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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.
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 in over 35 textbooks, and the exclusive software used in several market-leading textbooks.
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Frontline's new Risk Solver Platform is an integrated product that offers by far the most comprehensive, highest performance optimization and simulation available in Microsoft Excel. It is the only product that can find robust optimal solutions for Excel models in the presence of risk and uncertainty, using the methods of robust optimization, stochastic programming and simulation optimization. It's the only product that can automatically diagnose the structure of optimization models with uncertainty and choose the best solution methods for any given model. Risk Solver Platform includes all the capabilities of Premium Solver Platform, all the capabilities of Risk Solver Pro, and more. And it's the only product to date that deeply exploits multi-core processors to solve difficult nonlinear and non-smooth problems in record time.
Frontline's Premium Solver Platform is by far the leading software for spreadsheet optimization. It works with existing Excel Solver models, yet with plug-in Solver Engines it can solve problems a thousand times larger, at speeds up to hundreds of times faster than the standard Solver. It goes well beyond conventional optimization (linear, mixed-integer and non-linear programming) to support convex and conic optimization, global optimization, constraint programming, and genetic and evolutionary algorithms. And it can automatically diagnose the structure of conventional optimization models, and choose the best solution methods.
Frontline's Solver SDK Platform makes the company's full suite of Solvers for optimization, plus a new Solver for Monte Carlo simulation, available to developers through an object-oriented API in today's most popular platforms and languages: Microsoft COM and .NET, Java and MATLAB, as well as C/C++, Visual Basic and other languages. The SDK is the only product that can load Excel workbooks containing optimization and simulation models, and use them to solve problems on servers without Excel -- even on Linux And it includes parallelized algorithms to exploit modern multi-core processors, without requiring extra work by developers.
Frontline's Pro products offer "professional entry-level" optimization and simulation power to Excel users and developers. Premium Solver Pro is by far the leading "first upgrade" from the basic Excel Solver that Frontline developed for Microsoft, offering 100% upward compatibility for Solver models and macros. Risk Solver Pro is the only product to offer instant, interactive risk analysis, with new charts and statistics on each change to a user's model, and when combined with Premium Solver Pro, the highest performance simulation optimization in Excel. Solver SDK Pro enables developers to incorporate "Pro-level" optimization and simulation capabilities into custom applications.
Frontline's XLMiner product offers sophisticated forecasting, data mining, and predictive analytics for business analysts working in Excel. Going far beyond traditional statistics add-ins, XLMiner includes SQL database query, data preparation and exploration tools, a wide range of data mining algorithms for prediction, classification, and affinity analysis -- from regression trees to neural networks -- and a full set of reports and charts to assess the predictive power of different algorithms. It is widely used in MBA education and is supported by a leading textbook, Data Mining for Business Intelligence.
Frontline's eight Solver Engines "plug in" to Risk Solver Platform, Premium Solver Platform and Solver SDK Platform, to solve challenging problems with hundreds of thousands of variables and constraints. Unlike other software for optimization and simulation, Frontline's Solver Engines can be used with Excel, MATLAB, Java, all .NET and COM languages, and conventional procedural programming languages -- all for the price of one license. The latest of these, the Gurobi Solver Engine, features remarkable performance on challenging linear mixed-integer (LP/MIP) optimization models.
Frontline Systems' modeling and optimization software and support services are used by more than 6,000 of the world's largest and most successful organizations. Its 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. Frontline's customers build simulation- and optimization-based decision models, faster and with less effort than with alternative software. 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.
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. As Windows and Excel took over the spreadsheet market from Lotus 1-2-3, Frontline's market share in spreadsheet optimization expanded dramatically, in both the OEM and advanced end user markets. On many occasions Frontline has been first to introduce new simulation technology and new optimization technology in an easy-to-use form, for a wide range of business decisions. With one of the fastest new product cycles in the industry, Frontline is continually delivering new technology for data mining, risk analysis, and optimization to support critical business resource allocation decisions.
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