Web Services Interface
Connect Vanguard Models to Other Systems
In the modern enterprise, it is clear that no single software system can do it all. Companies invest heavily in systems that perform a specific task. But real value comes when these disparate systems, and the critical information and services they provide, can be integrated and leveraged.
Integrate Vanguard with your Business Systems
Web Services technology provides a standard language and framework for communication between these various systems. It has become a critical tool for building connected systems that are able to draw on each other’s data, tools, or system capabilities. Using Vanguard’s Web Services Add-ins, you can connect your Vanguard models to other systems, inside and outside your enterprise, that support the WSDL and SOAP standards.
For example, by applying the Web Services Add-ins you can build a model that:
- Pulls real-time data from an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system through a Web Service,
- Extracts real-time exchange rate information from a third party (external) Web Service,
- Performs a Monte Carlo cash flow simulation, and
- Pushes the results back into the same ERP system through another Web Service.
When you communicate with external systems using the Web Services Add-ins, all of the technical integration details are handled for you so you can focus on the business logic of your system.
Client and Server Add-ins
The Web Services Add-ins include both a Client Add-in and a Server Add-in which can be used independently or together. Both technologies are built on the same Web Service standard for intersystem communication.
The Client Add-in allows you to use or consume an external Web Service in your models. And, the Server Add-in allows you to provide a Web Service by making your models available to other systems as Web Services.
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 in real-time.
“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