What Sets Us Apart
Dynamic capability drives dynamic perspective. The reverse is also true in defining risk analysis, cost modeling and business intelligence.
Vanguard System™ brings real-time, enterprise collaboration to all facets of business modeling and quantitative management. Our system bolsters your collective efficiency with ironclad capabilities:
- Modeling and Simulation
- Artificial Intelligence
- Visually Aided Modeling
- Predictive Advanced Analytics
Vanguard System is our web-server and development universe. It is both creator and host of all Vanguard innovation.
As a client solution, Vanguard System gives you access to a dynamic and collaborative work environment with best-in-market tools for modeling and simulation, application development, and predictive analytics. From any device anywhere in the world, you and your authorized suppliers and customers can exchange secure, real-time info on material availability, demand estimates, and other vital intel that strengthens your shared value chain.
- Synthesize inputs from multiple remote users in real time – anywhere, any browser or device
- Run exhaustive simulations faster than any competitor – 1,500 times faster than spreadsheets and virtually unlimited speed with Vanguard Grid Computing
- Funnel outputs directly into existing ERP systems
- Tap source data directly to eliminate spreadsheet cut-and-paste, manual processing, errors, version confusion, and static reports
- Promote adoption of highly intuitive interface, time-saving automation, dynamic reporting options (dollars, units, etc.), and minimal required software or statistics knowledge
- Monitor crystal-clear audit trail to easily manage user access, assumption changes and proposals
- Let world-class advanced analytics determine the optimal statistical method for each forecast, or select an override to reflect foreknowledge not present in your data
- Flag and factor assumption biases and bias migrations over time
- Drill down through line items to reveal forecast assumptions in micro detail
- Roll up data for innumerable macro views. Slice and dice across units, orders, customers, folders etc.
- Forecast demand for new, mature and inter-stage products
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.
Vanguard Analytics in action
In addition to Monte Carlo simulation, Advanced Analytics can apply multiple advanced techniques to new-product forecasting, or combine various methods into a single forecast.
- Risk analysis: Will our launch gain traction? Will our project run over budget? Vanguard System™ helps you understand and plan for uncertainty.
- Cost modeling: Increase the speed and reliability of cost modeling throughout your organization. Complex models made easy.
- Business Intelligence: Capture management estimates and internal knowledge from throughout the organization to synthesize high-level business models.
Featured case studies
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 the true end-to-end implications of any sales forecast or demand change in real-time.
“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:
reduction in inventory
stronger perfect order fulfillment
shorter cash to cash cycle times
fewer stockouts 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 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 heigtening 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."
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