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Wondering which analytics method is right for your problem? Click on any of the grey boxes below (Forecasting Data Mining, Conventional Optimization, etc.) to learn more about that method.
Wondering which product is best for your needs? Click on any of the orange, green or blue boxes (Premium Solver Pro, Premium Solver Platform, etc.) to learn more about that product.
- Choose our Apps for Excel Online and Google Sheets to learn about analytics for free.
- Choose our Pro level products for commercial problems you expect to solve in Excel.
- Choose our Platform products for greater power, matching far more expensive enterprise solutions.
Risk Solver Platform includes all the functions of Premium Solver Platform, plus simulation and stochastic optimization.
Better Decisions Through Advanced Analytics Made Easy
Frontline Systems' Solver products have brought more Excel users into the realm of advanced analytics than any other products on the market. We've done that by focusing on your needs and advancing the power, ease of use, capacity, and range of problems that our Solvers can handle to get you the best answers and insights with the least effort. Perhaps that is why over 8,000 leading businesses and universities around the world have chosen Frontline Solvers as the tool of choice for their business.
Below are several comparison charts which may be helpful. We are of course always happy to assist with any questions to help make sure you are finding the right product for your unique needs.
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Our Platform Products: Ultimate Power with Unlimited Expansion
Premium Solver Platform
Our Best Platform for Conventional Optimization
Easily the most popular Excel optimizer ever offered, Premium Solver Platform is designed to handle every type and size of conventional optimization problem (without uncertainty). Unlike much other optimization software, it maximally exploits the multiple cores in your modern PC. With four times the capacity of Premium Solver Pro built in, you can solve nonlinear models 10 times larger than the Excel Solver, and linear models 40 times larger!
But that’s only the beginning – with optional Solver Engines that “plug in” to Premium Solver Platform, you can scale up your models to the largest sizes available with any software, anywhere – even millions of decision variables. There are 8 plug-in Solver Engines to choose from, and you pay for them only if and when you need them. Premium Solver Platform is 100% upward compatible from the Excel Solver and Premium Solver Pro, and it’s 100% upward compatible to Risk Solver Platform, which handles optimization models with uncertainty. No wonder it’s been the best-selling Excel optimizer for many years!
Risk Solver Platform
Ultimate Simulation, Conventional and Stochastic Optimization Power in Excel
Risk Solver Platform is the ultimate tool for decision-making under uncertainty – other vendors of simulation software are light-years behind its power for optimization, and other vendors of optimization software aren’t even close to matching its power for simulation and stochastic optimization. It has all the features and capacity of Premium Solver Platform, all the features and capacity of Risk Solver Pro, and many new capabilities for robust optimization, decision analysis, and more that aren’t available in either product.
Risk Solver Platform maximally exploits the multiple cores in your modern PC for both optimization and simulation, and it can exploit HPC compute clusters running Microsoft’s latest software. Your Excel models and VBA macros are 100% upward compatible from the Excel Solver, Premium Solver Platform, and Risk Solver Pro. And it accepts all the same plug-in, large-scale Solver Engines as Premium Solver Platform – using them in new ways for stochastic optimization – giving you unlimited expansion potential.
Unlimited Capacity for Data Visualization, Data Mining and Forecasting in Excel
XLMiner Platform gives you all the power, capacity, and accuracy of the best-known statistical software packages in Excel. You can sample data from spreadsheets, SQL databases and Power Pivot, explore your data visually, clean and transform your data, and create, evaluate and apply a wide range of time series forecasting and data mining models -- from multiple regression and logistic regression to classification and regression trees, neural networks, and association rules. Its speed will amaze you!
Analytic Solver Platform
Our "Super-Product" - Forecasting, Data Mining, Simulation, Conventional and Stochastic Optimization in Excel
Analytic Solver Platform does it all in Microsoft Excel, accessing data from PowerPivot and SQL databases. Combining all of the power of Risk Solver Platform and XLMiner, it offers easy to use, yet truly powerful and comprehensive data exploration and visualization, forecasting, data mining, simulation/risk analysis, decision trees, and conventional and stochastic optimization. And it accepts the same plug-in, large-scale Solver Engines as Premium Solver Platform and Risk Solver Platform, enabling you to solve conventional and stochastic optimization problems of any size.
Solver SDK Platform
Ultimate Simulation, Conventional and Stochastic Optimization Power Outside Excel
What if you want to build larger optimization or simulation models in a custom application? What if you want to deploy your (largest) Excel-based optimization and simulation models on remote desktops, an Intranet or Web server, or in the cloud? You can do all of these things with Solver SDK Platform.
Its rich object-oriented API closely matches the object-oriented APIs of our Excel-based products, and it’s 100% upward compatible from Solver SDK Pro, across all the supported languages (C/C++, C#, Visual Basic, VB.NET, Java, and MATLAB) – just re-link your application and go! It goes further to exploit multi-core processors and even compute clusters, without special programming effort on your part. It accepts all the same plug-in, large-scale Solver Engines as Premium Solver Platform and Risk Solver Platform. But most remarkable is its ability to load Excel workbooks containing optimization and simulation models, created in Premium Solver Platform or Risk Solver Platform, and run them without needing Excel, on desktops, servers or in the cloud.
Our Pro Products: Proven Performance at a Low Cost
Premium Solver Pro
Professional Optimization, 100% Compatible Upgrade
Premium Solver Pro (the successor to Premium Solver) isn’t free, but it’s far less expensive than most alternatives for optimization, inside and outside Excel. It’s 100% upward compatible from the Solver in Excel, for both models and VBA macros – just open your Excel workbook and run. You can solve nonlinear models 2.5 times larger than the Excel Solver, and linear models 10 times larger.
Premium Solver Pro gives you both Solver dialogs familiar from the Excel Solver, and a new Ribbon and Task Pane user interface, used in all of Frontline’s other Excel products. Including model analysis and Guided Mode – formerly available only in our more expensive Platform products: You won’t have to guess whether your model is linear or nonlinear, or which “solving method” to use – Premium Solver Pro will tell you automatically!
Risk Solver Pro
Ultra-Fast, Professional Simulation, Decision Tree capabilities, Combinable with Premium Solver Pro for Simulation Optimization, 100% Compatible Upgrade
Risk Solver Pro is a powerful, faster alternative to products like @RISK and Crystal Ball, at a better price. It includes all the features -- 50+ distributions, correlations, advanced sampling, fitting to historical data, charts and statistics, multiple simulations, and more -- that you'd expect in a professional-level product, but it runs Monte Carlo simulations 10x to 50x faster than competitors.
Risk Solver Pro also gives you the tools to create decision trees in Excel, and use them in simulations. If you'd like to optimize your decisions, you'll find that Risk Solver Pro integrates tightly with Premium Solver Pro -- giving you a great combination of simulation/risk analysis, decision analysis, Excel Solver-compatible optimization, and simulation optimization power, for less than what others charge for only simulation and simulation optimization.
Professional Data Visualization, Data Mining and Forecasting in Excel
XLMiner Pro gives you the power to sample data from spreadsheets, databases and Power Pivot, explore your data visually, clean and transform your data, and create, evaluate and apply a wide range of time series forecasting and data mining models -- from multiple regression and logistic regression to classification and regression trees, neural networks, and association rules. And it's upgradeable to XLMiner Platform for the ultimate in power and capacity.
Analytic Solver Pro
Professional-Level Forecasting, Data Mining, Simulation, and Optimization in Excel
Analytic Solver Pro is a lower-cost entry point for integrated predictive and prescriptive analytics that is upgradeable to Analytic Solver Platform. It combines all the functionality of Premium Solver Pro, Risk Solver Pro, and XLMiner Pro -- giving you easy to use, yet powerful data exploration and visualization, forecasting, data mining, simulation/risk analysis, decision trees, Excel Solver compatible conventional optimization, and simulation optimization (but not recourse decisions, stochastic programming or robust optimization).
Solver SDK Pro
Professional Optimization and Simulation for Developers
What if you want to build optimization or simulation into a custom application? Until now, your choices have been to write your own code or try using open source libraries with limited or no support, or spend up to ten thousand dollars for a powerful optimizer with its own specialized APIs (usually without any simulation capabilities). Solver SDK Pro offers a better alternative: A far less expensive way to get started with a supported, professional grade product, with unlimited expansion potential – all the way up to the largest Monte Carlo simulation models running on compute clusters, and LP/MIP optimization models with millions of decision variables.
Solver SDK Pro’s modern object-oriented API is fully compatible with its “big brother”, Solver SDK Platform, and with the VBA object models in our Excel products. And it has rich support, with scores of example programs, in C/C++, C#, Visual Basic, VB.NET, Java, and MATLAB.
Our Apps for Web Spreadsheets: Get Started for Free
Excel Solver Compatible Optimization for Excel Online and Google Sheets
Create and solve the same optimization problems as you can in desktop Excel, but do it in Excel Online or Google Sheets. Use the LP Simplex Solver for linear problems, the GRG Solver for nonlinear problems, and the Evolutionary Solver for arbitrary Excel models, up to 200 decision variables and 100 constraints. But there's more:
When you create an optimization model with one of our Pro or Platform products, you can publish your model to Excel Online or Google Sheets, and solve it with much higher limits on decision variables and constraints!
Risk Solver App
Monte Carlo Simulation / Risk Analysis for Excel Online and Google Sheets
Create risk analysis models, and run Monte Carlo simulations in Excel Online or Google Sheets, using a variety of continuous and discrete probability distributions. See results in chart form, and statistics and percentiles on the spreadsheet. Use up to 24 uncertain variables, 12 uncertain functions, and 1,000 Monte Carlo trials. But there's more:
When you create a Monte Carlo simulation model with one of our Pro or Platform products, you can publish your model to Excel Online or Google Sheets, and run simulations with much higher limits on uncertain variables and functions, and Monte Carlo trials!
XLMiner Analysis ToolPak App
Excel ATP Compatible Statistical Analysis for Excel Online and Google Sheets
Perform statistical analyses of the same kinds as you can using the Analysis ToolPak in desktop Excel -- for example Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), time series forecasts, and multiple linear regression -- plus the most-asked-for function not present in the Excel Analysis ToolPak, logistic regression! And there's more:
With XLMiner Pro or XLMiner Platform, you can perform multiple linear regression and logistic regression on much larger datasets, at speeds hundreds of times faster. And those are just two of ten different prediction and classification algorithms in XLMiner, from classification and regression trees to neural networks!
With a no-risk free trial, there is no reason to wait to try it for yourself. Download your free trial of Frontline Solvers for Excel today. This download includes all its subset products so you can try out any of them free for 15 days. You can use every feature of the software, solve real problems, examine the full User Guide and Help, and get expert technical support -- all without any obligation.
Just enter your name and email address, and optionally your company and phone, pick the closest "User Type," and click the Register for Download button. You can download immediately after registering, or return later anytime -- just login with your email address.