INFORMS News: Industry News

Frontline Systems launches

Frontline Systems, developer of the Solver in desktop Microsoft Excel, has released, a SaaS (software as a service) Azure-based platform that offers business analysts point-and-click tools to create predictive and prescriptive analytics models themselves, without needing expert data scientists or programmers – yet taking advantage of the full spectrum of analytic methods, from forecasting and data mining to simulation and optimization.

Though brand new in its first release, inherits both the power of Frontline’s full analytics product line and ease of use from more than 25 years’ experience supporting business analysts using these methods in practice. Unlike most optimization and simulation vendors who are still desktop based, Frontline now offers full-power prescriptive analytics in the cloud, with an interface that’s familiar and immediately usable by Excel users, including generations of MBA students. Frontline has also released Analytic Solver Platform V2016-R3, a new version of its analytics tools for desktop Excel, to complement For more information, visit

AIMMS recognized by Gartner for analytics, network design

AIMMS, a leading vendor of prescriptive analytics software, is pleased to announce that it has been named in Gartner’s report, “Hype Cycle for Chief Supply Chain Officers, 2016.” The company is listed in the report as a sample vendor in the areas of prescriptive analytics and network design.

According to Gartner, in order to thrive in this fast-paced business environment, organizations need to “build a successful bimodal supply chain, chief supply chain officers must balance operational excellence with disruptive innovation.” The report provides an overview of the critical technologies, business frameworks and competencies supply chain leaders need to achieve this. AIMMS can be leveraged to build several of these competencies, including prescriptive analytics capabilities and network design. For more information, visit