Applications

The Intelligent Supply Chain

There is a large increase in the use advanced analytics for enhanced decision making which is motivated by the explosion of data in both numeric and non-numeric forms as well as the power of cloud computing which makes the use of machine learning on large and streaming data sets possible. The intelligent supply chain describes Read More »

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There is more than one Platform

Many times customers balk at the idea of a proprietary vendor platform. They believe the already have plenty of platforms and would also like everything to run from one platform central platform. As Gartner’s Bill Swanton notes in a recent blog that You Can’t Buy a Digital Business Technology Platform there is no such thing as one Read More »

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One Environment for All Your Analytics Needs

Most supply chain and operations analytics teams struggle with a variety of disconnected tools and technologies to achieve their goal of providing quick answers for their internal or external customers. They use a combination of Alteryx, SQL Server, Excel and Access for data wrangling.   For predictive analytics, they use a combination of Python and R.  Read More »

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Kickstart your Analytics Center of Excellence

Centers of Excellence (CoE) are often created in a certain areas in order to promote advanced practices throughout the company. In a recent talk sponsored by Analytics India Magazine Bringing the E in Analytics CoE, there is an excellent discussion of the requirements  for a successful Analytics CoE that covers a wide range of topics Read More »

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Swiss Army Knife for Supply Chain Analytics

The needs of today’s supply chain analytics practitioners extend beyond the basic capabilities of off-the-shelf packages. Changing business requirements and user requests drive the wish for fast flexible answers to questions that cannot be fully anticipated. The Opalytics Cloud platform (OCP) is designed not only to provide off-the-shelf solvers such as network design, multi-echelon inventory Read More »

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Deploying Price and Promotion Optimization

Our chairman David Simchi-Levi has been involved for a while in cutting edge research and application of price optimization.  As he notes “Identifying the optimal prices for products was once a time-consuming process. That’s changing as businesses start to take advantage of advances in machine learning, increases in computing speed, and greater availability of data.”  He Read More »

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Fast and Furious Analytics

There is tremendous pressure on analysts to provide answers to crucial business questions using advanced analytics, and then turn them into user friendly solutions. The expectation is that this will happen fast!  However, most of the analytics tools support individual analysis and are hard to turn into useful collaborative  applications. In order to provide dependable Read More »

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Fantasy Football Draft Optimizer 2017

Last year we introduced a Fantasy Football Optimizer powered by Opalytics and allowed anyone interested to test it out. We’re back for year two with the same offer, contact us here if you are interested. There have been a few relatively minor changes from the user’s point of view. Derek Nelson, the optimization expert and former Read More »

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Automating Supply Chain Analytics

Supply chain analytics span a wide range of applications from strategic network design to production planning, transportation routing, demand planning and many more. In addition, there is a growing need for innovative supply chain analytics capabilities beyond spreadsheets, business Intelligence, and enterprise system reports. One example is price and promotion optimization which links into demand Read More »

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Case Study: Forecast and Production Planning

Network optimization has traditionally been used to make decisions about where to locate plants and warehouses, how to best ship products and where to source. This has expanded into decisions around production planning at a high level. These include which plant should produce which product and when, given capacity and cost constraints. This type of Read More »

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