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The FICO Xpress Optimization team is thrilled to showcase our latest innovations at FICO World from April 16th
– 19th at the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Whether you are a business user or a technical user, we have sessions for you!


Business Sessions


  • Title: How Two Innovators are Transforming Business with Optimization
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17th, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
  • Description: Attend this fascinating session to learn how two FICO Decision Award winners, Harry-Brot and WindFarm Designs, are solving incredibly complex challenges with mathematical optimization - while liberating business users from spreadsheets and accelerating the pathway to smarter decisions. In this session, you'll learn how Harry-Brot was able to optimally assign products to different product lines based on various logistical and cost parameters while empowering business teams to dynamically adjust and fine-tune production processes. And WindFarm designs, a true innovator in wind energy, is using optimization to solve a centuries-old problem of optimally placing wind turbines in the right locations to maximize performance against various constraints.


  • Title: How Optimized Pricing Puts National Australia Bank at the Top of the Lending Game
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17th, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Description: National Australia Bank has been on a transformative journey to uplift the capability to optimize their home lending portfolio. The latest step in this journey has been to incorporate an advanced pricing platform based on FICO’s optimization solutions in the cloud, which has enabled them to carefully balance volume and margin objectives under an increasingly restrictive regulatory environment. In this session, learn how they have empowered business users to harness the complexity of advanced analytics and optimization as part of their pricing processes.


  • Title: Optimization Everywhere: How Southwest Keeps Expanding Their Edge
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, April 18th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Description: How does one of the world's most consistently profitable airlines keep one step ahead? With optimization, of course. Over the past 15 years, they've applied optimization across the board, from crew scheduling and fuel tankering to assigned gates and disruption recovery. In this session, you'll learn about some amazing new analytic innovations they're deploying to help ensure they keep expanding their edge. *FICO Decisions Awards winner


  • Title: How Amazon Upped the Ante for Analytic Excellence
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, April 18th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Description: Amazon bills itself as Earth's most customer-centric company. Behind the scenes, they accomplished this by building out their analytic enterprise with open systems and FICO optimization. Still, the race to roll out new business applications drove Amazon to adopt a powerful FICO tool for analytic deployments. Join Amazon's Tim Jacobs to hear how the company has standardized on the Insight platform, and how it allows them to consistently expand their edge while remaining focused on open, secure technologies.


  • Title: Journey to Optimization Everywhere: Learnings in Collections from Shop Direct
  • Date and Time: Thursday, April 19th, 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Description: While rules and scoring are essential to improving debt collection and rehabilitation, online retailer Shop Direct decided to "take it to the next level" to increase collections while reducing expenditures. They turned to sophisticated but easy-to-use decision optimization to supercharge champion/challenger testing and empower business users to apply statistical science to balance multiple constraints and ultimately boost results. *FICO Decisions Awards Winner


Technical Sessions


  • Title: Improving Decisions with Optimization
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, April 18th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm
  • Description: The power of decisioning technologies has never been greater. The combination of decisioning and optimization can deliver a highly adaptive, automated, real time customer engagement and treatment engine that can yield significant benefits beyond decisioning or optimization alone. Discover how you can merge and meld these two technologies into powerful optimized strategy deployment solutions!


  • Title: FICO Xpress Optimization – What You Need to Know
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, April 18th, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Description: FICO Xpress Optimization is the most advanced toolset for building optimization solutions, and supports a wide range of users, including operations researchers and data scientists, web application developers, business analysts, managers and even executives. Xpress has industry-leading solver technologies and modelling languages, APIs, integration with a wide range of data and languages, integrated development environments and rapid application development. Learn how FICO's optimization solutions, including the newest release of Decision Optimizer, can help you deliver better decisions, better strategies and better results.


  • Title: Analytic Fusion: When Machine Learning Meets Optimization
  • Date and Time: Thursday, April 19th, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Description: Two of the hottest trends in analytics, decision optimization and machine learning, are increasingly intersecting — but when is one the right choice, and how do you best use them in combination? This session will cover when optimization techniques originating from operations research are the better solution and when it is beneficial to apply machine learning. This session will also describe how complex, high-value business problems can be solved more effectively by combining the techniques, rather than just using one.


Technical Demonstrations


  • Title: Assess and Improve Decisions with FICO Decision Optimizer
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17th, 4:40 pm AND Thursday April 19th, 12:10 pm
  • Description: FICO® Decision Optimizer enables business analysts to discover optimized decision strategies that balance trade-offs between cost, risk and reward, while also factoring in economic and market conditions. Its advanced decision impact modeling, simulation and optimization capabilities allow users to assess and improve the decisions that drive customer interactions and business results. Learn how Decision Optimizer can help you today!


  • Title: Learn about the power of Optimization with FICO Xpress Insight
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, April 18th, 4:10 pm
  • Description: Xpress Insight enables businesses to rapidly deploy optimization models as powerful applications. It allows users to interact with models in business terms and runs all FICO Xpress Optimization Solutions, including Decision Optimizer. Learn about this powerful tool and see how easy it is to empower the citizen data scientists in your organization!


We look forward to seeing you at the event!


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FICO is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2018 Informs Analytics Business Conference in Baltimore, MD from April 15th to April 17th. We have a full agenda at the event:


Calling all OR Heroes: Learn how to model and deploy solutions in 75% less time with FICO® Xpress Insight

Presented by: Horia Tipi and Oliver Bastert
Date: Sunday April 15, 3-4:45pm


Join our hands-on workshop to learn how FICO® Xpress Insight helps you read data in any format from any source, how it integrates with your own machine learning and solvers (or uses Xpress Solvers), and how it enables you to collaborate with your business users. You will learn how Xpress Insight deploys decision support

or automated solutions and how it does it all in 75% less time.

  • This workshop will cover FICO Xpress Mosel, the premier mathematical modeling, analytic orchestration and programming language, and Xpress Insight.
  • Leveraging real business use cases, we will showcase how you can use your own solver/s to integrate
    with the powerful Xpress Insight platform.
  • We will also cover the open Xpress Mosel native solver interface, which empowers all solver developers, to extend Xpress Mosel within their own environment. It connects developers instantly with thousands of users.


All attendees will receive their complimentary license to FICO Xpress Optimization Community License

Technology Tutorial: How to deploy your ML and optimization models to empower non-technical business users
Presented by: Jim Williams
Date: Monday April 16, 1:50-2:40pm


You have a team with a great analytics background. They have developed advanced analytical tools using Python, R, or with your current optimization solver. They have derived crucial insights from your data, and they’ve figured out how your decisions shape your customers’ behaviors. Now it’s time to put these
critical analytical insights into the hands of your non-technical business users.

In this tutorial, we will cover how
FICO Xpress Optimization (including Xpress Mosel, Xpress Workbench,
and Xpress Insight) make it possible to embed your analytic models into business user-friendly applications. Learn how you can supercharge your analytic models with simulation, optimization, reporting, what-if analysis, and agile extensibility.

FICO is also a proud sponsor of the Honors Reception on Monday April 16th at 6pm as well as the 2018 Edelman Award Ceremony & Banquet at 7pm the same day. Make sure you stop by our booth #36 and #37 where you can win a mini-drone, Amazon gift cards and other prizes!


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FICO Xpress Mosel, the premier analytic orchestration, algebraic modeling, and programming language is now FREE and OPEN.


FICO is deeply committed to the field of mathematical optimization. By providing Xpress Mosel FREE to use, our industry-leading modeling language is now accessible to everyone.  We believe that every optimization or analytics project can benefit from the power of Xpress Mosel.


Today, optimization professionals create models in a wide variety of proprietary modeling languages or open source languages.  With the release of FREE Xpress Mosel, anyone can use the same technology as market leaders such as Southwest Airlines, Honeywell & Nestle without a fee.


Not only is Xpress Mosel FREE, but it is now OPEN to connect to 3rd party solvers (not just FICO Xpress Solver). Optimization professionals choose their solver technology based on their specific problem characteristics and their personal preferences. We believe OPEN Xpress Mosel is the best choice for modeling any problem type and then solving it with any solver technology available.


We invite the community to develop and share connectors to 3rd party solvers. We look forward to supporting you with your questions on the FICO Xpress Community site.


How can Xpress Mosel help advance the field of mathematical optimization?


  • Students will learn faster thanks to intuitive Xpress Mosel formulations. When additional depth is required, Xpress Mosel offers the most transparency into the optimization process.
  • Academic researchers and professors will have a faster and more concise way to invent/create complex optimization algorithms that can help advance the field.
  • Commercial technical users (solution developers) will be able to:
    • Ingest and output data from/to any data environment, on premises or in the cloud
    • Re-use their investments in analytic assets and processes
    • Model math using any solver and algorithm, no matter how complex
    • Take advantage of distributed computing for scalability
    • Rapidly deploy optimization into any use case, ranging from real-time AI systems, to collaborative business user environments and everything in between.
  • Executives and shareholders will benefit from the advantages Xpress Mosel gives them, due to it extremely fast time-to-market AND the ability to pivot rapidly when circumstances demand it.
  • All optimization users will benefit from the ability to rapidly develop solutions without spending 50-75% of their time debugging code.


Why should you consider Xpress Mosel? How is it unique?

  • It is a combined modeling and programming language
  • It supports the orchestration & execution of analytic models built in virtually any tool
  • It executes models much faster than many open source tools
  • It is a fast, efficient and economical algebraic modeling environment that allows models with hundreds of millions of decision variables
  • It is well suited for developing large and complex optimization models and it supports the implementation of advanced solution approaches within a modeling environment.
  • Xpress Mosel can separate math modeling logic from application logic and can be deployed in C/C++, Java, .NET, Excel, or invoked as a process from any other programming language.
  • It can be easily deployed as an application in FICO Xpress Insight, which provides a tight integration with the Xpress Solver engines.


Get Xpress Mosel for FREE by downloading the FICO Xpress Community License today! Be sure to visit the FICO Xpress Community to learn more about what you can do with FICO Xpress Optimization, download software, get support and talk to the experts!

FICO is a proud sponsor of the INFORMS Annual Meeting on October 22-25, 2017 in Houston, TX. Visit booths #1 and #2 for a demo of FICO Xpress Optimization!

Please join us for the following breakout sessions:


We look forward to seeing you there!

Are you a student, academic, operations researcher, data scientist, business analyst or solution developer? Are you looking to solve highly complex problems with mathematical modeling and optimization tools used by some of the world’s most efficient companies? Now you can develop, model and deploy the same industry leading FICO Xpress Optimization software that is used by enterprises such as Southwest Airlines, Honeywell & Nestle, free of charge.


As part of our commitment to support the broader optimization community and to encourage adoption of mathematical modeling and optimization tools, FICO created the FICO Xpress Optimization Community License, available to everyone.


You can download the free software here.


FICO Xpress Optimization enables users to easily build, deploy and use optimization solutions that meet their needs. Standard capabilities include scalable high-performance solvers & algorithms, flexible modeling languages and development environments, rapid application development, comparative scenario analysis & reporting capabilities, for on-premises and cloud installations.


For more information, please review the FICO Xpress Optimization Product Sheet. You can also visit the FICO Xpress Optimization User Forum to get support and talk to the experts!