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AIMMS-based decision support tool addresses Europe’s refugee crisis

AIMMS, Nyenrode University and PwC announced the creation of a decision-support application for municipalities and other government offices that are responding to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. The application leverages PwC’s Business Simulator, a modeling solution built with AIMMS software, to analyze the impact of municipality decision scenarios on actual socio-economic policies.

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Microsoft awards Accenture seven-year contract extension

Microsoft has awarded Accenture a seven-year contract extension to continue providing finance and accounting (F&A) and procurement business process services. Accenture will leverage artificial intelligence, automation and analytics capabilities to deliver better business insights and help Microsoft increase productivity and efficiency.

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Frontline surpasses 200,000 cloud-based advanced analytics users

Frontline Systems, developer of the Solver in desktop Microsoft Excel 26 years ago, announced that it has surpassed 200,000 users of its cloud-based advanced analytics tools for optimization, simulation/risk analysis, forecasting, data mining and text mining – based on usage data from Microsoft, Google and its own SaaS platforms.

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Fast-growing AIMMS earns FD Gazelle Award

AIMMS recently earned an FD Gazelle Award, given annually to the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands.

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Gurobi introduces Gurobi Optimizer v7.0

Gurobi Optimization recently introduced Gurobi Optimizer v7.0, with higher performance and powerful new modeling capabilities.

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Latvia’s Norvik Bank fights financial crime with FICO TONBELLER solution

Analytic software firm FICO recently announced that Norvik Banka, one of the oldest commercial banks in Latvia, will use the FICO TONBELLER Compliance Solutions to fight money laundering and financial crime. Bank regulators in Latvia have increased scrutiny on banks suspected of allowing money laundering, resulting in record fines and more bank audits.

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AIMMS recognized by Gartner in areas of prescriptive analytics, network design

AIMMS, a leading vendor of prescriptive analytics software, is pleased to announce that it has been named in Gartner’s report, “Hype Cycle for Chief Supply Chain Officers, 2016.” The company is listed in the report as a sample vendor in the areas of prescriptive analytics and network design.

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AIMMS releases AIMMS 4.21 with new functionality

AIMMS recently released AIMMS 4.21 that includes vertical drag and drop functionality for the Gantt Chart widget in the WebUI. It also offers “time window” functionality for this widget, which allows users to zoom in better on the specific part of the whole Gantt Chart that you are interested in.

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Wayne State Univ. enrolls SAS analytics to improve retention, graduation rates

Administrators and staff at Wayne State University are dedicated to helping students succeed. But accessing student-level data to guide their strategy was challenging. Pre-formatted online reports provided limited insight, and working through IT was time-consuming. To solve these issues and quickly create and share interactive reports, Wayne State uses SAS Visual Analytics with Hadoop.

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SAP picks Gurobi as original equipment manufacturer partner

SAP, a leading enterprise software provider in supply chain management, has chosen Gurobi as an OEM partner. As a result of this agreement, the Gurobi Optimizer has been integrated into the SAP Integrated Business Planning (SAP IBP) and Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) solutions to solve complex optimization problems. In addition, the Gurobi Optimizer enabled a seamless integration into the SAP HANA in-memory-platform.

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Headlines

Does negative political advertising actually work?

While many potential voters dread campaign season because of pervasive negative political advertising, a new study has found that negative political advertising actually works, but perhaps not in the way that many may assume. The study “A Border Strategy Analysis of Ad Source and Message Tone in Senatorial Campaigns,” which will be published in the June edition of INFORMS’ journal Marketing Science, is co-authored by Yanwen Wang of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Michael Lewis of Emory University in Atlanta and David A. Schweidel of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Read more →

Meet Summit, world’s most powerful, smartest scientific supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory on June 8 unveiled Summit as the world’s most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer. With a peak performance of 200,000 trillion calculations per second – or 200 petaflops – Summit will be eight times more powerful than ORNL’s previous top-ranked system, Titan. For certain scientific applications, Summit will also be capable of more than three billion billion mixed precision calculations per second, or 3.3 exaops. Read more →

Employee engagement a top concern affecting customer experience

Employee engagement has surfaced as a major concern in delivering improvements in customer experience (CX), with 86 percent of CX executives in a Gartner, Inc. survey ranking it as having an equal or greater impact than other factors such as project management and data skills. “CX is a people issue,” says Olive Huang, research vice president at Gartner. “In some instances, the best technology investments have been derailed by employee factors, such as a lack of training or incentives, low morale or commitment, and poor communication of goals." Read more →

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