BASF Solves Supply Chain Optimization Problems Using FICO Optimization
- BASF used FICO® Xpress Insight to analyze the economic value of an investment across its entire supply chain
- The solution allows BASF to get answers in minutes rather than months, at a greater degree of accuracy
- BASF won a 2018 FICO® Decisions Award for AI, Machine Learning & Optimization
BASF has optimized one of the world's largest supply chain networks using FICO® Xpress Optimization. BASF's advanced business analytics team used the mathematical optimization software to map all of the company's supply chains at once to weigh the economic value of an investment, a massive computational challenge. For its achievement, BASF was awarded a 2018 FICO Decisions Award for AI, Machine Learning & Optimization.
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"The chemical value chain is highly complex. When making strategic investment decisions, you have to take into account multiple global production sites, interdependent plants, manifold products and various businesses," said
"To make it easier for BASF employees to use, we integrated the solution in a FICO Xpress Insight web application," Schwenke said. "With this interface, it is possible to generate scenarios intuitively and easily share them with other users. Our colleagues especially appreciate that input data and the optimization results are shown via interactive dashboards and network graphs, making it easy to compare several scenarios at a glance."
FICO® Xpress Solver can consider an entire value chain at once with all its relevant constraints. Through the detailed modeling of the interdependencies between the different business units participating in the value chain, the total economic value of an investment can be evaluated faster and more accurately. The project combined strong mathematical optimization models with a business-friendly user interface.
While the data preparation as well as scenario calculation took several months in the past, the new application allows BASF to generate a scenario within a couple of minutes. In addition, the usage of mathematical programming has led to a major improvement in quality of value estimation.
"BASF showed an innovative use of technology in a project with very large-scale and very complex problems," said
"BASF is solving computational problems at an absolutely massive scale and putting it directly in the hands of business users," said
FICO® Xpress Optimization is composed of four core components: FICO® Xpress Insight, FICO® Xpress Executor, FICO® Xpress Solver and FICO® Xpress Workbench. Solving large complex optimization problems can be the difference between success and failure in today's marketplace. FICO Xpress Optimization allows businesses to solve their toughest problems, faster, and with unprecedented accessibility by business users. FICO's deep portfolio of optimization options enables users to easily build, deploy and use optimization solutions that meet their needs. Standard capabilities include scalable high-performance solvers and algorithms, flexible modeling environments, rapid application development, comparative scenario analysis and reporting capabilities, for on-premises and cloud installations.
About the FICO® Decisions Awards
The FICO® Decisions Awards recognize organizations that are achieving remarkable success using FICO solutions. A panel of independent judges with deep industry expertise evaluates nominations based upon measurable improvement in key metrics; demonstrated use of best practices; project scale, depth and breadth; and innovative uses of technology. The 2018 judges are:
Sid Dash, research director at Chartis Research Tanya Andreasyan, editor-in-chief, FinTech Futures / Banking Technology Anna Milne, editor at Finextra Julie Conroy, research director for Aite Group'sRetail Banking practice Andras Cser, principal analyst - security and risk professionals at Forrester
- Mon Pernia, head of consumer collections,
Globe Telecom(2017 winner) John Rymer, principal analyst - application development & delivery professionals at Forrester
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