Advanced Optimization! Efficient Planning and Operations Control

About INFORM

INFORM specializes in Advanced Optimization Software to improve planning and operational decision making. Integrating with almost every existing IT landscape,  these systems render a wide range of business processes more productive, agile, and reliable.

Globally, more than 600 business analysts and software engineers, originating from more than 30 nations, provide systems to more than 1,000 customers. Solution deployment is turn-key, including individual customization, on-site consulting, go-live assistance, and perpetual 24/7 support.

INFORM Campus, Headquarters in Aachen

Corporate Growth

 

Facts & Figures

  • Focus on Advanced Optimization Software
  • Today more than 600 staff
  • Originating from more than 30 nations
  • Supporting mission-critical client operations, 24/7
  • For more than 1,000 customers globally
  • Established in 1969
  • 30 years of organic growth, on average 20% annually
  • Revenues 2015: 66 Mio EUR
  • For more than 30 years exclusively positive results
  • Re-invested into massive R&D – visionary & incremental innovations
  • Internal ownership – directors, long-term employees
  • Corporate Vision: Long-term Sustainability and client relationships

Worldwide Client References

INFORM supports Advanced Optimization systems deployed in more than 40 countries around the globe. They are real-time supported around the clock by a staff base consisting of more than 30 different nationalities from Aachen and Frankfurt, Germany, and Inform Software Corporation in Atlanta, GA.


Operations Research

Operations Research

Operations Research uses mathematical and other appropriate methods to improve decisions and processes. The combination of Operations Research methods with high computer performance can significantly improve corporate processes. Using models and methods of Operations Research can be applied to both, planning and controlling time-critical processes in “real time”.

A good example is the scheduling of workflows at airports: The particular challenge here is to enable the most accurate and efficient preliminary planning possible whilst remaining flexible for unforeseeable changes in sync with the flight plan. Operations Research processes have proven particularly suitable for the various optimization tasks at an airport.

Fuzzy Logic

Fuzzy Logic

Fuzzy Logic means diffused or indefinite logic and deals with processing data and rules that exist wholly or partly in a fuzzy or qualitative form. Whereas a statement can only be true or false in classical logic, statements in Fuzzy Logic may be a little bit true or not completely false. This type of flexible logic is used in order to be able to take fast and precise decisions within complex logistical processes. Decisions are hereby taken in a manner similar to that used by humans. Everybody regularly takes fuzzy qualitative decisions, for example when parking their car. Instead of measuring the parking space exactly, you make a rough guess on all sides as to whether the car will fit in the gap or not. This ability to derive correct decisions from inexact input can be transferred to software programs. In connection with the mechanical efficiency of computers, the human decision-making ability can be greatly exceeded with large amounts of data.

Intelligent Decisions

Intelligent Decisions

INFORM is able to develop software systems that "think" and propose intelligent decisions. Unlike conventional IT systems that only provide data and leave the decision up to the user, INFORM systems propose optimized solutions the user can accept, reject or modify. The benefits are better on-time delivery performance, lower costs and significant competitive advantage.
Medium-sized manufacturing companies for example are nowadays faced with a complexity that often comprises hundreds of thousands of maintenance sequences. The daily challenge facing schedulers is to permanently and sensibly synchronize all of these. The best sequence for production orders always has to be found so that all deadlines can be met and no machine is overloaded. Systems from INFORM help provide thousands of BOM items on time with highly networked dependencies so that the customer deadlines can be met.


Executive Board

Adrian Weiler Managing Director

Matthias Berlit SVP Manufacturing Logistics Division
Thomas Bergmans SVP Logistics Division
Priv.-Doz. Dr.-Ing. Eva Savelsberg SVP Logistics Division
Thomas Schmidt SVP Aviation Division
Uschi Schulte Sasse SVP Aviation Division
Dr. Andreas Meyer SVP Risk & Fraud Division
Andreas Gladis SVP Production Division
Peter Frerichs SVP Inventory & Supply Chain Division
Dr. Jörg Herbers SVP Workforce Management

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