About Frontline Systems

The Leader in Spreadsheet Optimization and Simulation

Frontline Systems is the worldwide leader in spreadsheet Solvers -- advanced software used for optimization and simulation of business and engineering models in Excel. Over 7,000 organizations, including many government units and Global 2000 companies, use our Excel-based solvers and SDK products to help them make better resource allocation, risk management, and business planning decisions.  In 2011 Frontline entered the market for predictive analytics and data mining software with its acquisition of the highly-regarded XLMiner package.

Frontline was first to deliver commercial software that can solve the full range of optimization models with uncertainty, using the new methods of robust optimization, as well as classical stochastic programming and simulation optimization methods. The company is also the technology leader in the emerging fields of convex, conic, and global optimization.

Though relatively new to the simulation market, Frontline was first to deliver technology for ultra-fast Monte Carlo simulation, up to 100 times faster than Excel alone; first to deliver Interactive Simulation, where new simulation results appear instantly each time the user changes his/her model; and first to deliver support for the emerging discipline of Probability Management in large companies.

Powerful SDK Tools for use With or Without Excel

Frontline Systems also offers powerful SDK tools to allow developers to rapidly prototype and deploy models outside Excel on desktops, servers, or in the cloud. SDK users can easily define models in their choice of object-oriented programming languages, or define models in Excel and use them to solve problems on servers without Excel -- using any of four built-in solvers or eight plug-in Solver Engines that integrate the world's best optimizers from other vendors.

Frontline's technical support and consulting assistance is widely regarded as world-class. With our help, Excel users and programmers around the world have built highly successful applications of optimization, often in record time. We're proud of our track record of helping our customers -- most of whom have no formal training in operations research or management science -- to achieve cost savings and profit improvements of millions of dollars.

The #1 Choice Among MBA Programs Worldwide

Frontline Solvers are also the clear #1 choice in MBA programs around the world, used in over 35 textbooks, and the exclusive software used in several market-leading textbooks. With Risk Solver Platform for Education, professors have one integrated tool they can use to teach optimization, simulation, and decision analysis, saving classroom time and enhancing the student learning experience.

In addition to Risk Solver Platform for Education, which offers all the features of the commercial version (but with reasonable size limits and classroom-friendly pricing), Frontline Systems also offers its full commercial solvers at significant discounts and comprehensive support for both professors and their university's IT departments.

Company History

Frontline Systems was founded by Dan Fylstra in 1987 in Palo Alto, California, and relocated to Incline Village, Nevada, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, in 1992. By 1990, the company had begun working with Microsoft on early versions of Windows and Microsoft Excel. Since then over 500 million copies of Frontline's Solvers for optimization have been distributed to users, in every copy of Microsoft Office sold since 1990, and Frontline's Excel Solver upgrade products, sold directly to advanced users, are by far the market leaders in their field. In 2010 Frontline won the INFORMS Impact Prize for this work.

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