Evolver and @RISK Used for Enterprise Resource Planning
With Enterprise Resource Planning a nearly universal but continually evolving business model, consultant Don Mettler fulfills a vital role for the large manufacturing companies that are his clients. He specializes in integrating software systems to help these companies make the most efficient use of their plant and material resources. For the past fifteen years he has worked with companies in businesses that range from pharmaceuticals to aerospace and automotive to high-tech hardware--and Palisade’s Evolver, @RISK, and the @RISK Developer Kit have been essential to much of this work.
To create the models that guide company efficiencies, Mettler needs to link the company’s backend database, business intelligence software, and, sometimes, legacy systems to Palisade’s tools. His goal in developing a custom system is to build an optimization model that he can eventually turn over to his client to manage. “That’s one reason I like to use the Palisade tools. They run in Excel, and clients can easily understand the results.”
A Typical Manufacturing Example
Real-Time Optimization for Real-Time Decisions
“Every manufacturing company should use scheduling optimization,” says Mettler. “You have a finite set of resources, and you want to maximize gain while minimizing the cost of handling those resources. It’s a problem just made for genetic programming and Evolver.”