Why IBM decision optimization?

The IBM decision optimization family of optimization software products delivers prescriptive analytics capabilities to enable organizations to make better decisions and more fully achieve their business goals.

The IBM decision optimization product family includes offerings like IBM ILOG® CPLEX® Optimization Studio that provide powerful modeling tools to build optimization models, either using general programming language APIs or Optimization Programming Language (OPL). Solve the breadth of optimization models using optimization solvers.

IBM decision optimization is an integral part of IBM Watson Studio, so users can benefit from all data-science features of IBM Watson Studio, like access to machine-learning models, the ability to pass output from predictive analytics to the IBM decision optimization engine, access to open notebook features, visualization features and data connectivity options from IBM Watson Studio.

Optimize machine-learning decisions

Predict and optimize business outcomes

How would you feel about your business performance if you could improve your bottom line by double digits and significantly reduce your planning time? Learn how IBM's machine learning and decision optimization technologies can be combined for innovative approaches to solving complex business problems.

Key benefits

Powerful optimization engines for faster performance

Industry-leading CPLEX Optimizer engine and CP Optimizer engine can solve the breadth of optimization problems and can deliver results quickly.

Better utilize capital, personnel, equipment, vehicles and facilities.

Access to more data science features

Decision optimization is an integral part of IBM Watson Studio, providing access to a broad set of data science features, including machine learning and predictive models.

Rapid building of optimization models, using your preferred language

Build models for scheduling use cases, using innovative features like natural language processing. Create optimization models, either by using general programming language APIs like Python and Java™ or the optimization-specific OPL.

Featured client story

FleetPride transforms its supply chain with IBM Analytics

FleetPride achieves supply chain efficiencies by giving supply chain managers game-changing insights into operational data, delivered using ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio.


IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio

Provides a model development toolkit for rapid development of decision optimization models using mathematical and constraint programming.

IBM Decision Optimization for Watson Studio

Build optimization models within IBM Watson Studio using the model builder to simplify workflows and the natural-language-based modeling assistant.

IBM Decision Optimization Center

Build, deploy and use optimization-based decision-making applications for the enterprise. The offering includes data analysis and visualization, scenario management, collaborative planning and what-if analysis.

IBM Decision Optimization on Cloud

Leverage advanced analytics and decision-making optimization software on the IBM Cloud™ to solve your most difficult planning and scheduling challenges. 

IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimizer for z/OS

ILOG CPLEX Optimizer is available on IBM z/OS® with C and C++ API for modeling. Leverage the CPLEX engine on z/OS to solve mathematical programming models like MIP/MIQCP.

IBM Cloud Pak for Data

IBM Cloud Pak for Data is a flexible multicloud data platform that can integrate all your data — on premises or from any cloud, while keeping it secure at its source. Simplify and automate how you collect, organize, analyze and govern data to rapidly innovate your business with AI.


IBM Watson Studio

Accelerate optimization modeling using model builder and modeling assistant within IBM Watson Studio.

IBM Watson Machine Learning

Deploy your optimization models within IBM Watson Machine Learning to enable developers to access the models from business applications.

IBM Planning Analytics

Still taking a manual, trial-and-error approach to planning? Accelerate planning cycles and improve plan quality with decision optimization.


Discover a better way to make reliable decisions

Utilize the power of decision optimization on IBM Watson Studio.


Explore key ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio features and capabilities.

Solution brief

Discover why ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio is the best choice for making decisions.

Combine optimization and machine learning for business impact

Deliver optimal business decisions with machine learning and decision optimization.

Client success stories

Optimization drives innovation in bulk tanker transportation company

Optimization software from IBM is helping the company find efficient transportation routes in near real-time, enabling huge cost savings and supporting growth.

Optimization software is helping keep a city on the move

Real-time optimization software helps distribute bicycles efficiently across one of the world’s largest cities.

Streamlining optimization and data science workflows

Red Eléctrica de España leverages optimization software to ensure reliable electricity supply for the Canary Islands.

Training the next generation of operations researchers

West Point cadets use IBM optimization software to model and solve highly complex problems, such as how best to secure the academy’s food supplies and reduce its energy consumption.

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