, Studio’s collaboration capabilities come alive.

In terms of capacity and speed, your models can grow to almost limitless size without becoming unmanageable or bogged down. Studio’s native processing speed is about 60 times that of spreadsheets. Used with a Monte Carlo Simulation grid, your simulations will run at 1,500 times the speed of spreadsheets.

You are not likely to encounter a situation where Vanguard does not support the analytic method you need. However, if you do, you can easily integrate calculations performed in other applications into your Vanguard model. What’s more, you can directly link core systems such as your data warehouse, production scheduling, sales management, and other systems into your Vanguard models.

The combination of these capabilities elevates Vanguard from a tool in your planning and analysis toolbox to a central, unifying application that brings together the people, systems, and analysis you need to manage more effectively.

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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.

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What our clients have to say

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."

Ana Rodriguez

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"

Brent Phillips

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.”

Renee Thomas Jacobs

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."

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."

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."

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