IBM Decision Optimization
The virtual users group is a quick way to brush up on your IBM ILOG supply chain modeling skills, meet other people using the products, ask questions to the community, and learn about what's new. These sessions will be led by our experts and have plenty of time for discussions and Q&A.
Oct 28, 2010 Session (2:00 - 3:00 CST): Reporting and Mapping.
Nov 30, 2010 Session (12:00 - 1:00 CST): Transportation and Baseline Modeling
Dec 15, 2010 Session (2:00 - 3:00 CST): Efficient Model Set-up and Maintenance
Please contact us with any questions about the events or suggestions for future topics.
MichaelWatson 270002K5FS Tags:  tms inventory sterling wms network_design visibility yms optimization ilog 2,550 Visits
A SupplyChainDigest article from earlier this year noted that "IBM is building a formidable portfolio of supply chain software solutions that has the potential to shake up the existing market."
Now that IBM has completed the Sterling Commerce acquisition, IBM has much more to offer to the ILOG Supply Chain customers.
The IBM ILOG supply chain group provides supply chain planning capability (LogicNet Plus XE), inventory planning (Inventory and Product Flow Analyst), strategic transportation planning (Transportation Analyst), and production planning and scheduling (Plant PowerOps).
Sterling provides a strong set of supply chain execution and visibility products. These products include:
The supply chain products from Sterling and ILOG complement each other and allow our customers to make better plans and efficiently execute against those plans.
ThomasDong 270002GM71 Tags:  smarter_planet optimization analytical_decision_suppo... advanced_analytics cplex opl odm_enterprise 3,020 Visits
Last week, IBM hosted another Connect to Win event for business partners at it's northern California IBM Innovation Center. The event focused on business analytics and featured IBM Distinguished Engineer Jeff Jonas, a dynamic and highly sought after speaker. Among his many accomplishments, he is known for developing the technology used by the Las Vegas gaming industry featured in the book "Bringing Down the House", the recent movie "21", and numerous documentaries on the Discovery Channel, Learning Channel and the Travel Channel.
Following the keynote by Jeff Jonas, IBM hosted a panel discussion. Some 30+ partners came to learn how to leverage analytics in their offerings, and naturally a wide spectrum of analytics sophistication was represented, generating a vibrant discussion on everything from Smarter Planet to Artificial Intelligence to Decision Management.
The panel was made up of:
During the panel discussion I had the opportunity to first share IBM's vision for business analytics, using an adaptation from Tom Davenport's book "Competing on Analytics", to explain why, how and where IBM has invested $14B since 2005 in business analytics. Several partners thanked me afterwards for presenting this visual, as it provided them with a blueprint for how they might evolve their own analytics capabilities.
In fact, this gave me an opportunity to define a new software category for many - Advanced Analytics, which applies statistical and mathematical techniques to provide forward-looking capabilities, beyond the insight commonly extracted from historical data and information. It can be viewed as a subset of Business Analytics, and provides an interesting convergence opportunity, between the IT-based "analytics" world, and this emerging world previously reserved for specialists in statistics and Operations Research-related disciplines (Management Science, Industrial Engineering, Financial Engineering, Systems Engineering, Applied Mathematics, etc.). As the business world evolves its analytics agenda beyond business intelligence and performance management capabilities, the desire to not only look back in time, but forward in time as well, is driving awareness for Advanced Analytics - and creating many opportunities for SPSS and ILOG Optimization at the point of business impact.
To learn more about Advanced Analytics for a Smarter Planet, start here:
In a recent webcast, IBM discussed the latest enhancements to IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio 12.2, from streamlined packaging and licensing, to major performance improvements.
CPLEX Optimization Studio now completely supports the rapid development and deployment of both mathematical programming and constraint programming models from a powerful IDE, based on the Optimization Programming Language (OPL), programmatic APIs, or other 3rd party modeling interfaces via supported connectors (Matlab, Microsoft Excel, etc.).
At the conclusion of the webcast, attendees were asked to identify the feature that excites them most from the latest release. Here are their Top 3:
1. Removal of license key enforcement (45%)
2. CPLEX MIP Optimizer performance improvements (30%)
3. MIP Kappa (10%)
IBM has once again re-asserted its leadership in mathematical optimization, with a remarkable 2.7x performance improvement on the most challenging optimization problems, mixed integer programs taking at least 1000 seconds. The latest release strengthens IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimizer as the most trusted and widely-deployed solver. Streamlined packaging, and removal of license key enforcement makes it even easier to choose CPLEX. What are your top 3 new features? To view the recorded webcast, please follow this link:
We recently had a chance to revisit a large model built prior to 2009 using LogicNet Plus XE (LNP XE) 6.0. Since machines change over time, we re-ran this model in LNP XE 6.0 an existing machine.
We then ran the same model on the same machines using LNP XE 7.0 (which was released in June 2009), and it ran 15% faster.
Using LNP XE 7.1 (released in June 2010), it ran 14% faster. Overall, run time decreased by 27% since LNP XE 6.0.
Of course, with these types of models, run times will vary from model to model. However, IBM's continued investment in the underlying performance allows LNP XE customers to solve larger problems and tackle different business issues.
Fidelitone Logistics recently announced that they are using LogicNet Plus XE to help analyze their customer's supply chains. They state that they can help remove 15-20% of costs:
"Based on customer order data, we were able to use ILOG to run several scenarios and analyze the geographic impact multiple locations would have on service and cost," explained Chuck Perry, director of customer solutions for Fidelitone. "This fact-based analysis shifted the client's assumptions and created a 15-20 percent reduction in cost for them. Additionally, the fact-based nature of the analysis enables us to be more competitive with pricing as our confidence level in the analysis has proven true with each application of the technology."Here is a link the press release picked up by Supply and Demand Chain Executive.
For a 15-minute video showing what LogicNet Plus XE does, click here for part one and here for part two.