Will optimization also transform your company?

In 2011, we have welcomed many new customers leading to a record turnover for Paragon. Our customers have selected AIMMS to get faster insight into their complex and rapidly changing market situations to take better decisions. What could be the impact on your bottom line when not taking the best decision? Might you be missing opportunities to save on costs or to gain market share? Together with our AIMMS Ecosystem, we are here to make sure you get more value out of your assets by using AIMMS.

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Americas Events: CAPD 2012
On March 12-13, the Annual Meeting of the Center of Advanced Process Decision Making, CAPD, will be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). Once each year, CAPD brings together the academic and business worlds to share ideas, insights and accomplishments in co-operation with final-year PhD students. We are pleased to announce that Asst. Professor Willem-Jan van Hoeve will present the integration of AIMMS+CP during this year’s meeting.
Americas Events: INFORMS 2012 – Register for our pre-conference Workshop
As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we would like to cordially invite you to join us April 15-17, 2012 at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Huntington Beach, California, USA.
Registration is now open at workshops@aimms.com for our free pre-conference workshop, to be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 15th. In this workshop, we will take two real-life customer examples (power plant scheduling and product portfolio optimization, which are typical optimization models seen in various industries) and show you the capabilities of AIMMS.

For more information, please visit our website.

Contact: gertjan.de.lange@aimms.com or +1-425-458-4024
EMEA News: Shell and ORTEC sign a new long-term partnership
Shell Global Solutions International B.V. and AIMMS’ partner ORTEC — a leading supplier in resource optimization tools and consulting services — work closely together on a worldwide scale. This co-operation between Shell and ORTEC focuses on the optimization of supply chain processes and strategic decision making in upstream and downstream engineering disciplines such as planning & scheduling, gas field production capacity optimization, spare parts management and cost estimating. Shell and ORTEC have already been working together in a successful way for more than 30 years.

EMEA Events: Senior Executive event with Stanford Professor Sam Savage
Prof. Sam Savage, author of ‘The Flaw of Averages‘, has been invited by Paragon and ORTEC to share a new approach in portfolio optimization before a select group of senior executives in the European Oil and Gas market. Today’s world economy is driven by global uncertainties such as exchange rates, political upheaval and energy prices, which are then layered upon local uncertainties involving individual project variables. Given these uncertainties, Petroleum and Gas firms must find a way to allocate their exploration budgets across diverse geographical regions and new technologies. These uncertainties create an unprecedented number of interdependent risks, which need to be included in portfolio management.

Contact: christophe.frere@aimms.com or +31 (0)23 5511 512

AP News: Operations Research in Vietnam – Vietnam MW
In February, our Paragon representative visited Vietnam MW, a consultancy company specializing in the power sector. Vietnam MW has developed two applications with AIMMS for hydro power plants and thermal power plants and both will prove especially useful given the upcoming changes in the Vietnam electricity market. Feedback from their first customer shows, once again, that by employing AIMMS, someone with knowledge of industry and optimization can build very valuable applications within a very short time frame.

AP Events: INFORMS 2012 Beijing Conference
Please join us June 24-27, 2012 at the INFORMS International Conference in Beijing, China.

As a sponsor of the INFORMS conference, we will be present on the exhibition floor with on-the-spot demonstrations and a presentation to conference participants. Please contact us to arrange for a demonstration on a specific topic or to meet our AIMMS experts.

It is not often that such a large operations research conference is held in Asia, and this is a great opportunity to share the cool things you have done (with AIMMS ) to a larger audience. If you are interested in contributing, the abstract submission deadline is March 5.

Contact: pim.beers@aimms.com or +65 9640 4182

AIMMS Product News

Preview of upcoming Feature Releases
To better support the users that develop applications with a graphical interface that needs to run using a 64-bit version of AIMMS, we are currently working on updating some of the GUI object that had no 64-bit support (e.g. 2D/3D charts, Tabbed IDE style). From an algorithmic standpoint, we are integrating the latest version of BARON 10 and improving the GMP version of the AOA algorithm for convex MINLP problems.

These developments are planned for upcoming Feature Releases of AIMMS 3.13.

Jobs: We are hiring
There are currently several vacancies at Paragon for Business Developers, Professional Services and R&D people in the various regions. If you are interested or would like to recommend a candidate from your network, please contact us at jobs@aimms.com.

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