A Leader in Spreadsheet and Embedded Analytics
Frontline Systems is the leader in advanced analytics for spreadsheets and the web. Its software tools for data mining, text mining and predictive analytics, Monte Carlo simulation and risk analysis, and conventional and stochastic optimization are used by nearly 8,000 organizations -- in Microsoft Excel, Excel Online and Google Sheets; in web applications like XLMiner.com; and in programming languages and Frontline's new RASON® modeling language. Frontline has a leadership position in cloud-based analytics, with over 100,000 new users, and was the first vendor to offer business analysts easy access to Big Data in compute clusters running Apache Spark.
Over 1 billion 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. Frontline Solvers are also the clear #1 choice in MBA programs around the world, used by over 500,000 students, covered in over 45 textbooks, and the exclusive software used in several market-leading textbooks.
Frontline's corporate customers are global leaders in many industries including financial services, aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, utilities, transportation, and manufacturing, as well as commercial, government, and academic research centers. Its individual users, often business analysts and managers, build data mining, simulation- and optimization-based decision models, faster and with less effort than with other software, usually without any programming. These models are used to analyze risk and decide how to best allocate scarce resources - money, equipment, and people - often yielding savings of millions of dollars.
Analytics Technology Leadership
With a long history of "firsts" in analytic software, Frontline is widely regarded as a technology leader. Frontline was among the first to apply genetic and evolutionary algorithms to spreadsheet models, and to use GPUs in evolutionary algorithms, first to deliver algebraic "convexity testing" for analytic models, and first to deliver commercial software using robust optimization, as well as classical stochastic programming and simulation optimization methods. The company is also a technology leader in data and text mining, risk modeling, and global optimization.
XLMiner.com: Cloud-based Data Mining
Frontline recently launched XLMiner.com, a new SaaS product that offers business analysts who aren't data scientists easy, point-and-click forecasting, data mining, and text mining in the cloud. Users can upload data in CSV files and Excel workbooks, access data in Azure SQL databases, or sample data directly from Frontline's Apache Spark Big data cluster -- much like XLMiner in Excel (below). They can explore and transform data, use clustering and feature selection methods, and apply a wide range of powerful machine learning algorithms, from logistic regression to ensembles of classification and regression trees,or neural networks.
RASON® Modeling and REST API
Powerful SDK Tools for Developers
Frontline Systems offers powerful SDK tools to allow developers to rapidly prototype and deploy models outside Excel on desktops, servers, or in the cloud. Solver SDK users can easily define models in their choice of object-oriented programming languages; define models in Excel and use them to solve problems on servers without Excel; or define models in Frontline's new RASON modeling language -- using any of four built-in solvers or eight plug-in Solver Engines that integrate the world's best optimizers from other vendors. XLMiner SDK users can use a powerful, high-level API for to quickly create predictive analytics analytics, using a wide range of forecasting, data mining, and text mining algorithms.
Technical Support Services
Frontline's technical support and consulting assistance, handling thousands of support tickets per month with an average 12-hour response time and 90% user satisfaction rating, is highly regarded in the industry. 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 by over 500,000 students, featured in over 45 textbooks, and the exclusive software used in several market-leading textbooks. With Analytic Solver Platform for Education, professors have one integrated tool they can use to teach data mining and predictive analytics, optimization, simulation, and decision analysis, saving classroom time and enhancing the student learning experience. Frontline Systems also offers its full commercial solvers at significant discounts and comprehensive support for both professors and their university's IT departments.