INFORMS News: INFORMS Annual Meeting 2012 Phoenix


Visit the Exhibit Hall in the Phoenix Convention Center to see innovative software products, publications and resources.
The numbers after each company name indicate booth numbers.
AIMMS® (Paragon Decision Technology)
For over 20 years, Paragon has been developing and selling AIMMS, a unique mathematical optimization platform. We are passionate about bringing the benefits of optimization to society and have just released our revolutionary new Publishing and Remote Optimization platform (AIMMS PRO). Please join us for one of our talks, and/or request your free Academic license at

American Optimal Decisions
American Optimal Decisions (AOD) provides consulting services and software solutions in advanced statistics, optimization and risk management. The main software product is Portfolio Safeguard (PSG), an advanced nonlinear mixed-integer optimization package. Use simple codes for sophisticated optimization problems, calling non-linear functions without additional programming. AOD provides consulting in various engineering areas involving statistics and optimization. See case studies at

AMPL Optimization, Inc.
AMPL Optimization develops and supports the AMPL modeling language, a powerful and natural tool for creating and managing the large, complex optimization problems that arise in numerous applications. AMPL is notable for supporting a broad range of linear and nonlinear problem formulations and a large selection of popular large-scale solvers.

AnyLogic North America
AnyLogic simulation software will meet all your needs and is compatible with Windows, MAC and Linux. AnyLogic works with three paradigms of modeling; system dynamics, agent-based modeling and discrete event modeling.

Artelys, an optimization and analytics company, is dedicated to providing sound decision-making through technology, O.R. and statistics. Artelys develops, distributes, and supports a comprehensive portfolio of efficient and robust tools, such as Artelys Kalis, FICO Xpress Optimization suite, and KNITRO. Artelys has been also successful in solving wide varieties of industrial problems using its optimization tools and development platform, Artelys Crystal.

Cambridge University Press
Cambridge’s publishing in books and journals combines state-of-the-art content with the highest standards of scholarship, writing and production. Visit our booth to browse new titles, available at a 20% discount, and to pick up sample issues of our journals. Visit our website to see everything we do:

Cengage Learning/South-Western Publishing
Cengage Learning/South-Western Publishing is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic and professional markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it.

Visit the Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research booth to learn about high quality, free, open-source tools for O.R. professionals and students, suitable for commercial, educational and personal use. COIN-OR is the place to go when you need a “white box” for algorithm research and development. COIN-OR is a strategic partner of the INFORMS Computing Society. Learn more at

Darden Business Publishing
Darden Business Publishing produces and markets business course materials and curricula generated by the renowned faculty at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. Darden maintains a catalogue of student-centered learning materials that energize classrooms around the world with dynamic interactive multimedia cases, innovative simulations, and thought-provoking paper cases. Vivid scenarios culled from actual business situations give students a taste of the front lines of global business, adding depth, insight, and impact to their graduate or executive business educational experience.

Dynamic Ideas
Dynamic Ideas is a publisher of scientific books that have quality and originality in the areas of operations research and applied mathematics. The key objective of our titles is to educate the next generation. Many of our books are currently being used as the main textbook in academic courses in some of the finest universities and research institutions in the world.

Elsevier Decision Science Journals - Elsevier publishes 15 related journals, including the top-ranked Journal of Operations Management and the new journal Operations Research for Health Care. Visit our booth to see how we are making more of decision sciences research with the new Editor’s Choice app, research highlights, embedded content, graphical abstracts and other innovations.

Emerald Group Publishing
Emerald is proud to promote our extensive list of publications in the O.R. and Management Science fields including the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, and the latest volume in our popular books series, Applications of Management Science.

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FICO’s optimization tools, Xpress Optimization Suite and Decision Optimizer, provide a connected suite of high-performance solvers to maximize resource efficiency and actions to improve profitability. As business decisions become increasingly important, FICO tools automate and improve operational decisions to enable companies to react faster, accelerate growth, control risk, and boost profits. Learn more at

Forio Online Simulations
Julia is a new, high-performance dynamic programming language for technical computing that provides a sophisticated compiler, distributed parallel execution, numerical accuracy and an extensive mathematical function library. Forio provides an IDE for Julia that allows users to read, write, edit and execute their Julia code and includes syntax-highlighting and code-completion.

Frontline Systems, Inc.
See brand-new Analytic Solver Platform, our deeply integrated Excel-based software for data mining and predictive analytics, simulation and optimization, for beginning and power users, from Excel Solver developer Frontline Systems. Use our Solver SDK Platform and Web Service to deploy powerful cloud-based analytics applications. Take home a free trial CD.

GAMS Development Corp.
The General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS) is a high-level modeling system for mathematical programming and optimization. GAMS is tailored for complex, large-scale modeling applications, and allows you to build large maintainable models that can be adapted quickly to new situations. Come to our booth to learn more about our new GAMS distribution or ask for a trial version. We also invite you to visit our technology workshop or the software demo.

Gurobi Optimization
Gurobi Optimization provides high performance LP, QP, QCP, and MIP solvers using the most advanced implementations of the latest algorithms. We offer best-in-class performance, support a broad range of interfaces and modeling languages, and offer flexible licensing together with transparent pricing, all backed by outstanding, easy to reach support. Come by to learn more about our latest release, competitive pricing, and free trial and evaluation licenses.

IBM Optimization
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Optimization engines, toolkits, customizable platforms and mainframe solutions for academia, O.R. practitioners, IT and Line of Business clients to collaborate, build, validate and deploy custom planning and scheduling solutions to gain a unique competitive advantage through optimal resource use.

Imagine That, Inc.
The robust simulation architecture of ExtendSim contains advanced features that make it the most scalable simulation system available: create and couple an unlimited number of hierarchical subsystems; built-in database that facilitates organization of complex data structures to efficiently test multiple scenarios; full-featured authoring environment; evolutionary optimization; and advanced resource and scenario management. ExtendSim is the power tool of choice.

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Visit our booth/bookstore to talk with INFORMS staff about our journals, magazines, membership benefits and services, continuing education, communities, networking opportunities, and our new journal Service Science. INFORMS staff is available to assist you with purchasing print, electronic products, or renewing memberships and will have the latest information about INFORMS products and services and our newest member benefits. We look forward to seeing you!

INFORMS Future Meetings
Come to the booth for a preview of our future meetings.

JMP Software from SAS
JMP® is the SAS® software designed for dynamic data visualization on the desktop. Interactive, comprehensive and highly visual, JMP enables you to interact with your data to explore relationships, see hidden trends, dig into areas that interest you and move in new directions that you hadn’t yet considered.

LINDO Systems, Inc.
LINDO Systems will demonstrate LINDO API, our powerful solver engine; LINGO, our integrated modeling language; and What’sBest! our large-scale Excel solver, including enhancements to the linear, integer, stochastic, NLP and global solvers, plus exploitation of multicore hardware. Stop by for a free trial CD with full capacity versions.

LINKS Simulations
The integrative, team-based, competitive LINKS business simulations are used worldwide in undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA courses and in ExecEd programs. The rich content, responsive high-touch instructor support, and extensive student and instructor web-support resources of the 20 customizable LINKS simulations have enhanced 50,000+ students’ learning experiences since 1999.

Lumina Decision Systems, Inc.
Serious analysts prefer Analytica to spreadsheets because of its intuitive visual influence diagrams, Intelligent Arrays for managing multiple dimensions, fast Monte Carlo for risk and uncertainty, and scalability to handle large problems. Analytica models are typically 20 to 100 times more compact than equivalent spreadsheets, and correspondingly easier to build and understand.

Maximal Software, Inc.
Maximal Software is giving away a FREE development license of the MPL Modeling System to every meeting attendee! To sign up for your free copy, please visit us at our booth, attend our software demo (Tuesday, 11:45am), or attend our pre-conference workshop (Saturday, 12:00-2:30pm). We will also be introducing a new server-based version of MPL OptiMax, which makes writing optimization applications for tablet computers and mobile platforms, relatively quick and easy process.

Stop by McGraw-Hill’s exhibit booth to view a demonstration of the latest offerings in super-adaptive technology, called LearnSmart, and to get a preview of our new simulations product for operations management. These solutions are delivered to students and instructors with a level of service and training that is unmatched in the industry.

Now Publishers
Now Publishers and its Foundations and Trends journals publish state-of-the-art review articles in business, information and technology written by leading researchers in the field with the references linked to the original articles and allows for updating by the author and community.

Oracle Crystal Ball
Oracle’s Crystal Ball software is a spreadsheet-based software suite for predictive modeling, forecasting, Monte Carlo simulation and optimization. Crystal Ball is used in universities and schools worldwide to teach financial risk analysis, valuation, engineering, portfolio allocation, cost estimation and project management.

Palgrave Macmillan
Palgrave Macmillan is proud to be the publisher of IFORS and the UK O.R. Society and delighted to announce the latest addition to the O.R. Society journal portfolio: Health Systems, a new interdisciplinary journal promoting a systems approach to healthcare management and delivery. Visit our booth to pick up your free copy of Health Systems and learn more about Palgrave’s OR/MS portfolio!

Palisade Corporation
Palisade Corporation is the maker of the market leading risk and decision analysis software @RISK and the DecisionTools® Suite. Virtually all Palisade software adds in to Microsoft Excel, ensuring flexibility, ease-of-use, and broad appeal across a wide range of industry sectors. Its flagship product, @RISK, debuted in 1987 and performs risk analysis using Monte Carlo simulation. With an estimated 150,000 users, Palisade software can be found in more than 100 countries and has been translated into six languages.

Provalis Research
Provalis Research is the world’s leading developer of text analytics software with ground-breaking qualitative and quantitative analysis programs, such as QDA Miner, an innovative mixed-methods qualitative data analysis software; WordStat, a powerful add-on module for computer-assisted content analysis and text mining; and Simstat, an easy yet powerful statistical software.

Responsive Learning Technologies
Excite and engage your operations and supply chain management students with our award-winning, competitive web-based games. Ensure student readiness for MBA programs with our online assessors and tutorials in math, statistics, finance, economics, accounting and spreadsheets.

Salford Systems
Salford Systems offers a highly accurate, ultra-fast predictive and data mining platform (SPM) for developing models from databases of any size, complexity or organization. Our technologies span classification, regression, survival analysis, missing value analysis and clustering/segmentation. Core components include CART®, MARS®, TreeNet®, RandomForests®, GPS, ISLE, Rulefit. SPM accelerates model building via 30+ automated modeling processes including variable reduction, multiple splitting rules, sample size optimization, and more.

Operations research is part of a continuum including data access, analytics and information delivery. That’s why SAS combines core OR methods–including optimization, simulation, and scheduling–with a range of data integration, analytic, and reporting capabilities and with support for deploying OR models for independent business-oriented use. Stop by to learn more!

SAS Global Academic Program
SAS is the leader in business intelligence and analytical software and services. The SAS® Global Academic Program works with professors, students and researchers to support industry partnerships with academia; deliver technology and resources for teaching and learning; and educate students about business intelligence, analytics and data mining for business advantage. Learn more:

SAS Books
SAS Books offers you a rich variety of resources to help build your SAS® skills. Our product documentation and our SAS® Press books provide comprehensive expert advice, tips, tools, and examples. Select SAS books are now available in a variety of eBook formats, too. Stop by the SAS Books booth #37 to learn more about publishing a book with SAS Press. Be sure to ask our staff about our special INFORMS conference discount.

Visit the SIAM booth to check out our new publications, including titles in the MOS-SIAM Series on Optimization and other recently published and bestselling SIAM books, all available at a conference discount. You’ll also find sample issues of SIAM’s renowned journals, including SIOPT, along with information and applications for anyone interested in becoming a SIAM member. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of SIAM News for the road.

Singapore University of Technology and Design
The Singapore University of Technology and Design was established in collaboration with MIT to advance knowledge and nurture technically grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs. This will be accomplished, with a focus on Design, through an integrated multi-disciplinary curriculum and multi-disciplinary research.

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Come and browse more than 4,000 key titles in business and management. Discover the benefits of eBooks, enjoy your 20% discount on print books, or get printed eBooks for $24.95/€24,95 with MyCopy. Meet the editors and ensure optimized print and electronic dissemination of your work, too!

Spry, Inc.
Spry’s mission is to serve enterprise analytic needs with a higher degree of agility, flexibility, and extensibility. Spry brings experienced middleware solutions engineering skills to the consulting and systems integration business. Our Agile Analytics methodology merges agile development, information architecture, and semantic technologies to build enterprise business intelligence solutions in a distributed information landscape.

Sulum Optimization
Sulum Optimization is a high performance optimization engine for solving network, linear, and integer problems - backed with excellent and fast support. Providing high quality optimization software for less, which is perfectly suited for embedding optimization into even low-priced products. Come to our booth and learn more about Sulum Optimization, we look forward to seeing you!

Syncopation Software, Inc.
Syncopation Software is a leading provider of business analytic tools for decision analysis, risk analysis, Monte Carlo simulation and real option valuation. Syncopation is pleased to announce that DPL 8 is available now! DPL 8 includes an all new Excel interface so you may work directly from Excel! Syncopation offers convenient, affordable academic licensing options.

Tableau Software
Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Used by more than 7,000 organizations worldwide, Tableau’s award-winning software delivers fast analytics and rapid-fire business intelligence. Create visualizations and dashboards in minutes, then share in seconds. The result? You get answers from data quickly, with no programming required.

Taylor & Francis Group
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CRC Press/Taylor & Francis is a premier books and journals publisher. Stop by our booth to browse our books at a discount of up to 50% on selected titles, to pick up a journal sample copy, or to meet with our editor Bob Stern if you are interested in developing a new book project.

University of Michigan
Tauber Institute for Global Operations
Drawing upon resources of both the Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering the Tauber Institute develops leaders in global operations excellence. Well-designed and managed multi-disciplinary team projects sponsored at the vice-president level form the cornerstone of the Tauber experience. Many students are subsequently recruited into leadership positions in a variety of companies and industries.

Wiley-Blackwell is the international scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, with strengths in every major academic and professional field and partnerships with many of the world’s leading societies. For more information, please visit or

Ziena Optimization LLC
Ziena was founded in 2001 by world-renowned scientists to provide robust software tools and responsive, professional technical support for difficult nonlinear optimization problems.  Many Fortune 100 customers and hundreds of sites worldwide rely on Ziena’s KNITRO solver to deliver optimization excellence in various financial, energy, communications, science and engineering applications.