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MGI 360 Ratings: Vanguard Software in Supply Chain Management FEB 15 2017

MGI 360 LogoINITIAL RATINGWe are initiating coverage of Vanguard Software in the Supply Chain Management market with an MGI 360 Rating of 47 and an outlook that is Under Review. 

OPINIONVanguard Software offers supply chain forecasting, supply and demand planning, S&OP and inventory optimization solutions. While the firm claims a global client count exceeding 3,000, its enterprise client footprint is currently less than 50. Vanguard’s long-range forecasting, financial forecasting, and integrated business planning capabilities are viewed by MGI as the firm’s key strengths. Vanguard’s financially-focused inventory and replenishment planning tools differentiate them from legacy peers. The UX reflects a mature, classic web client with dashboard design elements. Vanguard has not invested in building a direct sales team, thus limiting growth.

 

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USE CASE: At print time MGI was still unable to verify company references thus impacting the Product component of the Rating. With a small population of large customer use-cases, Forecast Server may only appeal to a narrow set of progressive, feature-oriented buyers.

 

COMPANY DESCRIPTIONVanguard Software is a boutique software firm providing advanced long-tail forecasting and probabilistic replenishment tools. Vanguard serves two distinct client segments, large enterprises (+$2b) and SMB (primarily) Microsoft Dynamics clients. Bootstrapped and profitable, Vanguard is focusing resources on growing its enterprise footprint.

 

COMPETITORSSAP SE, JDA Software, Oracle, Logility, OM Partners, Steelwedge, Amber Road, e2open, One Network. 

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