Your opportunity with Optimal in six panes...

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Decision Optimization Solutions

An urgent need exists to make better decisions in business, government, and personal lives.

The best possible answers to routine decision support needs are not typically provided by guessing, spreadsheets, top-ten lists, heuristics, analytics, ERP systems, and artificial intelligence.

Optimizing Everything!

Decision optimization is the goal of business analytics.

Optimal addresses this need.

Optimal linear programming-based solutions generate the mathematically guaranteed best answer to common decision support needs.

Simplistically, Optimal replaces flawed, error-ridden, non-optimizing spreadsheets with an easy to use, optimization-driven, database-architecture Decision Optimization system that empowers users to better do their work. Optimal complements other IT systems with its data exchange features and API.

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For Common Problems, Optimal Is Superior to Other Decision
Support Means

Biased Guessing. The primary means of decision making.

  • Research shows guessing is suboptimal and deteriorates rapidly at more than four interrelated variables; a 5-stop delivery problem has 6 possible routes; 10-stops: 40,320 routes.
  • Research shows guessing is suboptimal and deteriorates rapidly at more than four interrelated variables; a 5-stop delivery problem has 6 possible routes; 10-stops: 40,320 routes.
  • Research shows guessing is suboptimal and deteriorates rapidly at more than four interrelated variables; a 5-stop delivery problem has 6 possible routes; 10-stops: 40,320 routes.

Flawed Spreadsheets. The ubiquitous but flawed decision support means for business and government

  • Studies show 90% of spreadsheets have serious errors (over 1% of cells) due to hidden math and references.
  • Spreadsheets making guessing look scientific.
  • Studies show 90% of spreadsheets have serious errors (over 1% of cells) due to hidden math and references.
  • Spreadsheets making guessing look scientific.
  • Studies show 90% of spreadsheets have serious errors (over 1% of cells) due to hidden math and references.
  • Spreadsheets making guessing look scientific.

Ill-suited Artificial Intelligence. Getting press but usually not results. Most AI projects fail.

  • Simplistically, AI is based on finding an answer to a question by finding a close approximation in a large database of answers. This method works in some cases but is not suitable for most common decision support needs.
  • AI is overhyped (Gartner).
  • Simplistically, AI is based on finding an answer to a question by finding a close approximation in a large database of answers. This method works in some cases but is not suitable for most common decision support needs.
  • AI is overhyped (Gartner).
  • Simplistically, AI is based on finding an answer to a question by finding a close approximation in a large database of answers. This method works in some cases but is not suitable for most common decision support needs.
  • AI is overhyped (Gartner).

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As perfect as possible!

  • Powerful Linear Programming. The foundation of Optimal is our proprietary linear programming system. Linear programming is the most powerful of all quantitative decision support methods.
  • Sophisticated Mathematical Models. Optimal’s proprietary modeling program provides users with rich featured applications that generate real-world, executable solutions.
  • Ease of use Interface. Optimal applications provide users the benefits of optimization technology without having to deal the math. The Optimal interface enables easy management of databases, large and small.
  • Cloud Hosted. Optimal is cloud based, facilitating rapid deployment and support and eliminating most IT support costs.
  • Integration. Data exchange with other IT systems is accomplished with import and export utilities and an Application Programming Interface. The API even provides automated optimization.
  • Proven. Thousands of users in business and government, all over the world, use the Optimal technology. Optimal applications solve problems large and small, ranging the purchase of billions of dollars of raw materials to product design based on specifications and options.
  • Powerful Linear Programming. The foundation of Optimal is our proprietary linear programming system. Linear programming is the most powerful of all quantitative decision support methods.
  • Sophisticated Mathematical Models. Optimal’s proprietary modeling program provides users with rich featured applications that generate real-world, executable solutions.
  • Ease of use Interface. Optimal applications provide users the benefits of optimization technology without having to deal the math. The Optimal interface enables easy management of databases, large and small.
  • Cloud Hosted. Optimal is cloud based, facilitating rapid deployment and support and eliminating most IT support costs.
  • Integration. Data exchange with other IT systems is accomplished with import and export utilities and an Application Programming Interface. The API even provides automated optimization.
  • Proven. Thousands of users in business and government, all over the world, use the Optimal technology. Optimal applications solve problems large and small, ranging the purchase of billions of dollars of raw materials to product design based on specifications and options.
  • Powerful Linear Programming. The foundation of Optimal is our proprietary linear programming system. Linear programming is the most powerful of all quantitative decision support methods.
  • Sophisticated Mathematical Models. Optimal’s proprietary modeling program provides users with rich featured applications that generate real-world, executable solutions.
  • Ease of use Interface. Optimal applications provide users the benefits of optimization technology without having to deal the math. The Optimal interface enables easy management of databases, large and small.
  • Cloud Hosted. Optimal is cloud based, facilitating rapid deployment and support and eliminating most IT support costs.
  • Integration. Data exchange with other IT systems is accomplished with import and export utilities and an Application Programming Interface. The API even provides automated optimization.
  • Proven. Thousands of users in business and government, all over the world, use the Optimal technology. Optimal applications solve problems large and small, ranging the purchase of billions of dollars of raw materials to product design based on specifications and options.

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Optimizing Everything!

Optimal Core Solutions

Optimal is the name of the family of solutions; individual derivative applications exist by vertical market and problem type for most common decision support needs. Optimal solutions are no-code, packaged, and cloud hosted.

  • Optimal Inventory Management & Procurement
  • Optimal Product Mix & Pricing (with optional Shipping)
  • Optimal Planning & Scheduling
  • Optimal Assignment & Selection

Optimal is the name of the family of solutions; individual derivative applications exist by vertical market and problem type for most common decision support needs. Optimal solutions are no-code, packaged, and cloud hosted.

  • Optimal Inventory Management & Procurement
  • Optimal Product Mix & Pricing (with optional Shipping)
  • Optimal Planning & Scheduling
  • Optimal Assignment & Selection
  • Optimal Inventory Management & Procurement
  • Optimal Product Mix & Pricing (with optional Shipping)
  • Optimal Planning & Scheduling
  • Optimal Assignment & Selection

Optimal applications address decision support needs in business (manufacturing, merchandizing, services, etc.), government (federal, state, municipal), and personal lives. Application configurations with appropriate features exist for small entities to the largest enterprises.

Optimal applications address decision support needs in business (manufacturing, merchandizing, services, etc.), government (federal, state, municipal), and personal lives. Application configurations with appropriate features exist for small entities to the largest enterprises.

Optimal
Inventory Management & Procurement

Optimal Inventory Management & Procurement applications enable users to achieve measurable savings and improve operations by generating minimum cost inventory management and procurement decisions considering the many factors driving the cost of the decisions. Optimal also accelerates product development and design.

Features include the following:

  • Powerful BOM Generator. Formulas are a powerful and flexible rule-driven bill-of-materials generator for products, including products with variable BOMs, effectively addressing user-defined specifications of purchased items as well as the products to make or sell.
  • Supply and Demand Specifications. Model and database features addressing, (1) for suppliers, multiple suppliers with various costs, specifications, availabilities, available and expiration dates, and much more, and, (2) for all products to make or sell, the quantity required, required by dates, and much more.
  • All Decision Timeframes. Models address decision timeframes for longer term inventory plans by period over weeks or months, to shorter term utilization schedules, as well as the design or assembly of single product or product batch.
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Features include the following:​​

  • Powerful BOM Generator. Formulas are a powerful and flexible rule-driven bill-of-materials generator for products, including products with variable BOMs, effectively addressing user-defined specifications of purchased items as well as the products to make or sell.
  • Supply and Demand Specifications. Model and database features addressing, (1) for suppliers, multiple suppliers with various costs, specifications, availabilities, available and expiration dates, and much more, and, (2) for all products to make or sell, the quantity required, required by dates, and much more.
  • All Decision Timeframes. Models address decision timeframes for longer term inventory plans by period over weeks or months, to shorter term utilization schedules, as well as the design or assembly of single product or product batch.
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Features include the following:​​

  • Powerful BOM Generator. Formulas are a powerful and flexible rule-driven bill-of-materials generator for products, including products with variable BOMs, effectively addressing user-defined specifications for purchased items as well as the products to make or sell.
  • Supply and Demand Specifications. Model and database features addressing, (1) for suppliers, multiple suppliers with various costs, specifications, availabilities, available and expiration dates, and much more, and, (2) for all products to make or sell, the quantity required, required by dates, and much more.
  • All Decision Timeframes. Models address decision timeframes for longer term inventory plans by period over weeks or months, to shorter term utilization schedules, as well as the design or assembly of single product or product batch.
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Optimal
Product Mix & Pricing (with Shipping)

Optimal Product Mix & Pricing applications enable users to determine what to buy and what to sell to maximize profit considering influencing factors on product mix, thus increasing sales realization and reducing costs. Optimal Pricing works with Product Mix to determine product prices at various product demands to maximize revenue. The Optimal Shipping option adds to the application distribution plans with truck loading schemes. Optimal generates income statement-styled solutions with supporting detail.

Features include the following:​​

  • Inventory Management. The features of Optimal Inventory Management & Procurement
  • Process Steps. A model with sequential, multi-step, assembly and disassembly bill-of-materials rules
  • Maximize Order Fulfillment. Settings to maximum order fulfillment and build inventory
  • Resource Limits. Resource limitations respected for supply, labor, processing time, available and expiration dates, inventory capacity, etc.
  • Shipping. Shipping models consider rules for supply and demand at various locations by date while complying with transit time, vehicle capacity, etc.
Show Features

Features include the following:​​

  • Inventory Management. The features of Optimal Inventory Management & Procurement
  • Process Steps. A model with sequential, multi-step, assembly and disassembly bill-of-materials rules
  • Maximize Order Fulfillment. Settings to maximum order fulfillment and build inventory
  • Resource Limits. Resource limitations respected for supply, labor, processing time, available and expiration dates, inventory capacity, etc.
  • Shipping. Shipping models consider rules for supply and demand at various locations by date while complying with transit time, vehicle capacity, etc.
Show Features

Features include the following:​​

  • Inventory Management. The features of Optimal Inventory Management & Procurement
  • Process Steps. A model with sequential, multi-step, assembly and disassembly bill-of-materials rules
  • Maximize Order Fulfillment. Settings to maximum order fulfillment and build inventory
  • Resource Limits. Resource limitations respected for supply, labor, processing time, available and expiration dates, inventory capacity, etc.
  • Shipping. Shipping models consider rules for supply and demand at various locations by date while complying with transit time, vehicle capacity, etc.
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Optimal
Planning & Scheduling

Optimal Supply Chain Planning applications enable users to determine optimized supply chain plans, capacity plans, and daily schedules (for manufacturing, services, etc.). Optimal Supply Chain Planning is also used to optimize site location and facility rationalization. Optimal Scheduling applications optimize manufacturing and personnel schedules, sequencing events to avoid changeovers, cleanups, etc. Optimal Delivery applications optimize routes for pickup and delivery.

Features include the following:

  • Planning model addressing the entire supply chain considering raw materials or purchases, physical resources (facilities and lines), labor, product distribution to markets and/or customers, and more.
  • Scheduling model addressing short term schedules (daily or less) that sequence events for minimum cost or time.
  • Delivery model for route pickup and delivery for one or more vehicles that considers time windows, leg lengths, vehicle capacity, driver hours, load metrics, etc.
Show Features

Features include the following:

  • Planning model addressing the entire supply chain considering raw materials or purchases, physical resources (facilities and lines), labor, product distribution to markets and/or customers, and more.
  • Scheduling model addressing short term schedules (daily or less) that sequence events for minimum cost or time.
  • Delivery model for route pickup and delivery for one or more vehicles that considers time windows, leg lengths, vehicle capacity, driver hours, load metrics, etc.
Show Features

Features include the following:

  • Planning model addressing the entire supply chain considering raw materials or purchases, physical resources (facilities and lines), labor, product distribution to markets and/or customers, and more.
  • Scheduling model addressing short term schedules (daily or less) that sequence events for minimum cost or time.
  • Delivery model for route pickup and delivery for one or more vehicles that considers time windows, leg lengths, vehicle capacity, driver hours, load metrics, etc.
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Optimal
Assignment & Selection

Optimal’s optimization-based assignment and selection solutions provide decision optimization for specialty problems! Such Optimal solutions include applications for two-party negotiation, asset selection optimization, and project selection.

Features include the following:

  • Many unique, specialty applications (inquire through Contact Us).
  • Easy to customize for specific user purposes.
  • Various models optimize for minimum cost, maximum profit, and for consumer, sometimes maximum fulfillment.
Show Features

Features include the following:

  • Many unique, specialty applications (inquire through Contact Us).
  • Easy to customize for specific user purposes.
  • Various models optimize for minimum cost, maximum profit, and for consumer, sometimes maximum fulfillment.
Show Features

Features include the following:

  • Many unique, specialty applications (inquire through Contact Us).
  • Easy to customize for specific user purposes.
  • Various models optimize for minimum cost, maximum profit, and for consumer, sometimes maximum fulfillment.
Show Features

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What will your savings be?

Measurable savings,
Typically, 5-10%,
often much more!

What will your savings be?

A Savings Analysis proves payback.

Savings Analysis Example Report

Product

Current
Method Costs

Minus

Your Costs
Using Optimal

Equals

Your Savings

% Savings

Product

Current
Method Costs

Minus

Your Costs
Using Optimal

Equals

Your Savings

% Savings

Product 1

$100,000

Minus

$ 97,000

Equals

$ 3,000

3.0%

Product 1

$100,000

Minus

$ 97,000

Equals

$ 3,000

3.0%

Product 2

$120,000

Minus

$113,000

Equals

$ 7,000

5.8%

Product 2

$120,000

Minus

$113,000

Equals

$ 7,000

5.8%

Product 3

$ 80,000

Minus

$ 75,000

Equals

$ 5,000

6.3%

Product 3

$ 80,000

Minus

$ 75,000

Equals

$ 5,000

6.3%

Product 4

$115,000

Minus

$105,000

Equals

$10,000

8.6%

Product 4

$115,000

Minus

$105,000

Equals

$10,000

8.6%

Product 5

$ 85,000

Minus

$ 85,000

Equals

$ 0

0.0%

Product 5

$ 85,000

Minus

$ 85,000

Equals

$ 0

0.0%

TOTAL

$500,000

Minus

$475,000

Equals

$25,000

5.0%

TOTAL

$500,000

Minus

$475,000

Equals

$25,000

5.0%

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Contact Optimal Answers to

  • To obtain additional information about specific applications by vertical market and type of problem.
  • To perform a Savings Analysis to determine Optimal payback.
  • To request a Trial.
  • To obtain additional information about specific applications by vertical market and type of problem.

  • To perform a Savings Analysis to determine Optimal payback.

  • To request a Trial.
  • To obtain additional information about specific applications by vertical market and type of problem.

  • To perform a Savings Analysis to determine Optimal payback.

  • To request a Trial.