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Date: 4th Wednesday of every month @ (07:30 Pacific, 10:30 Eastern, 16:30 CET)
Length: 1 hour
Next Session: September 25, 2013
Speakers: Steven De Schrijver, An De Wispelaere, Dimi Defillet, CONUNDRA
Sofiane Oussedik, IBM
Session Topic: Optimization based Solutions for Transportation Planning: A Case Study
The presentation will focus on a highly efficient and effective transport planning solution (OptiBat), developed for Stibat by CONUNDRA, an IBM ILOG Business Partner. Stibat in the Netherlands has a coordinating role for the transportation, sorting and recycling of used batteries. The final solution, OptiBat, was built using IBM ILOG ODM Enterprise resulting in a fully integrated solution with all the necessary features required in a highly demanding environment. It combines a strategic and an operational version. OptiBat© Strategic allows Stibat to create easily what if scenarios with ODME to find new improvements when faced with new challenges. OptiBat© Operational assures the optimal scheduling of the trucks. OptiBat© has gone live since the 1st of July and makes it possible to realize significant value creation and increases in efficiency.
IBM ILOG Optimization Virtual User Group Meetings provide you with updated and useful information about our products and how you can get the best value for your organization from our optimization technology and solutions.
These meetings are being held electronically with presentations by our product management and development subject matter experts. The sessions will run for approximately one hour, with about 45 minutes of presentation material and 15 minutes for open questions and answers. Our goal is to provide a forum for you to:
make smarter decisions
get your questions answered
elicit your feedback on various topics.
We look forward to your participation. Please contact Kitte Knight at email@example.com for an invitation to this Webinar.
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IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio 12.5.1 is now available and brings another breakthrough in performance in solving mixed integer programs. Mixed integer programming models are solved on average 15% faster than the industry-leading prior release 12.5, on models requiring 1 second and above, and for the more challenging group of models requiring at least 100 seconds the average speedup is 40%. As a result of this breakthrough performance, two of the previously unsolved MIPLIB 2010 models have been solved: ns111636 and tw-myciel4.
Also included in the release are:
Additional scripting functions for use with the Optimization Programming Language. These extend the the conflict and relaxation iterators and support multiple MIP starts.
New methods in the conflict iterator class of the Java and .NET APIs of the Optimization Programming Language
Extension of the CPLEX Optimizer remote object for construction of parallel distributed algorithms to Concert Technology for Java and C++
Lift and project cuts in the CPLEX Mixed Integer Optimizer
Enhancements to the CPLEX Optimizer presolve algorithm which result in faster solutions for some mixed integer programming models with quadratic terms
Ability to control generation of QCP duals in the CPLEX Optimizer
Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
Support for Windows 8 and Server 2012
Support for Xcode and 64-bit Python on Mac OS X
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IBM ILOG Optimization Virtual User Group Date: 4th Wednesday of every month @ (07:30 Pacific, 10:30 Eastern, 16:30 CET)
Format: Webinar Length: 1 hour
Next Session: June 26, 2013
Speaker: Roland Wunderling, CPLEX Optimizer Architect
Session Topic: Learn about the latest ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio release: version 12.5.1
Specifically we will discuss:
Performance improvements in CPLEX Optimizer
Enhanced capabilities in developing distributed parallel applications using CPLEX remote objects
Remote objects allow users to create CPLEX objects on remote computers and use them transparently as if stored on local computer. Local applications using remote object functionality can not only benefit from performance increases in version 12.5.1 but also exploit more powerful remote hardware.
IBM ILOG Optimization Virtual User Group Meetings provide you with updated and useful information about our products and how you can get the best value for your organization from our optimization technology and solutions. These meetings are being held electronically with presentations by our product management and development subject matter experts. The sessions will run for approximately one hour, with about 45 minutes of presentation material and 15 minutes for open questions and answers.
Our goal is to provide a forum for you to:
Make smarter decisions
Get your questions answered
Elicit your feedback on various topics
We look forward to your participation. Please contact Kitte Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation to this Webinar.
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Come join us in a Technical Exchange with experts from the IBM ILOG Optimization and Supply Chain Support team.
When: June 12, 2013 at 08:00 Pacific, 11:00 Eastern, 17:00 CET
Format: Webinar (see link for details: http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/scheduled_tech_exchange_detail/software/websphere/websphere_brand_support_%28general%29?exchangeDetailKey=B131663R06854P64 )
Numerical difficulty is a common issue that occurs with CPLEX applications. While there are algorithms in CPLEX that can help address this at some level, this presentation focuses on separate techniques that the modeller can use to improve performance when working with real-world, noisy data.
About Technical Exchanges
IBM Support technical experts share their knowledge and then answer your questions to help you take full advantage of your product. The sessions are designed to address specific technical issues and provide in-depth but narrowly focused training in convenient, live 1-2 hour web seminars.
Want to build more effective business applications using
optimization? Check out the new IBM Redbook Optimization and Decision
Support Design Guide: Using IBM ILOG Optimization Decision Manager. Down load the pdf at no charge from http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg248017.html?Open.
If you’ve ever tried to build an application that business decision
makers can use, you know that having a good model of the system you want to manage
isn’t enough. And while you need the best optimization solving technology, line-of-business
managers and executives demand more. They want to see the data supporting the
decisions, they want to try what-if scenarios to validate the proposed options,
and they want planners and schedulers to collaborate across the corporate
organizational lines. And if you want to deploy your solution, you need to
satisfy a bunch of requirements and standards from your IT department.
The Design Guide addresses these issues with concrete
guidance and practical examples derived from IBM’s long experience developing
and deploying analytical decision support solutions in many organizations.
Going beyond how to formulate good models, the Guide shows you how to design
data integration, business user interfaces, client/server architectures, taking
advantage of IBM’s ODM Enterprise to streamline development. The Guide
illustrates the steps using a concrete example derived from a real-world
logistics application. Plus the Guide explores two detailed case studies, one
in manufacturing and the other from insurance.
Need to convince your management that optimization can work
for your organization? The Design Guide can give you the credibility you
Down load the pdf at no charge from http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg248017.html?Open.
At this point in the holiday season, most supply chain professionals in the retail space are probably doing a lot more reacting than planning. Keeping the shelves stocked is likely priority #1,2, and 3, while things like cost and efficiency are farther down the list (if even on the list). With that said, I apologize for not writing this post 6 months ago when you may have been able to act, but perhaps this can be helpful for next year.
The holiday season provides many interesting optimization problems for those working in the retail supply chain. For many retailers, SKUs have short lifecycles and high variability. With these characteristics, it makes sense to try to centrally manage inventory in a small number of distribution centers. This allows them to risk pool the demand variability, keeping inventory and working capital as low as possible. During the non-peak season with lower sales volumes, regular (say weekly) replenishment can be planned in order to achieve transportation efficiency. Unfortunately, when the peak holiday season arrives, this strategy may not be ideal. Stores have limited ability to store product and sales velocity is high. With the goal of keeping the shelves full, they need frequent replenishment during the holiday season. If the retailer manages only a few DCs, there will be stores who are quite far away from the DCs, making it impossible (or very expensive through use of air freight) to replenish the store as frequently as necessary to prevent stockouts. Therefore, its quite possible a different distribution strategy may be called for during the holiday season. It may make sense to add seasonal distribution facilities to the network to get more product nearer to the stores. This type of strategy involves many decisions which all can be helped by using optimization:
- How many seasonal distribution points do I need?
- Where should they be located?
- Which stores are assigned to which DC?
- Which SKUs do I deploy to the seasonal DCs and which do I carry only at my regular DCs?
- How often to I replenish my seasonal DCs and what type of transportation mode do I use?
- How do I deliver to stores from the seasonal DCs (mode, route, etc)?
A good strategy ahead of the holiday season is likely to result in less headaches and less costs when the season actually arrives.
discusses a recent Fortune article about Home Depot's turnaround in that last few years (stock up 150% since 2009). Their distribution network strategy was a major contributor.
Don't miss the IBM Optimisation Forum for Financial Services Sector at IBM South Bank, London, United Kingdom on 13th November, 2012
SCOPE AND FOCUS:
As banks and financial institutions start to emerge from a prolonged financial downturn, they face a host of challenges. Disruptive forces continue to ripple through the finance industry changing the market and impacting the businesses, such as:
• New regulations
• New capital requirements
• New technologies
Optimisation technologies have become key tools in making important business decisions that increase competitive advantage. Optimisation, through the use of advanced mathematics and computer science techniques, is used to assist organisations with solving their complex business problems. The models which capture trade-off between optimum resource allocation and risk minimisation are gaining increasing importance in Banking, Portfolio Construction, Asset and Liability Management, Trade Settlement and Clearing and Cash Management. Recent developments and growing applications of quadratic optimisation, stochastic optimisation and robust optimisation in these domains and the role of modelling systems and solvers will be presented and discussed.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:
Understand the role of optimisation in financial analytics and gain an understanding of the leading issues of financial analytics
Learn about the latest thinking and practices in the domain of Portfolio Optimisation and Asset and Liability Management
Learn how companies have been able to use optimisation technology to help determine how to most effectively allocate capital, balance business risks, uncover novel solutions for their customers and gain insights into their toughest challenges for maximum return with limited risk
WHO IS IT FOR?
• Quantitative Analysts
• Credit Risk Analysts
• Financial Engineers
• Quantitative Developer
• Trade & Cash Solutions Managers/Analysts
• Corporate Treasurers
• Investment Managers/ Investment Strategists
• Financial Analysts
Here is the description of the talk from SCOPE's website:
“Dr. Pepper Snapple Makes the Most of their Supply Chain by Utilizing Network Design for Ongoing Sales and Operations Support”
· Supply Chain Network Design is not only a powerful business tool but if applied well can provide great value within all areas of your business.
· Sales and operations at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group must continually ensure the operation of an optimal supply chain structure is in order to allow for the best service levels to stores at the lowest overall cost.
· Come learn how Dr. Pepper applies supply chain network design down to the regional level by rationalizing warehouses and flow of product to stores as part of their territory planning.
Josh Buchanon, Packaged Beverage Network Optimization Manager, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group with Sara Lewis, IBM Smarter Commerce Supply Chain Marketing Lead, Co-Author ofSupply Chain Network Design: Applying Optimization and Analytics to the Global Supply Chain
* If you are reading this blog, you, your managers, and your internal and external customers should read this book. It will make you a better modeler, help you manage projects better, and help your customers better understand what you do and why it is important.
IBM's Smarter Commerce Summit will be held in Orlando, Sept 5-7, 2012
"There’s no question that your customers are in charge. They
have more information, more access, more influence. They’re savvy, and
Building on Smarter Commerce Global Summit in San Diego last year,
and the recent Summit in Madrid, the footprint expands with a Smarter
Commerce Summit Orlando 2012!
Smarter Commerce Summit 2012 provides business executives and
practitioners, with the insight and resources to effectively connect
with today’s customers. An event like no other, it combines over 150
business and practitioner breakout sessions comprised of new technology,
best practices, industry perspectives and visionary thinking, all to
help you optimize your business. It is the single largest gathering of
experts and peers for discovering new solutions to today’s most complex
As a supply chain professional, you will get a lot out of the conference's many talks and keynote sessions. If you are an ILOG customer, some talks that may be of direct interest include:
- The Supply Chain Revolution: GE Healthcare Uses Optimization to Manage their Global Supply Chain: Best-in-breed, smart and adaptive supply chain networks are the next
major wave of innovation in supply chain management. Learn how several
groups within GE Healthcare are using ILOG Optimization solutions to
make ongoing intelligent supply chain decisions. By building optimal
distribution networks and service strategies, GE Healthcare and its
relevant business units are reaping the benefits of a more competitive
and agile supply chain, resulting in better margins and profits. Join
this session and learn how you can do the same.
- Managing LTL Decisions with Optimization: Over the last six years, a team of experienced and committed supply
chain and outbound specialists have leveraged optimization and analytics
to significantly transform the CNH North American Distribution network
making it one of the most efficient networks in the Industry (as
measured by the North American Service Part Conference) both in terms of
service to the customers (internal and external) and in terms of costs
- Inside Scoop: Examining IBM's Supply Chain Roadmap and Strategy: When all participants are aligned, the interconnected supply chain can
cost-effectively keep supply and demand in balance--however, volatility
is on the rise. Join us as we discuss our strategy to deliver solutions
that effectively manage global volatility, optimize your supply chain
network, create an inventory and logistics strategy, execute global
logistics, detect risks early and help you react quickly to avoid
inventory issues and lost sales.
- Reinventing Decision Making with Optimization. Optimization can be an intimidating concept for business executives.
This presentation explains in business language, beginning with the kind
of bottom-line results you can achieve, what optimization is, what it
uniquely adds to an organization's decision-making capability, and how
you can go about exploiting its potential.
- Making Your Business Work Smarter with Optimization: Companies
across the globe are using optimization technology and solutions to
increase ROI and achieve deeper insights into business efficiency and
competitiveness. Join us to learn how optimization is being used across
a spectrum of industries for strategic advantage, and how you can
achieve the same results for your organization.
Is Product Bundling Right for your Retail or CP
- Optimize your Supply Chain While Juggling Multiple Objectives: Learn how the powerful optimization techniques developed by IBM can
improve the efficiency and results of network design analyses, and find
out how you can achieve multiple objectives while still getting more
value from your supply chain.
- Creating a Global Inventory Hub to Support the Right Plan, Right Promise and Right Fulfillment: Large, global manufacturers have a major challenge in deciding how much
inventory to keep, where to keep it and how to accurately promise it to
customers. On the one hand, companies want to stay as lean as possible,
yet on the other, they have to ensure that customer service levels are
met. In this session, we will discuss how IBM Order Management can be
used as a unified hub to manage inventory across business units,
stocking locations, business units and even different systems of record
(ERP or WMS). The IBM Inventory Planning and Flow Analyst solution
complements the Order Management hub by determining what the optimal
safety and cycle stock levels should be given different assumptions
about demand patterns, variability, and more.
- Using Analytics in Supply Chain Optimization: Find out how a leading company is using optimization analytics in
inventory placement, network design and truck routing, along with a
sustainability analysis engine and profit and loss simulation. Join this
session to see how they have been able to achieve dramatic results in
their supply chain operations.
- Manage Suppliers and Mitigate Risk: The uncertainty, volatility and fast-changing environment of a global
marketplace creates challenges all across the supply base. Techniques to
mitigate and counter risk, create transparency on global supplier base
and manage supplier relationships are key development for the today's
CPO. Join this session and to learn how companies can qualify, evaluate
and optimize suppliers to improve overall supplier reliability, drive
innovation, encourage competition and rationalize the supplier base.
Learn how to ensure corporate responsibility and increase sustainability
in the supply chain, and to effectively manage the end-to-end supplier
- Supply Chain Visibility: Applying Analytics to Integrate and Optimize the Supply Chain: Visibility is a top challenge for supply chain executives.
Multi-enterprise supply chain visibility is a key capability for
reaching new levels of effectiveness and efficiency and enabling a more
end-to-end approach to optimization. In this session, you will hear
IBM's point of view on supply chain visibility and get best practices
for collaborative supply chains. You'll also learn about the advanced
analytics capabilities IBM clients are using today--and within IBM's own
supply chain as well.
- The Executive Guide to Optimization: What does the optimized organization look like and why should this be
top-of-mind for the executive decision maker? Steve Sashihara, President
and CEO of Princeton Consultants discusses best practices for
recognizing optimization opportunities and how to ask for them.
- Workin' on the Railroad with Maintenance Optimization: Learn how to get the most value from your railway assets by improving
internal processes to help ensure resources are not wasted.
- Creating a Smarter Supply Chain with Analytics: What if you could reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction by
managing, controlling, and predicting inventory levels, while
synchronizing global communication and collaboration with your customers
and suppliers? Learn how your organization can become smarter by
attaining insight from your information to make better decisions. You
will also discover the growing role analytics plays in every aspect of
- Is Your WMS Future-Proof?: We live in a constantly changing world. And that is especially true for
businesses with acquisitions, mergers, new channels, partners,
outsourcing, and more. How easily your business can adapt to such change
is, to some extent, determined by how quickly your systems can change.
Have you invested in solutions that allow you to be flexible enough to
change as rapidly? Learn how IBM Sterling WMS can future-proof your
business to provide you the flexibility to be able to respond to change.
A new case study is available showing how Südzucker, Europe's leading supplier of sugar products with an annual revenue of approximately €7 billion, uses IBM ILOG LogicNet Plus to help meet their goals of a cost-effective and flexible supply chain:
Here is a quick summary of the case:
"When the European Union adopted a new market regulation for the sugar industry in 2006, Südzucker was forced to re-evaluate their entire supply chain network. On the one hand the company’s ability to export sugar to world markets became very limited, on the other hand major sugar deficit areas within the European Union were created. This led to a much greater focus on sales and distribution. Südzucker also knew this ruling would give them the ability to enter new sugar markets like Greece, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Their challenge was to merge their national supply chain networks to create one integrated and powerful European supply chain network. The company had to determine how to modify their supply chain network by adding new facilities to ensure excellent service but also minimize transportation costs."
To read more, click here to download the full case study.
A new case study is available highlighting how Johnson Controls uses LogicNet Plus to model and improve their closed-loop battery supply chain.
The following is a quote from Johnson Control's Supply Chain Network Strategy Manager, Chad Montgomery:
"I’m using LNP XE every week to perform modeling on a variety of projects from small capacity analysis/capital investment decisions to quarterly financial forecasting and annual budgeting for capacity utilization, plant manufacturing, and shipping territories. LNP XE has allowed us to create clear pictures of our network, starting with a best-case utopia state and then quantifying the impact of each constraint. This clarity can reveal hidden savings opportunities as well as gives complete insight into the main drivers of our supply chain”
We will host our June Virtual Users Group meeting on Jun 26 at 11 AM ET, 10 CT, 8 PT.
We will cover some new features in LogicNet Plus XE, some aspects of LogicNet Plus XE to improve your productivity, and review what is new with Inventory and Product Flow Analyst.
You should have received an invite by now. If not, contact us and we will make sure you get one.
Today, we announced
the release of a new version of our multi-echelon inventory optimization product, Inventory and Product Flow Analyst (IPFA) v7.6
We have put a lot of investment in IPFA so that it fits within the workflow of an organization. That is, it is important to be able to answer strategic inventory optimization questions, but it is even more important to maintain the right inventory targets. You maintain these targets with strong work flow capabilities.
By maintaining the right inventory targets at all levels in the supply chain, you can avoid lost sales, minimize late shipments, minimize expediting, and keep inventory to a minimum. And, since IPFA directly accounts for demand forecast error and supply variability, you get value even when your forecasting is not very robust. For more details on the strategic importance of inventory optimization, click here
Highlights of this new release include:
- Simulation capability: Inventory planners can now analyze inventory and service level performance against simulated customer demands.
- More powerful Multi-Echelon optimization: Inventory and
supply chain planners can now optimize total inventory costs based on
variable committed service times or variable upstream service levels.
- Forecast error and supplier performance analysis: Inventory
and supply chain planners can now analyze forecast error and take into
account forecast bias in the inventory optimization process. They can
also measure supplier performance with an automated calculation of lead
time variability and receipt period.
- Ease-of-use enhancements: Enable inventory planners to perform their tasks more effectively.
At a the recent Manufacturing Leadership Summit, Toshiba gave the "Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award Winner Case Study Presentation." The talk was titled: "Using SCM to Create Competitive Advantage."
In the talk
, they mentioned that they used IBM ILOG LogicNet Plus XE to model different options. Among the improvements that they saw, the cost per shipment decreased by more than 12%. In addition, obsolescence reduced by more than 40% and missed service calls reduced by more than 16%. This all helped lead to double digit growth in customer use of Toshiba Supply Chain Services.