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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 of these 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.

Featured case studies

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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.

Results

“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:

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reduction in inventory

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stronger perfect order fulfillment

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shorter cash to cash cycle times

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fewer stockouts than competitors

Customer testimonials

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."

 

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."

Vijay Rama

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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