LLamasoft Acquires Opex Analytics
LLamasoft Acquires Opex Analytics Forming Applied AI Powerhouse
Combined Company to Transform Enterprise Decision Making by Applying the Power of AI
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – October 22, 2019 – LLamasoft, the leading provider of enterprise supply chain design and decision-making solutions, announced it acquired Opex Analytics LLC, a Chicago-based provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to Fortune 500 companies. The acquisition, backed by TPG Capital, Goldman Sachs, and MK Capital, creates a combined company that will offer productized applications and innovative solutions to global organizations to accelerate adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) with deep expertise in machine learning (ML), optimization, simulation and other advanced analytics capabilities to improve decision making. Opex Analytics will continue to operate under the Opex Analytics brand, now as a LLamasoft Company.
Opex Analytics – Rising upstart delivering Enterprise AI Solutions to Industry Innovators
With a proven record of delivering enterprise-grade AI applications, Opex Analytics has enabled large companies to use new data sources together with AI techniques to create breakthrough insights, detect and predict business performance and perform root cause analysis leading to better and more profitable decisions. Opex Analytics employs more than 140 data scientists, operational experts, and development resources located in the United States, Russia and India. With a co-innovation approach, the company has developed and deployed multiple applications for large, global corporations in areas ranging from operational predictions, dynamic pricing, incident prevention, employee retention to optimizing consumer experiences. Opex Analytics customers include well known global brands in the consumer-packaged goods, retail, transportation, manufacturing, finance and food services industries.
Combination Accelerates LLamasoft’s Offering of Enterprise Decisioning Through Advanced Analytics
- With over 750 global customers, and building upon LLamasoft’s micro app architecture, the combined company will deliver purpose-built AI applications leveraging its advanced analytics platform, enabling rapid adoption of new AI technologies for customers’ digital transformation initiatives.
- LLamasoft’s portfolio of existing optimization, simulation and machine learning algorithmic solvers will be enhanced with the addition of Opex Analytics artificial intelligence capabilities, accelerating the deployment of enterprise-scale, applied AI applications to global corporations.
- The integration of LLamasoft’s applied research team with the over 100 data scientists at Opex Analytics, offers both companies’ customers access to an unmatched knowledge and co-innovation resource base.
- Last year, LLamasoft launched its first AI/ML application for demand forecasting achieving significant double-digit gains in forecast accuracy leveraging AI techniques. The acquisition provides a mechanism to leverage both firms’ advanced algorithmic solution expertise to create the future of AI solutions to accurately model and predict demand over short- and long-term time horizons leveraging AI along with relevant external causal factors.
CEO Comments – AI and Analytics Delivered at Enterprise Scale
“The acquisition of Opex Analytics supports our strategy to transform the future of enterprise decision making,” said Razat Gaurav, CEO, LLamasoft. “The teams at LLamasoft and Opex are known for leveraging data and the power of AI to gain deep insights and solve complex problems for companies who battle a barrage of constantly changing market conditions and ever-evolving customer demands. The combination of our enterprise-grade analytics platform and our unmatched team of seasoned data scientists with simulation, optimization and machine learning expertise will uniquely position us to unlock the value potential of AI for our customers.”
“We see this as an opportunity to accelerate value creation for an even broader community of customers,” said Ganesh Ramakrishna, co-founder of Opex. “Over the last several years, Opex has been building the capability to bring production AI solutions to our clients and enable them to rethink their businesses with insights from AI.”
“With this combined firm, we’ll have additional assets and execution ability to bring solutions to the broader market at a time when many organizations are struggling to demonstrate progress on transformation initiatives.” Said Dr. Michael Watson, co-founder of Opex Analytics. “I am excited for employees at both companies to continue their work with existing clients and to bring new solutions to a broader network of companies around the world.”
Razat Gaurav will lead the combined company as the CEO of LLamasoft. Mike Watson and Ganesh Ramakrishna will co-lead the Opex Analytics business unit within LLamasoft. TPG Capital, Goldman Sachs, and MK Capital will continue to be active partners to the combined company.
Over 750 of the world’s most innovative companies across industries rely on LLamasoft to answer complex supply chain questions. Powered by advanced analytics, LLamasoft technology helps business leaders design operational strategies to achieve profitability and growth goals. The company creates a true end-to-end view of global supply chains to enable decisions along strategic, tactical and operational time horizons. Its customers have identified more than $13B in value. To reach its goal to positively impact 100 million lives by 2022, LLamasoft has partnered with humanitarian organizations, government entities and the World Economic Forum to leverage LLamasoft’s solutions which design and optimize health supply chains, increasing overall efficiency and reaching more individuals in need.
TPG is a leading global alternative asset firm founded in 1992 with more than $111 billion of assets under management and offices in Austin, Beijing, Boston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, and Singapore. TPG’s investment platforms are across a wide range of asset classes, including private equity, growth equity, real estate, credit, and public equity. TPG aims to build dynamic products and options for its investors while also instituting discipline and operational excellence across the investment strategy and performance of its portfolio. For more information, please visit www.tpg.com.