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AIMMS hosted its annual partner conference for Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) last month, from the 29th to the 30th of January. The conference’s location was a beautiful old ship wharf in the center of Amsterdam.
To the Next Level
CEO Gijs Dullaert kicked off the event by sharing our ambitious 10-year plan to bring AIMMS to the next level. The AIMMS PRO platform and our Supply Chain focus will be the basis for our successful growth, furthering our mission to bring the benefits of optimization to society. Aside from this strategic update, a variety of partners shared their AIMMS PRO successes and learnings. It was clear that AIMMS PRO creates a competitive advantage for our clients with a fast and high return on investment.
Our community strongly believes that the value of optimization needs to be presented in a user friendly way. It is important to design specific user interfaces to help people make better decisions, especially when using AIMMS for what-if scenarios. The design company Stroom organized an interactive workshop during the partner conference in order to share insights and learnings on building GUIs. We were thrilled to hear that 90% of the workshop’s participants would start a UI project differently after taking part in this session.
Jan Willem van Crevel, head of R&D at AIMMS, also shared our development roadmap and presented this year’s plans for AIMMS Desktop, AIMMS PRO and our new WebUI. He explored the two main trends in our product development: centralized computing and openness. An interactive discussion on the integration of AIMMS with ERP systems followed his presentation.
Furthermore, interesting discussions about data integration and multi-user support took place between AIMMS CTO Marcel Roelofs and several partners, paving the way for more breakthroughs in our product’s design. These discussions confirmed the importance of this subject and highlighted the complexity of designing a generic solution. Next steps will likely include designing a mechanism to synchronize data across all applications and enabling concurrent data editing, followed by a merge process.
We were pleased to provide a networking platform for our partners. A canal trip through Amsterdam accompanied by a great Indonesian dinner was also part of the program.
It is our greatest pleasure to announce the 6th annual AIMMS-MOPTA Optimization Modeling Competition! The competition is open to students from all over the world. Finalists are expected to attend and present their results at the 2014 MOPTA Conference, which will take place from August 13 to August 15, 2014 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
A note from last year’s winner
Operation Room Management Under Uncertainty was the problem presented by the MOPTA Committee for last year’s competition. Team ORopt from the Technische Universität in Berlin and ZIB was named winner. Alexander Tesch, the team’s sole member, was able to solve all models in the competition dataset to an optimal standard within a reasonable time. The key component of his solution was the use of “precedence networks” that could be solved efficiently due to the calculation of very tight bounds on some of the constants. Alex’s complete MOPTA presentation is available below.
2014 theme and problem description
This year, the competition will center around the Time-Ahead Pricing of Energy Supply. The management of electricity systems is fundamentally changing and becoming increasingly challenging. This is mainly due to the transition to low carbon, sustainable, and renewable energy sources; and the need to reliably satisfy increasing energy demands in a competitive, hyper-connected and resource-scarce economy. The development of novel and improved quantitative tools is therefore required to support decision-making in all areas of the energy market.
The competition’s aim is to consider one key decision-making process within the management of the distribution electricity system; namely, how to price the energy for the end consumers. Competing teams must develop effective, quantitative, user-friendly tools to support the desired energy pricing decisions by using the AIMMS modeling environment.
Click here to read the complete problem description.
Who can participate?
Teams of up to three students can participate. The team leader has to be a graduate student, though the other members of the team can be advanced undergraduate students. Each member of the team must be registered as a full-time student at a recognized educational institution during the Spring term of the 2013-2014 academic year. All students with a background in optimization, regardless of their actual field of study, are eligible.
Haarlem, The Netherlands (January 15, 2014) - Praxis is the leading Do-It-Yourself brand in the Netherlands. The hardware store chain offers the best products and prices to DIY enthusiasts across the country, boasting a total of 140 stores and 1 webshop with an assortment of over 20.000 SKU’s. Twenty-nine of these stores fall into the mega store category, with a surface of 5.000 – 8.000 m². Praxis has garden centers in 11 of its mega stores and was in need of a solution that could help them optimize the distribution of seasonal plants for all their stores. To address this, business and software solutions provider Ab Ovo, developed an AIMMS-based application that will allow Praxis to optimize distribution in accordance with seasonal change, while bringing more transparency and reliability to its planning process.
Inbound plant logistics at Praxis
Praxis works with numerous plant growers which deliver their products in roll cages to a central distribution supplier. Roll cages are then combined and dispatched to Praxis’ stores from this supplier. Praxis needed a solution that could help them establish a cost-efficient merchandizing and logistics procedure for their stores based on seasonal sales volumes.
Ab Ovo’s solution to this problem is two-fold. It consists of a forecasting & merchandizing module, and a logistics planning module. Both modules aim to optimize the overall contribution margin to Praxis. The Praxis’ supply chain team is now able to evaluate different delivery methods in order to arrive at the best possible outcome. The implemented solution also facilitates discussions with the supplier in order to assess which plant combinations can be best picked up at the supplier for direct delivery to each store, thereby reducing shrinkage, handling and transportation costs.
Both Willem Jan Groenewoud, chairman of Ab Ovo and Christophe Frere, VP EMEA of AIMMS are proud to bring the value of optimization to industry leaders like Praxis. Working with the Praxis distribution team to solve the plant puzzle was characterized by words like pragmatic, professional, timely and ambitious. Using prototyping during on-site sessions, a solution was created quickly, which delivered the result Praxis was looking for.
“We are experiencing the benefits of the AIMMS-based solution on a weekly basis. The close cooperation with the Ab Ovo team and their understanding of our needs resulted in one of the fastest ICT projects we have encountered so far. Within 2 months the AIMMS tool was operational and we could start the implementation of the new plant planning process,” states John ter Horst, Supply Chain Demand Planner at Praxis.
About Ab Ovo
Ab Ovo is an innovative and independent business & software solutions provider. We provide business consultancy and interim management as well as highly specialized software solutions. Ab Ovo is a key player in the field of European logistics with extensive experience and expertise in supply chain management, logistic processes and advanced planning, scheduling & optimization solutions. We deliver unique software solutions based on in-house software development and specialist third-party software from a select number of highly innovative partners. Offices are located in the Netherlands (Rotterdam and Amsterdam), Germany (Düsseldorf) and Sweden (Stockholm).
Please visit www.ab-ovo.com for more information about our activities and relevant references.
AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in The Netherlands, Seattle (US), Singapore and Shanghai. For over 20 years, the company has been developing and selling a unique mathematical optimization platform. AIMMS customers can create high business impact with optimization engines and solutions that enable optimal decision making on complex strategic, tactical or operational problems.
Visit www.aimms.com for more info.
AIMMS PRO 1.0.3 is now available. The release contains a number of exciting new features, as well as a series of bug fixes. Key enhancements include:
1. Support for Unicode AIMMS projects, AIMMS 3.14 (due as production release early 2014) and central case management on the PRO server (awaiting AIMMS version due early 2014). Central case management is our next step in collaborative data management. The feature will make it easier to share data with colleagues.
2. More control on whether and how to pass application state between client- and server-side sessions, and new capabilities to set up synchronous or nested computation flows, including extra messaging functions, distributed computations, and capabilities to change queuing priority and license profile at runtime. Advanced modelers will be able to create more powerful and flexible projects with these tools.
3. Automatic cleanup of server-side sessions after a configurable time period.
4. Automatic recovery of client connections after connection loss or server restarts.
Please contact email@example.com if you would like to upgrade to this version of AIMMS PRO or would like to receive more information.
Haarlem, The Netherlands (December 9, 2013) – Today, AIMMS and Newton Energy Group (NEG), a software analytics and consulting company based in Massachusetts, announced that they will venture further into cloud-based optimization with pCloudAnalytics, an AIMMS-based SaaS solution that provides a state-of-the-art power market simulation environment for enterprises in the electric power industry.
Modern power markets define the physical operation of the electrical grid and facilitate interactions among the numerous parties engaged in buying and selling energy as a commodity. Power market simulators enable stakeholders to forecast future market outcomes and make better business and policy decisions. However, simulators are complex, computationally intensive and many cannot adapt to reflect changes in market rules, information flow and decision processes. Further, most simulator environments are not scalable and designed to simulate one scenario at a time. This leads to project turnaround times of days or even weeks, requiring disproportionate amounts of human resources and budget.
pCloudAnalytics (pCA) addresses these limitations by allowing users to take advantage of virtually unlimited computational power available on the cloud and combines ready-to-use data with the support of NEG’s power market and modeling experts. pCA’s power market simulation engine is highly flexible and accurately captures and optimizes the economics and operations of the power grid at an unparalleled level of detail. pCA enables users to perform an unlimited number of market simulations in the same time frame that is required to complete a single simulation with today’s technology, resulting in faster and more thoroughly informed decision-support.
pCloudAnalytics incorporates Power System Optimizer (PSO), an application built by Polaris Systems Optimization Inc. (Polaris) using the AIMMS modeling platform. For the optimization portion, pCA uses Gurobi Optimizer, an integrated solver in AIMMS that is used by industry leaders for many types of optimization models. The complete solution runs on the Amazon and Microsoft clouds.
“Our approach to power market modeling emerges from years of practical experience in using market simulators for a wide variety of applications and understanding the core needs and concerns of the client,” said Dr. Alex Rudkevich, President and Founder of NEG. “To address these concerns we built the pCA SaaS environment using best in class solutions across the entire system: PSO, AIMMS modeling platform and Gurobi Optimizer. We are grateful to our partners for believing in our vision and generously providing support throughout the development.”
“pCloudAnalytics offers its users the game-changing capability to study power markets at an unprecedented depth and speed,” said Jill Lizardi, VP North America at AIMMS. “Its simulation environment is also equipped with a friendly and intuitive interface, both experienced users and beginners can start using pCA to get the insights they need. We are proud of this project and are fully committed to support NEG in their quest to make optimization solutions more accessible through the cloud.”
pCA launch users include economic consulting firm The Brattle Group. “Using pCA we have been able to analyze a range of power market scenarios, performing analyses beyond the capability of other models,” said Ira Shavel, Principal at The Brattle Group. “pCA has been especially useful to us for simulating future conditions or complex phenomena in power markets, such as those under high levels of renewable penetration. In a report to be released tomorrow by the Texas Clean Energy Coalition, The Brattle Group used pCA to analyze the electricity futures for Texas.”
Newton Energy Group (NEG) located in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a software development and consulting company. NEG is developing a new generation of energy market modeling tools by combining advanced analytics with cloud computing technology. In designing these tools, NEG synthesizes its expertise in software development and operations research with decades of consulting and academic experience in the design and operations of energy markets, energy economics and regulatory policy. Visit www.newton-energy.com for more info.
AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in The Netherlands, Seattle (US), Singapore and Shanghai. For over 20 years, the company has been developing and selling a unique mathematical optimization platform. AIMMS customers can create optimization engines and solutions that enable optimal decision making on complex strategic, tactical or operational problems. Visit www.aimms.com for more info.
Gurobi is in the business of helping companies solve their hardest problems by providing the best optimization solver possible, outstanding support, and no surprises pricing. The Gurobi Optimizer is a state-of-the-art solver for linear programming (LP), quadratic programming (QP), quadratically constrained programming (QCP), mixed-integer linear programming (MILP), mixed-integer quadratic programming (MIQP), and mixed-integer quadratically constrained programming (MIQCP). It was designed from the ground up to exploit modern architectures and multi-core processors, using the most advanced implementations of the latest algorithms. Founded in 2008, Gurobi Optimization is based in Houston, TX. Visit www.gurobi.com for more info.
About Polaris Systems Optimization
Polaris provides optimization-based tools for control and simulation of power-grid operations. Founded in 2009 to support efficient integration of renewable energy, Polaris’ staff includes leading experts in the application of mixed-integer programming to security constrained unit commitment and economic dispatch and the deployment of these capabilities in market management systems (MMS) and energy management systems (EMS) of large utilities in the U.S. and internationally. Visit www.psopt.com for more info.
The AIMMS optimization technology is officially “cool” according to Gartner’s new Supply Chain Management Applications report. Why so cool? Find out more about this acknowledgement and how AIMMS is leading supply chain management innovation here.
Hear from our CEO Gijs Dullaert about what the AIMMS mission means to you.
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