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Sophisticated Optimization for Excel

Part of the DecisionTools Suite

Every manufacturing company should use scheduling optimization. ...It’s a problem just made for genetic programming and Evolver.

Don Mettler
Consultant, Mettler Consulting

The great thing about the Palisade tools is that they take the emotion out of the process of making tough decisions. They allow top management to see right away whether or not they can accept the risk in a particular course of action–and why.

Mark Rudd
Principal/regulatory compliance, Northern Indiana Public service Company (NIPSCO)

Innovative Optimization for Spreadsheets

Evolver is an optimization add-in for Microsoft Excel that uses innovative genetic algorithm (GA), OptQuest, and linear programming technology to quickly solve virtually any type of problem that can be modeled in Excel. Evolver has a unique ability arrive at the best overall “global” solution to a problem—solutions traditional solvers typically miss.

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Dimanomix Composite Manufacturing

Evolver can even solve mathematically singular stacking sequences, which are literally impossible to converge upon using gradient-based methods.

Dmitry Sorkin
Dimanomix Composite Manufacturing
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Evolver, using innovative “mutations” and combinations of solutions, or “organisms,” is well-suited to finding the best overall answer by exploring the entire universe of possible answers. Plus the use of OptQuest as optimization engine with the unique set of powerful algorithms and sophisticated analysis techniques including metaheuristics optimization, evolutionary algorithms, tabu search and scatter search, to name a few. As a result, OptQuest enables users to shift from a “What if?” approach to a “What’s best?” approach. This includes complicated, nonlinear problems where the best local solution may not be the best absolute answer. After an optimization, the user can choose whether to keep the best solution, or revert the workbook the its pre-optimization state. This makes it easy to decide the best course of action. You can also generate reports directly in Excel for an optimization summary, log of all simulations, and log of progress steps.

  • Seamless integration into Microsoft Excel for the highest level of computational accuracy
  • Find the best global solution to complex, real-life problems
  • Faster optimizations
  • Monitor progress toward best solutions with Evolver Watcher

How Evolver Is Used

Evolver quickly solves problems of all kinds of applications, including:

  • Scheduling
  • Inventory Management
  • Portfolio Maximation
  • Market Entry Timing

Customer Success Stories

Learn how Evolver has helped decision makers improve their optimization processes

Mettler Consulting
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Product Resources

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Features To Meet Your Needs

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Genetic algorithm optimization

Find the best global solution to complex, real-life problems.

OptQuest solving engine

The OptQuest engine integrates Tabu Search, Neural Networks, Scatter Search, and Linear/Integer Programming into a single composite method. It provides great results – and quickly – on many types of models.

100% Excel calculations

Get the highest level of computation accuracy and never have to leave your spreadsheet.

Original, Best, Last model updating

Instantly see the effects of three solutions on your entire model.

Automatic selection of solving engine

Saves time and improves accuracy by automatically using the most appropriate engine for your model.

Included with The DecisionTools Suite

Included with The DecisionTools Suite

The DecisionTools Suite

The complete risk and decision analysis toolkit, including @RISK, PrecisionTree, TopRank, NeuralTools, StatTools, Evolver, RISKOptimizer.

Additional Benefits


Your software subscription has you fully covered.

  • Free upgrades when new software versions are released
  • Full access to Technical Support


Technical Support is available to help with installation, operational problems, or errors.

  • Included with subscription
  • Phone, web, or email


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