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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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FICO rolls out Decision Management Suite at Shell Chemical

Analytics software firm FICO recently announced the rollout of the FICO Decision Management Suite for plant-wide operational controls at Shell across its chemical plants around the globe.

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U.S. Dept. of Energy expands its use of AIMMS

The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen to expand its use of AIMMS for its NEMS Electricity Market Module, a model that determines the most economical way to supply electricity, within environmental and operational constraints, based on fuel prices and electricity demands. ?AIMMS has been used to implement several component models of the National Energy Modeling System since 2012.

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Frontline Systems releases Analytic Solver Platform V2016-R2

Frontline Systems is shipping a new product line release, Version 2016-R2 of its Solvers for Excel, including its flagship integrated product, Analytic Solver Platform, and its “professional entry-level” integrated product, Analytic Solver Pro. The release includes wide-ranging enhancements in Monte Carlo simulation and optimization technology, plus the ability to convert Excel analytic models into freestanding web and mobile applications.

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Solver SDK Platform V2016 supports R, Python and RASON languages

Frontline Systems is shipping Solver SDK Platform V2016, a major new release of its popular analytics Software Development Kit, with new APIs and source code examples in R and Python – augmenting support for C++, C#, Java and other languages – plus a new embedded version of its RASON modeling language interpreter.

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LA Kings and LA Galaxy score with fans using SAS analytics

  LA Kings and LA Galaxy score with fans using SAS analytics

The Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Galaxy certainly know about success on the ice and on the pitch. The two-time Stanley Cup winners and five-time MLS Cup Champions are now looking to software from analytics leader SAS to deliver a win in the stands or at home, giving each of their loyal fans more of what they want.

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Frontline Systems Releases XLMiner SDK

Frontline Systems is releasing XLMiner SDK, a new Software Development Kit for data mining, text mining, forecasting and predictive analytics. XLMiner SDK offers application developers working in C++, C#, Java, Python or R a powerful, high-level API for quickly creating applications that use predictive analytics.

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Analytics Blog

Electoral College put to the math test


With the campaign two months behind us and the inauguration of Donald Trump two days away, isn’t it time to put the 2016 U.S. presidential election to bed and focus on issues that have yet to be decided? Of course not.


Headlines

Gaining distribution in small retail formats brings big payoffs

Small retail formats with limited assortments such as Save-A-Lot and Aldi and neighborhood stores like Target Express have been growing in popularity in the United States and around the world. For brands, the limited assortments mean greater competition for shelf-space, raising the question of whether it is worth expending marketing effort and slotting allowances to get on to their shelves. According to a forthcoming study in a leading INFORMS scholarly marketing journal, Marketing Science, the answer is “yes.” Read more →

Cognitive computing a disruptive force, but are CMOs ready?

While marketing and sales professionals increasingly find themselves drowning in data, a new IBM study finds that 64 percent of surveyed CMOs and sales leaders believe their industries will be ready to adopt cognitive technologies in the next three years. However, despite this stated readiness, the study finds that only 24 percent of those surveyed believe they have strategy in place to implement these technologies today. Read more →

How weather can impact consumer purchase response to mobile ads

Among the many factors that impact digital marketing and online advertising strategy, a new study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science provides insight to a growing trend among firms and big brands: weather-based advertising. According to the study, certain weather conditions are more amenable for consumer responses to mobile marketing efforts, while the tone of the ad content can either help or hurt such response depending on the current local weather. Read more →

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