A Leader in Spreadsheet and Embedded Analytics

Frontline Systems is a leader in advanced analytics tools -- software used for data mining, text mining and predictive analytics, Monte Carlo simulation and risk analysis, and conventional and stochastic optimization for resource allocation -- in Microsoft Excel, Excel Online and Google Sheets, but also in C/C++, C#, Java, JavaScript and our new RASON® language. Over 7,800 organizations use our Excel-based solvers and our SDK and API products to help them make better resource allocation, risk management, and business planning decisions.  Frontline has a leadership position in cloud-based optimization, simulation and data mining tools, with over 60,000 new users in less than two years, 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.

Powerful SDK Tools for Developers

Frontline Systems offers powerful Solver 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; 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.

RASON™ Modeling and REST API

Frontline's newest offering makes it easy for web and mobile developers to use and solve analytic models in their applications.  RASON -- RESTful Analytic Solver™ Object Notation -- is a high-level modeling language for optimization, simulation and (soon) data mining, embedded in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation).  RASON models can be solved via simple REST API calls to a powerful cloud-based server that developers can use on a monthly subscription basis.  For server- and desktop-based applications, RASON models can be solved using Frontline's Solver SDK.

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.