The customized nature of our solutions gives us the freedom to explore and apply the methodology and optimization engines that best fit the problem you are aiming to solve (strategic, tactical, short term, scheduling, routing, etc.), the type of questions you want answers for (optimize? simulate?) and, to a lesser degree, your time and budgetary constraints. It also allows us to tackle problems that are too unique or complex for out-of-the-box software solutions.
Large Scale Supply Chain Design, Tactical Planning and S&OP Models
For larger scale models, where we are handling millions of decision variables and coefficients, we rely on Opti-Net™ powered by Xpress Optimization, the ‘best in class’ mathematical programming solver from FICO™. With Xpress as our optimization engine we are able to solve massive scenarios in a matter of minutes, if not seconds.
Smaller Supply Chain Design or Planning Models
When the problem to be modeled is not too large, or its scope a bit unclear, we may choose to develop very robust optimization models in Excel, powered by What’s Best!, the award winning spreadsheet add-in software from Lindo Systems Inc.. What’s Best! adds industrial-strength optimization power to your spreadsheet. We can also integrate the What’s Best! model within Opti-Net™ combining the advantages of spreadsheet models with the complete set of analytical and scenario management tools offered by Opti-Net™ .
For large-scale, comlex simulation problems we rely on Flexsim. Our business partners at SDI Systems have been developing FlexSim solutions for over a decade. Depending on the scope and size of the problem, we may also develop complete simulation models in Excel.
Scheduling, Replenishment and Other Unstructured Problems
When dealing with unstructured and complex day to day operational problems we normally rely on proprietary algorithms or heuristic solutions. This approach gives us the best chance to replicate reality accurately enough to generate good quality solutions.