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Why decision optimization?

IBM® Decision Optimization represents a family of optimization software that delivers prescriptive analytics capabilities to help you make better decisions and deliver improved business outcomes.

Gain additional deployment flexibility by running these products on IBM Cloud Pak® for Data, a containerized data and AI platform that enables you to build and run optimization models anywhere — on any cloud and on premises.

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Deploy and configure IBM Decision Optimization Center applications on Red Hat® OpenShift® with this hands-on-lab

Decision optimization products

IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio

Accelerate optimization modeling using an integrated development environment, powerful optimization solvers and support for multiple optimization modeling approaches.

IBM Watson Studio Premium for IBM Cloud Pak for Data

Bring together prescriptive and predictive analytics within a containerized data and AI platform that supports model deployment on any cloud or on premises.

IBM Decision Optimization for IBM Watson Studio

Combine optimization and machine learning within a unified environment — IBM Watson® Studio — that enables AI-infused optimization modeling capabilities.

IBM Decision Optimization Center

Build and deploy end-to-end decision-support applications using a GUI, collaboration tools, "what-if" analysis, application data model support and flexible deployment architecture options.

IBM Decision Optimization in IBM Watson Machine Learning

Harness the power of optimization engines in the cloud with IBM Watson Machine Learning.

IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimizer for IBM z/OS

Use the IBM ILOG® CPLEX® Optimizer engine on IBM z/OS® to solve mathematical programming models such as MIP/MIQCP with C and C++ API for modeling. 

Optimization solutions for your industry


Simplify complex decisions with decision intelligence software for precise and timely delivery of financial services.

Travel and transportation

Prepare for unforeseen circumstances more accurately. Create route models to shorten overall travel time and improve the customer experience.


Reduce uncertainty when you need to meet constantly changing production conditions. You can also optimize outcomes using decision analytics.


Streamline product assortment planning, warehouse replenishment, pricing and promotions with decision intelligence.


Reduce costs using prescriptive techniques to evaluate millions of “what-if” scenarios to assess impact. Help make the best decisions for patients.

Energy and utilities

Act to eliminate penalties and drive better business outcomes with smart grid utilization. You can also use predictive analytics and machine-learning techniques to improve resource planning and scheduling.

Client success stories

3x to 10x lower cost for processing end-to-end transactions

Millions of dollars saved annually by eliminating miles of unnecessary driving

Reduced time to create tailored portfolios, from days to minutes, with 30% less risk

Accelerated inventory, movement, reduced labor costs and increased revenues

Reduced operational costs and improved performance on service-level metrics

30% – 40% faster processing times to enable more simulations


Deploy and configure IBM Decision Optimization Center applications on Red Hat OpenShift

Make smarter decisions using an interactive and preconfigured environment, with a step-by-step guide on how you can deploy and configure Decision Optimization Center on Red Hat Open Shift.

ESG Technical Validation

Predict and optimize business outcomes with IBM Decision Optimization for IBM Watson Studio and IBM Cloud Pak for Data.

Finding a better way to make smarter decisions

Capitalize on decision optimization capabilities within IBM Watson Studio.

IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio

Discover how IBM ILOG® CPLEX® Optimization Studio is the best choice for decision-making processes such as operational, tactical and strategic planning and scheduling.

Technical video playlist

Explore how you can build and deploy machine learning and optimization models using IBM Watson Studio.