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Vanguard Forecast Server

Forecast Server is a collaborative, web-based simulation + forecasting + optimization applications that unite roles, teams and departments in achieving the most accurate forecasts in the world – bar none.
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A better approach to forecasting leading to better results

Conventional forecasting“engines” ignore the role of people and the importance of timely communication. Vanguard Forecast Server effectively addresses these issues by combining world-class analytics with well-designed workflow features. As soon as someone changes an assumption, or data is updated, your forecasts incorporate the changes across departments in real-time. Forecast Server is a living system in which your forecasts and plans are always current. Imagine what can be achieved when one solution  unites the activities of sales, operations, and finance departments to create consistent forecasts and plans for:

  • Sales Forecasting
  • Demand Planning
  • Supply Planning & Inventory Optimization
  • Financial Forecasting & Budgeting
  • Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)
  • Integrated Business Planning (IBP)

 

Powerful and intuitive forecasting in one web based server

Vanguard Forecast Server improves forecasting buy-in and accuracy by engaging all your key people, plans, and data with:
  • Advanced forecasting and planning analytics,
  • Powerful and very, very fast simulation and optimization capabilities to drive better decisions,
  • Smart, collaborative workflows,
  • An intuitive, easy-to-use interface, and
  • Integration with business systems and data sources.

 

Intuitive Interface to Build Forecasts Quickly
  • Users can filter and search for forecasts, review them, add adjustments or overrides, propose changes to colleagues, test what-if scenarios, and see their results live from any web browser on any computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Visualize and interact with forecasts and plans via built-in and custom reports.
  • Personalize dashboards for the views you need at any given time.

     

 

Tools for Easy Forecast and Plan Management
  • A homepage for each forecast and plan
  • Flexible attributes, including ABC categories
  • User rights and permissions for sensitive data
  • Changes linked to users and time stamped
  • Documentation sections to capture user rationale
  • Alerts and notifications based rules and triggers
  • Rollbacks to any previous date

 

Complete Integration with Your Business Systems

Forecast Server is installed on your network or hosted by Vanguard Software as a cloud-based, on-demand application.
Vanguard fully integrates with your data and can connect to any business system, such as:

  • Enterprise systems (such as ERP, BI, and SCM),
  • Databases,
  • Flat files (including spreadsheets), and
  • Web applications.

 

Automated Forecasting Analytics

Forecast Server incorporates the best analytic methods and practices, including simulation, optimization and time-series forecasting - developed over the years with the added benefit of making these techniques easy to apply. You have the option of manually controlling every detail of how a forecast is prepared or letting the system choose. Analytic features include:

  • 28+ time-series/statistical forecasting methods, including for: seasonality/day-of-week patterns, sporadic demand, outlier-rejection, level-shift detection
  • Comparables for new product introductions (NPIs), supercessions for transitions, and life-cycle models
  • Top-down and bottom-up forecasting
  • Dynamic Bill of Materials (BOMs)
  • Models for promotions and other events
  • Multiple units of measure (UOM) and currencies
  • What-if analysis to show how forecasts change under various business scenarios

 

Modules for Optimized Planning and Analysis
  • Multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO)
  • Probability of stock-out analysis
  • Optimized procurement/production plans
  • Rough-cut capacity analysis
  • Financial roll-ups
  • Monte Carlo simulation for modeling uncertainty

 

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A better approach to forecasting leading to better results

Conventional forecasting“engines” ignore the role of people and the importance of timely communication. Vanguard Forecast Server effectively addresses these issues by combining world-class analytics with well-designed workflow features. As soon as someone changes an assumption, or data is updated, your forecasts incorporate the changes across departments in real-time. Forecast Server is a living system in which your forecasts and plans are always current. Imagine what can be achieved when one solution  unites the activities of sales, operations, and finance departments to create consistent forecasts and plans for:

  • Sales Forecasting
  • Demand Planning
  • Supply Planning & Inventory Optimization
  • Financial Forecasting & Budgeting
  • Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)
  • Integrated Business Planning (IBP)

 

Powerful and intuitive forecasting in one web based server

Vanguard Forecast Server improves forecasting buy-in and accuracy by engaging all your key people, plans, and data with:
  • Advanced forecasting and planning analytics,
  • Powerful and very, very fast simulation and optimization capabilities to drive better decisions,
  • Smart, collaborative workflows,
  • An intuitive, easy-to-use interface, and
  • Integration with business systems and data sources.

 

Intuitive Interface to Build Forecasts Quickly
  • Users can filter and search for forecasts, review them, add adjustments or overrides, propose changes to colleagues, test what-if scenarios, and see their results live from any web browser on any computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Visualize and interact with forecasts and plans via built-in and custom reports.
  • Personalize dashboards for the views you need at any given time.

     

 

Tools for Easy Forecast and Plan Management
  • A homepage for each forecast and plan
  • Flexible attributes, including ABC categories
  • User rights and permissions for sensitive data
  • Changes linked to users and time stamped
  • Documentation sections to capture user rationale
  • Alerts and notifications based rules and triggers
  • Rollbacks to any previous date

 

Complete Integration with Your Business Systems

Forecast Server is installed on your network or hosted by Vanguard Software as a cloud-based, on-demand application.
Vanguard fully integrates with your data and can connect to any business system, such as:

  • Enterprise systems (such as ERP, BI, and SCM),
  • Databases,
  • Flat files (including spreadsheets), and
  • Web applications.

 

Automated Forecasting Analytics

Forecast Server incorporates the best analytic methods and practices, including simulation, optimization and time-series forecasting - developed over the years with the added benefit of making these techniques easy to apply. You have the option of manually controlling every detail of how a forecast is prepared or letting the system choose. Analytic features include:

  • 28+ time-series/statistical forecasting methods, including for: seasonality/day-of-week patterns, sporadic demand, outlier-rejection, level-shift detection
  • Comparables for new product introductions (NPIs), supercessions for transitions, and life-cycle models
  • Top-down and bottom-up forecasting
  • Dynamic Bill of Materials (BOMs)
  • Models for promotions and other events
  • Multiple units of measure (UOM) and currencies
  • What-if analysis to show how forecasts change under various business scenarios

 

Modules for Optimized Planning and Analysis
  • Multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO)
  • Probability of stock-out analysis
  • Optimized procurement/production plans
  • Rough-cut capacity analysis
  • Financial roll-ups
  • Monte Carlo simulation for modeling uncertainty

 

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